Entrance TICKET. Ref 1
Entrance ticket.

Torsby Vehicle museum The Fryken truck.
Text and pictures Björn Bellander  Pictures current 2008
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The museum text is reworked and brought in line with photoes. More info can be found in book Scania 100 years.

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Swedish version

Fryken car 1928
at the museum

Scania Vabis 1928 atå Ådalen museum. Ref 1
Scania Vabis 1928 atå Ådalen museum.The engine of Fryken car. Ref 1
The engine of Fryken car.Info text at museum. Ref 1
Info text at museum. Ref 1





The renovated truck. 80% of the car are from the original truck.  Ref 1
The renovated truck. 80% of the car are from the original truck. Ref 1
The Fryken car

The Scania Vabis truck from 1928 which during snow plowing 1936 on the lake Fryken sank through the ice in the depth of 67 m.

After been on the bottom for almost 49 years, it was fond and salvaged as a project by North Varmland Veteran Technicians members. The motor club members in Torsby have then renovated the car with the economic help from private persons and companies, among them Scania-Vabis.

As the car now stand, it consist of 80 % original parts. This means that it has kept the many years on the bottom of the lake in a incredibly good way.

Scania-Vabis 1928.

It was delivered to Upper road district Fryksdal in Värmland. During plowing snow on the lake Fryken the ice burst and the truck sank including plow.

The two workers succeeded to save themselves before the car sank.

After 49 years on bottom the car salvaged from the depth of 67 m by the Veteran club which also renovated it.

Data: Chassis type: 3256. Wheel base: 3,8 m. Engine type: 1544, 4 cyl petrol engine, overhead valves. Power; 50 ps. Cylinder volume: 4,27 liter. Total weight: 4500 kg. Max load: 1400 kg. Delivery price: 18500 Skr.

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Frykenbílen 1928 at the museum

Info text at museum. Ref. 1
Info text at museum. Ref. 1


T-Ford on bottom

Scania Vabis

Scania Vabis trucks

Scania Vabis Story

Philip Wersén

Sodertelge Works

The truck on show in the museum.  Ref 1
The truck on show in the museum. Ref 1
On the 27 of Februari 1928 the drivers Sven Ljungkvist and his helper Axel Bredsberg got the mission to plow a horse racing track on the ice of lake Fryken.

Then it happened that the car came over a crack in the ice about 100 m from land. The truck started to sink but not faster than the two men in the car could save themselves.

Direct after the accident dragging was started in the ice hole. The dept by inside of the hole was 35 m and outer edge was 70 m. When the track was salvaged the exact depth was 65 m.

The dragging went on for a week before trails were given up. Now the car had to rest for 49 years.

After some investigations the search started summer 1982. But no result.

Winter 1983 one Norwegian Sigurd Hansen declared that he was willing to salvage the car with the help of a headlight and a special hook.

The water in Swedish lakes cannot be compared with those in Norway. The bad visibility stopped this trial.

During the years many have thought the matter over to search for this truck and salvage it. Nothing concrete happened until some members from North Varmland Veterans started to be interested in this matter 1979.

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Last lift

Info text in museum. Ref. 1
Info text in museum. Ref. 1







last lift up on the quay.  Ref 1
last lift up on the quay. Ref 1
Further trial in the end of September resulted that the truck was found. The use of a magnetometer which recognize metal parts and a TV equipment.

Because lack of time the truck was not found during the 2 days time when this equipment was in use. (one car tire, one large burbot fish, one wire cage and hundreds of timber were observed).

Summer 1983 the dragging were complemented with a diver. Lasse Eriksson was supposed to identify eventual interesting places. This work showed to be fruitless because of the large depth.

After these unsuccessful trials with diver, Karlstad Diver club recommended through Olle Bergö and Bent Eklund the use of a special equipment from  Underwater photo in Sollentuna. This was used summer 1984.

This equipment consisted of one TV-screen which was placed in the searching boat and a sleigh  with TV-camera. This unit was systematically moved over the bottom.

The TV-camera was equipped with a control motor. This is maneuvered the TV-camera. All of it was controlled from the boat. The result was shown on the screen in the boat. It could also when needed be saved on videotape.

In the beginning of 1984 the searching started. Much sunk timber was found and this made the trials difficult.

One magnetometer was hired from Bengt Börjesson Under water photo in Sollentuna. Anders Liljestrand, Göteborg expert in examination with this type of equipment assisted.

After searching some hours indication gave result about a place where the truck would lay.

After another trial with the camera around the place the truck was found at 19.32 o'clock on the 29th of September after it become dark.

All this is registered on videotape and can be seen on museum video. The search view distance was between 3 and 5 m.

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The wreck

Info texy in the museum. Ref. 1
Info texy in the museum. Ref. 1


What's left of the car after last lift. Ref 1
What's left of the car after last lift. Ref 1
The salvage was determined to be made summer 1985.

A large pontoon raft. A sort of wooden bundles, 46 x 29 meter equipped with two heavy wire lifting devices were mounted. This became the headquarter  for this salvage. Further more there was TV/Video equipment and underwater camera.

It was planned that a diver would go down and fasten the wires on the car, but as the cost for 2 secure diving was at least 10000 Skr. The must was first to make trials to fasten the hooks in the front of the truck by help of the TV camera.

During the winter 83/84 our pontoon raft almost was broken and had to go through a main reparation.

The cost for this salvage till February 1985 was about 17000 Skr. except all unsalaried work. Beyond this costs when during the lifting for about 10000 Skr.

The salvage was made in two steps.

1. The car was lifted  up to water surface and then moved to shallow place. Here the hooks were controlled and secured. Now the truck was transported hold just  under the pontoon raft up to Oleby quay, a distance of 3 km.

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Info text at the museum. Ref. 1
Info text at the museum. Ref. 1


Bakaxeln efter renovering. Ref 1
Bakaxeln efter renovering. Ref 1
Renovation 1.

The truck was renovated after salvaged through to use as many useful original parts as possibly.

The parts which were left were primary coach works according to picture on page 7.

The biggest rust holes could be find on the headlights. This depends on galvanic streams between steel and brass from the cooler.

The SKF-bearings in the car were after 8 years of work and near 50 years under water still in good shape.

These bearings could be re mounted again but instead they have been chosen for demonstration objects.

The thin plate in fenders and engine hood were rusted complete out of help. In order to preserve as much as possible the truck was moved to a washing hall where it wash cleaned from mud.

Corrosion injuries which isn't hazardous for strength or function were not taken any action. We want to show how the many years in water had affected the material.

Tips for the parts to be changed were we informed of because all publicity we got.

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3-way tipping device

Cleaned rollbearings could be used again after 8+49 years. Ref 1
Cleaned rollbearings could be used again after 8+49 years.






Three way tip was intact. Ref 1
Three way tip was intact. Ref 1
Renovation 2.

The three-way tipping device was intact. Some of the tires had still enough air pressure. The wagon-bridge could be reused. The head light lamps could still be switch on. The batteries could be charged (2x6 volt) one of them could be charged without any further notice.

The signal horn made signal after wiped off. Further more the snow plow could be used as the controlling wheels still cold be turned.

Much of the electrical equipment such as generator, magnet and start motor could be renovated and are now remounted.

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parts too bad for renovation. Ref. 1
Parts too bad for renovation. Ref. 1


Parts which were not able to be used in renvation. Ref 1
Parts which were not able to be used in renvation. Ref 1
Renovation 3.

When the truck for the first time was placed on the quay it showed a depressive view. It was of course filled with mud and the drivers cabin, build of wood, was partly destroyed.

During renovation needed part which could not be saved are replaced by spare parts from other Scania-Vabis trucks, from different parts of Sweden.

The truck which now is shown at the museum is rebuilt from almost 80% original parts from the salvaged truck. This after an adventure of 5 fantastic years.

The museum send a great thank to all who have worked and have given money to make this project possible.

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