Whenever I see classic semi trucks, I get to feeling just a
little nostalgic. Those old big rigs are a wonderful sight.
The styling of the older model big trucks, may look outdated to some.
But when I catch a glimpse of one of these fine looking older model trucks at a truck show, or better still, one rolling down the highway, in all it's splendor, it gives me hope for this 'torn-up industry'.
The old classic trucks may have been simple and plain in style, but man, they were well-built... built to last. They were REAL TRUCKS.
Simplicity was one of the best features of these old classic semi trucks. They were simple to fix..... no complex, computerized diesel engines, no emissions junk to mess with. Back then, you didn't have to have an engineer's degree to work on a truck.
The average trucker who was mechanically inclined, could work on his own rig. This was a big money saver for 'back yard mechanics'.
Now, the same truck, in a newer model, is $150,000+. But, to make matters worse, the newer semi models aren't any better than these old classics. ...and whoever coined the phrase, 'new is always better', was dead wrong.
These timeless classics are symbols of the prosperous days of trucking..... when trucks were reliable, well built, easy to repair and the average trucker, was making damn good money.
When I see one of these older model trucks, meticulously restored in all it's glory, in a truck stop parking lot..... the chicken lights glowing at night, the drone of a reefer motor and the heavy, strong scent of diesel in the air, I think about those 'wonder years of trucking'.
If these trucks have stood the test of time and have survived, maybe the trucker can too.
Maybe... just maybe......... these restored old classics, are a sign, that the trucking industry may come full circle and the glory days will return.
Wishful thinking, but one can dream.
Some older iron and a few 'iron cowboys'.
Where Would You Like to Go Next?
....... the 359 Peterbilt Gallery?
...... or read reviews on the Kenworth W900 model?
......or read about tips for spec'ing a truck?
.....or see more more older model semis?
Big truck sleepers return. What was once an extravagance for the big strappers in trucking, is now a practical means for a trucker to increase his profit margin and be comfortable living on the road.
A new addition to our gallery of Petes, by Michael Lee, a 1982 Peterbilt 359: a classic big rig truck!
Custom truck show and big rig event schedule for U.S. and Canada. Check out the listings for a big rig show coming up.