Owner-op's totally custom 2000 Sterling

Dustin Ross' 2000 Sterling AT9522

Owner-operator Dustin Ross runs this 2000 Sterling AT9522, which he calls "Stella." The truck is powered by a Cummins N14 Celect Plus with an Eaton-Fuller 13-speed.

Ross says the truck is "one-of-a-kind" because it has multiple custom pieces, including a 20-inch stainless steel bumper from Valley Chrome; a grille surround that Ross made with aluminum flat-stock and hexagonal steel mesh; vocational-style headlights instead of the traditional aero headlights; front fenders from a newer-model 9522; 12 Ga. Customs Peterbilt tool boxes under the doors; custom 150-gallon tanks; 5-inch pipes mounted along the fuel tanks; Talladega Fiberglass full fenders; and more. Ross said his favorite feature on the rig is the 20-inch visor he built with his brother-in-law.

Inside the truck, Ross has installed a fiberglass dash that's color-matched with wood-grain accents, a custom gauge panel, hardwood floors and fiberglass door skins. 

Stella has just over 2.5 million miles on the clock and continues to work daily. Ross is leased on with his father's company, and they run oversized/overlength concrete poles (the longest has been a 100-foot pole with a total length of 118 feet. Ross' specialty through the years, however, has been multi-stop furniture and other LTL freight. "I’ve my father to thank for getting into this industry and getting me started as an o/o," he said.

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