I was a trucker for over 20 years where I drove no-frill company trucks. I always admired stretched-out west coast Peterbilts, so after I left trucking about 15 years later, I decided to buy a Peterbilt. I flew out to Tulsa, Oklahoma where I purchased a 2000 Model 379 Pete. Over the next several months, with the help of Chase McMillen Fabrication, I transformed the truck from a freight-hauler to a tailgating, motorcycle hauling RV, party truck. Since completion of my Pete, I’ve taken it to shows, tailgated at the OSU Championship game in Phoenix, Arizona, driven it in parades, and provided it for various photo shoots.
Some of the work consisted of removing the fifth wheel and extending the wheelbase; I also added two additional tandem fuel tanks – one of which serves as a beer cooler. Behind the sleeper, I added a diamond plate party deck. Some other items I added consisted of: an 18” dropped bumper, lower front end, full fiberglass rear fenders, stainless visor, 7” smokers, Sirius radio with custom popping sound system, round headlights, painted breathers, gun-cylinder brake pulls, rat shifter, blue LED visor dash lights, pullout hidden bike ramp, flat screen TV, and a train horn. This truck has an old school design with a “less is more” perspective.
I took my Peterbilt to the “Chrome Shop Mafia” in Joplin, Missouri where they added the LED lights and the 18” drop bumper. While I was there, they took photos of my large car which can be seen on their website. It’s also posted on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” website out of Tampa, Florida.