Back from the brink: Owner-operator Chris Legg and his custom 2018 Pete 389

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Updated Feb 26, 2022

Third-generation owner-operator Chris Legg, based in Farwell, Michigan, has had to overcome numerous obstacles to keep his family legacy going with this 2018 Peterbilt 389 glider, which he leases to Thomaston, Connecticut-based JRC Transportation. In 2014, Legg was involved in a crash in which he had to lay his truck on its side to avoid hitting a car that cut him off. "I rolled the truck over on its side at 65 miles an hour," he said. "It slid quite a ways, and I had to take a break for a little while."

Chris Legg's 2018 Peterbilt 389 gliderChris Legg showed the 2018 Pete 389 at the Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Missouri, last September. He bought the light blue/gray-schemed rig from Fitzgerald Glider Kits.

As a result of the crash, doctors told Legg he may not walk again, but "I really turned that around," he said. When he got out of the hospital, he felt ready to get back on the road, but it took two and a half years to be cleared by doctors.

Easing back into over-the-road work, he went to North Dakota and worked the oilfields in the winters for two years. "I figured there wouldn’t be much traffic up there, so I wouldn’t be nervous about it," he said.

His return to busier highways came with a lease to JRC, where he's been for about three years now. 

Rear window of Chris Legg's 2018 Peterbilt 389 gliderThe phrase across the bottom of the truck's rear window, "Loaded like boxcars, driven like stockcars," is "something's that's stuck with my family through the generations," Legg said. He jokingly added that, "It gets you in trouble sometimes."

Legg's glider is powered by a 650-hp Detroit 60 Series with a 13-speed. He's had it tuned up with a bigger turbo and injectors by TML Truck & Trailer out of Ocala, Florida. He pulls a flatbed, hauling a lot of equipment for windmills in the Midwest. 

Forty-five years old at the time of GBATS last September, Legg's been hauling since he was 18. He worked for his father and grandfather until they decided to retire, at which point, he said, "I just had to fight for myself and try to find something. In today's conditions, I can't afford to run under my own authority."

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Interior of Chris Legg's 2018 Peterbilt 389To ease a possible future change in the color scheme, Legg said, instead of painting the dash he had it vinyl-wrapped.

Custom floors of Chris Legg's 2018 Peterbilt 389Legg bought tongue and groove wood flooring that is normally used in homes from a surplus store for the flooring in his truck.

Hear more from the owner-operator, and find plenty more views of pristine rig, in the video at the top.

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