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Craig Krumpton’s retirement project 1971 Kenworth W900 and classic 1980s Double Eagle sleeper

Another beauty I came across at the Southern Classic Truck Show, owned by retired Craig Krumpton of West Columbia, S.C. Krumpton picked this 1971 Kenworth W900 in 2008. Its original owner-operator team hauled in it through the mid-1990s, and it still bears their original paint and features in large part.

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Working-cabover work in progress: Owner-operator James Ryan’s 1989 Peterbilt 362

The Cummins Big Cam 4-powered 1989 Peterbilt 362 double-bunk cabover you'll see in this video has been in owner-operator James Ryan's family for years before he convinced his father, Art Nelson, to sell him the unit. Today, he hauls containers from the Port of Savannah north to Charlotte with it.

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Next-generation owner-operator Ethan Madden on the 1984 Peterbilt 359 custom rig he’s spent his teens on

Video: catch a variety of views on 17-year-old Ethan Madden's custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, a truck that's passed now through three generations of Texas Maddens to score a second in its Antique class at the GATS Pride & Polish a couple weeks back.

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1977 KW’s first run in 29 years

Restoring a rig with some history -- Bryan DeKock and the 1977 Kenworth W9 that inspired the mural on the old Monteagle Truck Stop, debuting this week at the ATHS national convention in Des Moines.

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A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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The ‘Service & Sacrifice’ 1988 Freightliner FLT86 veterans tribute cabover

Ed Harwell's custom tribute to military veterans made its first truck-show appearance at the PKY championships at the Mid-America Trucking Show. This video, and plenty of photos, show the meticulous work put into the cabover's restoration.

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Meet Bill Warner Jr. and his ’87 Pete 359 / Mac dump combo

Powered by a 425-hp Cat, the original motor, through a 15-speed transmission and 3:70 rears, Warner's 1987 Peterbilt 359 has been under his ownership for more than a decade waiting to be given the treatment it got for the PKY championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show this past week.

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‘When a truck was a truck…’

Steve Hearne's grandfather's old Ford AA "had a hand throttle like a tractor, and another lever on the column to retard the timing for hand starting." Hearne, who still lives on a portion of his family's old 120-acre farm in Vermont, remembers the unit well...

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‘My toy’: Retired owner-op Roger Hilbrenner’s 1991 Peterbilt 379

Though retired, Roger Hilbrenner's still shows the truck annually.

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What does it cost to rebuild and extend a 1986 48-foot Trailmobile flatbed?

While the huge investments some owner-operators make in distinguishing tractors from the madding crowd tend to grab a lot of the custom-equipment headlines, Zach Beadle and his expert welder son rescued this 1986 Trailmobile to put it work hauling freight and making money, pronto.

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