Custom Rigs

Checking in with Ben Cadle and a recent fleet addition: The ‘Joy Ride 3’ 1982 Freightliner cabover

Video: Take a run through small fleet owner Ben Cadle's new flagship 1982 cabover, as seen at GATS this year as well as at the Southern Classic Truck Show in N.C. He hauls about a load a week in it today, he says, after spending a year and a half or more turning it into this custom gem.

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Bandit truck racing season finale set for Saturday

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series will wrap up its inaugural season this Saturday, Oct. 28, at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga., where it will crown its first champion.

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Rob and Jenni Kebler’s 2017 International LoneStar

The truck features a 475-horsepower Cummins ISX15 with an Eaton 13-speed. The couple mainly hauls air freight across the U.S.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Working Combo: Two circles, five awards

The rehab project on the '96 Kenworth W900, originally painted blue, included rebuilding the engine, adding a new transmission, cutting and stretching the frame, doing the paint job and more.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Builders Class: Puzzle comes together for autism theme

Of the nearly 2,000 puzzle pieces on the custom-built rig, some are welded into the cab floor and the deck plate, as well as on the wheels. He says more than 600 man-hours went into the welding of the floor and deck plate alone.

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Brent Wilson’s 1999 Freightliner Classic and 2012 Mac dump

It's powered by a 12.7-liter Detroit that puts out 600 horsepower with a 10-speed and 3:90 rears. The rig was originally red, but the turbo exploded in 2012, causing an oil fire. Wilson decided to paint it metallic gray to match his 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Limited Mileage Bobtail: Blazing back from obscurity

It was originally black with orange flames, but to make it consistent with the rest of the fleet, Lindamood painted the truck silver with blue flames.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Limited Mileage Combo: Striking look for viper red KW

The custom interior features shag carpeting and a mini-disco ball hanging in the large studio sleeper. Also inside are more than 800 buttons in the upholstery, each of which had to be sanded, primed, painted and clear-coated viper red to match the rest of the rig.

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2017 GATS Best of Show winner, Working Bobtail: ‘Poison Ivy’ gets stripes right

The rig's striping was originally dark green, so he had it restriped by Thunder Grafix in Joplin to make the bright green pop even more. He also had the cab lights and sleeper lights shaved down, and flush bullet lights were installed.

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Cody Bosch’s 2008 Peterbilt 389

This 2008 Peterbilt 389 is owned by Cody Bosch and is used to haul agricultural commodities such as seed corn, beans and grain out of Newman, Ill., across the Midwest.

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