The Spirit of the American Trucker – January 2022

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“It takes a lot of wrenching and polishing and trucking all night.”

~ Fred Roush, Baxter, IA

“Trucking gets in your blood.  It’s the pushing yourself to the limit, trying to make them back-to-back rounds.  You want to go home, but when you are home, your mind says you need to go trucking.  It’s like a bad drug you can’t kick,” says Fred Roush (60), who owns and still drives this beautiful classic American truck seen here.  “This is a 1984 Peterbilt 359.  I bought this truck in 1985 and I ran it from the Midwest to the East coast for years then sold it.  Twelve years later, I found it, bought it back, and restored it, then let it sit for several years.  Then I decided to put it back to work.  I guess it’s just a cool old truck with sentimental value.  This truck has some modifications, like a newer low leaf air ride, but all the wiring and the 3406 CAT motor are all original.”  Extraordinary men driving spectacular machines – that’s where The Spirit of the American Trucker lives!

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