Restored Scania T-Cab tops new tipper fleet at KW Purvis01 February 2016

A fully restored bonneted Scania T Series 6x4 tipper, which has just rejoined KW Purvis’s fleet, is recording more ‘likes’ than ever on Thompsons’ new Facebook webpage.

Far more than six new Scania/Thompsons 8x4 tippers specified with Thompsons curved floor steel Multimaster bodies, which were recently delivered to the Alnwick, Northumberland-based company.

KW Purvis has been running Thompson-bodied Scania tippers for years, and selected a top-spec, all-steel Loadmaster for its refurbished Scania T-cab.

“Our T-Cab tipper is special, not only because it’s a very rare truck in the UK, but also because we’ve had it from new,” explains company owner David Purvis.

“It’s already earned its keep through a 16-year working life, but I really want to keep it going for many more years to come,” he continues.

“As well as being a really rugged and reliable vehicle, it’s also a key part of our company heritage. And being a highly individual truck, it also creates lots of recognition.”

All chassis and cab work was undertaken by truck restoration specialist Ian Bone & Sons, of Carlisle. Adding the Loadmaster tipper body means the T-Cab’s future life is now almost indefinite, according to Purvis.

“This has been a unique project for us,” comments Thompsons sales manager Ian Chaplin, who oversaw bodybuilding at the firm’s Blackburn factory.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to do something a bit special, and this truck certainly is,” he continues.

“The body is [different to] standard Loadmasters too, not only because it’s much shorter, but by also because it has a dual-purpose automated tailgate, which can operate either as a conventional top-hinged design or as barn doors for demolition work.”

As for KW Purvis’s latest Scania tippers, these were all specified with the trucks’ larger G-cab and the 450bhp engine. They have been fitted with auto tailgates, electric sheeting, underfloor tipping gear and alloy wheels. They tare off at 13,100kgs.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd
Thompsons UK Ltd

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