INSANE CUSTOM SEMI TRUCK! Built By Welder Up.
guys I thought today would be a great day to do a biography on my Peterbilt probably notoriously one of the coolest vehicles that
welderup owns people love it everywhere I go people dig this thing you know when I first
truckI never dreamed that it become what it has today I mean it's it's been in all the Peterbilt magazines it's been all over the place it's been shared through social media so much I never thought I would go that crazy the first time I drove this
truckit didn't even have a bed on it and I drove it from Montana and back and it went crazy everybody seen it they shared it the
truckstops were shut down I'd pull in there to get fuel and I couldn't even leave people want to talk about it but anyway I'm gonna run you guys through this
trucktoday and show you a lot of the details a lot of things you don't get to see and tell you about it all right so one of the things that I wanted to do with this
truckwas you know obviously give it a paint job that would just stand out amongst everybody and it would just completely distract traffic and it does that but the headlights the headlights on this thing are like an often old Buick from like probably back in the 30s to late 20s they're I think they're about 11 inches they're big big headlights it kind of gives it a nostalgic look the headlights that actually came on here were more of a square style with dual headlights in it they looked pretty good on the
but I thought these old ones would look a lot better the grille on this thing just a design that I kind of thought would be kind of cool it turned out pretty good I mean there's a there's a lot of different designs that we came up with but this one kind of stuck I had Jeff at 12-gauge Kustoms go ahead and cut this out for me so we could put it on here and it looks really kind of cool it kind of gives it a mean look okay so the 379 Peterbilt notoriously was probably the most known owner/operator
truckbetween that and probably w900 Kenworth they were both very popular this body style was from 87 207 one of my favorites I mean I love that the the 359 actually was probably my favorite this 379 is probably my second favorite but this is a 94 this
trucks got a 3406 cat in it these things make good power they there is so they're such an honest motor they make decent mileage this
truckdoes because I don't have another axle on it I'm never pulling like a big huge load with it so the
truckactually makes pretty good mileage but it will open the hood and check it out okay so the 3406 caterpillar be model meaning this is a mechanical motor it's not really electronic like a lot of the new ones are this has got a injection pump on it and it's all mechanical probably one of the best motors on the planet if you ask me I think that this 3406 is such an honest motor I mean there's a lot of them out there don't get me wrong I love the Cummins the 60...
series Detroit's a great motor too but I really love this cat it's low rpm makes a lot of torque this motor right here probably makes anywhere from I would say 475 horse to 550 horse depending on the RPM it cruises down the road great like I'd say it like maybe at 2100 rpm it's making peak horsepower and it's pulling good you're running about 80 miles an hour down the highway and it's working really good so I really love the torque curve in this
truckand the way that this cat motor performed okay so since we got this old motor this motor actually came out of a different
truckand we put it in here and then I did some upgrades to it so I put an industrial injection pump on it so this big I mean you cannot believe how heavy this pump is this thing probably weighs 100 pounds and I'm getting it in there is kind of a pain in the ass but this is an industrial injection pump I put industrial industrial objection injectors in it and we also have a turbo on it which I'll show you that in a minute but this motor is a fourteen point six liter which if you have a 5.9 Cummins at home in your
trucklet's say this is twice and then some of what your motor is as far as torque there are a low rpm motor but they make so much torque on a bottom end on the low end side they make a ton of torque and that's what's so cool about this thing cruises down the road and you know they call it a cat for a reason because it just purrs like a kitten when...
you're going down the road it's just turned and it has such a great sound to it it's so honest it's just so honest all day long it runs I've drove this
truckmany many many miles lots of miles and it just gets me where I want to go and it's cool it's almost like I could turn the radio off and just listen to the engine in the saying it sounds great let's go to the other side of a look at the turbo good dialogue okay the cool thing about this old motor is is that you know it was in a different
truckrunning at one point I don't know if the
truckgot wrecked but we got the motor put the motor in this
truckokay I don't know how many miles are on it you know it could have a million miles on it could have five hundred thousand could have two hundred thousand it's hard to say but it runs good it makes good compression it feels good the great thing is we put this big old industrial injection turbo on it and let me tell you man it just makes this
truckcome to life it feels good it wants it like it wants it so I didn't want to put twins on it I don't want to make this
truckwhere it's not dependable anymore I don't want to make you know 800 horsepower with this
truckand ruin the dependability in the fuel mileage because I use it literally every day and while I'm sitting here I'm looking at the hood the hood this is real the hood is ready to fall off this thing right now I just noticed that the bolt it's falling...
out of my hood this
truckdoes as you can see it gets it gets used I use this
trucklike seriously almost daily there's a reason why I need this
truckI used it all day for instance yesterday scrapping metal out of my shop I put sideboards on it I load it full of scrap and I used it all day yesterday so it does get used but you know what let's move around I want to show you a couple other things on it I want to show you the interior I'll show you how the bed works and a couple other things all right so let's talk about these twelve inch stacks this is a game changer this is where everybody literally stops like they pull up and they're like what the hell is this thing right well the stacks are freaking cool I mean if you get a good look at this
truckfrom a great angle it just it makes a statement I don't think I've ever seen stacks on a
truckthat big before these are 12-inch octagon stacks and everybody wants to know how they're
builtwhere do I get them can i buy those these are like a one-time deal I
builtthese in my shop and what I did is uh before the this was bent it was all laid out all these holes were burned out on a plow stable these pieces are separate so there's two pieces here eight-sided and then what you do is you before you weld them together you go through and you weld all your rivets on right inside okay then when you're done then you put your pieces together and you have to literally weld you know ten feet on both...
sides and clean it up and make it look good you can well you could MIG weld your TIG weld it either way it works I've done it both ways MIG welding is a little faster but I put a cap down here ran the exhaust up into here about that far so and then the rest is actual real exhaust it gives it such a neat sound I mean when you kick a Jake brake out on and you're coming down a hill it's just such a cool sound it's a real lazy cat sound like it just it rumbles it's really cool it feels good in the
truckand people that are driving by when you got your Jake brake on they're just looking around like where in the hell's is coming from because it's such a cool Rumble but the stacks they're super cool I love them I when I was building them I was like you don't want the biggest stacks out there you know when I started building these stacks these octagon stacks and I know a lot of people probably don't know about it but I think the first set of these octagon stacks were probably in 2001 I had a polling
truckI used to pull a sled with it and I wanted something different so I
builta dual set of octagon stacks years ago since then you know a lot of people have copied them and and made them and and it's okay I don't even care it's just it's kind of a kind of a compliment in my world but when I
builtthe Peterbilt I thought okay now I need to step it up a little bit more and get into the big
truckworld so there's a lot of...
guys with their big
trucks now that want to put these on their
trucks and and I think it's great I mean I'd love to see more of them on the highway let's move on about the sleeper now let me tell you about the
truckwhen I bought the
truckI wish I wish I could just visually I wish I had a picture to show you how this
truckwas sitting so this
truckwas sitting in my buddy Carmen IV nose yard he owns top-notch services this was an old
truckthat he had that was a rock
truckbasically had an end dump hook to it it had a wet kid on it it was a day cab only it did not have a sleeper on it meaning day cab all you got is this part there was no sleeper on it I have pulled into his yard with these high hopes tires were flat batteries were dead I mean I didn't even know if the
truckran anyway I pulled in there and I mean I was so excited I was like okay this is gonna be my car hauler I'm gonna I'm gonna haul cars with this everybody thought I was crazy this thing's a pile of it's never gonna live it's it's a piece of junk and I remember firing it up getting it running and driving it to the shop all the tires were square on it meaning that it's that so long that the tires had flat spots in it and it was just - I mean all the way to the shop but I was I was stoked I got to the shop and I really started standing back and getting my vision for this
truckfirst thing is I needed a sleeper on it I was like man I gotta have a sleeper
because I plan on staying you know when I go to Pomona California for the swap meet I sleep in the back of this thing you know if I'm if we're out in the middle of nowhere looking for cars we'll sleep in this thing okay and all of us have slept in this
truckI mean there's you know we all pile in there and sleep in the back while one's driving and we'll switch drivers as we're going down the highway you know if we're driving 2,000 miles we'll switch drivers it'll be my son driving one of my kids will be driving Merlin will be driving I'll be driving it doesn't matter it's one of us is driving but the important thing was is to get this sleeper on this
truckwell I didn't know but there are de cabs that are set up for a sleeper and then there's de cabs that are absolutely not set up for and a sleeper on it well my luck this was not a not a sleeper
truckit did not have the provisions to put a sleeper on it meaning structurally on the other side of the
truckthere's more brackets and bracing and you can actually easy easily put a sleeper on him well this one wasn't like that I had to cut the back out I had to hook a piece in there that actually would take on the sleeper so there's a ring in there that you have to put in for your rubber boot to put your sleeper on and I had to put all that in it was a pain in the ass so my suggestion to you if you're gonna make a car hauler out of a Peterbilt but I went...
with the cab a date sleeper on it just don't even mess around just it save you so much time this was a lot of work ex tried to go to a junkyard I had to find that sleeper I had to bring it to the shop and you know trying to get it on there and not only that but back in here if you can see under here these bags I had to put all of this on because this is your air ride for your sleeper so all this had to be made and put on and drilled holes in the frame so that way it would actually ride because from here there's a hinge up there and this thing just kind of floats when you're going down the road to give it a ride but all that had to be put in it was a it was a ton of work so if it was me and I had to do it again I would buy a
truckwith a sleeper on it just period don't do what I did anyway um now once we got the sleeper on the
truckkind of stood back I started looking at it I called my buddy Jeff at 12 gage
customs and I said hey what kind of visors do you have for the front windows you know what I mean because I wanted to put a visor on this thing that actually had a really cool mean look I drew him a picture of what I wanted and he cut this out for me and sent it to me and it looks cool I love it it just it looks like Frankenstein's hair saw-blade I mean I don't know whatever you want to say it looks like but it's pretty cool and the visor works so if I'm going down the highway and the sun's coming in the windows I put a little air in the...
seat I raise the seat up and that visor I don't he gets the Sun out of my eyes so it actually works it functions and it looks cool on the
truckbut that's just one of the little details of what we had going with the visor now the hood right here the hood was like it was one of those days in the shop where they're going ok Steve Darnell what in the hell are you doing now at that point I had pulled the hood open they see me over there inside so so you got to think I opened the hood I crawled inside here and I was standing on the grill inside right and I'm looking at this thing and I'm going alright I got to come up with a solution to make this motor look like it's blowing out like my 55 Chevy people love the 55 Chevy I thought you know what over the years of what I've done with these car builds and the things that I'm doing I figured you know what this this blowing out the side of the hood thing is really a hit people love it so the great thing about this
truckis it had a aluminum front clip on it so a lot of the fiberglass ones you can't get away with doing this unless you make a piece which I've done that before too for these
trucks which was the 359 Peterbilt that we
trucking which you need to look that
truckup and look at it if you have it but um that Peterbilt was really cool it was fiberglass front clip but we actually had to cut a piece and make it look like this but this one here to get back to this
climbed inside of there I got a plasma cutter out and I just went crazy and started cutting away in there and everybody is just what are you doing like are you freaking
insaneonce it was done I got out I kind of rolled it back curled the hood back and I was like because at that point we'd already painted the
truckgreen right so they're thinking you're gonna ruin the paint job on this
truckI had my buddy Big Z come in he painted it green I had Travis dieter come in and Travis airbrushed and put the brown in it to make it look patina doubt and all this stuff was done but I was just not done yet I was like I got to cut this thing out and make it look cool so I cut the sides of the hood out I bowed them out stood back and looked at I thought this is this is bitchin this is what I'm gonna run with so we left it like this you can actually see where the plasma cuts are on it was it was kind of we've done a little western I just got in there and went at it you're not cool people think it's a rap when they see it from a distance they think that this piece is actually wrapped on here but when they get up close they can see in and the motor it's cool and what's really cool about it is when I checked the oil on this thing I just reached through the hole and I pull the dipstick out I don't have to open the hood worked out really good alright so let me talk to you a little bit about the drivetrain on the
truckit has a it has an Eaton 10 speed...
transmission in it which it's great for me because I can only count to ten anyway after ten I started losing numbers I don't want to get confused so 10 speed works out great for me now the front axle on this thing you know there again I talked to my buddy Jeff 12-gauge
customs I said look I want to air ride this thing and dump the front end on the ground he sent me on a bag kit we have to you have to drop a couple of springs in the front I think it's just one spring if I remember right you have to put the air bag kit on a couple of shocks on the front of this thing and it's set up and ready to go now the air ride kind of makes it nice because the
truckdoesn't run like a work
truckanymore it actually drives down the highway really good once it's on air it just kind of floats down the highway and it feels really good let me jump in here and I'll dump this thing on the ground so you can see what I'm talking about okay so a lot of people want to know about the pink that's on the tanks the stacks and front bumper the grille basically what it is is it's a there's three different processes you got to go through here first of all you got to paint it with a black you got to get a good black base on it then there is an actual copper paint that you can get that actually has copper in it so you paint it on there and then you spray a chemical on it that reacts with the copper which puts that green look into it that gives it that dingy...
patina'd look once you're done with that you kind of like let it get to where you want it and then once you got it where you want it you can clear coat it once it dries up it has to be good and dry cuz that copper paint takes a long time to dry you don't want to put it on really thick if you put it on too thick that copper almost never will cure so kind of thin spray your your chemical on there and it'll actually bleed through and and it gives you that look and then you just clear coat it and then you're done okay so the story about the bed you know I mean a guy could have probably went down and bought a badass all-aluminum rollback bed for it but you know I'm cheap so I'm not going to do that so Marilyn Johnson calls me one day and he goes hey I know where there's a bed my buddy will and yucca Arizona has an old bed off an old Dodge
truckthat was a school district
truckfrom probably back in the 60s
trucks been sitting forever so he said meet me in yucca Arizona at wheels house and let's let's put this bed on so we jerked the bed off this other
truckokay this is in three days it's in yucca Arizona it's probably a hundred and fifteen degrees at least maybe maybe 120 that day I mean for three or four days it was the hottest day I can remember it was just hot so anyway we pulled that bed off we grabbed this old shitty bed it was all red at the time it it's beat I mean you can look at it the things been used for probably the...
last you know 50 years or six years and now I'm actually putting more abuse to it then it's probably ever had no the cool thing about the bed when we got it it had an electric pump on it so this
truckactually I came with a wet kit I took it all off maybe I should have left it on so we could have run a bigger hydraulic system on it but this little this little pump works pretty good as you can see just put a little you don't even have to have a
truckrunning you know what I mean it's kind of nice tilts back so as you can see we took everything off the other
truckthis piece right here was actually welded to the frame on the other
truckso I just put it on this one all our hydraulic systems right here these old-school like cantilever system right here that it actually works I mean it's kind of steep for a lot of low cars you have to ramp the back a little bit but I figured you know what usually I'm pulling old junk up on here so you can see underneath this
truckwhat we had going here was you know this had tandem duals on it meaning that there was another axle right here we had another set of four tires right here a whole nother rear-end and we wanted to get rid of that number one I don't need to haul all those tires around and all that weight I'm not hauling enough weight with this
truckanymore to worry about having that much tire on this
trucktwo of the reasons why is one the maintenance and two if I go to California if you have more than...
two axles you have to 55 miles an hour so this kind of made it easy for me cuz now I can do the speed limit and I'm not over axle you know what I mean this
truckis pretty much my RV okay I've got a toilet in there I got a sink I've got an inverter I'm ready to go camping this is my camping
truckokay I go camping with this but anyway so the axle sat right here we got rid of all of that pulled it all out you know with Merlin's help and wheels help we got a lot of the work done but we've had every axle in this
truckout of it the front axle has been out of it the rear axles have been out of it and so there's been a lot of work done to this
truckanyway we had to build a set of drive lines to reach to the backpack here which Merlin's like a genius at making drive lines as you can see back here you can see where we had to weld this one onto here shorten we either had to lengthen or we probably had to shorten this one or lengthen it one of the other and then we made the rear drive line there to hold carrier this whole carrier right here how did he put in so basically we had to put a carrier which this is what this is right here this is a carrier this all had to be installed right here to help the driveline so it's not whipping around and it needs to break at some point you can't have a driveline that long okay so let's talk about the leads over here so these leads I swear I
builtthese 25 they're at least 20 years old okay when I...
was really big into the portable welding these sat on my
truckthey've gone from
truckand now they've made their way to this
truckum but I always make them so I can move them and take them to the next
truckright so there's a piece of receiver tube right here these slide in there I put a pin in there and I can lock them on so they don't get stolen cuz you know like the crackheads love to steal the leads cuz of the copper so that being said if you're a crackhead stay away from my
truckokay also these are these ones here aren't huge I think they're 75 feet which I can string them out and it's 75 feet I can pretty much get what I want I can get the
truckclose enough that I can hook them up and then I have some whip leads that I hook into them that are about 15 feet so really I can get almost a hundred feet out there if I want to I got a I've got this retractable lead for my my torch get it out of here I kind of just sneak it in there I don't really do much but basically I can reel this out you know and this is a hundred footer so I can get to something and if I were I really want to cut it and it works out great I mean having these tools on your
truckwhen you're out trying to scrap or pick things up or you know you need to kind of maybe weld something on it so you can pull the
truckup on there you never know what your situations in and you know you never know if your shits gonna break where you're going down...
the highway you know I need to weld it back together so been there done that okay the nitrous the nitrous pretty much right now is all because I don't have a hooked up right now the
welderat one point I did have it hooked up where you could spray it and you could feed a little nitrous to the
welderwhich is not necessary but it's kind of cool so I leave it on here anyway so that's all anyway um let's move around and go inside the
truckso I can show you guys the interior all right here we go so as you can see there's a lot of stuff going on inside this
truckI mean number one we've got the D rod the old-school D rod all done in leather so all these panels right here is all leather work I mean these are a lot of these guys are sponsors that I've worked with of course I love the old Pontiac I love the old porcelain signs it's one of my big deals the Mobil Pegasus right here the Texaco sign the
welderup which is a standard actually but I really wanted to just kind of brand it myself I mean I'm not really into tattoos so I thought you know what this is closest I'll ever probably get to getting a tattoo so I had the door panels done kind of like what I would want okay this one here is probably a little bit more personal on this side I mean this is a lot of the old casinos that have gone away except for the Flamingo still here there's still a few around I mean it's lots of fun which is really cool but if you look at the door panel...
this right here is basically I remember like seeing the sign on the highway coming into Vegas and this guy here is cowboy vic and i don't know if you know who cowboy vic is but on Fremont Street he's this old cowboy guy that used to sit on the side of the I think was the Golden Gate and he'd be like Howdy filler come on in no it's howdy partner howdy partner come on in and his arm would go like this it was great my mom I used to make her drive me down to Fremont Street when I was a little kid just to watch the guy he used to talk and it was cool back then now he just sits there it kind of sucks they should get him going again um you know a little bit of pole dancing I mean come on we live in big you know that kind of has to be on there the old Silver Slipper and then if you can see right here it says economy steel right down the side of this well that was my dad's steel business and I worked there for many years I think well ever since I was a little kid I worked for economy steel all the way till I was about 30 years old so at a young man that's I had to put it in there because that was if I was gonna get a tattoo I would tattoo that on my body because it was a big part of my life and so I wanted to make sure I put it in here but we got the Elad and we got show us your junk down here we got the money chase and cash which are my boys so Chase is my older son cash is my younger son and then I put the money with it because they cost me a lot of money...
it's always like I'm chasing cash get it I'm chasing cash to pay for these kids all the time if you got kids you know what I'm talking about and then I got quit your bitching in here which is a cool I mean my buddy Alex that does all this leather work is first of all amazing I mean look at the wood grain that he did in here all wood and then quit your bitching I mean it looks spot-on to the car it's just so cool pretty way I love the door panels all right so there's a ten-speed eatin Buller transmission I wanted to put some little little cool quirky things to it so I've got this brass knuckle knife in here welded to the shifter it comes up and I got this little Frankenstein head on it you can see that it's about wore out I'm telling you I drive this
trucka lot I've put a lot of miles on this
truckspent a lot of hours sitting in that seat just driving down the highway it's got a stereo system up here I've got a CB it's got some cowhide on the roof as you can see there's a little brand right here it's actually kind of cool you can see the brand oh the cow back in the day moving the back back here so I can show you the back okay so this is the sleeper back here pretty comfy I wanted to really give it that Vegas vibe you know I'm a native I was born here in Las Vegas so I got some old roulette wheel cloth out of off an old roulette wheel table and I wanted to do the interior with unit which kind of turned out cool...
up here you can see that they got all the numbers up here where you can lay your money down and you can put it all in on red or all in on black and see if you double your money or not but the interior actually turned out cool I like it it gives it kind of a Vegas vibe underneath these seats right here which I'm embarrassed to even open this up right now cuz it looks like but speaking of as you can see this is my okay right here so here's how this works you got to put a compost bag underneath this okay right now I got airlines sitting there but you can move this out of the way you know sit down here on your toilet you know and you know whoever's driving should just be going down the road you could be sitting here balls-out taking a if you want to yeah but the deal is is you've got to have a in your
truckif you want to have an RV okay so this is one of them this is one of the things that you have to have so technically I have a in yet okay so you can happen you can seriously happen have I ever in it no I have it you know I probably would never in there but anyway that's that's my okay under under here you can see there are three 12-inch soap no there's actually four of them in there holy I forgot what I had in there there's four subwoofers in there for lots of bass so when you're going down the road you can bump out which right now I don't know what happened to my amplifier but I think we jerked the wire out of it because my toolbox...
better carry all my straps in the right where the amp is and we might have messed them up but anyway it's kind of cool I got this piece of wood right here that actually slides out and it slides into a bed so if you need to lay down and sleep you can turn the cushions this way and actually sleep in this thing if you had to so it's pretty comfy I mean you know we use it a lot going down the road matter of fact my buddy Zach that's holding the camera right now fill me this he spent a lot of hours in that's about two weeks ago back here driving around I got a picture of Merlin in here just passed out this little gut hanging out it's hilarious I should post that I think I still have it on my Instagram so we might put some cool little bloopers in there actually this is me a fun little video anyway here's our inverter right here so you have to have an inverter in here so you can run 110 this is a big deal that you have to have for your RV to make it an RV so anyway that's the inside nice thing about this whole
truckeasy just it's air-ride front axles on air unlike a lot of the old
trucks there just leave spring in the front and they just got to leave spring in it but it's got an air bag on top of the spring and it ties into the frame you got your bag right here that's tied into your frame and then your leaf spring here in the bag rides on it makes this thing ride so much smoother then like like a traditional
truckso a lot of these
that are out here all in gravel and you know hauling a lot of heavy weight they'll run a lot of leaf springs in the front but you know this
truckdoesn't really haul out a weight there's not a lot of weight that I'm on with it so air rides fine for it even if you're hauling a lot of weight these air bags are designed to run on you know you could put a lot of weight on the front axle but that's what's nice you know this old cat you know when you drive it you run it up there about 16 1700 rpm and shift it it just falls into gear you know Hull's pretty good too a big little turbo I got on it it'll make almost 30 pounds of boost and that's pretty good for this
truckyou know you want to keep it where you know you start making too much boost you're gonna create too much heat the big thing is if you don't want to get these motors hot you know you want to keep your fire ometer under 900 degrees you know anything you can start getting up around 12 1500 rpm or 12 or 1500 degrees on your eg geez you're gonna start melting pistons you don't want that problem is a lot of people they they turn these
trucks up where they make a lot of horsepower they hooked 48,000 pounds behind them they start pulling a grade and fragments of your pistons start coming apart because your your aluminum starting to melt you start pulling a grade waking time yeah it goes through the gears good he's got pretty decent air conditioner in it for a 94 so...
you know I'm pretty happy with the