Total rebuild: Owner-op’s ’81 Pete 359

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DSC00259 (1)Russell Riano says he has “totally rebuilt” this 1981 Peterbilt 359 upon his 2005 purchase of the rig. When business got slow in 2005, he says, “I found this old 359 and went to town.” He replaced the factory sleeper with a 63-inch flat-top, stretched it to 292 inches and swapped out the old engine for a 2000 550-hp Caterpillar. He hauls produce with the truck, he says.

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