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Old beauty bound for Ivanhoe

Friday, 27th September, 2019

(From left) Steve Lance, Sue Lance, Grason Trappel, Kale Ogilvie, Melissa Morgan (Steve’s sister) and Ross Morgan beside the 1970 Mercedes Benz 1418 truck that will be going to the Ivanhoe Truck, Tractor, Car and Bike Show next weekend. PICTURE: Callum Marshall (From left) Steve Lance, Sue Lance, Grason Trappel, Kale Ogilvie, Melissa Morgan (Steve’s sister) and Ross Morgan beside the 1970 Mercedes Benz 1418 truck that will be going to the Ivanhoe Truck, Tractor, Car and Bike Show next weekend. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

This 1970 Mercedes Benz 1418 is making its way to the Ivanhoe Truck, Tractor, Car and Bike Show next weekend.

The truck is three quarters of the way to being fully restored by Steve Lance in memory of his parents Bobby and Gwenda Lance, who originally owned and operated the truck at Ivanhoe carting wool, livestock and fuel.

After Bobby’s untimely death in 1977, the truck was purchased by the Scott family at Coona Coona Station via Wilcannia. 

The truck, or what was left of it as it had been rolled 40 years ago, was found at the rubbish tip at the station in 2018.

Upon hearing that Ivanhoe was having a truck show, and being constantly told to “get a hobby” by his wife Sue, Steve decided it was time to bring the old girl back to life.

Blue Scott kindly donated the truck for the cause, and with a donor truck from Melbourne and only three months to do it, the restoration began.

A decision was made to not go silly with chrome and fancy stuff as it was a working truck and it would once again become one.

Chasing parts all over Australia became the norm, as most Mercedes trucks of that era were the long nose model not the cab over, which originally came to Australia as tip trucks.

Australian ingenuity quickly put larger differential and gearboxes in them and turned them into semis.

The interior will also not be modified but left as it was in the 70s.

Steve would like to sincerely thank those that have got the truck to where it is today: Steve Bragg for the donor truck, Snow Fitzpatrick of Birchup for sourcing parts from far and wide and Jamie Pettit for paint.

Also, the crew at Grason Trappel Loader Hire and Mechanical: Grason Trappel, Kale Ogilvie and Wally Wilson, for getting the old girl to go like she used to. 

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