custom rigs

Pro Tips: Aftermarket flooring, black powder stacks

Professional truck mechanics and customizers answer questions about wood flooring, black stacks, quiet exhaust spools and clear coating a custom-painted dash.

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Rum Runner: ’89 Pete 379

This Cat-powered ’89 Peterbilt, isn’t the work of a big-money shop: All the work was done on a budget in a small garage behind Ernest Rubio's house.

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Boots Chivington’s Old Rigger: 2000 KW W900L

Oil field equipment hauler Boots Chivington added a touches to make his truck more than just a tribute to his trade – the truck was built as a memorial to his son.

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Bright and classy: How to upgrade your headlights, bulbs

Maximizing your custom rig’s forward lighting capability with retro-style headlights fitted with high-output bulbs can be something of a win-win.

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Project 351: A long, low KW W900L

A 351-inch Kenworth W900 spawned from a friendly game of one-upmanship.

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Showing strong: Kling Towing & Recovery’s 2013 FL 122SD

The truck represents the first such 112SD built out as a heavy-haul wrecker, and Kling put no small measure of pride and sweat into the customizations.

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Legends and Heroes: Custom ’99 Freightliner Classic

Mike Most is a self-proclaimed Freightliner man, having driven one for years, but he never had seen a Freightliner compete in a truck show and win. So in 2006, he decided to amend his bystander-seen Freightliner track record. “I wanted to slowly but surely show that a Freightliner Classic could compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks and win Best of Show,” says Most, who feels that after seven Best of Show awards, “I think we’ve ...

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Road Hawg: Juan Ibarra’s 1989 Pete 379

Juan Ibarra picked up his 1989 379 in near-junk condition from its previous owner in spring 2008. By November it was winning awards at shows across the country.

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Video: Yamko’s custom Peterbilt 388

Yamko Truck Lines fleet manager John Gonzales talks about his fleet's No. 136, a shipping container hauler that has a part-time gig winning trophies at Pride & Polish shows.

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Vamonos: Hank Hall’s blacked-out showstopper

While nearly all of the rigs in Hank Hall's 30-truck fleet show off a bit of custom work, his personal truck -- Vamonos, as he’s dubbed it -- is the golden child.

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