Scott Mueller chose the blue and silver paint on his 2007 Western Star 4900, bought new, to express his love for the Dallas Cowboys. A third-generation driver from Fremont, Wis., Mueller hauls equipment and machinery nationwide with the truck, which is powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and an 18-speed transmission.
This 2002 Peterbilt 379, owned by David McDaniel of Jefferson City, Tenn., is equipped with a 550-hp Caterpillar and 18-speed transmission. McDaniel says he began adding parts right after he bought it in 2006. He’s added 8-inch stacks, custom mud flaps and clear LED lights. He’s installed chrome inside. McDaniel hauls glass from Tennessee to Canada.
Sara Hayes and her son Owen of Leesburg, Ga., dubbed their 2005 Kenworth W900L the Dump Bucket Cadillac. Owen likens operating the truck to driving a Cadillac and says it is one of the nicest pulling dump loads in south Georgia. The truck is powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and a 13-speed transmission.
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‘Come on back, truckers, and talk to Teddy Bear’
When we asked in July for the best classic trucking music, you responded loud and clear. With you, we longed for the comfort of home after six days on the road and shed a tear for young, crippled “Teddy Bear” and his faithful CB friends. We narrowed nominations to 10, took your online votes and here are the results.
Find links to MP3 downloads of each via the Aug. 4 entry on the Channel 19 blog: overdriveonline.com/channel19.
Overdrive’s top 10 trucking songs
This classic, made popular by Dudley (pictured), was covered by artists such as Sawyer Brown and Steve Earle. It’s lauded by drivers for its portrayal of the joy and hardship of the road — and the longing to get home.