Scania Centurian #86

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Yes that one, once owned by John M Phillips and once the most popular poster on many boys walls right next to the Kylie Minogue one with her permed hair style! I too had the poster on my wall and as it goes only recently, I posted it to the current driver of the new Centurian 101, operated by Coles & Sons. Well now the original Scania 143 Streamline that inspired Coles most recent master piece is finally back in a workshop and being brought back to the beauty she once was back in the 1990’s. Since the popularity of #86, she has ended up in the home of all the old V8’s…Ireland. The truck has ended up looking, well, not even half the truck she once was. Now she has an almost plain yellow cab, the rear panel is the only one left with original artwork, no exhaust stacks, but much to her current owners delight the interior has managed to survive and is actually in pretty good nick, considering the external appearance.

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Scania Centurian #89

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Current owner Michael said the plan is to get her back to her original spec:

“I have it now about 2 years but I had been trying to buy it for the last 8 years. The engine was well worked so we completely rebuilt it from top to bottom. We are at the stage now of renewing the brakes, refurbing the axles and renewing wiring before we start the cab we want everything else done first. As for the paint work it will be kept yellow and art work the same only more detailed.”

What Michael wants you to do is supply as many of your photos of the Super Swede as possible. He wants to recreate the truck as accurately as possible so obviously the more photos he can get hold of, the more accurate the rebuild will be. Then you will all get your reward, by being able to enjoy the truck once again at all the shows. Just imagine when Michael’s original Royal Centurian meets Coles & Sons Centurian 101…….stop it!

Scania Centurian #89

If you have any photos from Trucks shows, posters, what ever then please email me copies and I can pass them onto Michael. Alternatively you can post your photos on the Truckblog Facebook page, if your that way inclined! Michael and myself look forward to hopefully seeing some of your pics, so get in the back of your wardrobe and dig them out, just think you’ll be doing your wife/partner a favour by clearing out more of your truck crap……….or is that just Mrs Truckblog?!

Scania Centurian #89

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15 thoughts on “Scania Centurian #86

  1. truck & driver did a extra mag with there issue after truckfest peterboro and they did a full write up on it with all the photo’s you would need for a rebuild and the bring it by to it’s old self

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  2. Benners, as per telecon i was with Mr Phillips today. he is in touch with Michael already and has supplied him with an old lamp bracket that he had in his garage so that he can get an exact colour match. i have got Johns tel number and he said that i can pass it on to you which i will. i think he would be a good subject for a truck blog style documentry/ interview.

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  3. I’ve been a fan of this truck since i was a kid.
    I even posted a thread up on here asking for some pics as I’m having a model built of the j m phillips centurion as we speak.
    I did mail quite a few pics over to Michael of the centurion.

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  4. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER BACK TO HOW SHE WAS WHEN JOHN M PHILLIPS HAD HER PULLING OUT OF ARMSTRONG STEELS AT KIDDERMINSTER I WISH JOHN HAD OF KEPT HER I SPOKE TO JOHN ABOUT HER WHEN I DELIVERED STEEL TO ASD THAT USED TO BE ARMSTRONG . I TOLD HIM THAT I SAW HIS OTHER SCANIA HE HAD AFTER THE CENTURION AND THATS BEEN BATTERED AND WRECKED BY ITS KEEPERS IT HAD . PEOPLE HAVE GOT NO RESPECT FOR NICE LOOKING MOTORS ???? MY MATE IAN JOHN HAS JUST BROUGHT THE BLUE M.A.N THAT JOHN HAS JUST CHANGED AND SHE IS STILL LOOKING SWEET . ANY WAY HOPE THE SCANIA CENTURION GETS BACK TO HER FORMER GLORY WOULD LOVE TO SHE HER BURBALLING BACK ON THE TARMAC AGAIN WITH HER TWIN PIPES BLOWING BY HER V8

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    • it was rolled in an accident and the insurance refused to pay for the paint job or any brightwork,the only panel to survive intact was the rear mural,the murals that were salvagable on the quater&roof panels were cut out with a plasma gun and now i beleive live on someones garage wall in the black country.the cab and chassis was repaired at the bodyshop of keltruck in west bromwich by dunc(proper bloke) have fond memories of this truck,myself&andy young uprated the injectors,bhp&the turbo also adjusted the pump settings many years ago to make this a proper beast.

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      • after john phillips the next owner was grinsells skip hire of west bromwich who used her on landfill operations pulling a ejector trailer(this knocked the living s**t out of her) grinsells then part chopped her back to keltruck as they favoured eight wheelers,it was then repaired back to former glory at keltruck west brom by phil green&jamie heathcock,after that she was sold on and i beleive she went on container work,last time i saw her dunc at keltrucks bodyshop was repairing the cab after she was rolled.

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