JANUARY 31, 2010 (FEBRUARY 2010)-THE KENWORTH THAT THINKS IT’S A 1991 CHEVROLET DUALLY ONE TON TRUCK

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Dan is a professional truck driver so he feels pretty natural behind the wheel of a big rig.

 

Maybe that explains why he drives a smaller version of a big rig with a Kenworth themed truck based on a one-ton truck chassis.

 

‘This truck is a scene stealer every time he takes it to a show. In fact Dan could almost rope it off and charge admission to see it up close.’

 

 

Like most owners at a show Dan patiently answers the same questions over and over and over about his unique ride.The story begins with an old Kenworth cab and a fair amount of vision for the project because Dan is definitely one of those “what if?” guys.

 

His question revolved around the possibility of mating a Kenworth truck cab with a 1991 Chevy one-ton dually truck chassis. Not many guys ponder that kind of question in a serious way, but Dan is definitely not “one of those guys”.

 

Dan spent two years plus he enlisted the help of a buddy to shrink down a Kenworth to fit the dually chassis. The biggest issue was narrowing the body-he sectioned it to fit the frame and narrowed the fenders as well.

 

 

 

The truck is essentially a functioning big rig with a 3116 Cat 13-speed hooked up to a 3-ton IHC rear end. It’s set up for a fifth wheel and believe it or not, this combination will get an honest 15 miles per gallon on the highway.

 

That’s not surprising given the light workload that the commercial grade power train faces today. Plus Dan is really enjoying his new part time job as he wheels this mini-Kenworth to car shows all over the place.

 

Besides-a professional trucker wouldn’t arrive in any other way.

Jerry Sutherland

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