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Anthony Fischkelta’s 2014 custom KW, done for now

| April 24, 2014

Anthony Fischkelta's 2014 Kenworth W900 project truck

One of the items Fischkelta's "most proud of" on the truck is the paint work. After some hiccups with KW out of the factory, Connecticut-based Turnpike Motors finished it off -- "everything has three coats of clear on it," says Fischkelta, for a mirror finish the pictures just don't quite do justice to. He adds about Turnpike: "That is one of the cleanest shops I’ve ever been through -- you could eat off the floor."

One of the items Fischkelta’s “most proud of” on the truck is the paint work. After some hiccups with KW out of the factory, Connecticut-based Turnpike Motors finished it off — “everything has three coats of clear on it,” says Fischkelta, for a mirror finish the pictures just don’t quite do justice to, though almost: check out the long reflection on the driver’s side of the hood. He gives big kudos to Turnpike, about whom he adds: “That is one of the cleanest shops I’ve ever been through — you could eat off the floor.”

Moonachie, N.J.-based Grand Street Warehouse owner-operator Anthony Fischkelta spent more than a year of planning and work with the Kenworth factory and, later, in his own and other shops, on this old-school-styled custom rig now running the roads hauling reefer freight between New Jersey and Boston. Compared to his last rig, the 351-inch-wheelbase Project 351, which he’s sold and which we looked back on in this month’s issue, the 331-inch 2014 Kenworth W900 is a veritable runt — with a flat-top design and small sleeper. But in this case, that’s a good thing, says Fischkelta, who calls it a “more practical,” as it were, take on the long and low custom rig. It’s powered by a 600-hp 2010-emissions-spec Cummins.

DEF tank detail editAmong the more interesting modifications he put into the rig is an eight-gallon DEF tank that he’s “removed from the frame and put in the driver step,” he says. He spec’ed battery placement betweeen the frame rails — “you can order it from the factory that way.”

In terms of its operation with the engine, it works just great, says Fischkelta, but as with so many changes, it comes with a trade-off, but just one as far as he can see thus far. Given the tank is more than twice as small as most stock DEF tanks, “every 600 miles you have to fill it up,” he says.

Nonetheless, the change is getting a lot of attention on those stops from drivers. “I did something different and I’m getting results out of it,” enough said.  

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Got questions for Fischkelta? Find him on Facebook here or look for him out on the road if you’re hauling Northeast.

Outside of the steps, which came ready-made, all stainless/chrome parts, from both front and rear bumpers (4 State) and the visor (12 Ga.) to the mirror brackets, were designed in concert with Fischkelta by custom shops around North America. You can read more about just who in my prior post about it, with further shots of the rig in process, back in February

It’s done for now, Fischkelta says, but there’s more to come, for sure. “The interior’s still stock right now,” he says. “I’ll do the doors and floors but haven’t figured out which way I want to go with it.” Stay tuned.

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New custom KW under way from Anthony Fischkelta

Anthony Fischkelta is looking toward Mid-America next month with his latest project truck, the 2014 Kenworth W900 with a 331-inch wheelbase.

Pictures/detail of the rig follow in the gallery. Fischkelta says he’s planning on taking the unit with his reefer trailer to Rotella’s SuperRigs event, this year planned for Charlotte, N.C., May 15-17

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