Custom Rigs

Most dynamic interior award: Steve Hurley’s classic 1987 Peterbilt 359

Among a variety of enhancements, including a Unibilt sleeper conversion, it's owner-operator Hurley's interior that turns the most heads at shows: from its mirrored ceiling to the old license plates -- the floor of the Pete is covered with them.

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Limited-Mileage Combo: Crème de la crème

Freddy Velasco’s 2003 Peterbilt 379 was given an overhaul before the 2015 Great American Trucking Show, perhaps highlighted by Velasco’s unique paint scheme of purple and “crème brule.” The rig’s “California Dreamin'” moniker was suggested to Velasco by, what else, the model year. It won’t be picking up produce out in the Golden State anytime soon, he says.

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Limited-Mileage Bobtail: Candice Cooley’s classically new 389

Candice Cooley wanted to build a truck with a vintage feel without having to restore an older model. She decided to take a 2017 Peterbilt 389 and custom build it from top to bottom to give it a classic finish while still being a newer model.

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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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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Builders Class Bobtail: From ‘ratted out’ to rat rod

Following a few years off from the showing his small fleet’s trucks, Minnesota-based aggregates hauler Jonathan Eilen said he wanted to “come back and make a statement” on the Pride & Polish circuit this year. Just six weeks after qualifying, Eilen left GATS with his statement made and a National Championship trophy in hand.

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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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Amanda Myers’ 2001 Peterbilt 379 with 126-inch sleeper

The sleeper features a full bed, dinette table, shower, toilet, refrigerator, convection oven, single burner cook top and a kitchen sink. The truck is powered by a Caterpillar C15 6NZ with an 18-speed Eaton-Fuller.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Builders Class Combo: A father’s special truck build

The Virginia-based small fleet owner says he’s been writing down ideas for an autism-dedicated truck build for years. When Manuel picked up a brand new ‘15 389 glider from Fitzgerald last year, he set to work right away, tearing the truck down and prepping it to actualize his list of ideas.

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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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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Limited-Mileage Combo: Jordan Jay takes the family mantle

Jay’s company, Jay Transport out of Rigdy, Idaho, hauls specialized over-length shipments on the West Coast. The fleet runs 23 trucks total, most of them leased owner-operators. But the seven fleet trucks owned by Jay himself all sport the two-tone look. “It’s kind of my thing,” he says. “My dad kinda had his theme, and I have my theme. I wanted it to be similar -- classy and clean just like his, but in my ...

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