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Back in Black 2013 Peterbilt 389 glider

If this J&L Contracting 2013 Peterbilt 389 heavy-hauling glider (powered by a 2002 Caterpillar engine run through an 18-speed tranny) looks somehow familiar to you, you’re not alone in impression. Visitors to the Wildwood, Fla., edition of Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish in April got a good look at it under the ownership of then-Landstar-leased owner-operator Brett Cole, who placed second in his class there in the Wash & Show portion of the competition.

Springfield, Mo.-based J&L, owner James Williams’ heavy-haul and dump small fleet, says J&L driver Randy Menkel, wanted the truck — and they got it.

J&L driver Randy Menkel

J&L driver Randy Menkel

They retooled it for super loads and gave it a full going-over to show in the Pride & Polish edition in Crossville, Tenn., last month at Fitzgerald Glider Kits’ location there with a modified 2015 Trail King heavy-haul drop trailer. The unit was re-christened “Back in Black” for its return to the show circuit. Cole, meanwhile, says Menkel, now heads up the company Oklahoma outpost.

Run through some of the details below in a video walkaround with Menkel and a few more photos of the unit.

On the back of the sleeper, this custom-designed Brunner headache is of a similar to design to the one owner James Williams added to J&L's Pride & Polish National Championship-contending 2015 Peterbilt 389,

On the back of the sleeper, this custom-designed Brunner headache is of a similar to design to the one owner James Williams added to J&L’s Pride & Polish National Championship-contending 2015 Peterbilt 389, “The Contender.” Readers can vote once per day for their favorite rig in the Truckers’ Choice championship at this link through the weekend before GATS later this month.

Among additions to the Trail King trailer were a full array of Truck Lite lights, new paint and a fresh resin treatment on the decking.

Among additions to the Trail King trailer were a full array of Truck Lite lights, new paint and a fresh resin treatment on the decking.

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Brian Cooley reports that Ford's revised Edge hasn't lost its own, how to spot a flooded car (and run the other way), electric turbos are coming and the top 5 cars for high resale value.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent over those of its steel-bodied predecessor.
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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers prides itself on quickly handling large amounts of vehicles. We routinely handle fleets for: vans, trucking, limousine, shuttle, buses, SUV, corporate, taxi, dealership, clubs, rental, and delivery companies. We handle large national chains, small family businesses, and car club appraisal(s).

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If you were involved in an accident and the insurance company deemed your vehicle a total loss, we can help.  If you don't agree with the insurance company's offer, you have the right to hire an independent certified appraiser to determine the actual cash value of your vehicle.  Our certified appraiser will go to the vehicle location, conduct the inspection and complete a certified total loss appraisal on your vehicle.  Total loss claims do require a negotiation phase which we will take care of for you at no additional charge!

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CAR CLUBS & REPAIR SHOPS:

Our Appraisers are repair shop and car club fanatics! We enjoy when local and national clubs invite us out to their local gatherings. We recently offered an appraisal discount that lasted all month. We love everything that has an engine and drives on the road. We do our best to help everyone in need of an appraisal!

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