Working Show Truck Of The Month: Joe Sceppa
By Robert Conrad
Like the old saying goes, "It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it." As far as dirty jobs go, our December Working Show Truck certainly has one of the worst, but you'd never know it by looking at this polished Peterbilt. Owner-operator Joe Sceppa pulls a dump trailer with his stunning, blue 2007 Peterbilt 379 daycab, hauling rocks and dirt on a daily basis. Joe runs PrimeTime Trucking and his 379 is a prime example of just how incredibly customized some of today's Working Show Trucks have become.
Joe's Peterbilt is not your average dirt hauler and its striking blue paint is complimented by some of the coolest silver graphics on the East Coast. Up front the truck's grille surround blends right into the blue hood and Joe has added a smooth, tapered bumper, single headlights, and custom grille bars. The windshield seems to disappear thanks to the custom drop visor that has the cab lights cut right into it. As a result, Joe has removed the factory roof-mounted cab lights and air horns to give the truck a much cleaner look. A set of 8" Lincoln Exhaust straight pipes add to the overall look and give the truck that unmistakable sound that only straight pipes can! The blue paint flows right off of the back of the cab onto the custom deckplate and BadAss full rear fenders. There is also a custom air & hydraulics line hookup, a remote-controlled flip up deck plate behind the fifth wheel, and a custom rear light valence trimmed in LEDs. The truck has a total of 40 blue LEDs and puts on quite a show when the sun goes down.
At the young age of 33, Joe has already been trucking for 15 years. His Peterbilt has over 207,000 miles on it and has been a work-in-progress that couldn't have turned out better. Power comes from a CAT C-15 engine that's paired with an 18-speed transmission, and a set of 46 rears. In addition to pulling the dump trailer, Joe also hauls heavy equipment with a 55-ton lowboy trailer. He said his most memorable experience was transporting a Komatsu 270 EX Extended Reach Excavator from the Bronx, NY, to Holtsville, Long Island, NY. The load was 14' wide and 14' high but Joe got it there safely.
Joe keeps his Peterbilt shining and enjoys attending various truck shows when he isn't working. He wanted to thank Henry and Joey at One Stop Truck & Auto, located in Deer Park, NY, for all of their help. Joe Sceppa's dressed-up dirt hauler is an impressive ride and puts the finishing touches on 2012 as our December Working Show Truck of the Month. Congratulations go out to Joe for all of his efforts but he isn't done just yet! He said that he has big plans for the truck in 2013 and that consists of taking it apart, stretching the frame and making it even better looking than it already is. Stay tuned for PrimeTime Trucking Part 2!