Joe Bielucki of Cennecticut is heading to the Keystone Diesel Nationals in Reading, Pa, according to Overdrive Online.
“This is my friend Charlene Testerman’s truck, ‘Rollin’ Thunder,’” a 1983 Pete 359, “and it is going to be at the Keystone Diesel Nationals in Reading this Saturday. So if anybody wants to see an old-school custom, house-built extra-extended-hood Pete with more than 4 million miles, that’s the place to be!”
If anyone goes to the show, maybe send us some of your favorite trucks from it!
Here’s a classic cabover that came up on the trucks for sale lists recently and caught our attention. It’s a 79 Peterbilt with a small cam Cummins 350 horsepower engine and a 13-speed.
It’s a 352. At the time — 1979 — tilt cabs had only been around for 20 years. Now they seem like they’ve been around for practically ever. But they actually came in for Peterbilt in 1959 and replaced the earlier “Panoramic Safe-T Cab.”
Truck specifications at the time of sale:
Vehicle: 1979 Peterbilt 352
Engine: Cummins small cam 350hp diesel
Transmission: 13 speed transmission
Front Axel lbs: 12,000
Rear Axel lbs: 4,000
Suspension: air leaf
Wheels: Aluminum steel
230 inch wheelbase
Sleeper unit: 110 inch Double bunk sleeper
According to the owner, this truck was the first Castrol makeover truck done by the Chromeshop Mafia. That might be a bit of an interesting conversation starter.
It’s now a 35-year-old classic tractor trailer, but it sounds like its been kept up: it had custom power steering (not assist), new rod and main bearing, new basepan, rebuilt fan clutch, new front wheel bearing, new air conditioning system (hoses, compressor, dryer, lines, etc.), custom audio system DVD, DVD navigation, all new speakers and wiring, 8 inch dynaflex pipes twin air brathers, stainless steel deckplate, fenders, lite bar, all LED lights, also has 1 stage wetline for dump trailer with a custom inframe oil tank. This is a working old school cool truck.
They were asking $50,000 for this truck, and they later updated their truck for sale page to say it had been sold.
Finalists For the Pride and Polish Championship
Overdrive is having their Pride and Polish competition again this year of course, and they’ve announced their 25 top qualifyer custom semi trucks.
Their picks: red new truck is Joel Dawes, 2014 Kenworth T660; Blue with black stripes is Eric Turner, 2015 Peterbilt 389; Black with red stripes: Tom Davis/Davis Bros. Trucking, 1999 Kenworth W900; White and blue with green stripes: Brian Davis/Davis Bros. Trucking, 2014 Peterbilt 389 (Yep, two Davis Bros trucks there); blue with puzzle pieces (Autism awareness message): Michael Manual, 2015 Peterbilt 389; white and black with the open hood: Jonathan Eilen, 1990 Peterbilt 379.
What do you think of the trucks they picked? In August, they’re going to pick from these 25 the 6 winners for the year. Those’ll be the champions for they year, and they’re going to do a truck show for the final judging in Dallas.
The last leg of the qualifying rounds was held in Tennessee at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits show.
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