This month’s cool “creation” was built for Randy Hall of Davis Junction, Illinois. Many of you out there may or may not know that Clint is famous for finishing his project in the 11th (if not 12th) hour. Well, this one was no different.
Growing up on the family farm, Randy (41) was no stranger to farming or trucks. Randy’s dad used to take road tractors and convert them into grain trucks. Problem was, every time he built a new one, somebody would offer to buy it and his dad would sell it. Because this happened so often, Randy says he couldn’t count how many trucks they have had over the years.
After graduating from high school in 1989, Randy and two of his brothers partnered up and bought a farm. The boys still farm together, but each of them owns their own truck. Randy’s first truck was a 1983 Peterbilt he bought used in 1991. Known for buying used trucks, his friend and cousin Chris Hall was surprised when Randy told him that he wanted his help to order a brand new Peterbilt. Chris immediately got in touch with Clint and got the project started.
Randy’s new ride is a 2013 Peterbilt 389 with a 70-inch high-roof sleeper. The truck was ordered with solid black paint, a Cummins ISX with 525 horsepower, an 18-speed transmission, and a 280-inch wheelbase. The truck was also equipped with a car-hauler front axle, heavy-duty 40,000-lb. rears, Low AirRide suspension, extra tool boxes, the Platinum interior package with keyless remote, and aluminum cross-members and 5th wheel (to help save some weight).
Once the truck arrived at the shop, the guys went to work, including two new recruits, James and Cody. Rick and Rob went to work on the paint, laying out a cool black and silver with a red stripe color scheme, while everybody else did their thing. The breathers were switched to old-style Peterbilt single-bolt breathers. Clint made the new breathers strapless, while his dad chopped the screens. Of course, they played the “hide urea tank” game, painted the tanks and the backs of the headlight pods, and installed a set of Hogebuilt stainless steel low rider full fenders on Clint’s hidden brackets. The finishing touches included a RoadWorks boltless drop visor and Fibertech cab and sleeper drop panels, made out of fiberglass, and trimmed down to fit. Randy could not have been happier with the cool truck that Chris ordered for him on his behalf.
When Randy came to pick the truck up, it was just about to start getting dark and Clint still needed to take his pictures of the truck. Not having time to even wash it, Clint pulled the truck out of the shop, drove it down the street, and took his pictures. Clint claims that the truck was filthy dirty, but we sure couldn’t tell by looking at the pictures. When Clint told Randy that he was going to have to take pictures of the truck dirty, Randy said, “Hey, everybody likes dirty pictures, right?” We couldn’t have said it any better (we love it when they write the headlines for us)!