Jumping right in

Like the dinosaur wearing cowboy boots next to the historic West End MarketPlace in the entertainment district of downtown Dallas, Jermiah Wingo’s 2007 Peterbilt combines touches of old and new.

The 2007 Peterbilt 379 was still in diapers – only 2 months old – when Jermiah Wingo brought it in to play with the big boys at the 2006 Pride & Polish. Wingo wasn’t familiar with the show truck scene, but the Truck Rods body shop at Peterbilt of Joplin, Mo., which did the graphics on his truck, convinced him to give it a try.

“It came with the black sapphire,” Wingo says. Touches of white pearl, including reflective flecks, were added. “To me, it’s an old-school paint scheme; it was around in the ’70s.”

He had exterior lights placed subtly, face down inside the body line from front to back of the cab, avoiding the common strip placement along the breather. He also had a spacer removed from each front leaf spring to lower the body.

“All I wanted was an old-school truck that would reflect back to my dad, to when he started,” he says. His dad, Mike Wingo, started in the 1960s when he was 18. Now father and son operate a two-truck fleet called Wingo from their home in Cassville, Mo. Jermiah pulls a reefer for Tyson Foods.