Larry Legro of Neenah, Wisconsin owns this 1948 Peterbilt DT344 COE flatbed. The 344 was one of the first Peterbilt cabovers built on a conventional frame, and sits three inches higher than the 350. This Peterbilt was built as a low-mount 344, but then it was fitted with a bubblenose cab. Colliers Transport of Santa Rosa, California was the original owner. Larry bought the truck from Harold Harlen of Santa Rosa, CA in 1997. It took five years and $70,000 to restore the truck – a project that lasted from 1999 to 2004. In addition to restoring the truck, Larry installed a 270 Cummins engine. To accompany his old cabover, Larry restored a 20-foot 1947 Reliance trailer in matching colors of Caterpillar yellow and forest green. He also owns three more Peterbilt cabovers that he is in the process of restoring, including a 351, a 352H and a 372. In addition to collecting and restoring Peterbilts, Larry holds the “World’s Best Liar” title for 2009. The story that won the title? “I just realized how bad the economy really is – I recently bought a new toaster oven and as a complimentary gift I was given a bank!” By day, Larry works as an inspector of medical radiation devices, but he hopes to enjoy a long half-life after he finally retires.
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.