2019 GATS Best of Show, Limited Mileage Bobtail: Past success fuels fire for 2017 champs

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Updated Oct 25, 2019

This profile is part of a multi-part series in which Overdrive is publishing stories on the five Pride & Polish Best of Show winners from the 2019 Great American Trucking Show in August.

Mike Briseno with Lindamood Heavy Hauling showed this 2013 Peterbilt 389 at the Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish in August, winning Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Bobtail category. (Photos by Jason Kindig)Mike Briseno with Lindamood Heavy Hauling showed this 2013 Peterbilt 389 at the Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish in August, winning Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Bobtail category. (Photos by Jason Kindig)

Jake Lindamood and his team at Lindamood Heavy Hauling and Lindamood Demolition know what it takes to build a championship-caliber show truck. Lindamood won Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Bobtail category at the 2017 Pride & Polish with a 1988 Peterbilt 379.

“The competition is so high, you really have to rack your brain to put out something really unique,” says Mike Briseno, operations manager for Lindamood Heavy Hauling. “We won Best of Show in Dallas in 2017, and when we do something like that, it drives us to make things even better.”

Full results from the 2019 Overdrive’s Pride & Polish can be found here.Full results from the 2019 Overdrive’s Pride & Polish can be found here.

This year, Briseno showed the company’s latest build, a 2013 Peterbilt 389 named “Wicked Obsession.” Briseno says the truck was already named when they bought it, and they are likely to change it before the 2020 truck show season.

Lindamood bought the truck two years ago with the same paint job it has today. Parts of the truck had too much stainless and polished aluminum, while other parts had too much paint, Briseno says.

“We made it look more uniform,” Briseno says. “The goal was to make it look like a show truck instead of going to a chrome shop and putting every accessory available on there.”

The Lindamood crew still made substantial changes, adding new rear fenders, cab skirts and chrome wheels. They painted the fuel tanks and swapped out the visor. The motor is a mixture of painted and polished pieces, and the driveshaft is chrome.

The truck is used occasionally on the heavy-haul side of Lindamood’s business, but Briseno says they pick and choose what it’s used for.

“If it’s an easy load – crane parts or something – I’ll drive it. I enjoy driving it,” Briseno says.

After the 2019 truck show season ends, Briseno says they will tear out the interior and completely redo it. “The goal is to be done with that by [the Mid-America Trucking Show in] Louisville,” Briseno says.

The video below, taken at Shell Rotella SuperRigs at Trail’s Travel Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota, in July, shows some additional views of the truck, as well as some more insight into the build from Lindamood driver Teodoro Quinones.

For more photos from GATS Pride & Polish, fill out this short form for access to more than 250 shots of the Best of Show champions, winners from each category, all 52 entrants and the rat rods.

Lindamood’s 389 received a lot of exterior upgrades after they bought the truck two years ago with plans for more before MATS next year.Lindamood’s 389 received a lot of exterior upgrades after they bought the truck two years ago with plans for more before MATS next year. The truck’s interior already had some upgrades with Lindamood bought the truck, but Briseno says the plan is to redo the 2013 Peterbilt 389’s interior this winter to get it ready for the 2020 show truck season.The truck’s interior already had some upgrades with Lindamood bought the truck, but Briseno says the plan is to redo the 2013 Peterbilt 389’s interior this winter to get it ready for the 2020 show truck season. Under the hood is a 6NZ Cat with an Eaton 18-speed.Under the hood is a 6NZ Cat with an Eaton 18-speed.

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