EDIT: I need to clear a few things up for all the naysayers, so PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION. We've had a lot of "super truckers" in the comment section who felt the need to criticize us basically for keeping the deceased truck owner's memory alive, and who criticized the truck that was once his livelihood. That seems rather insulting to both him and his widow. Let's set some things straight, for those of you who think we don't know what we were doing when we acquired this truck:

1. This isn't our first rodeo buying a used truck that's been sitting. We knew what we were getting ourselves into. My buddy Ryan ("Bulldog Chaser") bought this truck cheap knowing he was in for a potential project, and isn't afraid to dump some money into it if he has to. Did you really think we were getting a truck in PERFECT condition after sitting for so many years? Come on now....
2. Out of respect for Ryan and the lady he purchased the truck from, we will not tell how much he paid for the truck. He and the owner's widow agreed on a price, and both were happy with the deal.
3. We were NOT just dumping starting fluid into the air intake. It only took a couple quick shots of starting fluid before she cranked up. It might look like he was spraying the whole can while it was cranking, but that was NOT the case. He was just holding the can up to the breather in case he needed to spray more in (which he didn't have to). Also, we let it warm up a good 20 minutes before hitting the throttle. You must have missed the jump cuts in the video if you think we were revving it cold.
4. We were NOT worried about a potential runaway when the engine first started. That's a Detroit thing...still possible, but FAR less likely to happen on a Cummins. We had plenty of rags, wood blocks, fire extinguishers, etc. in case the engine WERE to run away.
5. YES, OBVIOUSLY the truck needs a good going-over and a good servicing. Once we get some half-decent weather and get some space freed up in the shop, the truck will get a good thorough cleaning, all the fluids changed, new tires all around, and any other issues will be fixed.
6. Diesel fuel does NOT go "stale" like gasoline does. We were extremely lucky that the old fuel in the tanks was still clean and stable, and had no algae in it. So we weren't afraid to run the truck home on the old fuel - it wasn't going to hurt anything. There are plenty of other YouTube videos of trucks starting and running on diesel fuel much older than what this truck had in it. See for yourself.
7. OBVIOUSLY this truck wasn't suitable to run on the highway. That's not what we were doing with it; we just ran it on back roads that were close to home so we could tow the truck back home if something happened to it. We weren't running it hard either, just babying it to "wake it up". Do you really think we would run it on the highway far from home with worn-out drive tires?
8. We had the original plates, title, bill of sale, and two "blocker" trucks running behind this truck for the short 13-mile drive home. Plus we were only driving it on the backroads. So there wouldn't have been any issues if the police or DOT were to stop us.
9. NO, we are NOT restoring this truck, it has way too much character and we plan to keep running it like its deceased owner would have wanted. We may touch up some of the faded areas of the paint, but the truck will NOT be getting a full restore...it's just too nice for that. It WILL be thoroughly cleaned up inside and out.
10. YES, this is an old truck, with an old mechanical diesel engine. Guess what? THEY SMOKE! All old mechanical engines smoke at least a little bit. That's just the nature of the beast! I hate to say it, but the EPA outlawed these old engines for that reason! For those of you who think we're killing the environment, I hope you're happy with the modern DPF, DEF, EGR "boat anchor" engines that cause nothing but expensive downtime and headaches for drivers and mechanics these days. I'd like to see one of those new, "clean-running" diesel engines still running as good as this one in 40 years.
11. STOP acting like I hate Cummins because of my few sarcastic comments. I was raised around CAT engines all my life and they are my preference, but I have NOTHING against these old Cummins engines, especially the Big Cam 400. I just like to bust Ryan's chops with CAT vs. Cummins comments every once in a while. It's an inside joke we have going on. Trust me, if CAT and Cummins didn't build good engines, they wouldn't be so popular after all this time, and their old engines wouldn't still be running after 40 years like this one.
12. YES, his shifting was a little bit rough. He hadn't driven a 13-speed in a while, and it didn't help that someone cut a few of the air lines going to the splitter valve so it was trying to act like a 10-speed instead of a 13. Don't act like you've never scratched a gear once or twice in all your years of driving...nobody is perfect.

Comments

    • Wil Tomas
      Wil Tomas

      Beautiful, that is jus amazing.

      about 1 hour ago
    • Howard
      Howard

      Waiting for it to transform ("Autobots, transform and roll out")

      about 3 hours ago
    • William Tolbirt
      William Tolbirt

      Looks like the rig from Smokey and the Bandit.

      about 5 hours ago
    • George Carter
      George Carter

      Love it!!

      about 5 hours ago
    • quill6211
      quill6211

      By watching these guys start and move the Pete they know what they’re doing better than any nay sayer and probably most so called truck drivers that’s for sure. As for the exhaust, plants need CO2 to make O2 so we can breathe. Oil is as organic as you can get. It comes from the earth not mars.

      about 5 hours ago
    • Lasse Bauer
      Lasse Bauer

      Dang! Now I feel like watching “Smokie and the Bandit”😎🤠

      about 6 hours ago
    • Grigori Rasputin
      Grigori Rasputin

      the song phantom 309 playing

      about 6 hours ago
    • Domingo Rios
      Domingo Rios

      Es una marabilla ese maquinon me encanta guau

      about 6 hours ago
    • Domingo Rios
      Domingo Rios

      Me podrian desir por fabor en español la historia de esta maquina que paso porque se encontraba en ese estado quien lo abandono y porque

      about 6 hours ago
    • Zen Jon
      Zen Jon

      That's an old beauty you have there

      about 8 hours ago
    • paco ramirez
      paco ramirez

      those roads look like outside of Hannibal Missouri, like Palmyra, beautiful out in that area.

      about 9 hours ago
    • Darin Hassett
      Darin Hassett

      I would love to own and drive that rig... love the sound of the Jake soooo cool

      about 11 hours ago
    • Ivan Ng
      Ivan Ng

      Optimus...

      about 12 hours ago
    • Shu Shu
      Shu Shu

      Y did you get the ford when you got the cummins in the back smh

      about 13 hours ago
    • eSPeeScotty
      eSPeeScotty

      All the truck stuff and comments aside...I noticed that someone behind the camera zoomed-in on that John Deere lawn tractor tucked-in behind that house while on the drive....then now as I'm reading through comments, I just noticed the thumbnail picture. That explains that!

      about 14 hours ago
    • volksquadman2 Shorty
      volksquadman2 Shorty

      Love her!! - she is everything i dreamed about as a 12 yr old Welsh kid after seeing Convoy & Smokey films. I owned a German MAN 464 with the same Eaton box but in no way did it ever sounded as sweet as this Old ladys beautiful Cummins growl.
      A big cam Cummins was the latest technology when i started as a garage apprentice. The patina is wonderful- im sure the old boy who ran her would have appreciated keeping her in the original livery- patina is true history- too much respraying destroys character, which she has in tonnage. Jake brake heaven!!

      about 15 hours ago
    • Michael Appleton
      Michael Appleton

      MichaelTJD60 Any updates on this ol truck and what yer buddy's end plan is? I know the power plant has been "banned" so I'm guessing it can't be used for OTR anymore.....

      about 1 day ago
    • Abdullah Al Khobani
      Abdullah Al Khobani In reply to Michael Appleton

      She is vintage but genuine, I wished if I have seen her before you, good luck Guys come on make it run for what should be,

      about 23 hours ago
    • Jamison Deaton
      Jamison Deaton

      mmm she pretty girl keep her

      about 1 day ago
    • Jorge Luis Leon
      Jorge Luis Leon

      Lo venden Mándame un número para mejor contacto

      about 1 day ago
    • Jerry PEAL
      Jerry PEAL

      Glad you brought back the old girl !

      about 1 day ago
    • Troy Adams Jr
      Troy Adams Jr

      Nice running truck

      about 1 day ago
    • Aubrey Newton
      Aubrey Newton

      1977 that is the year Elvis died

      about 1 day ago
    • MichaelTJD60
      MichaelTJD60 In reply to Aubrey Newton

      Yup, August 16th. Also the same year Smokey and the Bandit came out.

      about 1 day ago
    • C O Turner
      C O Turner

      My Dad drove all his life. When we went somewhere in the pickup he would ride along side trucks on the 4 lanes and say, “Listen to her spin up.” I didn’t understand to start with and I remember asking him what he was talking about. He said, “The turbo, son. That high pitched whine.” My whole life, since that day, I’ve listened for the turbo to spin up. He was a Peterbilt man as well. R.I.P. Pop, I miss ya.

      about 1 day ago
    • maxextz1890
      maxextz1890

      Lucky guys. What a fantastic truck, sounds fantastic. Cummins porn.

      about 1 day ago
    • WatchMe
      WatchMe

      Крайне не опытная реанимация раритета. Позвали бы специалистов.

      about 2 days ago
    • Cobb Knobbler
      Cobb Knobbler

      Cool fuckin truck.

      about 2 days ago
    • Cobb Knobbler
      Cobb Knobbler

      Excellent video for whiny ass eco millenials.

      about 2 days ago
    • 14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST
      14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST

      Nice truck a like it very much

      about 2 days ago
    • Charmed Monkey
      Charmed Monkey

      Should have done a KEN WORTH just saying

      about 2 days ago
    • Charmed Monkey
      Charmed Monkey In reply to Charmed Monkey

      MichaelTJD60 thanks I just like the ken worth better the look anyway

      about 2 days ago
    • MichaelTJD60
      MichaelTJD60 In reply to Charmed Monkey

      Same truck underneath...not really that much different. I'll have videos of a Kenworth in the near future.

      about 2 days ago
    • Anon Nymous
      Anon Nymous

      Old Petes have the BEST looking dashboards of any trucks, hands down!

      about 2 days ago