This Volvo FL trans­for­ma­tion is fit for a king

From fur­ni­ture removal to a horse float

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

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

❝never

That’s changed (for the truck’s life), it’s al­ways been me who’s main­tained it.

— Phil Stan­bridge

Aus­tralia.

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.

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