This Volvo FL transformation is fit for a king
From furniture removal to a horse float
IF TRUCKS could talk, this 1995 Volvo FL would have a few interesting things to say.
The prime mover, originally owned by Danny Marr of Marrs Management in Nambour, Queensland, spent the first years of its long life carting furniture up and down the east coast of
That’s changed (for the truck’s life), it’s always been me who’s maintained it.
— Phil Stanbridge
Although it was sold to a subcontractor in 2000, who continued to use it for furniture removals, Marrs Management workshop manager Phil Stanbridge continued to maintain it.
“That’s never changed (for the truck’s life), it’s always been me who’s maintained it,” he said.
When Marrs bought back the truck 10 years later, it had done about 1.5 million kilometres, so they decided to give it a new life as a horse truck.
Phil, who will be celebrating his 24th anniversary with the company soon, worked on the truck and helped transform it.
As for the reason why a horse truck?
“They’re not a very well-used truck for furniture now so that’s why we turned it into a horse truck,” he told Big Rigs.
“The boss, Danny Marr, started using it to travel around show jumping horses with his granddaughter.”
Phil said the pair drove the truck to many shows, travelling to places like Perth and Adelaide.
The truck, after its transformation which included a chassis stretch to maximum length, measured at about 12.5m long and included full-size living quarters and enough room for five horses. “It was quite elaborate.” About 300,000km later, at 1.8 million kolometres, the Marr family decided to sell the truck again.
This time they sold it to Lyle and Andree Ravenscroft, who will take their daughter show jumping.
Part of that sale was to do a rebuild on the engine, Phil said, just to give it a refresh.
“These people are locals and we still maintain the truck and will continue to
The back of the horse float.