Kenworth

New diesel thieves; ‘American Trucker’ visits the custom shops

High-tech diesel thieves You know fuel prices are bad when you start seeing reports such as the one published yesterday via the website of Central Florida's WFTV. "Some long-haul truckers found a new way to steal diesel, Marion County deputies said Wednesday," WFTV reported. Deputies apparently arrested three separate haulers who were passing off a gagdet to hijack fuel pumps at an I-75 Pilot electronically. Asked about the device used, Pilot manager Steven Freant told the station ...

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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

Paccar’s MX stands out with unique design features.

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Aftermarket mirrors

The new line of aftermarket mirrors for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks fit all manufacturers and come in two styles, the 8-in. convex mirror and a 7-in. by 16-in. West Coast mirror, available in heated and non-heated options. The West Coast mirrors have a stainless steel finish, heavy-duty multi-channel construction and 5/16-in. No. 18 mounting studs for installation. The convex mirrors come in chromed steel and have an adjustable ball stud and glass mounted ...

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Hot trucking sectors draw attention

Two big parts of the trucking industry are bouncing back very strong and getting the attention of financial media outside of trucking.

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Correcting the ‘B.J. & the Bear’ truck replica record

When I wrote about the new "American Trucker" TV series, premiering tonight on the Speed Channel, I mentioned their sample episode, in which host Robb Mariani runs through the build/restoration process on Paul Sagehorn's original "B.J. & the Bear" Kenworth K100 and matching trailer, and included a photo of Paul with his other, 1984 Kenworth K100 painted as a replica of the B.J. tractor and used in his owner-operator business. I'd taken the picture in ...

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‘American Trucker’ premieres on SPEED channel Feb. 24 — with a familiar face

Imagine my surprise when, upon clicking over to a YouTube preview of SPEED's upcoming "American Trucker" series, I came upon a familiar face within the first several seconds. That face was Sparta, Wis.-based Paul Sagehorn (pictured here with his father, Craig), owner-operator of two classic pop-culture Kenworths, one employed in the filming of the Movin' On TV series in the 1970s, the other, more recent acquisition (and which I've written about extensively in the past ...

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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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New KW dealership moves to I35

Performance Kenworth has moved its full-service dealership from Austin, Texas, to Buda, Texas, about 15 miles south of its former location. The move will offer customers easier access from Interstate 35, Kenworth says. The dealership’s new location sits on a 6-acre site about a mile southeast of exit 220 on I35, which runs between Dallas and San Antonio. The new location has a 12,000-sqare-ft. facility with a 10-bay service shop, parts department and five drive-through bays, ...

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Rotella SuperRigs calendar now available…

On the cover of the annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar this year is the custom 2007 Kenworth W900L of Myerstown, Pa.-based Scott Diller. Featured also on the December 2011 page in the calendar, Diller's clearly going for an old-school '70s hot-rod look with the truck's mods, which include 34-inch quarter fenders and smooth side panels. The photo's tranquil setting is Mateer Bridge in Rockbridge County, Va., where the 12 trucks were photographed after Shell held ...

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