Vermont-based owner rides in style with 2000 W900L

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Updated May 12, 2023

Vermont-based owner-operator Philip Rindelhardt is the owner of Darkmoon Transport and leases this 2000 Kenworth W900L to GMH Transportation out of Westminster, Vermont.

Rindelhardt showed the truck at the 2023 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where it earned a third-place award in the Working Bobtail – Lights category.

Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900LRindelhardt has owned the truck since August of 2018 and has been slowly working on customizing it to his liking ever since.

The truck is the only one Rindelhardt has owned himself, as he was a company driver from the time he started trucking in 2011 until picking up this unit in 2018. He built it as a memorial to his mother, Mary, who passed about a year before he bought the rig. The truck is used to pull a food-grade dry van up and down the East Coast.

Hood of Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900LRindelhardt added this Jones Performance hood in the Kenworth A-model style. He painted the flare to match the striping on the side of the truck. Overall, the paint scheme he dreamed up himself, moving away from the truck's original maroon and dark gray.

The KW "looked OK for what it was" when he bought it, but he "wanted to do something special and something kind of cool" with it. It sports a 72-inch sleeper and Minimizer full fenders over the drives that replaced Hogebuilt quarter fenders. "Being up in Vermont, dirt roads and stuff, I needed a little bit more protection on the back of the sleeper."

Interior of Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900LAmong upgrades Rindelhardt has made to the truck are a totally transformed interior with button-tuck upholstery, a wooden console that took him three years to find, curly maple wood cabinetry in the sleeper and more.

2WS Cat engine in Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900LThe rig is powered by a 2WS Cat 3406E with an 18-speed, putting about 735 horsepower to the ground.

Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900L at nightRindelhardt has also added more than 200 lights on the tractor, leading to his third-place win in the Working Bobtail -- Lights category at MATS.

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Philip Rindelhardt: My name is Philip Rindelhardt. Name of my business is Darkmoon Transport out of Lyndonville, Vermont.

I bought this truck out of Oklahoma back in August of 2018. It looked completely different, and slowly been plugging away at it. It's kind of a memorial thing for my mom. She passed away about a year before I bought the truck. It's the first one I've owned. Before this, I was a company driver. I started driving in 2011.

I put a new bumper on. I think this is my second bumper, the other one was a 20-inch drop. I went to the moose bumper. The first load that I did with this after the body shop, I was running across New York about 20 after four in the morning and hit a deer at 65 miles an hour, so I was pretty glad I had this bumper on.

I've done the grille. It's a Jones hood, A-model style. It's got a 2WS Cat, 18-speed. I've done the RLK visor. Got over 200 lights on this. Originally, the whole truck was maroon and the fenders were dark gray. It looked OK for what it was, but I figured if I'm going to do the whole truck, I might as well do something special and something kind of cool. But on the A-model style of the hood, the top of it flares out, and I did it to match the stripes on the side of the truck.

Spare Time Fab shop, they made all brand-new button tuck for me. I have a wooden console. It took me three years to find that. Had a new top made for it. In the sleeper, there was a cabinet place back in Vermont that I used, and they made two brand-new dresser drawers out of curly maple. They did a nightstand out of curly maple, boarded it in mahogany. I have two upper compartments that were open and they used curly maple. Made two doors for that. I put two six-by-nine speakers, one in each door.

Those are minimizer fenders. Originally, it just came with quarter fenders, Hogebuilt. I didn't really care for the quarter fenders. Being up in Vermont, dirt roads and stuff, I needed a little more protection on the back of the sleeper so I went with full wrap fenders. I like them. They work good. I have a generator on the other side, it's an APU, and then I have it plugged into my sleeper. And I have a two outlet, like a regular house outlet, and that's how I get my power inside.

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