MOSSí GREY GHOST

THE LATEST PROJECT FROM CLINT MOORE

This month’s “creation” belongs to Jack Moss of Jack C. Moss Trucking in Germantown, Wisconsin.  Jack (61) and his son Steve (34) are no strangers to cool trucks - go by their yard on any given day and it looks like a truck show is going on.  From humble beginnings, this father and son duo has built their fleet up to 13 trucks and 16 trailers.  And these ain’t just “fleet” trucks – they are sweet rides like the one seen here!

Jack started out back in the day co-owning a motorcycle shop, until his partner got a divorce, forcing him to find another career.  Jack started driving for a local block company called Best Block until he got laid off in the 1970s, and then he went to work for Highway Transit, running a cabover Kenworth on the east coast.  In 1980, Jack bought his first truck - a 1974 Pete 359 short hood with a 30” sleeper - and then he went back to Best Block, driving team with a friend named Mark.  In 1989, Jack bought his first new Peterbilt from the local dealer in Green Bay.

Jack’s son Steve still remembers driving to Green Bay with his dad to pick up the truck.  Steve, at only 13, drove the truck all the way home in the snow.  Jack told him, “Put on a hat, it makes you look older!”  That truck was a silver Peterbilt 379 with a 425 Cat and 18-speed transmission they called “The Silver Bullet.”  Jack owned and drove that truck for a long time.

When Steve was 17, his dad took him out for a ride one day to Whitelaw, WI.  Steve didn’t know it, but his dad was taking him to buy him his first truck.  When Steve saw the 1984 Pete 359 small bunk with a long hood he went crazy.  When Steve turned 18, he got his license and went trucking, working hard to pay that truck off as quickly as possible.  He still owns it today.

Jack and Steve have known Clint for a long time, but they had never bought a truck from him.  One day, not long ago, they found one of Clint’s “Stocks that rocks” lot trucks on the dealership’s website and it reminded them of their old “Silver Bullet” rig.  Clint had named it “Grey Area” but as soon as the Moss boys bought it, they started calling it “The Grey Ghost”.

The truck is a 2010 Peterbilt 389 with a 48” flattop, a 525 Cummins ISX, an 18-speed trans, and an air-ride front axle.  The truck is painted Silver Metallic and features a factory-sprayed Slate Grey Metallic frame.  After it arrived, they added one of Clint’s visors, his dad chopped the air cleaner lids, and then they installed a set of Hogebuilt stainless steel low-rider half fenders with Clint’s hidden brackets.  Clint describes the truck as “Classy, with no frills, just chills.”

Clint recently took a weekend trip up to Wisconsin for Vinnie Diorio’s 30th birthday and, since he was right there, decided to drop by the Moss Trucking yard.  When he got there, it looked like a truck show was going on.  Clint called Steve on the phone, and he promptly came down to the yard and gave Clint a tour.  Seen here in its work clothes, Clint took these pictures of the truck as it sat in the yard.  No special cleaning was done or required - apparently, it always looks this good.

Jack has always been a neat freak, and he always keeps his trucks clean.  Jack always said anyone can keep the outside of a truck clean, but underneath it is the most important part to keep clean.  Scrubbing the frame rails (inside and out) and the engine compartment is a regular chore at Moss Trucking, but that is why their trucks always look so good - even underneath.

Jack has been married to his wife Linda for 42 years, and considers her to be the key to their success.  In addition to their son Steve, who is married to Michelle, they have a daughter named Kathy.  Kathy has given them five grandchildren, while Steve and his wife have given them one, a two-year-old daughter named Mackenzie.  With a strong work ethic and solid family values, the Moss family - Jack, Linda and Steve - are a great team.  With that said, it is easy to see that there is no “Grey Area” here!  It’s ALL good!!

~ If you would like Clint Moore to order and/or build you a new custom truck, contact him at Kansas City Peterbilt via e-mail at clintmoore@kcpete.com or call him at (913) 484-7768.  You can also visit his website at www.custombilt4.com and check out pictures of other custom trucks he has built.