1966 Kenworth W900A reborn to deliver trailers

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Updated Aug 3, 2018

North Carolina-based trailer manufacturer Rampant Trailers uses the 1966 Kenworth W900A in the video above to deliver trailers to their customers.

As Rampant employee Les Brown explains in the video, Bill Thornton, owner of the Wendell, N.C.-based company, bought the truck mostly as-is a year-and-a-half ago from its original owner in Oregon. In its previous life, the truck was used to haul asphalt in the Pacific Northwest.

The interior of the classic KW is still mostly original except for a couple of gauges on the dash. The wood floors are original with the truck, and the diamond-tuck button upholstery was redone when the truck was restored.The interior of the classic KW is still mostly original except for a couple of gauges on the dash. The wood floors are original with the truck, and the diamond-tuck button upholstery was redone when the truck was restored.

The truck’s previous owner rebuilt the truck himself, and Thornton decided to buy it and drove it all the way back to North Carolina from Oregon. Since bringing the truck home, Thornton has polished the aluminum and added some minor details to the rig, but it is mostly the same as when he bought it.

Brown says they have no idea how many miles are on the rig, as the odometer rolls over every 100,000 miles. He notes the truck was used to work up until about five years ago.

Under the hood is a Cummins 400 Big Cam with a 15-speed transmission. The interior of the truck is still mostly original with only one or two gauges that have been swapped out over the years. The original hardwood floors are still in good shape.

Brown showed the truck at Shell Rotella SuperRigs in June, where the truck picked up a second-place finish in the Classic Division.

Rampant Trailers bought this 1966 Kenworth W900A in 2016 to deliver its trailers to customers. The truck was rebuilt by its original owner in Oregon, but before that, it had worked hauling asphalt until about five years ago.Rampant Trailers bought this 1966 Kenworth W900A in 2016 to deliver its trailers to customers. The truck was rebuilt by its original owner in Oregon, but before that, it had worked hauling asphalt until about five years ago. The metal dash is all original except for one or two gauges that have been replaced over the years. Les Brown says he hopes to find the original style gauges at a swap meet to give the dash a fully original look.The metal dash is all original except for one or two gauges that have been replaced over the years. Les Brown says he hopes to find the original style gauges at a swap meet to give the dash a fully original look.
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