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Luke Didden

By Robert Conrad

June, 2019

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Luke Didden started grabbing gears at age 18 and he hasn’t looked back, sitting in his rolling office as he heads out onto the interstate every day. He purchased a 1988 IH 9670 cabover at age 21, and his current ride is another classic “cornbinder”. 

Luke’s pride & joy is this 1992 IH 9300 conventional that he hooks to a walking floor trailer, pulling recycled drywall out of the Philadelphia, PA area on a regular basis. He purchased the truck about 4 years ago and has been running it ever since. Luke says it has never let him down and it has plenty of power in the 3406C 425 engine, thanks to some “fine tuning” that’s been done on it! A 13-speed transmission is paired up with the 3406C engine and Luke goes thru the gears with ease. Luke has added a set of 6” flat top straight pipes, Hogebuilt quarter fenders, and a 20” boltless front bumper. He also “unibuilted” the crawl space to the bunk for more leg room, added a tilt steering column, and lowered the front end for that hot rod look! This is one International that definitely turns heads no matter where Luke takes it. 

Luke certainly enjoys trucking even though it’s filled with long days and short nights. He wanted to thank his wife for supporting him thru it all and for keeping the books in order while he’s out on the road. With her, it’s bills first and chrome second! Luke also sends a big thank you out to his dad, for all of his love and support in getting his trucking career off of the ground. There aren’t many of these old Internationals out trucking today, but Luke Didden enjoys being different and standing out in a crowd. He certainly makes a shining statement with his old school IH, and Movin’ Out salutes his efforts by making him our June Working Show Truck of the Month.