This month’s cool creation was built for Jarett Andersen of Bennington, Nebraska. This story is actually a continuation from Clint’s April 2013 article, which featured Jarett’s father Tim and his brother Jeremy, who also got “creations” from Clint. In that article, it was mentioned that Jarett would be the next recipient of a cool ride from Clint Moore, and now all three of them are riding in style. Running their trucks in the family business, Andersen Trucking, their primary focus is farming and ag-related trucking.
Jarett (26) grew up on the family farm and wore out a few passenger seats in his dad’s truck. Before he even got out of high school, he started trucking, and from there he never looked back. Jarett’s first truck was a 1989 Pete 377, which is still around on the farm, and then his second truck was a 2006 Pete 379 flattop. In 2010 he ordered a new 2011 Pete 389 with a flattop sleeper and an ISX Cummins. He ran that truck, hauling cattle, until he ordered the new one here. Jarett loves his job and his customers, whom he considers to be part of the family.
As mentioned in the previous article, the Andersen family tradition is to work on your truck before play, and everyone around the shop knows the drill – when you come in from being out on the road, the maintenance and cleaning on the trucks always gets done first. This way, they are always ready to go – one or all of them. 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!
Jarett’s new truck is a 2014 Peterbilt 389 Extended Hood with a 72” flattop (which is the same as a 63” used to be, they just renamed it), a 280” wheelbase on Low-Air, a car-hauler front axle with air-ride, and fully loaded with all the goodies. When the truck showed up, the guys in the shop, led by Moose Jesus, added 13 LED bullet lights, drop visors (front and back) with stainless trim, a smooth and flush deck plate, and WTI rear fenders with trimmed edges. The truck also got a blank grill (no grill bars), a rear tail panel and “I” box, a dump valve on the steer axle, breather lights (front and rear), and painted drop panels with lights underneath for when he goes truckin’ after dark. And, of course, Rick in the paint shop topped it all off with the “Danny Mac Paint Job” done in maroon and cream.
There is a good story behind this paint scheme on Jarett’s new truck. Looking through old pictures in Clint’s office, Jarett fell in love with one of the paint jobs he did for Dan McKenna back in 2004. Back then, they worked for weeks perfecting the baby blue and white paint scheme, and once it was completed, Clint promised Dan that he would not paint another truck with those same stripes. Jarett wanted that scheme, but Clint would not do it. After a long time had passed and no stripes had been decided upon yet, Clint finally gave in and called his old friend Dan to ask if he could do it. Unfortunately for Dan, his truck had just burned to the ground a few weeks prior, but fortunately for Jarett he gave his approval. Giving credit where credit is due, Clint named the scheme the “Danny Mac Paint Job.”
Married for three years this month, Jarett met his wife Ashley through her brother and his best friend after high school. Ashley’s brother kept saying, “Stay away from my sister,” but Jarett just couldn’t resist. The young couple now has an adorable 17-month-old daughter named Haley, who likes to run around the shop while the family is working. Trucking is certainly a family affair with the Andersens, and that is how they like it. The dash plaque on this one says, “Custom Built for… THERE U GO” – which is a phrase Jarett Andersen uses a lot. And to that, we say, “There you go!”