Independent owner-operator Rob Hale of Wynne, Ark., hauls oversize and flatbed freight all over the South with his Poor Man’s Pete, this 2001 379. It’s powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission. Hale says his wife thinks he’s spent “way too much money” adding interior upgrades and “all the stainless I could afford,” he says.
Newkirk, Okla., native Clint Mantz uses his 2012 Peterbilt 389 to haul raw feed, propane and butane for Acord Trucking. Mantz has added 6-inch drop panels, Rockwood flooring and extra lights to the truck, which began its life as a factory glider kit with a 2006 625-hp Caterpillar and 18-speed transmission installed by Kansas City Peterbilt. “My dad did it before me,” Mantz says of his work. “I’ve taken over the tradition.”
The hit song by country music artist Terri Clark inspired the name of Tommy Roach’s 1999 Peterbilt 379. The truck is powered by a C12 Caterpillar and 13-speed transmission. The pop song “fit my lifestyle,” says the past Overdrive Pride & Polish contestant (in 2009, his combo unit bagged Third in its class). He’s added a custom enclosed headache rack, stainless steel fenders and doors and panel light bars. “Even the trailer is custom,” he says, which he uses to haul jet engines and chemicals.
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