A tale of two Scanias

By: Tamara Whitsed


Tony Nesci's drivers prefer the Scania R114, but Tony would rather drive his old-school 113H.

A tale of two Scanias
Tony Nesci with his old-school 1990 Scania 113H.

 

After 25 years as an owner-driver, Tony Nesci says driving in the country is what he likes most about trucking.

Based at Taylors Hill in Melbourne’s North West, Tony carts palletised flat-pack furniture between Amart’s Somerton warehouse and stores in the suburbs. The job also takes him to regional Victoria when he delivers to Ballarat, Geelong and Shepparton.

Tony runs two Scanias – a 1990 113H and a 2004 R114.

His employees, Damion Nisi and Junior Eramiha, both prefer to drive the automatic 114. But Tony prefers the old-school 113. "It doesn't have cruise control and it's a manual. It's fine because you actually feel like you're doing something."

Tony subbied for Secon Freight Logistics for 17 years and carted asphalt for three years before taking on the Amart work in 2013.

Employee Junior Eramiha prefers the 2004 Scania R114.

When he started at Amart he was driving a 2006 Scania R500, but it was soon obvious he didn’t need a 90-tonne B-double-rated truck to cart flat-packs. "It was just too much truck for the work that I was doing." That’s why he downsized to the 113.

Before he put the 113 on the road Tony spent three months giving it a thorough mechanical overhaul and some cosmetic attention. "I like a little bit of bling, so I like to polish up the tanks and the wheels and put a few Christmas lights on. I generally smarten up the appearance and get it looking very presentable and clean and neat." Now the 113 is reliable and he is proud to be seen driving it.

Tony has been buying second-hand Scanias for 20 years. He recently bought a 1997 Scania T143. "I’m just going to take my time and I’ll do a ground-up restoration on it." It will be a show pony, but he won’t leave it sitting in the shed. He plans to load it up with flat-packs occasionally and looks forward to driving it to Ballarat or Shepparton.

Read the fully story in the October 2017 issue of Owner//Driver.

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