ALE restore iconic truck to former glory

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ALE has completed the refurbishment of a 1976 Scammell Contractor, named Intruder, earlier this year.

The truck, which was ALE founder Roger Harries’ first truck, was originally acquired in 1983. Having worked worldwide for almost 20 years, the truck performed its last job in the Bahamas in 2002.

ALE started the build in June 2016 as a personal project and a specialist team of in-house mechanics and workshop staff were assigned to the task of restoring the iconic truck to its former glory.

Tom Banks, Gary Pemberton and Stephen Attwell were the ALE team who then led the rest of the restoration project. The project included a complete new air brake system, fully re-wired electrics, a rebuild of the original Cummins NTC 335 engine, and many more hours spent replacing and sourcing parts to keep the truck as authentic as possible and then connecting everything together to make it fully operational.

“We wanted the truck to look the same as how it was when Roger first used it, and spent a lot of time analysing old photographs to get all the detail correct. It was a huge undertaking, as virtually nothing was salvageable, but with the resources available and a committed team we were able to put it into showroom condition,” said Tom Banks, Plant Maintenance Supervisor.

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