Volvo F10, F12 & F16 at work

Patrick W Dyer

Volvo F10, F12 & F16 at work

Author: Patrick W Dyer

Type: Hardback

Pages: 144

Size: 245x325


Following a four year hiatus the ‘at work’ series is back. Now self-published under his own imprint, Patrick W Dyer presents Volvo F10, F12 & F16 1983-93 at Work. Fans of the series need not fear any change in style or content. With his characteristic attention to detail, Patrick has gone to enormous lengths to produce this new release to the specification of the Old Pond originals. This means the same level of content, the same high grade paper and finish and even printing in the same plant. Patrick has reunited past colleagues and old friends from the original Old Pond team, including the designer, to ensure the new book will sit alongside its sister titles with only the publisher’s mark to tell the difference.



This tenth book in the ‘at work’ series picks up where Volvo F10 & F12 1977-83 (published in 2013) left off. Following the raging success of the original F10 & F12, Volvo launched heavily updated models in 1983. Little went untouched with cabs, chassis, suspension, engines, gearboxes and axles all revised to keep pace with the competition. Improvements were such that the newly intercooled F10 carried off the Truck of the Year title in 1984. The process was repeated in 1987, but this time to coincide with the launch of a new model, the mighty F16. Featuring an all new 16-litre engine, the F16 was nominally the most powerful production truck in Europe, a title it lost and retrieved on several occasions during its lifetime, straight out of the box.


This latest work tells the final chapter of Volvo’s F-truck era with over 200 photographs, sourced from the manufacturer’s archive and trucking enthusiasts, combined with the author’s informative text delivered in the familiar style of his previous ‘at work’ titles.

Patrick W Dyer

Patrick W Dyer was born in 1968 and grew up during one of the most notable and exciting periods in the development of heavy trucks and possibly the last of the real glory days for trucking as an industry. This is reflected in his choice of subject matter, which encompasses significant trucks produced between 1965 and 1995, or thereabouts.


His first book, Volvo F88 & F89 at Work, was published in 2005 by Gingerfold and became an instant hit by filling, as it did, a hole in the market for the comprehensive stories of the most beloved types within a marque. With a move to Old Pond Publishing in 2009, more titles followed, along with a reworked and updated edition of Volvo F88 & F89 at Work and the series quickly developed an increasing and devoted fan base.


Fast forward to 2021 and after nine ‘at Work’ titles plus one other published by Old Pond, Patrick has decided to self-publish for the first time with Volvo once again the subject matter and a conclusion to the F-truck story.


Although Patrick’s day job is in motor sports, he holds a Class One licence and drives whenever the opportunity arises. He was active on the show circuit from 2014 to 2018 with a 1983 F12 in Edwin Shirley Trucking livery and plans to return in 2022 with a 1986 Iveco 190.30.

Previous titles in the 'at work' series

Please note that these earlier titles are not currently available from Patrick W Dyer Books but those still in print can be obtained from

Scania LB110, 111, 140 & 141 at Work

In this highly illustrated book Patrick Dyer shows how the LB range developed from the L75 and LB76. It’s a story of careful attention to trends in the transport market and of commitment to engineering detail and driver comfort from the Swedish manufacturer. Hardback: 144 pages with 198 photos Published 2009, ISBN 978-1-905523-99-3

DAF 2800, 3300 & 3600 at Work

DAF got everything right with the 2800. Powerful, reliable and comfortable it created a ‘driver’s truck’ par excellence. To keep pace with its rivals it spawned first the 3300 and then the 3600. The story of all three is lavishly told here by Patrick Dyer. Hardback: 144 pages with 190 photos Published 2010, ISBN 978-1-906853-37-2

Ford Transcontinental at Work

Ford took on the established heavy truck leaders with its audacious Transcontinental. A master class in proprietary component engineering, the MK 1 arrived in 1975 and the heavily revised MK 2 followed in 1978. Patrick Dyer guides the reader through the development of this trucking legend. Hardback: 144 pages with 206 photos Published 2012, ISBN 978-1-908397-10-2

Volvo F88 & F89 at Work

‘Driver appeal’ as a concept was born with the F88 and truck design would never be the same again. The F89 introduced a generation to Volvo’s potent 12 litre engine and 16 speed gearbox. Patrick Dyer’s first book is revisited here in this heavily revised 2nd edition. Hardback: 144 pages with 204 photos Published 2012, ISBN 978-1-908397-15-7

Seddon Atkinson 400, 401 & 411 at Work

The 1975 400 range was designed to take the fight to the imports and was an immediate hit. American influence brought the weight down for the 401 and production ended with the 4-11 in 1988. Patrick Dyer explains the development of these Oldham favourites in his familiar style. Hardback: 144 pages with 208 photos Published 2012, ISBN 978-1-908397-43-0

Volvo F10 & F12 1977-83 at Work

Starting with the N-series Patrick Dyer steers the reader through the introduction and development of the ground breaking F10 and F12, trucks that set new standards for the industry when introduced in 1977. Culminating in a chapter dedicated to the revolutionary Globetrotter, this is a great read. Hardback: 144 pages with 200 photos Published 2013, ISBN 978-1-908397-61-4

Scania 112 & 142 at Work

Scania’s advanced modular manufacturing system was further refined for the 2-series range and at its head the 112 and 142 could not fail to impress with proven running gear and handsome comfortable cabs designed by Italy’s finest, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Truly Swedish steel in a sharp Italian suit. Hardback: 144 pages with 205 photos Published 2014, ISBN 978-1-908397-87-4

ERF B, C, CP & E-series at Work

Patrick Dyer’s eighth ‘at Work’ title explains in detail how ERF, England’s last independent truck manufacturer, fought the competition with a range of trucks using proprietary components and a revolutionary and patented cab building process between 1975 and 1993. Hardback: 144 pages with 206 photos Published 2015, ISBN 978-1-910456-10-1

Scania 113 & 143 at Work

Scania’s heavily revised 3-series built on the successes of the LB (1-series) and 2-series before. Patrick Dyer’s book does much the same, taking the reader through this chapter in Scania’s history. The 3-series range was recognised by industry when it won the Truck of the Year title in 1989. Hardback: 144 pages with 209 photos Published 2017, ISBN 978-1-910456-92-7