One of the favorite giant semi sleeper tractors (of all time, probably) is Tony Bennett’s old bright yellow one that was running for Southern Pride trucking. Owner-operators and truck drivers everywhere have appreciated this truck, and one of the interesting things about it is it was the longest factory-made truck.
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1983 Internatioal Eagle
Hello I’m Tim Smith. My uncle helped me purchased this truck 7 years to get started on farming. Since I have paid him back through the aid of this truck. We purchased it off the orginal owner for 5,000 and only had 630,000 original miles.
This truck has been my only source of hauling my grain to the elevator, hauling our excavating equipment, and farm equipment. Never had let me down yet only thing ever done to it was normal every day maintenance. Truck has 879,000 miles on it to this day.
Has a cummins 400 big cam with a fuller 13 speed. Sitting on 11r 24.5 tires. All alco alluminum rims no hidden steel wheels behind either. Has every option for the year available in it.
I started restoring it in October of 2015 finshed in May of 2016. I completely stripped all paint off to bare alluminum primered 3 coats wet sanded and 4 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear coat. Reploished all rims myself by hand and it sure was a work out but I wanted to be the one to said I did it all myself.
I am a 3rd generation farmer and my son’s name on the passenger door will be a forth. He’s 3yrs old and already is wanting this truck to be his and I plan on it. With that being said no it’s not for sale. I know it’s not perfect but I know there are other cabover lovers out there thought I should share.
By Tim Smith (member of Planes, Trains, Automobiles page)
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Three Custom Big Rig / Fifth Wheel Combos!
These three guys do RVing in style. What do you think of these?
When you think of a truck and fifth wheel trailer combo, you usually think of someone’s (your own if you have a fifth wheel trailer) truck. But who hasn’t at least considered hooking one up to a big tractor like these units?
It’s almost like it’s the 5th wheel version of the toterhome (a motorhome built on a big tractor like this to pull it). As we’ve gone along with you truckers and RVers out there and found a lot of interesting big vehicles of all types, this is one of the rarer combos.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a spot though. These 5th wheel combos don’t all have all that much information available out there for them. The white (and pretty long) conventional there pulling a long fifth wheel with the racing decals/paint was seen in California. It belongs to a fellow named Mark Tarascou. It showed up at the “Truckin’ For Kids Truck Show there, and eSPeeScotty caught the tractor / fifth wheel trailer rolling.
Then there’s the mack classic, all polished up and highly custoized, and pulling a pretty large fifth wheel of its own. The look is a bit incongruous — the modern but fairly plain trailer attached to the very showy custom Mack truck.
And finally, another classic tractor-trailer: this gold-ish Kenworth. Not only is the tractor itself customized, but that fifth wheel trailer — with multiple slide outs no less — is not only customized but is customized to match the tractor. It was spotted years ago by the “Retirement tips blogger” who seems to have stopped blogging in around 2010. Thanks for sharing this particular photo with us all though!