J&L Contracting returns to show truck competition with custom 2019 Pete 389

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Updated Dec 6, 2019

Springfield, Missouri-based J&L Contracting showed off their latest custom build at the Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish contest in August – a 2019 Peterbilt 389 that the company bought new and rebuilt with their own flair.

J&L driver Doug Jameson showed the truck at GATS and said when they bought it from Peterbilt in Denton, Texas, it was a plain white truck with big heavy-haul tires on the front. When J&L got it back to their shop, they tore the truck down and started working on it from front to back, including the interior.

The rebuild consisted of a complete rebuild of the tail section of the truck, Jameson said, including custom-fabricated fender mounts, a wider tailboard and more.

The interior work includes a custom-painted dash and floors to match the outside of the truck with some hand pinstriping. The sleeper is still mostly stock.

The company gave the truck its name, “Here We Go Again,” as a nod to J&L’s return to truck show competition. A previous Peterbilt 389, “Contender,” competed for the Pride & Polish National Championship in 2015.

The truck was named runner-up in the Pride & Polish Limited Mileage Bobtail Best of Show category. It had 2,700 miles on it at the time of the show, but Jameson said it was set to go to work full-time as soon as the show ended. It will be used J&L’s heavy-haul business.

J&L Contracting’s 2019 Peterbilt 389 flattop sits on a 300-inch wheelbase and features a 565-hp Cummins ISX with an 18-speed and 3:73 rears. (Photos by Jason Kindig)J&L Contracting’s 2019 Peterbilt 389 flattop sits on a 300-inch wheelbase and features a 565-hp Cummins ISX with an 18-speed and 3:73 rears. (Photos by Jason Kindig) “Here We Go Again” is a nod to J&L’s return to show truck competition.“Here We Go Again” is a nod to J&L’s return to show truck competition. The interior is custom-painted to match the exterior color scheme, including a roof panel with the truck’s name.The interior is custom-painted to match the exterior color scheme, including a roof panel with the truck’s name. The dash and floor were custom painted with some hand pinstriping done.The dash and floor were custom painted with some hand pinstriping done.
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