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Owner-operator Kary Bryce out of Sibley, La., founded his now-116-truck fleet as a single-truck owner-operator in 1988 with a Peterbilt 359, and he’s always had a few nice 359s running in his operation, he says.
Perhaps now his most-famed 359, however, he bought in 1996. He’s put a million miles on the ‘86 359 himself, and he’s rebuilt the rig as a custom working rig several times. But now, the truck has hardware to back up Bryce’s efforts, having picked up Best of Show at this year’s Great American Trucking Show.
“It stayed parked for two years, and we decided to tear it down and start building on it again,” he says. That was six years ago. Since, “Smoking Section” had been under construction at 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo., as the canvas for the gamut of custom truck features. The name came from both Bryce’s father, a smoker who always referred to the back of the truck as “the smoking section,” and the truck’s original Caterpillar, which has always puffed a little black smoke.
“It’s clean and classic,” Bryce says of the rig. “I’m proud of it.”