As we bring 2016 to a close, a new President will soon take over the White House and, hopefully, be able to make good on his promise of bringing jobs back to America. More American-made products will mean more freight to deliver, so the trucking industry should see an upswing as well. Only time will tell, but we have to believe things will move in a positive and productive direction in 2017!
Our final Working Show Truck of the Month for 2016 is a jet-black beauty owned by Tom Bush. It may be hard to believe, but Tom’s KW W900-L is a 1998 that’s hauled everything from motorcycles to Daytona Beach for bike week to trade shows and special event staging for shows in New York.
Tom has been driving since 1979 and has seen just about everything in his 35+ years behind the wheel. He puts on his own rolling truck show everywhere he goes with his KW, that looks better than the day it rolled off of the assembly line! The truck was bought as a daycab and driven to Double Eagle Industries, where the 112” sleeper was added. It has all of the comforts of home inside, including the kitchen sink! Tom had Quality Collision & Painting lay down the jet-black paint that’s accented by just the right amount of chrome and stainless.
Tom wanted to thank Randy Kaylor and his crew at Pro-Fab Associates, based in Manheim, PA for all of the custom stainless work they did on the truck. Pro-Fab made Tom a custom visor, deck plate, pleated stainless panels for the rear of the sleeper, custom steps, and stainless fuel tank wraps.
The truck also features a set of 7” straight exhaust from Dynaflex, a Miami Star 21” to 20” tapered front bumper, and a custom rear light panel. Power comes from a 550 CAT engine that’s been re-worked with a turbo from PDI, and paired with a set of 3:36 rears and a 13-speed transmission.
Tom also wanted to send a big thank you out to Joe from Go Ahead Repairs in Lincoln Park, NJ. He said that Joe is a true, old school mechanic who can fix anything, and that he helps keep Tom on the road. In fact, he just repaired Tom’s transmission and had him back up and running in no time!
Tom is currently hauling refrigerated freight with his KW and he enjoys attending local truck shows when he’s not out on the road. Despite close to 40 years of trucking, Tom Bush and his “old” KW are still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down.
Movin’ Out would like to salute Tom Bush and his black beauty this month by choosing him as our Working Show Truck of the Month. If you get to see his 1998 KW in person, you’ll definitely be impressed!