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Peterbilt Project

#9 Growing from little Pete to Big Pete.......You May Hoover Your Mouse Over Pictures & Click ON For A Larger View
Modifications include;

Extend frame from 200" wheelbase to 342" wheelbase.
Replace Henderickson suspension to Peterbilt Leaf air ride.
Install Aredyne double bunk sleeper.
Replace single 75 gallon fuel tank with dual 125 gallon tanks.
Install Hederickson third air tag axle.
Replace Holmes 750 25 ton mechanical wrecker mast with Atlas 40 ton hydraulic mast.
install Century 9055 220" steel tool compartments.
Install wheel lift unit with hard wired remote control.
Misc. items such as brakes, clutch, hose's, complete paint etc.
Install jake brake.                                                    

Install 44K full locker rear axles.

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Before unit.

1976 Peterbilt 359 SBFA, 13 speed, 350 Cummins, 218000 original miles, this is a three owner tow truck since new.
See it in action in the slide show.

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More pictures

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Getting Started

Strip old bed, wrecker and frame from original unit.

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Prep Frame Work

Manufacture sub frame and mast mounts from raw stock material.

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Some Assembly Required

Paint completed frame work, mount wrecker mast, ZackLift 403, 50 ton hydraulic outrigger legs, and 28,000 lb Hendrickson air up/air down tag axle.

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Hydraulic System Installation

Plumb in hydraulic system from scratch all new hydraulic hoses to match all the air & fuel line hoses that were replaced as well.

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Electrical System Update

Enclose all lighting and electrical wires from the UP winter weather elements, front hood, cab, and tool boxes.

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Adapt Tool Boxes For Third Axle

Manufacture inner fender wells in tool box area, manufacture and mount inner fender wheel guards over all three axles.

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Control Lever Compartment & Frame Work

Simply just make sure that all control levers fit and function properly not to mention looking like a factory finished product.

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Control Compartment Unfinished Photo.

When completed it will be guaged for hydraulic oil temperature, filter return line pressure both systems, operating pressure for both systems, as well as a remote camera for viewing how the winch lines are rewrapping.

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Now on to the body and paint work...

Intalled tool boxes, sleeper, combination light pylon & equipment room.

Unit was now in a operationl ready status even if it's far from finished.

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Small Odds & Ends

Down to some of the nitty gritty real time consuming aspects of the project.

The tool boxes will not be prepped and painted until this coming summer along with the equipment room roll up door installation.

Time just simply does not permit everything being accomplished.

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Present Stage Of Completion

11-24-2006

Tool boxes need doors replaced, prepped and painted, rear roll up door for light pylon installed, cab and hood painted as well as the entire unit clearcoated then it will be close to done, but never finished as I'll keep finding ways to upgrade it.

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