Bright orange W9 grabs attention

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Cecil Wolfe bought his 1998 Kenworth W900 in 2003 and has used it as a working truck since.Cecil Wolfe bought his 1998 Kenworth W900 in 2003 and has used it as a working truck since.

Cecil Wolfe is a 42-year veteran in the trucking industry. His 42 years equal the 42 years that his father put into the industry, and combined with the time his son has put into the industry so far, the three generations of Wolfe’s have more than 100 years of trucking history with more than 7.5 million miles, Cecil says.

One of Wolfe’s current prized possessions is his 1998 Kenworth W900 that he bought in 2003. He brought the truck to Shell Rotella SuperRigs in Raphine, Va., from his Blue Ridge, Va., home to show for the weekend.

Cecil Wolfe, and his son Jeremiah, decided the bright orange paint scheme would be more attention-grabbing for truck shows than the original green and white scheme on the truck.Cecil Wolfe, and his son Jeremiah, decided the bright orange paint scheme would be more attention-grabbing for truck shows than the original green and white scheme on the truck.

At the time he bought the truck, it was a day cab he used for his gas-hauling fleet. In 2014, he added the sleeper that’s on the rig now.  He says he has a 76-inch Double Eagle sleeper at home that he is going to install in the coming weeks. The rig sits on a 280-inch wheelbase.

He recently had to rebuild the Cat 3406E motor for the second time with just over 1.2 million miles on it. When he rebuilt the motor, he converted his 13-speed transmission to an 18-speed.

Wolfe has done most of the work to the truck himself, including air bagging the front axles and replacing most of the parts of the rear end. He also put in an orange dash and floor to match the truck’s exterior.

He no longer owns his fuel-hauling fleet, but rather runs a dedicated run to Alabama twice a week hauling freight on a matching drop deck. When he ran the fuel fleet, all of his trucks were green and white. He would enter some of those trucks in shows, but he says they didn’t grab people’s attention as much as he liked, so he and his son, Jeremiah, decided to paint this truck orange.

The dash and steering wheel are orange to match the truck’s exterior. He even added a billiards ball as a shifter knob to match.The dash and steering wheel are orange to match the truck’s exterior. He even added a billiards ball as a shifter knob to match. The floor has the same orange, white and purple color and stripe scheme as the truck’s exterior.The floor has the same orange, white and purple color and stripe scheme as the truck’s exterior. Cecil Wolfe did a hand-drawing that is now on the fifth-wheel cover he uses for truck shows. The truck on the cover is a tribute to the original green and white color scheme of his fleet.Cecil Wolfe did a hand-drawing that is now on the fifth-wheel cover he uses for truck shows. The truck on the cover is a tribute to the original green and white color scheme of his fleet.
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