Truck Gallery

| March 25, 2009

Mountain climber


Leased to Agland Inc., team owner-operators Skip and Ginger Torsell run their 1990 Kenworth W900L out of Broomfield, Colo., to haul fuel into western Colorado and eastern Utah. The truck has a 600-hp Caterpillar 3406E, and has logged 1.4 million miles. The Torsells added a Jones hood with 7-in. headlamps on J-bar brackets and a louvered grille. They also replaced the sleeper with a 63-in. flattop, dropping about 1200 pounds. Diversified Inc. did the body work, applying a bright green base paint overlayed with green pearl. The Torsells’ 2008 Beall trailer was custom built by Ducks Auto of Billings, Mont. “This is my idea of transporting motor fuels in style,” says Skip Torsell, who wins a hat, travel bag and license plate frame from United Pacific.


Old Mama
Jeff Griffith, owner of Jeff’s Truck & Equipment in Houston, Texas, owns this 1985 Peterbilt 359, Old Mama, whose moniker refers to her dependability hauling oversize freight, especially pipeline equipment. Old Mama has a 400-hp Caterpillar and a 15-speed Eaton Fuller. Griffith says the front end was revamped with relocated shock mounts, different front springs and a 4.5-in. drop. Among other changes, Griffith added a Texas square bumper, WTI fenders, 6-in. bull hauler exhaust and a cowhide print interior. “I have somewhere around $100,000 invested,” he says.


The Other Girlfriend
Leased to Seaboard Liquid Carriers, Darcy Gauvreau, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, hauls liquid chemicals with his 2001 Peterbilt 379, powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and 18-speed double-over transmission. Gauvreau took the front blocks out of the suspension and added an old-school square Peterbilt hood emblem, grill bars on the front, and a 22-in. no-bolt hole 3-in. boxed end bumper.


Survivor
Art Jones, a 41-year veteran trucker of Riverview, Neb., plans to add chrome deck steps, a new catwalk, a wood grain wheel, chrome switches and gauge covers to his 1985 Ford CLT9000. Jones is also rebuilding a 1987 Mustang GT convertible and owns a 1973 Ford Ranchero and a 1982 Honda Nighthawk motorcycle. “My first rig was a 1982 Freightliner cabover, and I have always wanted another cabover as a toy,” he says. Leased to FedEx Ground, Jones drives a 2004 Volvo 670.


Speed God
Rancho Bernado, Calif., resident Willie Terry, leased to Graebel Van Lines, owns this 1995 Peterbilt 379. It has a 425-hp Caterpillar and a 15-speed Eaton Fuller with 3.70 rears. Terry says he’s added a cherry wood headliner, CB cabinet and door paneling. The truck has custom Panelite fuel tank fairings and a 22-in. Valley Chrome Bumper. His truck’s treasure is the unique hood ornament, which Terry refers to as Speed God.

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