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Captain_Dingbat



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:58 pm    Post subject: The New Vehicle...  Reply with quote

A few years ago, we had a 7.5 lorry for transporting the horses about but as it was as old as the hills, eventually she had to be scrapped due to the fact she was seemed to have more rust than metalwork left. Pete said if we could ever afford another one, it would have to be a much younger one than the original. Never thought that was gonna happen though so we were grateful for the trailer and 4x4 but Pete's horse would never share, thus preventing us taking the horses out together.

My recent post in chat would have told you that financially we are now back on a good secure footing and one or two treats are in order...though this one is rather large!

It all started when bro-in-law told us of a lovely custom-built lorry stood in a field among the usual stuff you find on a farm where he goes to mend their machinery and help out at harvest (retired) and the farmer could really do with it moving...

Two months later we got the phone number. Three weeks after Pete leaving a message the owner got back to him. Seems he started this project 7 years ago but after his wife died he lost interest.  

We now are the owners of this beast.....

It's only done 50,000 and when the man who drove it to our house (he does this for a living, trade plates etc etc) said it was a cracking lorry and drove brilliantly for a lorry that hadn't been used in that length of time. Just a note, before it came home, Pete had had the cab up on several occasions checking hoses, pipes etc so that it there was minimal likelihood of it conking out on the way home!)

The farmer had moved it for us to the top yard but then we had to move fast as some 'members of society whom are a law unto themselves but to give them a certain name is not considered politically correct' kept hassling the farmer about buying it. Indeed, just after it was brought home on Tuesday, they actually sought the farmer out to find out where it had gone....! Rest assured, when it's stood and not being used, there is no way it can be started at all unless you know the little trick Pete has set up alongside the usual immobilizer he will be adding soon....  

The back of the lorry has been completed and is ready for horses, it's the living area that needs to be done, we have ordered white PVC boarding (apparently) for another bro-in-law to put in (builder/joiner chap) and there is an underfloor water tank linked to a water heater. There is a night heater that has been fitted but not secured to the floor. It has a brand new fridge, hob and sink ready to put in and a toilet that needs fitting too. The seats need sorting after the wiring is finished (it's been started) and it has a camera system for reversing and also in the horse area.

Enjoy the pics, look past the rubble in the living area and we are working on it on Saturday so will add more to this thread then.

The cab


Bathroom!


Horse area


Living area


Luton and electric box on left


Where the fridge, cooker and sink will be, the metal box it the external tack locker









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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beast
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

!! *Beast* is right! And oh how much work (FUN!) its gonna be getting it just how you want it to be!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should look very nice when it,s finished
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks a great piece of kit and what a great project to be able to do the final fit to your own spec'...   well done you two
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks fantastic   well done.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a nice waggon on the outside, bit of a tip on the inside, will make for an interesting project.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice but do remember as a 7.5 tonne lorry it's unladen weight is 4.5 tonne so you only have three tonne to play with so you don't want to go too mad with the fit out plus horses.

VOSA are not subsidised by the government anymore so pull over practically every lorry they see. And at 1000 per tonne over weight plus 3 points on your license. Be mindfull of the finished product's gross loaded weight!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a grand lorry. I had an Iveco lorry in the uk, but no one seems to use lorries for horses here so I am back to a (livingless) trailer. Enjoy your new beastie!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

webley wrote:
Very nice but do remember as a 7.5 tonne lorry it's unladen weight is 4.5 tonne so you only have three tonne to play with so you don't want to go too mad with the fit out plus horses.

VOSA are not subsidised by the government anymore so pull over practically every lorry they see. And at 1000 per tonne over weight plus 3 points on your license. Be mindfull of the finished product's gross loaded weight!


The body is aluminium for lightness and will only ever carry two horses at once. OH is pretty clued up about these things being in the business.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're gonna have fun with that, keep the pics coming!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would make a fab house truck we don't have horses  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more pics of the inside looking a little tidier!

Mechanically wise, front brakes with new brake pipes and pads done, back brakes as well.....new wing mirrors in situ, drivers seat repaired, just waiting on a pipe that's coming tomorrow from Italy apparently...then it's just new back lights wired (currently sat in a box) and it will have a last check over before it's MOT!

Got some good quotes for insurance so will sort that next week (exam on Tuesday at school, no time to be thinking of anything but that for my students sake!) getting full recovery cover as well no matter where we are with horses transferred to another vehicle as well of course for peace of mind!

Once it's on the road we are packing a few sarnies and going out for a good run for the day!

Insulation secured temporarily



The toilet, as yet to be sorted, we don't want to start making holes in the side so a frame of some sort will be made to keep it in place but also make it easy to move to access the back to empty it.



Took me three hours to clean this lot up!




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking SO much better!! (You accomplished a LOT for only 3 hours! Nice!)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done looking good


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