Reader Greg Stanton asked the question attendant to his upload of this sharp Freightliner COE to Overdrive‘s Reader Rigs gallery. After we shared the pic — and the question — on the Facebook page, lo and behold, turns out drivers do well remember those days. And, of course, for some the “had to drive” portion of it was a bit of a head-scratcher. “Drive mine every day,” noted Don Porter, sharing this picture of his Peterbilt in the caves in Independence, Mo.:
For others, the memory of driving a cabover was just that, but no less alive.
Todd Modderman: I started out in a 1978 GMC Astro, 8V-92 and a 13 speed.
Mike Weldon: Love them. I started in a 1972 KW 8v71/8-speed. I want another one.
Gregg Mattox: K100 VIT and a three-story Ford.
Robert Wendt: My 1st truck was an ’83 IHC 9670. Hated that truck. Beat me to death.
James Moore: Loved driving a cabover. Drove one when I drove for Baylor Trucking years ago, when I first got into trucking. Loved that wrap-around panel it had.
The first truck reader David Baldry owned “was a Peterbilt 362 … with a 244-inch wheelbase,” he says. “Great for long loads without a permit. Mine was red.”
Sherry Owens: I used to have nightmares of bobtailing and having to hit the brakes hard and landing on my face.