Laird “Spike” Fuller Strikes Gold In Colorado!
BROOMFIELD, COLORADO… When Owner-Operator, Laird “Spike’ Fuller” of Spike Transportation, Inc. decided to rebuild his 1995 Peterbilt 379, “Ya Wanna…” he didn’t realize that he would strike “gold”! But the finished result yielded an incredible treasure.
In his own words is Spike’s explanation of the transformation:
“We shaved everything from front to back. We flipped all the doors, including the new custom right sleeper door, which did not exist. The sleeper came off of a 2006 raised roof, so we had to make the opening smaller to match my truck. We also chopped 5.5 inches out of the roof of the sleeper. All of the doors are on poppers. We switched all the windows to electric and took out the wing windows.
When it was time to tackle the interior, I enlisted the expertise of Auto Weave. 3 layers of FatMat were added from front to back, top to bottom in the cab and sleeper. We placed R-38 house insulation on top of the FatMat. The cab and sleeper’s headliner and sun visors sport hair-on cowhide. The walls are upholstered in tan leather. The Bostrom seats were rewrapped in black leather with tan stitching with bull skull hair on the insert. The cab is illuminated by 13 penny lights.”
New carpet was installed with two layers of padding. The steering wheel, shift tower, door inserts and shifter were all painted to match the outside – the shade is a Lime Gold, which glistens in the sunlight.
The frame was stretched from 265 to 295. A 3406E CAT engine with 600 horsepower purrs from under the hood. LED lights provide an awesome light show at night as Spike rolls down the highway. A chopped stainless steel breather and stainless boxes were added, as well as a super low stainless half fender and a dropped fiberglass front fender.
Vinny’s Design did a fabulous job of painting the truck, as well as most of the bodywork, with lots of help from Johnny VonSlochte, who has been customizing elements for Spike for over 10 years. Chris Acklam completed all of the welding on the truck and made the new flipped doors look factory.
They may not have used a pick – but the effort and time from everyone have transformed a worn Pete into a golden nugget.