‘Old School’ Pete moves to the head of the class

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Updated May 1, 2020
The 1981 Peterbilt made its mark at Overdrive’s Pride & Polish.The 1981 Peterbilt made its mark at Overdrive’s Pride & Polish.

“Old School” wasn’t exactly making the grade when Robert Young of Okemah, Oklahoma, bought it for $4,300 in 2003. The 1981 Peterbilt 362 cabover “was a basket case,” he said during the 2005 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

“We did everything – from stretching the frame to painting it,” Young said. He and his son Lukas “built the whole thing from the ground up.”

See all of the 30th anniversary coverage for Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish here.See all of the 30th anniversary coverage for Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish here.

That included painting it a shade of yellow shade normally used for Ford Mustangs, then adding green pearl and white ice sparkle for signage. The vibrant paint job helped the truck win First in Cabover Bobtail at the 2004 Overdrive’s Pride & Polish and First in Cabover Combination in 2005.

The combo included a reefer used in hauling frozen chicken, though that was hardly the family’s only line of business. There was also Young’s Paint and Body Shop, a wrecker service and a sign shop.

“We live in a small town, man, so you got to do a lot of stuff,” Young said.

“Old School” was photographed in Dallas by Paul Hartley/ADD Media. It was featured in the 2006 Pride & Polish calendar, sponsored by Mobil Delvac.