The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

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The very last in a line of well respected motor scrapers from earthmoving giant Allis-Chalmers, the model 161 was a victim of both buyout and changing conditions within the earthmoving industry.

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Well worn model 161 with sun bleached paintwork.  It has the larger 5x25 tyres fitted and an open ROPS. The usual Fiat-Allis supplied operators seat has been replaced with a Milsco air suspension model. The old one probably wore out judging by the condition of the machine! (Photo: Internet) Tyre Fitting, Machine Photo, Old Ones, Fiat, New Zealand, Bleach, Larger, Conditioner, Old Things

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

Well worn model 161 with sun bleached paintwork. It has the larger 5x25 tyres fitted and an open ROPS. The usual Fiat-Allis supplied operators seat has been replaced with a Milsco air suspension model. The old one probably wore out judging by the condition of the machine! (Photo: Internet)

For sale on a Midwest US machinery dealers lot, this Fiat-Allis 161 has a factory ROPS cab and teeth on the cutting edge to break up hard material. It looks like an attractive buy and has recently been repainted. The white lock rings on the tyres are noteworthy and not something you often see on US-based machinery. (Photo: Purple Wave) Heavy Equipment, Fiat, Tractors, Teeth, Wave, Monster Trucks, Construction, Activities, Purple

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

For sale on a Midwest US machinery dealers lot, this Fiat-Allis 161 has a factory ROPS cab and teeth on the cutting edge to break up hard material. It looks like an attractive buy and has recently been repainted. The white lock rings on the tyres are noteworthy and not something you often see on US-based machinery. (Photo: Purple Wave)

Very late production Fiat-Allis 161 with ROPS cab and all the trimmings including an additional water separator (under the air cleaner). This unit is fitted with dual mufflers & pipes to keep the noise down. It was parked up on a housing estate. The red triangle on the radiator guard is mandatory in some US states and signifies a slow moving vehicle, so this machine is obviously roaded from job to job. (Photo: Purple Wave) Engin, U.s. States, Fiat, Pipes, Wave, Monster Trucks, Triangle, The Unit, Purple

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

Very late production Fiat-Allis 161 with ROPS cab and all the trimmings including an additional water separator (under the air cleaner). This unit is fitted with dual mufflers & pipes to keep the noise down. It was parked up on a housing estate. The red triangle on the radiator guard is mandatory in some US states and signifies a slow moving vehicle, so this machine is obviously roaded from job to job. (Photo: Purple Wave)

Sadly, not all Fiat-Allis 161’s managed to survive in one piece. This late production model 161 has been fitted with a Klein 5,000 gallon water tank and is used to keep the dust down and the fill up to specification. It has a factory ROPS cab and aftermarket air conditioner unit, plus spray bars front and rear. (Photo: Authors collection) Water Tank, Fiat, Authors, Tractors, New Zealand, Monster Trucks, Conditioner, Survival, The Unit

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

Sadly, not all Fiat-Allis 161’s managed to survive in one piece. This late production model 161 has been fitted with a Klein 5,000 gallon water tank and is used to keep the dust down and the fill up to specification. It has a factory ROPS cab and aftermarket air conditioner unit, plus spray bars front and rear. (Photo: Authors collection)

In the red Georgia clay of an industrial subdivision, this Fiat-Allis 161 awaits it’s operators return. It is fitted with the optional tyres and has an open ROPS and straight exhaust pipe. Heavy Equipment, Fiat, Tractors, Georgia, Monster Trucks, Industrial, Internet, Activities, Red

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

In the red Georgia clay of an industrial subdivision, this Fiat-Allis 161 awaits it’s operators return. It is fitted with the optional 29.5x25 tyres and has an open ROPS and straight exhaust pipe. (Photo: Internet)

A rear three-quarter view of a parked model 161 reveals well the unusual elevator setup on these machines. The small hydraulic cylinder on each side of the bowl lifts the entire elevator assembly up and forward so the load can be ejected out, Although this machine has door on the ROPS, it is a local fabrication and not actually a ROPS cab. (Photo: Authors collection) Hydraulic Cylinder, Elevator, Heavy Equipment, Fiat, Authors, Monster Trucks, Activities, Big Time, Hampshire

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

A rear three-quarter view of a parked model 161 reveals well the unusual elevator setup on these machines. The small hydraulic cylinder on each side of the bowl lifts the entire elevator assembly up and forward so the load can be ejected out, Although this machine has door on the ROPS, it is a local fabrication and not actually a ROPS cab. (Photo: Authors collection)

Open ROPS Fiat-Allis 161 sits on a construction site on a Sunday afternoon. This machine was owned by a subdivision developer and has had a repaint in the not too distant past. It rides on the optional 29.5x25 tyres and appears to be a well maintained  unit. (Photo: Internet) On A Sunday Afternoon, Fiat, New Zealand, Monster Trucks, Construction, Internet, The Unit, Activities, Tractors

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

Open ROPS Fiat-Allis 161 sits on a construction site on a Sunday afternoon. This machine was owned by a subdivision developer and has had a repaint in the not too distant past. It rides on the optional 29.5x25 tyres and appears to be a well maintained unit. (Photo: Internet)

This model 161 has been parked for some time as evidenced by the rust on the bowl and elevator. It is probably for sale and looks as if could use a little TLC. Machine has the standard open ROPS and is on tyres. Elevator, Fiat, Tractors, Monster Trucks, Internet, Activities, Model, Scale Model

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

This model 161 has been parked for some time as evidenced by the rust on the bowl and elevator. It is probably for sale and looks as if could use a little TLC. Machine has the standard open ROPS and is on 26.5x25 tyres. (Photo: Internet)

Parked up in a contractors yard, this Fiat-Allis 161 is fitted with the open ROPS and rides on 26.5x25 tyres which were standard issue when the machine was introduced. It is missing the cover off the main air filter housing and has a straight, muffler-less exhaust pipe. The V8 Cummins would have sure sounded good with this setup!. The machine has had a recent repaint and wears the very last type of Fiat-Allis decals used on 161’s. (Photo: Authors collection Sounds Good, Cummins, Air Filter, Fiat, Authors, Decals, Yard, Magazine, Activities

The Fiat-Allis 161 scraper

Parked up in a contractors yard, this Fiat-Allis 161 is fitted with the open ROPS and rides on 26.5x25 tyres which were standard issue when the machine was introduced. It is missing the cover off the main air filter housing and has a straight, muffler-less exhaust pipe. The V8 Cummins would have sure sounded good with this setup!. The machine has had a recent repaint and wears the very last type of Fiat-Allis decals used on 161’s. (Photo: Authors collection