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Truck returns to Pa. home with new luster

September 15, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - Don Wolford estimates that his 30-year-old truck has crossed millions of miles, but it was on the back of another big rig that the Kenworth 900A returned to his Greencastle home on Thursday.

The 1977 truck underwent a $50,000 makeover won in the Castrol Tection Extra Big Honkin' Truck Makeover contest and was unveiled at the Great American Trucking Show in August. Wolford flew to Mississippi beforehand to get a sneak peak at the work done by the Chrome Shop Mafia.

"It was a lot to take in. I never thought it'd be that shiny again," Wolford said.

The independent tractor-trailer owner and driver plans to display the blue cab at the Travel Centers of America truck stop on John Wayne Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. He wants to thank the community for the online votes, the total number of which have not been revealed by contest organizers.

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"I get the indication we really set the bar high for the next go-around of the contest," Wolford said.

Wolford submitted a picture of the truck and short essay for the competition. He feels that the nostalgia of his truck might have been a factor in his winning.

"A lot of guys drove that truck back in the '70s, and I think it was a popular truck," he said.

While Wolford described the truck as now having more of a hot-rod look, he does think it retained much of the 1970s design. His favorite change has been the conversion from a short hood to a longer one, something that required workers to move the cab backward on the frame.

Wolford's family has nicknamed the truck "Red, Hot & Blue," a reference to its colors and a restaurant they visited in Mississippi.

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