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Restored 1927 Karrier truck back on the roads of North Yorkshire

A 1927 Karrier truck bearing the livery R. Preston & Son is again travelling the roads of North Yorkshire after being lovingly restored to its former glory by the owners.


The restoration project proved a labour of love as it began 34 years ago and was completed recently by Prestons of Potto, Northallerton, one of the UK’s leading haulage companies.


The truck was bought by the company in the early 1980s when its wooden cab was removed and sent to a local carpenter for restoration. The engine was also removed and sent to a local engineering firm who began the rebuild which was completed by an acquaintance of late managing director Richard Preston.


White metal bearings were hand-scraped and missing parts for the door mechanisms and carburettor were handmade over two years. The body, meanwhile, was refurbished and painted in house at Prestons of Potto.


“The Karrier lorry was purchased at an auction along with a charabanc as a job lot,” explained Prestons of Potto’s managing director David Preston. “The charabanc was the main reason for purchase, however, when we collected the vehicles, we realised the Karrier was a unique vehicle and the decision was taken to restore it.


“The rarity of the vehicle meant the restoration took a long time as spare parts proved impossible to find and had to be manufactured or modified.”


To complete the project, the company sought the classic oil expertise of Morris Lubricants, of Shrewsbury, who supplied its Golden Film heritage range to ensure the restored Karrier truck ran smoothly.


Andrew Goddard, Morris Lubricants’ managing director, even paid a visit to Prestons of Potto to see the truck for himself. The independently owned, family lubricants business was established in 1869, 58 years before the Karrier was made in Huddersfield.


In addition to the Karrier truck, Morris Lubricants supplies lubricants for R. Preston and Son’s extensive, modern fleet of trucks.


As he and his family are vintage vehicle enthusiasts, owning two Burrell traction engines, a Sentinel steam waggon and two Stanley steam cars, the restoration project was close to Andrew’s heart.


“Prestons of Potto is a long-standing and valued customer and we were delighted to help complete the restoration project by supplying engine oil from our Golden Film heritage range,” he said. “All vehicles of that age had much the same lubrication requirements, which is why our heritage range is so popular.”


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