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Kuhnle Bros./Brad Sweet

By Robert Conrad

June, 2017

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“How Sweet It Is” was the popular catchphrase of comedian/actor Jackie Gleason during his long career. If Jackie had gotten to see our June Working Show Truck, he most certainly would have uttered his famous line to describe just how awesome this 2007 Peterbilt 379 & 2016 MAC Pneumatic tanker combo is! The truck is owned by Kuhnle Bros. based in Newbury, OH and is driven by Brad Sweet. 

Kuhnle Bros. was founded over 50 years ago by Tom & Kim Kuhnle and they specialize in all types of tanker loads from dry bulk to liquid, railcar transfer loads, water transport to hospitals, and acid to water treatment plants. Tom’s son Kim runs the company today. Kuhnle Bros. has employed Brad for several years.

Trucking is definitely in Brad’s blood and at 35; he’s been driving since he was 18. Kim Kuhnle knew all about Brad’s love for customizing the trucks he drives, so he gave Brad permission to basically tear apart a brand new truck and customize it to the max. The results would make anyone say, “How Sweet It Is”, after seeing the truck in person, and Brad has put the phrase (also based on his last name) on the rear sleeper window of the truck.

The truck’s striking emerald green paint is accented by just the right amount of chrome and stainless. Brad has added 8” Dynaflex stacks, a 20” American Eagle bumper, a set of Bad-Ass Customs full fenders, and a full package of custom interior pieces by Rockwood. MAC Trailers did the custom deck plate and Cody at 4 State Trucks did the airline electric box. 12 Gauge Customs, out of Guelph, Ontario, Canada supplied the custom air cleaners, rear light bumper, and helped Brad convert the C-15 Acert CAT engine into a single turbo with one of their PDI kits. Brad is proud to say that all of the custom parts were installed in house at Kuhnle by himself and Murl Nolder. Bill Woodall did the paint and it sparkles both day and night. Other custom features on this “Sweet Pete” include a drop visor, painted grille surround with custom insert, painted tanks with polished straps, and custom battery boxes,

Brad turns heads both on the highway and also at the various truck shows he attends. He wanted to thank his wife Amy for all of her love and support, Brad said she puts up with his long days and is always eager to attend the shows with him. The reason Brad works so hard is for his wife and his children, Lucy Mae and Carter Joseph. He also works hard getting the truck show ready and it paid off at this year’s PKY Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show, earning him a 3rd place trophy in the Limited Mileage Combo class among some tough competition.

Brad wanted to thank everyone at Kuhnle Bros., especially Kim Kuhnle, for creating such a great work environment for him and his fellow drivers. This is one combo that epitomizes the famous phrase, “How Sweet It Is”, and Movin’ Out would like to applaud Brad Sweet and everyone that had a hand in turning this company truck into a real showstopper!