Working Show Truck Of The Month – Working Show Truck Of The Month – Paul Magnone
By Robert Conrad
In just about every aspect of life there are trends and styles that become popular and then get replaced with something even more popular.
One thing's for sure, what's considered old or out-dated will eventually be "new" again as older styles seem to come back into favor and get re-invented. In the trucking industry, giving new trucks that "old school" look from days gone by has been the trend for quite some time.
Our May Working Show Truck of the Month screams "old school" and its clean, classic styling will never lose its appeal. This beautiful 1984 Peterbilt 359, owned by Paul Magnone, was a trend-setter from the day it rolled off of the assembly line almost thirty years ago, and continues to be one today, despite the 2 million plus miles that are listed on the odometer!
Paul's Peterbilt sparkles thanks to the brilliant 3-tone blue "swirl" paint scheme that Peterbilt made so popular back in the 80's. The truck has a 252" wheelbase and features the original 63" flat top "walk-in" sleeper. Power comes from a 3406 B CAT engine that's paired with a 15-speed transmission and a set of 4:10 Eaton rears .The truck's original clean lines have been kept and Paul has complimented them with just enough custom features for an outstanding mix of old & new. He's added a 20" square bumper, single headlights w/visors, a set of 6" straight pipes, a drop visor, and W.T.I. fenders over the rear wheels. The cab also features a "clean" roof with no lights or air horns. If you look closely there are five small marker lights around the visor and train horns sit on the frame. Custom polished panels accent the bottom of the cab and sleeper and are trimmed with lights.
Paul is based out of Rhode Island and is leased to J.P. Noonan Transportation. He hauls propane with one of Noonan's trailers to Martha's Vineyard, MA on a daily basis. His truck draws quite a few stares when it pulls onto the ferry for its daily trip across the water to the Vineyard and the truck's blue paint seems deeper than the ocean he's traveling over! Trips on the ferry have become a regular run for Paul and that means a constant spray of sea salt covering the truck every day. He manages to keep the truck shining despite these conditions and keeps this nearly 30-year-old Pete looking like a brand new truck. In fact, Paul rolled into his driveway around 9 P.M. Friday evening and spent all day Saturday washing and polishing for our photos. The results show as it looks like you could eat breakfast on top of the fuel tanks!
Paul has been trucking for many years but said his most memorable experience was taking a wrong turn in Washington, DC and ending up one block away from The White House! He managed a couple of snapshots out of the window of his cab before getting headed back in the right direction. Paul wanted to send big thanks out to all of his friends who are there to lend a helping hand when he needs one. He especially thanked his wife for her support and putting up with the long days that come with trucking.
This 1984 Peterbilt has stood the test of time thanks to all of Paul Magnone's hard work. It's one classy ride that has gotten better with age and turns heads both on land and sea! Congratulations to Paul Magnone for being chosen as the Movin' Out Working Show Truck of the Month for May 2013.