New look for restored truck

The truck after extensive restoration
The truck after extensive restoration

A 43-year-old truck which spent its working days in Peterculter has been restored to its former glory in Lanarkshire.

The vehicle was used at Leith Quarry and now apprentices in Newhouse and Cumbernauld completed the challenge of transforming it.

They embarked on the restoration project in 2016 and unveiled the finished result at Terex Trucks HQ to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The R17 dump truck, which weighs 13.5 tonnes, was built at the Newhouse factory in 1973.

The 17 Terex apprentices refurbished the truck, on loan from West of Scotland Heavy Haulage, to full operating condition including sourcing or manufacturing replacement parts based on the original designs.

Meanwhile, the R17 engine was sent to original manufacturer Cummins in Cumbernauld where two of its apprentices carried out the refurbishment.

Mentored by Terex Trucks’ employee Davey Rainey, apprentices Fraser Blackwood and Edward Massey led the project, with staff from different disciplines on hand to provide technical advice.