Overdrive magazine

Universal mounting system

Sensible Products now markets a universal mounting system aimed at simplifying tool and equipment installation. The Multi-Mount Chanl Panl was originally developed for use in emergency services, but is now compatible with storage in construction and work trailers, utility truck cabinets and garage and shop walls. The panel is available in 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets and features bolts in several channels that slide to secure brackets, eliminating the need for drilling holes. Sensible Products, www.senpro.net

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More trucks, scenes from Knoxville show last week

Cinderella sleeper storyI was stoked at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend when, on Saturday morning, this yellow Mack pulled into the lot with none other than my childhood hometown of Rock Hill, S.C., lettered on the doors. The unit is the four-year project, completed when he put the truck in service in 2001, of 41-year-old owner-operator John Randolph, who lives in nearby Blacksburg, S.C., but whose shop for his and his ...

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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Trucker outreach starts safety program

Trucker Buddy International recently launched a mentoring program aimed at teaching high school students how to safely maneuver around big rigs. The program matches drivers with a high school  near their region or on a route they drive frequently. The driver makes visits to the schools to educate the students. Current Trucker Buddies may be involved in the program as well as drivers who can’t make the time commitment to Trucker Buddy but want to help out. For ...

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Brokers: Highway bill unlikely prior to election; more on the bond issue

        With news of President Barack Obama's threat to veto any highway reauthorization or extension bill that comes to his desk with authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline included, as it is in the House version that passed the Rules committee earlier in the week, came my conversation with James Lamb, head of the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents, earlier this week. Lamb said that according to his sources the Hill, given the general ...

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How to do a brake job yourself

Replacing brake linings is an essential DIY project for owner-operators to avoid problems with stopping their trucks and getting citations.

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Detroit Diesel launches new website

Detroit Diesel Corp. has launched a new website, which features a wide range of product information, customer support tools, and enhanced navigation. The website also showcases all Detroit heavy-duty engines and axles and includes recommendations and advice. Additional tools include a DEF locator, social media links to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and details on all Detroit events. For more information, visit Demand Detroit.

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IdleAir service starts in San Simon, Ariz.

A new IdleAir location, in San Simon, Ariz., is offering free, limited service through April 30, 2012, as part of the grand opening off Interstate 10 at exit 378.  Premium service is available for $1.25 per hour through May 31, 2012. The alternative air-conditioning company plans to continue expansion into Texas and Pennsylvania this year. Additional services available at the Arizona location include over 60 channels of DirecTV, basic Internet service with touchscreen display and unlimited ...

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Chuck Bosselman inducted in racing hall of fame

The 15th class of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to be inducted in October at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Neb., is set to include one Chuck Bosselman, second-generation owner of the famous Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Neb., at I-80 and Highway 281, and later related businesses. Bosselman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, got the racing bug in the late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy and ...

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Operators pitch in to foil suicide attempt, take two

It was truckers to the rescue again Monday in Minneapolis as a suicidal man stood poised to jump, hanging onto nothing more than the outside of a chain-link fence at the edge of a 25-foot-high bridge over I-94. A trooper on the scene, Carl Hoffman, took a page from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., police's handbook and asked the operators of several tractor-dry van rigs that had been stuck in the traffic that backed up around the ...

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