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Video: J&L Contracting’s 2013 Peterbilt 389 — Back in Black

The "Back in Black" glider, powered by a 6nz Cat, was formerly the truck of then-Landstar-leased Brett Cole -- J&L retooled it for heavy haul, among other extensive customizations, says J&L's Randy Menkel.

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A safer, more sensible CDL entry path

The current prohibition on interstate driving for 18-20-year-old CDL holders does only so much to promote safety.

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Broken thermostats and filthy lies

"I had someone come up to me at the Rantoul show and say, 'I love your filthy lies. They crack me up.' A normal person would probably be incensed by this..." Wendy, normal? Um... Sometimes, staying comfortable on the road is hard.

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Redux: The cost of emissions-system maintenance

For too many truck buyers, such costs and associated practices are unforeseen and unheeded at time purchase, notes a longtime truck sales/service rep. And: "Let’s face it, even with proper maintenance emissions systems are still not as reliable as they should be."

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Rantoul is cool

The Precious, Troy Huddleston and more at 8th annual TopGun Largecar Shootout and Working Class Truck Show in Rantoul, Ill., last weekend.

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Video: Another Godfrey goes after semi-truck jump record — and nails it

Daredevil Gregg Godfrey nailed a world-record-worthy semi-truck jump at Evel Knievel Days July 24, landing the rig 166 feet from the launch point.

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‘Operation Truck Stop’ enforcement effort targets off-toll-road traffic in Northern Indiana

Of the recent enforcement blitz in northern Indiana, one trucker asks: Just another way to move more truckers to the Indiana Toll Road?

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Ignorance is bliss, and possibly extinction

"There are 3-million-plus CDL holders in the United States, and talking loudly about how exactly they want their government to represent and restrict (or not restrict) them could be deafening if it were focused..."

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The Mistress at the truck show with the wife and kids

Profiling the scene around David McDaniel's 2002 Moore Freight Service-leased Peterbilt 379, "The Mistress," caught last weekend at the Pride & Polish in Crossville, Tenn.

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It’s OK to tell

"Most manufacturers really do want to hear why you don't like their product. It's a hassle consumers shouldn't have to go through, but how else do you expect them to make the product better?"

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