trucks

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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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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Avoid these common tax prep mistakes

If you want to dodge common mistakes owner-operators make on tax returns, you need to check certain numbers, advises columnist Kevin Rutherford.

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NFI driver delivers third roadside baby

I was all set this morning to write about the debate over the appropriate strategy toward dealing with fraud in the trucking industry from crooked poseur brokers and the like (tune in tomorrow for more on that), but sometimes a story hits that is just too good and/or unbelievable to pass on. Today, that story is NFI driver Mike Hawthorne's. According to press reports, and NFI's website, Hawthorne not only assisted Jack and Tammy Smith on ...

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Some L.A. port truckers voting for union representation

Employee unions can be tools toward giving workers a stronger basis in decisions regarding their collective interests, just as small-business associations can help to give collective voice to small business interests. Where the line between the two is blurred, however, there may well be unintended consequences of legal moves in either or the other direction. According to reports like this one in the Australian press, a group of truckers working Southern California ports for Australian firm ...

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TCA’s weight-loss contest week 7: Individual driver leaders

After we posted last week on the week 6 results of the Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition among carriers and their drivers and staff members, the organization released the week 7 results, including not only cumulative carrier percentages (Prime Inc. remains the weight-loss leader) but results among individuals. Drumroll please.... Hirschbach Motor Lines driver Carl Bailey is the individual leader with a whopping 23 percent-plus reduction in weight, nearly a quarter of his beginning weight lost! ...

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Tackle, oil patch service and a joke: Channel 19 Thursday round-up

Win Bass Pro Shops gift certificate from VIPro TruckForce networkFor the fish-happy among you (weather's been good for it over much of the nation, that's certain), ongoing through the end of May, operators utilizing the VIPro TruckForce network of shops for maintenance can enter to potential win one of 25 $150 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. VIPro TruckForce service centers are located "coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada," network reps say, offering "quality ...

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Meet celebrities at Freightliner booth

The truck maker will have Richard Petty there Thursday to meet fans and give autographs. Truck racer Mike Ryan, who many times has won the Pikes Peak Class 8 truck race in a Freightliner, will be around during the show. His truck is on display, too. Freightliner's booth is emphasizing its history of innovation. Some of the trucks on display have retro styling from the '70 and '80 to reflect that history. All worth stopping by if you ...

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‘Outcast Kustoms’ TV show to debut March 26

If you give a look at the March 26 schedule on Discovery's Velocity Channel website you'll find a listing that may well ring a bell or two for the custom-truck enthusiasts among you. Listed at 9 p.m. on that date is Episode 1 of a show called "Outcast Kustoms," which will feature Kelvin and April Locklear of the custom build shop of the same name. The Locklears are the longtime customizers behind the K&L Chrome ...

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CSA-Proofing, part two: Closed greasing system

I wanted to highlight a maintenance tip today you may have missed from owner-operator Gordon Alkire, leased to Landstar, down in the comments section on my "CSA-proof your rig" cover story for this month's Overdrive (if you haven't read that story yet, find it here in text or in digital mag format here). Essentially, Alkire's engineered a solution to the problem of needing to get under the truck to grease front and rear suspension components with ...

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