This month’s creation was built for Rawley Duncan (37) of King City, CA. I met Rawley when he came out with Clay White to pick up his truck back in 2012. Rawley had flown in with Clay, but when they arrived, we were still working on Clay’s truck. We worked on it every night to finish it, along with shuffling rabbits in the day (rabbits are plain white medium duty Peterbilts that I sell that seem to multiply on the lot every day). After spending a week with these guys, we have all been great friends ever since.
Rawley grew up working on a ranch just outside of King City, CA and graduated in 2002. After that, he went to college in San Luis Obispo and then went to work for Coast Pipe when he turned 21 (Coast Pipe was a previous article, as well). Married to his wife Jasmine since 2017, the couple has an 18-month-old son named Lane. They are a great family, and even their dog Brody is part of it. Rawley’s siblings include an older sister named Lisa and an older brother named Wyatt. Lisa is married to Sonny Smith, and they have a lot going on (they bought a new 389 from me a few years back). Wyatt has a fertilizer business and has purchased several trucks from me over the years, as well. Rawley started out driving a delivery truck for Coast Pipe and is currently in outside sales, but also has a few other trucks he runs on the side.
When Rawley first met me, he owned some trailers with Clay White, and shortly after he bought a used 379, fixed it up, and then had it painted red and black. He used it seasonally with the trailers he owned. As time went by, he added a 2007 Pete 379 short hood day cab and then (2) 389s with CAT motors. In 2018 he ordered a new white 389 day cab and KC Pete sold his older 379’s. In 2019 he added one more new white day cab, and then in 2020, he ordered the one pictured here – a new 389 long hood day cab in factory red and black paint, saying, “You can only have so many white trucks!”
The new truck is a 2022 Peterbilt 389 day cab, ordered to be as light as possible, but still be cool, and have 10 tires on the ground. Powered by a 510-hp PACCAR engine and a 13-speed, the truck sits on Low LowAir and a car-hauler front axle on air ride. Fitted with a Platinum interior with all the good stuff, the red and black paint job was done at the factory before it arrived at KC Peterbilt. Once the truck showed up, Charlie in the service department hung the full function Lincoln 7” straight stacks, then it made its way to the body shop, where Jared was responsible for the rest.
Adding an 18” Texas bumper, extra grill bars, a stainless visor, windshield trim, cab light style breather lights in the front and Shift rear breather lights in the back, Jared also changed the cab lights, added two more (for a total of seven), changed the black dash to wood grain panels, and installed a painted Merritt flush deck plate. He also added extra watermelon lights on the tank brackets, bumper, and cowls, added some under glow lighting, installed Hogebuilt half fenders, and then my dad chopped the screens on the air cleaners.
Ordering this truck for his driver Mikie, he and “Cheeto” (who drives the 2020) know how to get the job done. Rawley likes everything to be just right, so if it isn’t just right, it isn’t one of his trucks. His motto used to be “Work hard and play harder,” but these days it’s more like just the first part – “Work hard!” There is not much time left for playing, but somehow Rawley still finds time to have some fun, and make sure all his trucks are dialed-in and just right.