Tag: GBATS 2018
‘In loving memory of Gordon Halcomb’: One sharp 2007 Peterbilt 379 of three rigs so dedicated
Three that I’ve seen, anyway — here find detail, and video, on one of them, the 2007 Peterbilt 379 driver Randy Earnest pulls in with small fleet Halcomb Farms Trucking, leased with Tralo. As with the two others Halcomb showed, the truck Earnest drives is dedicated to owner Kenny Halcomb’s father, Gordon, who passed in 2017.
January 30, 2019
Facelift and more for Mike Hussey’s 1999 Kenworth W900L
Mike and his wife, Corren, were among the many I met this past year at GBATS. Since purchasing the N14-powered W900L after it sat for 10 years, he’s put plenty into it, from an engine overhaul to rears and the transmission as well as exterior modifications.
January 3, 2019
The ’61 needlenose and ’74 cabover Petes — and a pair of 389 gliders — of Mel-Rick Inc.
At GBATS, Rick Bestwick and company — owners of the Mel-Rick Inc. 10-truck hopper and step-deck pulling fleet of Sabetha, Kan. — showed two classics and two hardworking gliders. Catch more about them, and the Mel-Rick business incorporated since the early 1980s, in this new video.
December 27, 2018
1,000,000-mile overhaul of ‘High Maintenance’ 379’s power plant, other PM fringe benefits
One such benefit — when his oil provider found out he’d gone a million without needing an overhaul, techs tore down owner-op Dave Marti’s C15 in the course of filming a video about it, all on the dime of a party other than Marti. “Hindsight to this story, though,” he says, is “we probably could have gone a long way further without opening it up,” and without engine issues.
December 20, 2018
The 1972 Peterbilt 359 flagship of Smokin’ S Customs
Results of Steve Snelson’s years of work on this daycab. Snelson notes the rig remains a work in progress, details of which he takes up when he has the time. Less and less of that available as the Smokin’ S Customs business attracts more customers.
December 13, 2018
A closer look at the ‘Memorial Run’ firefighter-tribute CEI 2018 KW T680
It’s a truly remarkable unit, and with greater urgency present as fires intensify, particularly out West, a fitting tribute to all who give themselves to protecting the rest of us.
December 5, 2018
Truckers helping foster 12-year-old Robbie Welsh’ creative journey
In this edition Overdrive Radio, St. Louis mother Sarah Welsh details how the trucking community, particularly a variety of owner-operators among it, has helped foster her 12-year-old son Robbie’s passion for so many things trucking — and particularly: “meeting drivers to talk about their trucks,” Sarah says. A kindred spirit, as it were. More…
November 19, 2018
Introducing the ‘Goose’ 1996 Classic XL and its 140-inch remodeled custom ICT sleeper
Daniel and Phyllis Snow of Harrison, Ark., have lived more than the last decade with their long-in-progress 1996 Freightliner Classic XL, “The Goose” to their son Jayme’s workhorse “The Duck.” The 1996 XL features a remodeled 140-inch big bunk with all the comforts of a home.
November 6, 2018
‘Career gambler’ Dean DeSantis and the aptly-named 2018 Peterbilt 389 with 124-inch ARI sleeper
When it comes to custom rigs, “In the world of everybody building gliders, I’m a guy who kind of cuts across the grain a little bit,” says Dean DeSantis.
October 30, 2018
Video look on a 353-inch-wheelbase 1999 Classic XL and its 190-inch sleeper
Owner-op Jayme Snow showed the unit recently at the Guilty by Association Truck Show, parked up next to his parents Daniel and Phyllis Snow’s 1996 Freightliner. Jayme’s rig and its two sleeper and wheel-base extensions, among other details, are no doubt remarkable.
October 25, 2018
Owner-op Dustin Bates’ 34 years young hauler: The ‘Just Passing Thru’ 1984 Freightliner FLC120
The classic mid-’80s Freightliner conventional body style and striping immediately set it apart at GBATS right here. As Bates himself says, you don’t see many of them around any more. Video, detail on the previously single-owner unit, well-preserved, here.
October 18, 2018
‘Paid for, she is’: Update with Michael and Tammy Groom’s 2012 T660
You may recall the Star Wars-themed 2012 Kenworth T660 from the 2016 Guilty by Association Truck Show. Hear from the semi-truck's owners on Overdrive Online.
October 11, 2018
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