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1962 White Freightliner
262 Cummins (hot-rodded)
13 speed double over.
497,000 miles on speedograph.
Got the pipes from ZZ Chrome.

1988 Kenworth W900. I bought it with what I made from the sale of my 62 White Freightliner ….so it was like a free truck! Gotta love that!
    James Churchill and Rick Brake (the previous owner) just before I took off from his place in Hope to bring it home.

It cleaned up pretty good! Put fresh oil in it, aired up a few tires, had to change the clutch bell crank (a 2 day job) and an air tank….and it ran straight through to Powell River, no problem.

It has a 444 Cummins, 15 over, 3:70 rears, on 24.5 rubber. So it has pretty long legs. I am in the process of doing the Pittsburgh Power upgrade to it (BIG pump, flowed injectors, 4 series Holset turbo, retarded cam timing, dual fuel lines) which will give it in the neighborhood of 850 HP, and 2500 ft lbs of torque.

This is my mobile mechanic/welding truck.
It is a 1995 Ford L8000, with an 8.3 Cummins, 10 speed trans.

I have a propane bottle plumbed into the intake, and if I need more power I just open the valve a bit and it takes right off!


I drove this truck in the oil patch, working for Jo-Ann trucking, in Swift Current Sk. in 1995 & 96.

It had a 3408 Cat, and a 13 speed with 4 speed "A" box.
Here, I am pulling a 16 wheel lowbed, with a 16 wheel jeep.
I am having a bite to eat in Gull Lake.

Here I am getting ready to hookup to the crown end of a drilling rig.

They would set the other end on a bed truck and pull me down the road at 30+ mph backwards. 1996

Working for Jo-Ann trucking, doing rig moves around Swift Current Sk. In 1995. In this shot I am getting lined up to load the crown end of the rig, the other end will be chained to a bed truck and then I get pulled backwards at 30 to 40 mph down a gravel road. Then go back and load the draw works. I loved that job. 1980 KW W900a, 3408 Cat, 13 speed with 4 speed A box, 50 ton Braden winch.

This is the 92 KW W900L. I drove for Bruce Hannah truck lines, (Acme Ab.)

444 cummins, 18 speed, 3:55 rears.
I am unloading peat moss from Seba Beach Ab at a mushroom farm in Monterey California, 1993

This was a KW that my buddy Rodney Wapple drove for Biggar Transport.

He was driving it when he was hit by a train in Rosetown Sk. in 1993.

R I P Opus.

This truck belonged to Stu Reimer of Calgary Alberta.

It had a 3408 Cat, 5 and 4 trans. I think he was hauling groceries for MacDonalds Consolidated. 1994

This is the 88 that I have at the moment. I built a ball hitch for it so I can pull my 25 foot gooseneck with it when I don't need the 53 foot.

This shot was taken on Christmas morning 1992...Mark Bonner and I had been polishing chrome for 20 hours straight. One of the best presents I ever had was that feeling you get on a bright California morning, when your tires are black and the chrome is like a mirror.
Taken in Mira Loma, Ca.

Jeez....we sure looked young back then.

I entered into the BC Professional Truck Driving Championship, and came away with 2nd place in the Super B train category
I finally got my summer rims on the drive axles, and I am putting some Pittsburgh Power parts on the engine. This Pete wrecker is what Mark Bonner is operating these days. Mira Loma California.
My buddy Brakeman Don Pisoni from Medicine Hat Ab. Texted me these photos yesterday.
A photo of some of the directors at the North American Truckers Guild. 1989 taken in Oakland Ca.
88 Peterbilt, leased to Kindersley Transport, Saskatoon Sask.
1986, Pasadena Ca.
1985 Peterbilt 359, 425 Cat, 13 speed, owned by Priel Transport, Saskatoon Sk.
Loading pottery clay and ceramic supplies going to Diana Mae clay (I think) a small store alongside highway 16 in Theodore Sk. When I got there the lady fed me all kinds of delicious Ukranian food, and loaded me up with all sorts of ceramic stuff (with the Ukranian design) to take home to my girlfriend. (Who I only saw for a few hours one day a week on the California rounder)
The first day I laid eyes on it. November 27, 2015 A photo of the 1987 Peterbilt I lowbedded home to use for my mobile shop, A picture of my mobile HD repair vehicle....it's alive!
1997, Sechelt BC.
1972 Chev C10, 402 BB Chev, factory 4 speed, posi-traction, A/C, tach, and 8 track. 21,000 original miles.
My 88 KW after mounting the 50 ton Braden winch. 1986 Freightliner, 425 Cat, 13 speed. Pulling Lode King A train hopper bottom trailers for N Yanke Transfer. Truck owned by Miles Kroll, St Benedict Sk.
Photo taken in 1988, in Trail (Warfield) BC at Teck Cominco.
Killam Ab. 1987. Driving a cab over Freightliner for Ken-Rich trucking, Saskatoon Sk. Broken intermediate shaft. Used a jack to pop the u-joint from the front diff, stuffed a rag in the hole, and eased into Edmonton with the diff lock on.
This first shot will be of the truck I have converted into a mobile heavy equipment repair unit. Someone from Ontario came across a picture of it now, and sent me pictures of it when it was new, with some history also. (Turns out his father drove it from brand new, and had lots of pictures of it!) Here are two shots of it when I bought it Nov 26th, 2015.
And here it is, fully functional, before the inframe and the new paint. And.....I was asked to compete in the BC Provincial Truck Driving Championships this year. I think it went pretty well. It's finally sinking in, now that I have my confirmation of competing at the Nationals in Brantford Ont this September!
When I returned to Canada from Sudan, Africa, in May 2008, I partnered up with Lloyd Hilmer (Calgary Ab) and took another shot at running a truck over the road. I ended up investing in a 2003 Kenworth W900L, with an ISX 475 Cummins, 13 speed, and super 40 rears.
I picked it up the day after Christmas....and spent $1500 on the front end before I went 100 miles. Within the month, I had spent almost 15,000 dollars in repairs....most of that money was borrowed, or came from items I liquidated. After that month, the truck was great....any way you sliced it.
At the time, nobody was really looking for trucks, and I ended up at Monarch out of Edmonton. Lots of work...tri-axle 53's loaded to the tits with soft drinks or beer coming and going from Vancouver to as far out as Winnipeg.
Fuel prices were through the roof at the time, and by July 2009 I was earning almost 50 cents a mile less than it was costing me to operate. So, with a verbal agreement of 3 bucks a mile and 12,000 plus miles a month, I took on a set of brand new Wilson Super B hopper bottom trailers. I ran out to Winterpeg to get them, and my first load was corn out of Carmen Mb, to the husky upgrader in Lloydminster. I hadn't loaded a set of bunkers in over 15 years, and thought I was being conservative only loading to the rail for the roll up tarp. When I got in the cab and looked at my suspension air pressure gauge, it was already too late. With nowhere to unload at this farm, I had to take it real easy and just baby it over to Lloydminster, where I scaled in at 77,880 kg. there had been a head wind coming from Yorkton,so you know why I say babied. The truck wasn't really spec' for trains.

So, when my income turned out to be $1.18 per mile, (5.1 mpg, my truck, trailer, plates, insurance, authority, etc) I had no choice but to look for other work. I went over to Shergill in Langley, but when my first cheque after 8 weeks of running turned out to be $0.00, I was really feeling the wedgie.
Lloyd had a 53 foot triaxle reefer, and I entered into another verbal agreement with Edmonds out of Langley, hauling scrap batteries to Trail, BC. LOVED the run, but with only one way freight, was really spending my very last pesos to get their freight delivered. A new manager was assigned to my dispatch, and my loads dried up. I borrowed another 15 grand from another family member, which brought me current, payment wise, but by this time, NOBODY was hiring, and fuel was over $1.50 a litre.
In the end, the finance company came for the truck and trailers and I took a job as Gerry Murdy's mechanic for the next year and a half.

Looking back, there hasn't been a worse time to try and operate a trucking company as in 2008 - 2009.

Such is life.

I guess the sad part is, (maybe this is indicative of a mental state which could be deficient) that although I was clearly aware that my revenue was far short of my costs, I just couldn't stop. I could forget the truth, as long as I wasn't starving, had fuel in the tanks, a load on, and a delivery to make. I felt like I was on "final approach" for the last 8 months, and my injections of borrowed cash were merely thermal up drafts, but not enough to change the inevitable, and the whole shit show crashed short of the runway.

Here is the KW hooked to one of Murdy's tankers.

Here's the shop truck after it's $30,000 engine rebuild. Originally I just bought an in frame kit but the farther into it I got the more that needed to be replaced! Everybody says well you should've bought a used one or something else but at the point I was at when I realize how bad it was ...it was too late.

At Caterpillar they said I have 1,000,000 mile motor but I didn't have the heart to tell him I only put on 10,000 a year anymore. It should outlive me.

Here are a couple shots of the Pete as it looks now
Here is a photo of my last load, (from my phone) a Tigercat buncher, that I hauled over to the Island, past Tahsis. 90 clicks of 18% grades up and down, a foot of snow for a good portion of it, and my truck decided to drop an injector halfway up the first hard pull. But....I like a challenge, and I LOVE trucking, so there is only one way to slice it. Fix the truck, deliver the machine, get home. Repeat as necessary. Bill Weatherstone came to visit me recently.
Here is a picture of Bill and me.
1987 Peterbilt 359.
It’s not a show truck, but it’s a really good work truck. I’m glad I got it before they finished cutting it up.