Working Show Truck Of The Month: Jack Gunther
By Robert Conrad
Jack Gunther has been shifting gears for over 25 years but driving this tricked-out 1997 KW W-900L has certainly been the highlight of his trucking career. This was a company truck that Jack had been driving for his boss and slowly customizing at the same time. When Jack's boss decided to head in a different direction as far as business was concerned, he offered to sell the truck to Jack.
Jack didn't think twice, and the company truck that he had put so much work into, was officially his own. Jack is now his own boss and runs J&B Transport. He pulls a 2008 53' Utility reefer trailer hauling produce in the tri-state area of MD. Power for those produce hauls comes from a 500 CAT engine that's paired with a 10-speed transmission and a set of 3:70 rears. With over 680,000 miles on it and counting, this is one KW that has gotten better with age thanks to everything that Jack has done to it.
The truck definitely stands out in a crowd thanks to its eye-catching paint scheme. The silver paint on the top half of the truck flows into the custom, orange tribal flames and fenders on the lower portion of the cab. Up front there's a 20" smooth bumper trimmed with lights along the bottom. Jack has also added a custom drop visor, a set of 7" straight pipes, 39" low profile 1/4 fenders, and new battery/tool boxes. Extra lighting trims the bottom of the cab as well as the custom rear, center light panel and mudflaps. The truck looks just as good on the inside thanks to a custom tile floor, a pair of Legend seats, polished gauges, and an 18" gearshift extension with custom shifter.
Jack said his most memorable experience was putting the truck back together after it was painted. He wanted to thank Scott Class & family for everything they've done for him. A big thanks as well to Ken & the boys at Midnight Truck Service in Frederick, MD for the outstanding polishing they did on all of the aluminum on the truck. He also credits Jeff Smith for all of his help and Victory Lane Chrome Shop, in Westminster, MD for supplying him with all of his chrome and stainless goodies. Last, but certainly not least, Jack wanted to thank his wife for her patience and support and putting up with the long days and nights that come with trucking and customizing the truck as well.
All of his hard work has earned Jack Gunther a number of awards at the various truck shows he has attended. He has turned this former "company truck" into a custom produce hauler that turns heads no matter where he goes. This month he's turning heads as our pick for the Working Show Truck of the Month!