August 2014

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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Custom Rigs ReadeR Rigs 80 | Overdrive | August 2014 By James Jaillet Up and running Ben Ickert of Amboy, Wash., hauls logs throughout the state with his nearly 30-year-old Mack Superliner. Ickert bought the truck three years ago and says he's had to put $50,000 into restoration work to "make [it] as safe and roadworthy as today's trucks." Last fall, Ickert completely repainted the truck and gave it stripes. Despite its age, "I work it every day," he says. Long-hooded 359 Independent Kenny Morrow hauls fresh and frozen chicken for Tyson with this 1986 extended-hood Peterbilt 359. Morrow bought the truck 17 years ago, and he says it's the third 359 he's owned. The truck is powered by a 425-hp 3406B Cat and a 13-speed trans- mission with 3.55 rears. It's bearing down on the 2-million-mile mark, and Morrow says he maintains the truck himself. In 1984, his dad started their Morrow Trucking Co., based in St. Charles, Mo., and Morrow took over the busi- ness in 2011. Semper Fi Services Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Danny Jones took up trucking full time in March after retiring from the military, and he makes nationwide runs hauling cars with his 1996 International 9600 that has more than a million miles. Jones, based in Santa Margarita, Calif., says he used to run between Los Angeles and Sacramento on the week- ends while he was in the service, "but now that I'm my own boss, I've [gone] as far as Miami and Boston – and in a truck with no air conditioning!"

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