“Anyone on the East Coast will know the red cabover Pete that hauled for ShopRite,” said owner-operator Mike Landis about this power unit, which he purchased from the original owner in 2017. That owner had spec’d his several different cabovers with this paint scheme going back to the mid-1970s, delivering groceries. This one was his last.
In the video up top, Landis told the story of recognizing the 1999 Peterbilt 362 over many years and, finally, meeting its owner, Bennie Thomas of New Jersey.
Regular readers will know the truck, as I’ve featured some of the details of its history in shorter form in past. The video here, though, includes a myriad of detailed views and Landis’ tale of two men from different generations, from different backgrounds, making a deal to pass a workhorse between them with plenty of hauling life left under its cab.
It’s a special rig.
The unit’s powered by a factory-reman Detroit Series 60 replacing the original with a 13-speed, two-speed rears with 3:55 and 4:83 ratios “you can shift on the fly,” said Landis, for plenty get-up-and-go and power enough to “pull buildings down,” he quipped.
Freight is hauled on a 46,000-lb. heavy-haul rear suspension, built to last, he added.