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Scottish haulier restores classic lorry to celebrate 70th birthday

Morris Lubricants has provided the lubricants for a restoration project to celebrate Scottish haulage company Galt Transport’s 70th anniversary this year.


The Dumbarton-based haulier has turned back the clock by restoring a 1937 Albion CL125 lorry with little help from Morris Lubricants, who have the distinction of supplying lubricants for vehicles ranging from ultra-modern to classic.


Managing director Allan Galt, who completed his apprenticeship at Albion Motors, Glasgow, acquired the Albion CL125 truck last year and it has been his labour of love to restore the vehicle and give it the original green livery of Daniel T. Galt.


Now the Galt family plans to use the Albion CL125 in photo shoots with some of latest additions to the company’s fleet of vehicles, including one with a special platinum 70th anniversary wrap.


Mr Galt said: “We have enjoyed a long-established relationship with Morris Lubricants and use a variety of their products including engine oil, gearbox oils and greases across our modern, mixed fleet of over 60 vehicles and 100 trailers.  Morris was therefore a natural choice for us when restoring the Albion.”


The Shrewsbury-based business was happy to help with the restoration project. The Albion CL125 uses Golden Film SAE 30 Classic Motor Oil, which is recommended for use in veteran, classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and tractors, where engine design and tolerances prohibit the use of modern multigrade, high additive level oils.


In addition, the company also provided Superclean Motortune petrol treatment, an advanced fuel additive designed to clean and maintain petrol engine fuel systems.


The haulage company, which has been owned by the Galt family since 1947, offers a wide range of transport and logistical solutions with its fleet of 60 trucks and 100 trailers at four operating centres across Central Scotland, with services including lorry mounted crane hire, container lift, storage, distribution and driver training.


Galt Transport was founded by Daniel T. Galt in 1947 with four vehicles and a horse and cart providing a direct next day service from Glasgow’s quaysides to Dumbarton, Alexandria and Balloch.


Twenty years later, his son Allan joined the company and grew the business and today, Allan’s son, Andrew, runs operations, while daughter Linda is marketing and business development manager.


The company has been founded on a willingness to diversify and provide innovative transport solutions to customers.


Morris Lubricants’ area sales manager for Northern England and Scotland, Steve Brownless, said: “There is always a deep satisfaction in being able to offer long standing customers lubricants to meet the demanding requirements of their newest fleet, but also to support the heritage that enabled them to become one of the best known and respected families in the business.”


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