custom rigs

The rattiest of rat rods

"The rat rods have my full attention. I finally found a show truck no one cares if I touch. And these things are something else, let me tell you. They might not be shiny, but they're sure as heck interesting."

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Matt Cales’ 2000 Kenworth W900

Matt Cales hauls steel crane parts, machinery and general freight with this 2000 Kenworth W900. The truck is equipped with a 550-horsepower Caterpillar and an 18-speed.

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Second look at a Pride & Polish champ in Joe Regalado’s ‘Blue’ 2000 379/end dump combo

Take a video tour through Von Ormy, Texas-based Jarco Transport small fleet owner Joe Regalado's custom 2000 Peterbilt 379 and 2018 Armor Lite end dump, the trailer newly customized to match the tractor. 'Blue' continued her winning ways at GATS this year.

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Gordy Jacobs’ 2012 Kenworth W900L

The truck sports a 550-horsepower Cummins with an Eaton-Fuller 18-speed and 3:42 rears. Jacobs has added 8-inch straight pipes and shortened the steps to 39.5 inches.

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Steve Marino’s 2007 Peterbilt 379

The truck, powered by a Caterpillar C15 and a 10-speed Eaton autoshift, is used to haul petroleum products around northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

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Video: Brandon Avant and his Pete 389 ‘Mistress’

Brandon Avant spent so much time with this 2010 Peterbilt 389 during the two years it took to turn the rig into a championship-contending show truck, his wife Melissa had to give the truck its nickname, “The Mistress.”

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Ron and Sheri NeSmith’s 2016 International Lonestar

The couple, out of Oxford, Ala., hauls general dry van freight in the lower 48 for Mercer Transportation.

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Working-cabover work in progress: Owner-operator James Ryan’s 1989 Peterbilt 362

The Cummins Big Cam 4-powered 1989 Peterbilt 362 double-bunk cabover you'll see in this video has been in owner-operator James Ryan's family for years before he convinced his father, Art Nelson, to sell him the unit. Today, he hauls containers from the Port of Savannah north to Charlotte with it.

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Ron and Liz Arguin’s 2014 Kenworth T800

The truck features a 230-inch ARI sleeper, which includes a five-foot garage with a Rampage power lift for Ron's 2014 Indian Chieftain motorcycle. The rig sports a 550-horsepower Cummins with 2,050 ft-lb of torque and a 13-speed with 40,000-pound, 3:55 rears.

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Tory Jacobson’s 2003 Peterbilt 379

All the lights on the truck and trailer have been switched out for the Trux Dual Revolution lights that can be switched to blue, and all the aluminum on the truck has been wrapped with stainless steel.

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