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Old 04-14-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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We have purchased 4 of the new DEF running trucks for our fleet, 2 in 2012 and 2 in 2013. We have sold 2 of them and will sell the other 2 as soon as our new(old) trucks are rebuilt from the ground up.
Here are pics of the first of the new group. The frame will be painted to match the cherry on the fender and the cab will match the silver. All boxes, side flares, and stacks will be black.

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I'll update as they move along.
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:46 PM   #2
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:01 PM   #3
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Here are the first 2 we rebuilt, one in 2014 and the other in 2015.

1997 Pete 379
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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Good looking rigs!
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:05 PM   #5
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What is reason selling the DEF trucks? DEF cost or overall efficiency?

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Old 04-14-2016, 04:08 PM   #6
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Wow Tim, those things are too purdy to drive down tha road and into them nasty plants!! Y'all must have a good painter! The frame on the one under construction is wild!
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:12 PM   #7
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Those are some sweet looking rigs! ....and that wiring harness is a mess.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:30 PM   #8
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wow, i can only guess the amount of man-hours and $$ into a rebuild. beautiful!
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:39 PM   #9
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What is reason selling the DEF trucks? DEF cost or overall efficiency?
The DEF systems have an enormous upkeep requirement that has shut the DEF trucks down for over a week flushing out the filtration system. The heat generated by the filter system is unbelievable and it sits under the passenger side floorboard thus generating heat into the cab. We had to rebuild 2 DEF engines last year and that was the straw that broke the camels back. We rebuilt them and sold them.
We are still having code problems with the 2012 and have to run it into Peterbilt about once a month for a look see and a little work.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:53 PM   #10
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in...good stuff right here amigo!!
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:53 PM   #11
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I have a couple customers that have done the glider kits and been very happy.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:30 PM   #12
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The DEF systems have an enormous upkeep requirement that has shut the DEF trucks down for over a week flushing out the filtration system. The heat generated by the filter system is unbelievable and it sits under the passenger side floorboard thus generating heat into the cab. We had to rebuild 2 DEF engines last year and that was the straw that broke the camels back. We rebuilt them and sold them.

We are still having code problems with the 2012 and have to run it into Peterbilt about once a month for a look see and a little work.


I feel your pain. We have a whole fleet of DEF freightliners and they are a PITA. We have had several trucks crystallize the DEF system that had to be replaced.
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:24 PM   #13
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Nice trucks. Yall blowing cement or sand?


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Old 04-14-2016, 09:08 PM   #14
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That wiring harness looks scary!
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:20 PM   #15
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:42 PM   #16
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Those rebuilds are nothing short of amazing.


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Old 04-14-2016, 10:28 PM   #17
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Purty trucks.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:52 AM   #18
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Yes and yes, more cement than sand.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:52 AM   #19
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Those are beautiful.

But that wiring harness would drive me to drinking.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:00 AM   #20
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Those are beautiful.

But that wiring harness would drive me to drinking.
Yeah, I was missing a tracker and they looked and looked and finally found it still hooked up in that mess.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:06 AM   #21
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What shaftslinger said... The NatGas trucks are even worse.

Tmag, those are some classy rigs. Should last another million miles.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:54 PM   #22
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They finally finished sanding the body and hood down and shot some paint, clear coated yesterday. The only problem with silver is you can see every little ripple or waiver in the skin, paint job turned out purdy!

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Old 05-26-2016, 02:23 PM   #23
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Nice paint job!!!
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:59 PM   #24
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I like it!
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:20 AM   #25
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:19 AM   #26
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:31 PM   #27
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You're making me miss my ol' 379 Pete.

Great looking work.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:42 PM   #28
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You're making me miss my ol' 379 Pete.

Great looking work.
We have about 5 of them to rebuild. Boss is staying on them to keep moving, took too long on the last one.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:18 PM   #29
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Nice rigs Tim! Looking good!
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:16 AM   #30
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Paint finished, time to start putting it together. Looking forward to the day I can get some outside pics so the paint will explode in the pics.
Our head mechanic named it "Rock Candy", done went and got him self attached to it now.

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Old 07-07-2016, 12:20 PM   #31
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Montrose!

Looks great.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:57 AM   #32
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That's some beautiful rigs y'all got there
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:05 PM   #33
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With all the trouble with the DEF, any chance of them coming up with something that works better. I think I liked it better when we weren't so worried about the environment.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:28 PM   #34
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Dude... You need an Optimus Prime paint job. Your trucks look bad ace!
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Nice rig! Gonna be sweet when it's done!

Needs black wheels.

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Old 07-13-2016, 11:29 AM   #36
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Needs black wheels.

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Yeah, they are mixing a little chrome in on the air tanks and trim work. Wheels are gonna be our standard polished aluminum.

I need to get a few more pics today, they are working on it kinda slow with other stuff hitting the shop daily.
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In for this. Some good looking trucks!
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This is the truck I want to do the Optimus Prime paint job on. 1983 Pete with a 3406A Cat in it. Old school for sure.

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Old 07-13-2016, 12:49 PM   #39
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Them ole flat tops sure are good looking trucks
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A few more pieces added, chrome air tanks and grab bars on back of the cab along with black stacks and chrome trim. And the engine being rebuilt for it, probably in the 500-600 hp range.

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it needs a pretty aluminum 5th wheel
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:04 PM   #42
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it needs a pretty aluminum 5th wheel
Too much grease to mess it up with.
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Just walked by the build and found Jake sitting on a bucket dealing with the wiring harness. Jake's Dad is our master mechanic and oversee's the build as Jake put's together his 3rd rebuild for us. This kid is learning at leaps and bounds from his Dad, most of the paint job on this truck was put on by Jake. And just shy of building the motor(his Dad is doing that), Jake has put almost every piece back together on this truck.

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:44 AM   #44
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Here's the engine after clean up and rebuild, rods and pistons have been balanced on this one. It will provide 550 hp.

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Keep them coming!!

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Joey needs one of these in the Mule Barn.

Sweet lookin rigs!
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:38 PM   #47
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Wiring harness is installed, dash coming together, and birch panel floor in sleeper has been fitted.

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Looks like a dam airplane dash panel.
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While we're lookin at trucks how bout a sniper pic of that CJ


And an Optimus Prime truck would be allsome!
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:50 AM   #50
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While we're lookin at trucks how bout a sniper pic of that CJ


And an Optimus Prime truck would be allsome!
The Jeep is for sell!
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=599716



And the candidate for the Optimus is just sitting around waiting it's turn.

There is another truck in front of it to be built and I still have to talk the boss into it. Probably gonna end up an old looking truck with some patina left on it.

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