custom rigs

Custom parts set this Bulldog apart from the pack

Owner Scott Lynch shows off his 2010 CHU613, which has one of the coolest colors among all the trucks in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-American Trucking Show.

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MATS 2016: Show trucks await judging

The Mid-America Trucking Show gets underway Thursday in Louisville, Ky. Preview a few show trucks competing in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship here.

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Owner’s headache, customization’s win

Clay Snider's '07 Kenworth boasts one of the standout color schemes in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which starts Thursday. Snider has entered some truck contests before, but this is his first time at MATS.

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Blake Ballestrazze’s 1991 Pete 379

Blake Ballestrazze, 28, runs this 1991 Peterbilt 379 out of Chico, Calif. He hauls solar panels and converters.

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Vietnam vet’s Kenworth T660

Marty Meyer drives this 2013 Kenworth T660 owned by TW Transport out of Cheney, Wash. Every year, he gets to haul "The Wall That Heals" for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

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Jeff Bencic’s 2014 Peterbilt 388 car hauler

Jeff Bencic, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., hauls new and used cars with this 2014 Peterbilt 388 and Cottrell headrack and trailer.

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Hotspot Inc.’s 2015 Kenworth and tandem tankers

This 2015 Kenworth W900L, uploaded recently in Overdrive's Reader Rig gallery, has a 310-inch wheelbase and is powered by a high-torque 550 Cummins with an Eaton 18-speed transmission. In this photo, the truck is hooked to a set of 2015 Heil hot oil tanks grossing 150,000 pounds with a 4-axle lead and 4-axle pup in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

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Bill Calwonsen’s 2007 Peterbilt 379

Bill Calwonsen drives this custom Peterbilt 379 and hauls grain, fertilizer, sand, rock and more.

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Video: Ted Bowers’ 2005 Peterbilt 379 — stretched and refined behind the cab

Ted Bowers' rig, facing down an engine rebuild for the C15 that powers the unit, has in recent times gotten new headlights, stacks and, perhaps most significantly a three-foot frame stretch to a 276-inch wheelbase, complete with a unique deckplate treatment.

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Rick Tessier’s 2005 Western Star Lowmax

Tessier runs out of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, and runs mostly in western Canada. He's added 7-inch pipes, an all-chrome dash, wooden steering wheel, swivel seats and two couches that turn into a double bed.

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