custom rigs

Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Bragging rights on the line today

The Great West Truck Show Pride & Polish awards ceremony starts today at 11 a.m. PDT.

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Photos and video: Ray Rodriguez’ flamed ’88 Peterbilt 379

Ray Rodriguez discusses some of the details of his 1988 Peterbilt 379.

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Photos: Custom 1968 Peterbilt 358

Leroy and Joanie Bracelin dropped off their beloved 1968 Peterbilt 358 to Brent McGrath of Brent's Custom Trucks 12 years ago to do with it what he could in the way of a custom rebuild. It was originally a dump truck, spec'd new by Leroy himself in the 1967, and "he wanted red and chrome, and he let me do with it what I wanted," McGrath says, who admits he just finished the rebuild project — ...

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Update on Sandvik’s party trailer

A photo of the truck that pulls the party trailer.

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Showing in style

Bill and Marie Sandvik bring the comforts of home to the Pride & Polish floor.

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Desert chrome: Great West Pride & Polish

The Great West Truck Show starts Thursday, June 14, and with it comes the second installment of the 2012 Pride & Polish season.

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Two awesome class 8 motor coaches

The first comes by way of the Southeastern Regional Truck Show and the awesome pair of Hyler Bracey and Cass Flagg, the former of whom you may well remember as one of the folks behind the "Big Horn" moving museum(click through that link for a story about its conception.Some years later, Bracey was looking for a way to ride in style to antique tractor and truck shows from his Atlanta-area home base with Cass and ...

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Beautiful people, beautiful trucks: Behind the scenes

Yesterday David and Melissa Holbrook of Holbrook Farms in Tennessee offered up a small portion of the Holbrook family 350-acre dairy farm (main shop pictured) as prime location for some ongoing beautiful trucks/beautiful people pairing. (For some outtakes from the last photo shoot in Alabama, check out this post.) The Holbrooks were extra-generous in this case, also providing David's jet-black 1986 Peterbilt 359, restored and customized over the last several winters in his shop. Most recently ...

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Two J&S Petes — views from a new custom player

The combination of the J&S Truck and Trailer Sales dealer in Knoxville, Tenn., and J&S Body Shop, run by Benny Coffey in nearby Corryton, showed these two newly restored / customized Petes at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville last month. They're lookers, that's certain, and both on sale at the J&S sales installation at 2816 John Deer Dr. in Knoxville. The sleeper truck on the left is a 2005 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with ...

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