If this J&L Contracting 2013 Peterbilt 389 heavy-hauling glider (powered by a 2002 Caterpillar engine run through an 18-speed tranny) looks somehow familiar to you, you’re not alone in the impression. Visitors to the Wildwood, Fla., edition of Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish in April got a good look at it under the ownership of then-Landstar-leased owner-operator Brett Cole, who placed second in his class there in the Wash & Show portion of the competition.
Springfield, Mo.-based J&L, owner James Williams’ heavy-haul and dump small fleet, says J&L driver Randy Menkel, wanted the truck — and they got it.
They retooled it for super loads and gave it a full going-over to show in the Pride & Polish edition in Crossville, Tenn., last month at Fitzgerald Glider Kits’ location there with a modified 2015 Trail King heavy-haul drop trailer. The unit was re-christened “Back in Black” for its return to the show circuit. Cole, meanwhile, says Menkel, now heads up the company Oklahoma outpost.
Run through some of the details below in a video walkaround with Menkel and a few more photos of the unit.
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