Ronnie King of Jamestown, Tenn., a longtime Pride & Polish judge and onetime competitor you may well recall for the Ripe & Ready Peterbilt he built and at one time ran. He was hopeful the truck’s current owner, who like King lives in the Crossville area, where the latest in Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish series kicked off this morning, would show up with the truck, but by midday the yellow-dominant Peterbilt was nowhere to be seen. There were plenty others on-hand — some with similar paint, too. Run through a few via the photos below — a browse-able gallery is at bottom.
Iowa-based independent hog hauler Ron Brubaker was showing this “One of a Kind” 1993 Peterbilt, which the owner-operator spec’d as a short hood in October 1992 and has owned ever since. He’s thought of dubbing it “never finished,” though, given mods continue to this day. In addition to custom engineering work to turn it into an extended hood, lately Brubaker’s been hard at work on the interior with a new tile flooring job and some alligator-skin touches around the bases of the seats, among other things.
Brubaker’s son, Dan, owns and operates this 2014 Peterbilt 389 Detroit-powered glider from Fitzgerald Glider Kits, whose Crossville, Tenn., sales and service location is hosting the show. Showing in Working combo, the rig is one of six in a small fleet the 25-year-old owner owns and operates, working with his father and siblings to keep it loaded with, mostly, hogs. It’s showing with a well-outfitted tri-axle livestock trailer; Dan Brubaker and company do most all of their custom work all on their own.