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More on the Kelty Farms 1976 International TranStar COE

Current owner Kyle Kelty tells the rest of the story around his restoration of his grandfather Jack Kelty's 1976 International TranStar cabover, a big part of the Kelty family for decades now.

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The ghost of flames

"We've done some pretty cool things and met some pretty cool people during our time on the road, but I think the experience we had with Greg Stahl painting our truck is the coolest, on both accounts."

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Jay Holsomback and his workhorse 1996 KW W900L

The truck is nothing short of a work of hardworking art, powered by a 550-hp Cat with an 18-speed transmission, 3:55 rears and a 305-inch wheelbase. Take a video tour through its modifications here.

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Rates, especially in the west, to spike due to major maritime carrier bankruptcy

Last week on the spot market, the load-to-truck ratio for outbound loads in the Los Angeles area shot up to about 7 load postings on DAT’s load board per one truck posting. The average is about two loads to one truck. The recent imbalance in loads to trucks puts upward pressure on rates.

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Can I get a radio check?

CB fouls turned into great illustrations of its proper use in two convoys over the weekend in Joplin, including a hundred-mile, 14-driver/truck video shoot "in the regular flow of traffic that came off like it was butter."

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Big comeback for this cabover, one of 550-plus trucking stories at Guilty by Association

A tale of triumph from near-ruin September 10, 1987 in Pratt, Kansas, for this 1976 Kelty Farms International Transtar. And: More from Joplin, Mo.

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Bend over and grab the wheel

"Every single article I've read this week about the Chicken Little 'driver shortage' has neglected to mention driver pay." ...

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Steel hauler recalls cabovers, wreck runaways and more from six decades

When Richard Maxwell started driving, cabovers were common, truck stop amenities were sparse and Dwight Eisenhower was still president.

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False-positive / -negative screens and sleep apnea

Screening criteria like the recently discussed procedures are set so broadly to refer individuals for testing that to a lot of observers it looks like a gold mine for false-positive-type situations -- at once, false negatives can occur, too, underscoring the importance of having a good doctor outside the medical certification proccess.

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When Bessie’s butt attacks

"I have it on good authority that by the year 2020, all cow butts will be equipped with DPF systems." ... On the upside, noted a glass-half-full type of observer: "When the DPF catches fire, you got steaks!”

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