Freightliner

Fred: Memorializing one long-hauling dog

Condolences to Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year, owner-operator Mike "Mustang" Crawford, whose dog Fred passed away early this morning. She was 12 and some years old. "It's a rough day for me, " Crawford said. Fred had been running freight for Prime Inc. with Crawford for the better part of 2 million miles, all logged in Crawford's 1994 Freightliner. "I bet you there ain't another dog in history that's had that in the same truck." Crawford ...

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‘Here comes plug-in diesel!’

So gushed the website and weekly update of the group Hybrid Owners of America about several automakers' concept cars on display at the Geneva Auto Show last week. But in some sense, freight movement by plug-in powertrain is here, if not in the Class 8 realm, without even the diesel. Navistar recently announced expanded service points for its eStar (pictured) Class 2c-3 all-electric truck, developed in partnership with Modec EV. The new service locations include Chicago ...

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Engine Spotlight

Cummins’ ISX has been around for more than a decade, but recent changes turn heads for durability and fuel-mileage enhancement.

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Sweepstakes: Twelve days of Truck Centers Christmas

Headed through Illinois or Missouri over the next couple weeks? Here's some fun news to start the Thanksgiving holiday week about Truck Centers Inc.'s "Twelve Days of Christmas" sweepstakes promotion. Stop by any of their locations -- in St. Louis and St. Peters in Missouri and Troy, Morton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Decatur in Illinois -- to register free by Dec. 7: Illinois-based Truck Centers Inc. (TCI) unveiled a unique holiday promotion today designed to ...

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Chrome and steel bumpers

New Alliance bumper line options include chrome, painted steel and stainless steel for more than 130 truck models. Owners can use the company’s website to configure their bumper and are able to select shape, size and cutouts, which can then be ordered at any Freightliner, Sterling or Western Star dealer. ALLIANCE PARTS, www.alliancebrandparts.com

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Read his lips

Owner-operator F. P. Sykes expressed much of the same frustration in September 1965's issue of Overdrive that truckers saythe feel today.

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Vitality in strange cargo — operating tables, diners, sea turtles and more. . .

If you haven't seen it out on the truckstop racks, check out the digital edition of the October Truckers News for a fun feature profiling several haulers who move some of the more unique truckloads out there, including honeybees, Lance Armstrong's prize-winning bicycles and two of my contributions to the package, loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in a Gulf of Mexico rescue operation during this year's big oil spill and, well, classic Northeast diners. Read the ...

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Still ‘dressed for success’ — Henry Albert’s opening salvo at GATS PIB

Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year, independent owner-operator Henry Albert (pictured, right, with our current Trucker of the Year, Mike Crawford), delivered an opening salvo at Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminar Friday, Aug. 27, at the Great American Trucking Show in an address that elucidated the effects of a very-small adjustment in his  business that, Albert said, led to “increased business, new customers” and big revenue, generally, for his Albert Transport business. But, perhaps most ...

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‘Never forget': 9/11 remembered by owner-operator Dick McCorkle

Perkins Specialized leased owner-operator Dick McCorkle (pictured) was there, or at least within a few miles of there, when jet airliners were flown into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11, 2001. Specifically, he'd just delivered to a trade show at 42nd St. and 7th Ave., near Times Square. "I was delivering New York City for three or four years there," he says. "At one point in time, ...

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Daimler, Volvo challenge Navistar test

Daimler Trucks North America and Volvo Trucks North America issued sharp rebukes of a “fluid economy” road test commissioned by Navistar.

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