LOCAL business owner, Jack Nind’s 1989 Peterbilt 379 was in fair condition when he picked it up in St Louise, Missouri 10 years ago, and after rebuilding it, the ‘show truck’ has had a few award wins.
Jack said, “It was in fair condition when I got it, but it was pretty run down.
We completely rebuilt the whole thing. We changed the engine, gear box, pulled the cabin and sleeper off it, sandblasted the whole chassis, repainted it and then put it back together.
“A lot of the running gear such as the mudguards are new; the chrome and stainless steel elements are new and we have put a later model engine in it.
“The original engine was a 400 horsepower B model Caterpillar and we replaced it with a 500 horsepower C16 Caterpillar
“We take it to truck shows now as it cannot be used for its original purpose. In 2015 we entered into the Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show where we won three awards; best presented Peterbilt, best presented truck 25 years and older and truck of the show.
“We don’t have a nickname for it. I just call it The Pete.”