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Event Coverage: Hittin' the Road for the Great West Truck Show 2010

Melissa Spiering
Jul 11, 2010
It's 4:30 in the morning, our gear is packed in our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander, tank is full, coffee is in hand, and a pack of miniature donuts are at an arm's reach as we hit the road and head to Las Vegas to attend day two of the Great West Truck Show 2010!
Some might call us crazy to plan a road trip from LA to LV, work the show, and back to LA in one day. We drove 580 miles round trip in about eight hours with wide-opened highways. But our drive was nothing compared with the hard hours rig owners and drivers spend behind the wheel each day. This made our trip look like a jog around the block.
Back for another big year, the trucking industry's biggest show of the year was held at the Las Vegas convention center June 17-19. The show brought out more custom Rig competitors, some outstanding new products, and even brought out some of the biggest names know to the diesel truck industry.
Ford at the Truck Show
The Ford booth sat front and center as you walked into the convention showroom, a new sight to see this year as they brought out their latest Super Duty work trucks. The trucks were dubbed Top of the Tool Chain, big talk for the smallest trucks at the show.
Photo 14/137   |   2011 Ford F 350 Super Duty With Scelzi Utility Front View

Harbor Mechanic's Truck
The Harbor Mechanic's 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Commercial Truck is a regular cab 4x2 XL that features a Harbor eight-foot service body with SST lids, forklift-loadable rack with removable center bar and rear swing-away bar, and gas shocks on all vertical compartments. The truck is powered by the all-new 6.2L 2V SOHC EFI V-8 gas engine with 385 hp and 405 lb-ft torque and matted with Ford's new six-speed Torqshift automatic transmission.
Photo 15/137   |   2011 Ford F 250 Super Duty With Harbor Mechanics Front View

Scelzi Utility Body
The Scelzi Utility Body F-350 also featured the all-new 6.2L V-8 gas engine with 385 hp and 405 lb-ft torque and matted with Ford's new six-speed Torqshift automatic transmission. The exterior featured a Scelzi 9-foot utility body 108 inch-long x 79 wide, 49-vertical open top, spare tire carrier in bed, 6-inch diamond plate rear step bumper, Class IV receiver Hitch, forklift accessible and over-cab ladder rack.
Photo 16/137   |   2011 Ford F 350 Super Duty With Scelzi Utility Rear View

Camper Package (471)
Ford showcased their Camper Package on this 2011 F-250 XL Super Duty, also matted with the all-new 6.2L V8 and new 6-speen Torqshift automatic transmission. The package features extra heavy service front springs, rear suspension stabilizer bar, slide-in camper certification, and rear auxiliary springs.
Photo 17/137   |   2011 Ford F 250 Super Duty With Camper Package Front View

Transit Connect With Adrian Steel Upfit
Last, but least, Ford had their popular selling Transit Connect XLT cargo van on display to show its versatility in the commercial work force. This Transit is equipped with Ford Work Solution with an in-dash computer, broadband internet and mobile office capabilities, Tool Link by DeWalt, Adrian Steel premium shelving package with wire partitions and a three-drawer shelving unit, and six plastic storage bins. Installed by Commercial Van Interiors.
Top Products
Here are a few new products that caught our eye and the attention of the crowd.

High Performance Caterpillar
What has 1000 hp with 3090 lb-ft of torque? This new 18L 1106-cu-in. 7.2 stroke, super charged and twin turbo charged engine from Caterpillar does with the hefty price tag of $89,900. Built by Great Lakes American Diesel Hi-Performance engines, 716/822-2298.

This is Freightliner's all-new Detroit Diesel DD15 engine with BlueTec emissions technology. The turbo compounding system uses less fuel without losing power and uses an Amplified Common Rail System that optimizes the injection possesses while DDEC 10 electronic engine controls adjust to the driver's commands and driving conditions. The DD15 delivers 90 percent peak torque in just 1.5 seconds making hillclimbs a breeze. Frighliner offers a variety of spec'd DD15 engines ranging from 455-560 hp with 1550-1850 lb-ft of torque with a displacement of 14.8L. Visit for pricing and information.

TurboStak bolts on to your exhaust stacks to help reduce exhaust backpressure and fuel consumption up to 3 percent. The TurboStak uses the push of the wind (caused by the movement of the truck) on its sail to generate stable, counter-rotating vortices that create a low pressure zone over the exhaust plane. This vortex causes less fuel to be consumed, which reduces in greenhouse gas emissions for significant cost savings. This technique for stabilizing the air is otherwise known as von Karman vortex street and is patented by WINDensity, Inc. Visit for pricing and information.
Universal Hybrid System
The Powerbox HD HHO (2H O) generation systems help save on fuel savings of 20-70 percent in fuel consumption, produce cleaner emissions; provide a smoother ride, and works in any climate. It can be installed on cars, trucks, RVs, farm and construction equipment, as well as boats. Visit for pricing and information.
Photo 32/137   |   Universal Hybrid System Powerbox HD HHO

The PowerCube APU by Tridako Energy Systems, Inc. is an auxiliary power unit approved by the EPA SmartWay Clean Diesel program to reduce emissions. It gives diesel drivers fuel savings and reduced engine wear. Designed to be tough with high BTU output with an emission-reducing APU. The PowerCube APU HC6000 uses a two-cylinder Kubota, Caterpillar, Isuzu diesel, liquid cooled motor and Markon New Age, Truck Gen Built 6 kilowatt /120v/60Hz generator. Visit for pricing and information.
Photo 33/137   |   Powercube

Thermal Armor
Thermal armor uses a chemical design developed by NASA that stands up to heat and chemicals in chrome exhaust finishing that reduces the effects of oxidation on the stacks. Tube Specialties makes a wide variety of exhaust tube sizes for just about anyone's needs. Visit for pricing and information.
Photo 34/137   |   Thermal Armor Booth

The Show Truck
A trucker's rig is home while on the road. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Custom Rigs Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition had 36 of the nations best and creative luxury castles-on-wheels in attendance. There were a few familiar rigs we saw last year and a handful of new contenders that wowed the spectators.

The Legend of the Black Pearl
One of this year's biggest crowd pleaser was this 2000 Freightliner Classic XL owned by Bob and Shelly Brinker. Down to every detail, this custom painted rig featured a wooden shiplike paint scheme through out the chassis that looked like famed ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean". The woodgrain touches to the turbo looked like real wood. The lifelike murals of Captain Jack and other characters in the film were done by artist Al Proulx, who left a whimsical signature on the rear fender. The faux wood paint job continued into the captain's quarters. The seats were wrapped in old-world leather with a unique atlas print center. Wood flooring and chrome aqua highlights finished off the dash.
1998 Freightliner Classic XL
Back again this year, this 1998 Freightliner Classic XL, known as the Legends and Heroes truck, is painted Corvette yellow and features a 9-11 memorial on the rear of the cab and the face of late racing legend Dale Earnhardt ghosted on the hood. There are also the M&M characters painted all over the vehicle, and I mean under the cab, in the fan blades of the engine, and on the dash. We noticed a few new paintings on his rig this year, let's see if you can post them.

Prizmo Express
This 24/7-working 2006 Peterbilt rig, owned by Mike and Michelle Miller, could be spotted miles away with its custom Golden Amber paint job. This lowered roller features a custom dash, wood flooring, custom running boards, and a 10-inch stretched hood.

1931 Ford Model AA Stake Bed Truck
This truck was a full restoration from the ground up in honor of the company's fallen founder, Mr. Charlie Giles in 2005.

1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood
Built by Sandvik Trucking, this truck is known to win at shows. It features a 460 Cummings engine, 15-speed transmission, and a 300-inch wheelbase.
2004 Peterbilt 379
There's no denying that the neon green tribal graphics are sweet on this Peterbilt 379 owned and operated by Wesley and Brenda Malmgren, of Malmgren Transport. This truck was built by Canyon Truck Wash & Chrome Shop. It runs on a 525 Cat engine mated with an 18-speed Eaton transmission.

2006 Peterbilt 379
You might recognize this truck; it was our lead truck in last year's coverage. This truck is also operated by Malmgren Trucking, but owned by Bruce and Sandy Malmgren, the brother and sister-in-law of Wesley and Brenda, who own the truck above. We recognized this rig from last year's show and noted the ghost flames on the rear fenders are a bit brighter this year.

OLD No 7
Out of Apache Junction, Arizona, this 1985 Peterbilt 359 EXHD has had only one owner, Dean and Theresa DeSantis. And that's one spoiled, good-looking rig!

One of a Kind 1945 Peterbilt
This classic hauler was built by Peterbilt Motor Co. for Manuel Setna, and it primary use was to haul forklifts to unload railroad siding. This truck has a Waukesha gasoline engine and a McDonald body.
The Nitro Express
This 2005 379 Ultra-Sleeper Peterbilt pays tribute to the truck driving singer-songwriter Mr. Red Simpson, who was known for writing songs about living the life as a truck driver. The truck is driven and designed by Phillip and Tracey Clayton of Hytop, Alabama, and backed by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Ray. With over 70 trophies under its belt, the Nitro Express truck and trailer combo is a looker.
Photo 85/137   |   The Nitro Express 2005 379 Ultra Sleeper Peterbilt Front View

2007 Peterbilt 386
Now this is living. Back for another year, this truck and trailer combo is still classy. The trailer has custom oak hardwood floors and maple interior walls with its own 400-watt sound system. All this trailer needs is its own bowling lane. The custom sleeper on this rig features a shower, toilet, roof top A/C, two-burner stove, conventional oven, microwave, walnut cabinets, Corian counter, kitchen table with Italian leather seats, 26-inch LCD TV with hydraulic drop down, and a Bose surround system. The exterior features a built in toolbox, seven-kilowatt generator, built in stainless steal BBQ, and a retractable water hose.
Photo 86/137   |   2007 Peterbilt 386 Front View

10-inch-wide stacks sit tall on Boots Chivington's black-and-orange 2000 Kenworth W900 rig built by Bad Boy Customs of Nebraska, Bare Metal Customs, audio by Auto Sound Solutions, Inc., and stainless goodies done by Truck armor. Keeping black paint looking as good as this takes a dedicated owner, especially when the truck is still hauling heavy oil-rig equipment.
Photo 87/137   |   2000 Kenworth W900 Boot N Barbwire Front View
Limo Rig
Check out the 3D flames set within the pinstriped tribal flames on this one of a kink custom-built limo cab rig. The front bumper sits only an inch off the floor and with the help of the custom air-ride suspension system. The commercial heavy-duty truck wheels are custom made by ALT Wheels from Brea, California. Note the lack of smoke stacks. The pipes now pop out at the bottom corner sides of the cab. The interior has seating for more than just a few people. The seats are wrapped in a light leather and suede combo.


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