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One fine RV

Talk about a final ride in style. Recently retired owner-operator Howard Brinson, who worked up to and beyond his 80th birthday, with the help of an owner-operator friend and colleague turned his vintage 1984 Peterbilt 359 (pictured) into a motor home of absolutely stunning character, wouldn’t you say? Yes, that’s a 1976 Airstream travel trailer mounted as a body behind the sleeper cab. Brinson’s daughter, Mary Lee Stets, says Brinson is "hoping to take one ...

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Got wheelbase: Project 351 redux

Since I reported on Anthony Fischkelta's Project 351 Kenworth W900 in October last year, the 351-inch wheelbase tractor has made the rounds of various shows and has gotten the YouTube treatment yet again. Here's the latest, a pass-and-salute on the freeway that will give you an idea of what this big truck and its reefer really look like going down the road. Enjoy -- and hope you had a good fourth.

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Not your father’s air-cleaner canister

Though the urns resemble somewhat scaled-down versions of the chromed canister you’ll find on either side of the cowl of classically styled Petes and Kenworths, they’re sealed to protect your loved one’s cremated remains from the elements as you "keep their memory alive and in the wind," says biker and Final Ride Urns proprietor Steve Radz. Created with enthusiasts of various vehicles in mind, these urns, Radz says, "can be mounted to any vehicle.... The ...

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Optimus Prime returns flame-heavy as ever

Fans of classic big rigs, the first Transformers movie or both may be thrilled to find out that Autobot leader Optimus Prime returns to Earth in heavy metal as a blazingly blue Peterbilt with hot-red flames in his summer’s sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," to save Sam Witwicky from the evil Decepticons. Peter Cullen is back as Prime’s voice, along with most of the original cast, with Shia LaBeouf as Witwicky and Megan Fox ...

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Some bright spots in the supply chain

If you’re looking for good news, this morning’s report from the Institute for Supply Management has some: The overall economy grew in June. Warehouses are emptying out, which is good for trucking. Manufacturing failed to grow last month, though its rate of contraction is slowing. And seven of 18 industries did report growth to ISM: petroleum and coal products; printing and related support activities; wood products; nonmetallic mineral products; miscellaneous manufacturing; chemical products; and primary metals.  “Most ...

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Gauges – July 2009

National average: $2.50 Matching a low last hit in 2005, the price of diesel began increasing from $2.02 in mid-March. The first week ...

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Dollars & Sense – July 2009

Digging out of debt Do you know the one thing you can do to make yourself richer by next week? Spend less than you earn. It's really...

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Channel 19 – July 2009

Putting a loved one's ash in gear These urns, resembling scaled-down versions of external air cleaners, are sealed to protect your de...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

On-highway politics, take two

When the Springfield, Mo., neo-Nazi National Socialists group moved to adopt a section of the West Bypass around the town from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine (and thus have their organization's name plastered on signage along the road), state legislators exercised a tactic they'd employed before, as evidenced by this "Rosa Parks Highway" sign on a section of I-55 in the state (thanks, Missouri DOT, for the picture). They voted to dedicate the National ...

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J.B. Hunt driver John Coster-Mullen on film

Since I wrote about the J.B. Hunt driver whose book Atom Bombs essentially reverse-engineered the first atomic bombs in the May edition of Truckers News and in this space here, John Coster-Mullen has made some strides getting the book out to the scientific community, and the bombs' designs thus in the historical record. Featured in the final section of the 16-minute documentary below, which just went live at online TV network VBS.tv, is his talk ...

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