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Posted By Chris_M_Budke 7 Years Ago
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Well, I suppose I should've done this along time ago!

I bought this truck out of the cut line at Akron-Medina Truck Parts for $2000. 1978 Kenworth K-100 C: 86" Cab, Detroit Diesel 6V-92T "Silver Series"', 9 spd direct Eaton trans, 4 bag KW Air-Glide suspension, dual 103 gallon alum tanks, aluminum 22.5 Budds up front and rear. Built at the Chillicothe, Ohio plant 5-20-78 for dealer stock at Novi Kenworth (Novi, MI). It at one time wore United Van Lines colors and several others. I bought this truck with absolutely no intention of keeping it! Clean it up a bit and sell it... It didn't quite work out that way.

Here's what she looked like when I picked her up:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/75e08276-491a-4c1a-946f-b5e.jpeg

They wanted to get rid of this thing so bad.... What I meant was, they were nice enough that when I went to pick her up, they had filled both 110 gallon tanks with fresh diesel!


The next day, I cleaned her up a little bit:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/9681d4e1-3565-4584-8d1c-842.jpeg
New headlight bezels and plate holder added. Roof lights temporarily painted silver. Found the grab handles in the back of the toolbox and got them remounted:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/97378014-85fb-4b3f-baf4-1f4c.jpg
First appearance at a truck show Paulding, Ohio, September 2004. New steer tires and polished Budds:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/ee66eac5-c300-4d5a-9b8e-71a5.jpg

Auburn Convention 2005:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/a5d84f69-02dd-4751-9096-f6c6.jpg
Probably the best money I ever spent on the truck was to have the bumper re-chromed:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/eff42f7e-60c3-4357-ad0a-2127.jpg

Labor Day Weekend at the Old Time Trucks show in 2007. New air canister with stainless straps. Also, new chrome mirrors:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/afef6010-6a84-468e-a088-0425.jpg

Interior shot in 2009. Bad-... pistol-grip, glitter shifter courtesy of the infamous Mr. Stan Walls of New Hope, Alabama:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/05f6c42f-35fe-40f0-b988-1c5.jpeg

Jerry Howard's show in 2010. New aluminum tank and brackets. New muffler, chrome tip, flapper, and 90. Muffler guard buffed out and brackets repainted. Also, 5 new Grakkon marker lights up top:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/60f93202-9f96-4e74-8c66-53a5.jpg

September of 2010. Intake repaired and repainted. New intake brackets custom made. Rest of stack bracket repainted. New aluminum tank and brackets. New step and new polished grab handles added:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/54d2a3cd-afde-4b90-bd10-5195.jpg
As the sun was setting on my way home from the Paulding show, I stopped to snap this:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/642f4589-b267-4012-9caf-62f8.jpg

By the spring of 2011, I had my 1/4 fenders on:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/fc9658e0-9d06-43f0-abe9-817b.jpg

Fall of 2011, I added new flap hangers. For the 1st time, I broke my own rule and added LED lights to the brackets:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/e34e2ddd-cbab-406d-8bc0-75fa.jpg

The spring of 2012 brought me new drive tires and polished Alcoas:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/7362b61a-e214-488d-9539-d791.jpg

Took the steps off under the doors, I stripped them, and high polished them:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/fdba1401-fbed-4e66-900d-98b2.jpg

I picked up this complete VIT interior off of craigslist for $200. After modifying it to fit my 86" cab, I'll install it this spring:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/31c04a48-a788-4837-84a9-b8c7.jpg

After almost exactly 9 years of owning this truck, I found the previous owner on Facebook in November of 2012. FTI... FormATECH, INC. of Brunswick, Ohio. They build displays booths for trade/industry shows. This was their 1st semi tractor that they purchased in 1990 from a United Van Lines agent. On one of their 1st trips, the infamous "Jade Grenade" 6V-92TT came apart. At that time they bought a freshly rebuilt "Silver Series" 6V-92T rated at 340 HP. They also had the transmission and rear end completely gone through. They used the truck to haul exhibits to Las Vegas, LA, Seattle, Dallas, as well as the eastern seaboard. When it wasn't on the road, it sat in their yard. So, the motor only has a little over 100K on it. They repainted the truck with Imron back in the late 90's and that's still the paint she wears today! The previous owner is really looking forward to seeing his old truck again. He said that he'd always regretted selling it and wondered whatever became of it after he'd sold it to the junk yard. He has a mess of old pictures of the truck that he plans to send me. Maybe I can get him to buy it back??:P


Here's a shot to compare how far she's come:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/b3280425-9dd9-4f3c-9406-3488.jpg

2003-2012


Stay tuned more to come!

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Chris Budke

Findlay, Ohio USA

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Looks great Chris! Now come on, seriously, after all this work you need to play with it for a few years before passing it along to someone else!

T.

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Chris, it's now part of the family. You've done a helluva job on it and it shows. Post some pictures with your trailer. Gotta keep her.

Bill
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Hi Chris,

You have done alot of great work on the K100, I really like the U.S type grab handles and steps, I don't think we were that advanced here at the time.

Love that interior and outside colour, the nice shiny wheels set it off beautifully, I have always liked the single drives and was after one myself but missed a few opportunities to buy one.

Really nice truck Chris, a real credit to you.

Geoff

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Thanks for posting this Chris, it's nice to see your photos and progress in one place! The truck is really looking nice so you can just forget about selling it, they tend to get under your skin don't they?

Hey what happened to that "quilted" SS battery box cover, it looks like it's still sporting a fiberglass one?

Keep up the great work and please update us as you make more progress.

Cheers,
David
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Great work Chris. I remember a quick ride in it back before we went to Auburn in '05. Still love the sound of a DD.

Larry

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Thanks for the compliments guys!

Terry, Bill, & David: This isn't quite the truck I've always wanted. But I'll readily admit, I've gotten kind of attached to her. I don't wanna put the cart before the horse, so to speak. But I've located a double-bunk Aerodyne, with a factory 3406, that's still wearing it's factory paint in Oregon. If that turns out to be the truck I hope it is, I'll have to sell this one. I'm only able to keep one at a time. But that's a ways off, so I'll keep working on this one like I plan to keep it!

Bill: Not to worry, trailer pictures are up next my friend!

Geoff: I've always wondered why they didn't use the same style ladders (grab handles) down there. I find them extremely easy to use to get in and out. Far easier than cabovers of the same era! The interior that the truck was built with is the base level. I think the new red and black VIT will improve things vastly. It will also tie in nicely with the exterior colors. I will retain everything from the original interior so that a future owner could easily return it to stock. Funny you mentioned the single axle. I've always wanted a tandem! I've toyed around with stretching it out with a tandem cut-off. Somehow I always manage to find other places to spend my money! :D


David, You're very correct! The guy that had the cover I was looking for, sold the truck with that on it! :w00t: He thinks he has another one stuffed in a trailer somewhere. But I haven't heard back on that one yet. With as many pictures as I've found, and as many as I saw on trucks as a kid... It seems like it should be easier to find one!


Here are pictures of what David and I are talking about:
http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/40593204-ac70-4026-a67e-9126.jpg

http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/Uploads/Images/334434dc-45ae-4658-a38d-e1e7.jpg

Please let me know if any of you have a lead on one of these!!!

Larry, Wow! I had almost forgotten about that! The Auburn convention seems like forever ago!

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Chris, I never realized those covers were just a partial cover that went over the original one. Looks pretty simple to fabricate if you can find SS material with the proper quilt pattern. It could even be embossed if there were enough interest.

Sounds like you have a good lead on an Aerodyne. Factory paint is always cool! Did you abandon your idea to add a tandem cutoff to yours? A 3406 and a 6V Detroit couldn't possibly be more different to drive (or rebuild $$$) so make sure that Cat is purring and not hissing before you leap.

Here's a nice shot of one of those covers, the truck isn't bad either...

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David

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Chris, check the trailer shops. The skin off a quilted door reefer would give you a piece of material that would make several. Those doors get replaced so there has to be some around. Wayne

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Hey Chris,

Was watching the Freightliner episode of "American Trucker" the other night. In one shot Robbs looking over the old cabover Freightliner, featured with what looks very muck like your K100 in the background. Would I be right ?

Geoff

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