This month’s feature is not about just one person and one truck – it’s about a family and two trucks (soon to be three). The Andersen family of Andersen Trucking in Blair, Nebraska recently ordered two trucks from Clint, and both of them are worthy of praise. Tim Andersen and his two sons, Jeremy and Jarett, are all part of the operation. Last year, Tim took delivery of his new Clint-created ride, and more recently, Jeremy got his. Along with Kim, his wife of 35 years, Tim also has a daughter named Marcie who is not involved in the trucking business, but she does help out on the family farm from time to time.
Growing up on a farm, Tim (56) was raised around trucks and always loved them. He knew Kim for most of his life, but the two did not get together until after high school. At that time, since farming was not a year-round gig, Tim started running a rig with Kim’s step-dad, Bob Masters. Bob taught Tim the ropes, and then Tim bought his first truck – a used 377 Peterbilt. He still owns that truck today, but it has now been converted into a grain truck. Both of Tim’s boys learned to drive in that old 377 Pete, too.
Today, the family operation, which includes farming and trucking, includes several trucks and all sorts of trailers, including cattle pots, grain trailers, step-decks, and flatbeds. Like Tim says, he has a trailer for nearly every occasion.
Tim bought a slick 2005 flattop Peterbilt in 2008 and ran that until he bought his very first new truck from Clint – the 389 with a 63” flattop you see here. Featuring a factory Seminole paint scheme done in maroon and cream, this rig looks like a timeless classic. Powered by a 625 Cat hooked to an 18-speed transmission, the truck features a car-hauler front axle, 13 cab lights, “Outlaw” headlights, extra grill bars, trimmed WTI rear fenders, one of Clint’s visors, a smooth deck plate, and plenty of stainless and lights.
Recently, it was time for Tim’s son Jeremy (34) to upgrade his rig, too. Going for a similar but different look, Jeremy’s new 389 features a 70” HR sleeper, a 550 Cat, an 18-speed, and a factory two-tone (blue and cream) paint job. After the truck arrived, Clint and the guys added a drop visor, 13 LED bullet lights, WTI fenders, 7” straight pipes, a smooth deck plate, and a dump valve on the front end, among other things.
Growing up around trucks, Jeremy rode a lot of miles on the dog house of their old COEs. After high school he went off to college at Iowa State for a while, but life (and trucks) drug him back home. Over the years, Jeremy has had a couple cool Peterbilts, and even once, in a “weak moment” (as Clint puts it), he bought a 2011 Kenworth W900L with a Studio sleeper. But, it’s all good, now – he is back in the Peterbilt club!
Tim has one strict policy when it comes to running the company. When any of them get back in from being out on the road, no one is allowed to relax or “play” until the trucks are cleaned up and any necessary repairs and/or maintenance is completed. The theory is, you never know when someone might call with a load, so you should always be prepared. This policy has allowed the company to have a clean track-record with all of their customers. There is always plenty of time for fun, but never until ALL of the work is done!
And if these two trucks were not enough, Tim’s other son Jarett (25) just ordered his new truck, too! The world is full of nice people, and Clint is happy to consider the Andersen family as not only good customers and friends, but also part of the KC Peterbilt family. Tim is very proud of his family – his boys could have done anything in life that they wanted to do, but they chose to follow in their dad’s footsteps and go trucking, and he couldn’t be any happier about it.