Thirty-one-year-old Omaha, Neb.-based owner-operator Ben Vernier picked up the trade at an early age and didn’t waste any time buying his own truck. He’s been an owner-operator for 10 years already — since he was 21 — and decided this year it was time to upgrade to a newer, nicer rig for his furniture-hauling operation.
He bought a 2013 Peterbilt 389 glider kit and had Kansas City Peterbilt take it part, painted the frame and other individual components and piece it back together. While they had it apart they also stretched the frame to 321 inches.
They then painted an ’02 C16 Caterpillar an electric green and dropped it in.
KC Pete lowered the front end and installed a 12ga. Customs air ride kit, added a lift bumper, customized the interior and swapped out the fenders, visor and deckplate.
Vernier said the shop just finished the truck last week, and he has it on display here at the Great West Truck Show. The beauty, too, is it’s sitting away from the other Pride & Polish strip, slap in the middle of the show floor.
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