2011 Peterbilt Showtruck from Idaho Wrecker Sales
Title stating Peterbilt Extreme Showtruck

It's that time of year again, and we're getting ready for the Western States Tow Show in Reno, Nevada. We invite you to follow along with us as we build a custom show truck.

This time we're putting together a Chevron Series 12 LCG (low center of gravity) Car Carrier, equipped with an SP8000 Side Puller, on a Pre-emission, Peterbilt 330 Regular Cab chassis.

This truck is loaded with all kinds of cool features, so feel free to follow along as we walk you through how Idaho Wrecker Sales goes about building a show truck.

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After working out an overall plan for how the truck will be built, we take a good look at our chassis and map out our wiring. Before we start the project we make sure that we cover the windows and seats to ensure that they are protected while we make our modifications.

We set the SP8000 on the truck and pre-drill the mounting holes. Later we will weld the carrier body lock mounts to the SP8000 before we remove it from the truck for paint. This ensures that we get paint in all of the holes for corrosion protection. At this time we also measure out the sub-frame location, and cut off the end of the truck frame where we will weld on the carrier's hinge plate.

Here we have mounted the Hydraulic oil tank. We have installed the clutch shift PTO and hydraulic pump. Running the hydraulic hoses from the pump to the tank where the valve body will be located.

We also routed the wiring to the cab for the switch panels. We roughed in the wiring out to the end of the frame where it will eventually hook up to the sub-frame. Because the light bar will be mounted on the Side Puller we also installed a junction box in the frame near the SP8000 to make our connections for the upper work lights and light-bar.

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After setting the sub-frame we weld on the hinge plate and bolt down the tilt cylinders, hooking up the hydraulic hoses to test their functionality.

Before we slide the deck on, we connect the hyrdaulic hoses to the SP8000. We had Chevron install 3 additional valves in the carrier control housing so we could operate the SP8000 winch and support legs from both sides of the truck. The controls also include an air free spool, and throttle control on both sides of the truck.

Here we slide the deck onto the sub-frame, connecting the wiring and winch hoses from the sub-frame to deck. Additionally, we rough in the carrier body lock, tack welding it to the SP8000.

Now that the body lock is set, we remove the SP8000 from the truck and weld out the rest of the body lock.

After installing the light-bar mount to the SP8000, it's off to our paint department to get a few coats of PPG 2 stage paint.

This is the SP8000 with the light-bar mount in the paint shop. It has been primed and is being prepared for paint.

The light-bar we are using on this truck is what we call our Idaho Wrecker Sales signature "No Light-bar, Light-bar". We custom build the swept wing mount and install a directional arrow stick of 10 individual LED strobe lights on the light mount. This will create a great looking, and very effective light-bar without actually mounting a full light-bar on top of the truck.

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We have installed lighting in the handrails on previous trucks and have received great feed back. Everyone was very happy with the lighting, but said it was hard to disconnect the wires when it came time to remove the rails. We searched around and found quality contact pads similar to what you find in the door jams of some vehicles. So we are modifying one of the stakes of the bed rail to hold a contact pad, and we installed the other contact pad into the stake pocket.

We installed an LED light in the handrail to illuminate the deck at night, and when it comes time to remove the rail there are only two connections to deal with, allowing you to just pull them straight out.

In the past we have talked about how to get a warning strobe on the back of the truck that is visible when the deck is lowered, or put a strobe at the end of the hand rail. But until recently we were not able to find a small profile light that would fit the location, be durable, and put out enough illumination. that is until our friends at Ecco came out with a small profile light that puts out an unbelievable amount of light. So for the rear rail, we installed an extra contact in which we now not only have an LED light to illuminate the deck, but also a rear facing strobe that is not obstructed when the deck is down or loaded with a vehicle.

We had Power Up Products build us a custom switch panel with backlight legends to match the functions we installed on the truck.

The Peterbilt dash comes with a shallow storage pocket that we utilized to add the new switch panel. A lot of thought goes into our switch panels and switch locations to make it easy for you to reach without taking your eyes off the road. You can see we mounted the PTO switch with a guard at the far right of the panel, and we installed the beacon and strobe switches at the far left. The entire panel is configured so that when you reach the scene of a disabled vehicle, you can easily activate the beacon lights without fear of accidentally engaging the PTO.

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We pulled the truck into our paint booth, where we prepped and masked it for a two-tone paint job with some subtle graphics. The top of the cab will remain white. We are also painting the bed sides to match.

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After exiting the booth, you can see that the paint turned out AMAZING!

Here you can see how we have arranged the lights on the SP8000. We used all clear lens LED lights - the longer ones are used for the Brake, Turn, and Tail Lights. The smaller lights toward the interior will serve as a directional arrow stick, and the remaining lights are amber LED strobes. We also installed LED swivelling, undermounted, spotlights at the far ends of the light-bar.

To add a little function to this truck's form, we mounted a couple of 65", In The Ditch, Pro-Series™ aluminum tool boxes on both sides of the truck.

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Our engineering team went to work to create a custom, stainless steel grill, and side intakes.

In the Ditch Towing Products supplied us with matching quarter fenders to go with their tool boxes, which helped us round out the aerodynamics. We also put a large lumber basket over the full length of the boxes, so you have an additional 8' feet of storage just behind the top of the tool boxes.

Inside the Pro Series™ tool boxes we installed dividers, hangers, and other brackets to ensure that all of your necessary equipment would have a place where it could be comfortablly stored.

You can also see the Lodar receiver box inside the tool box, where both the deck winch, and the SP8000 winch can be controlled by wireless remote control.

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We themed this truck around the idea of an "Xtreme Carrier"; following up on a few "Xtreme Wreckers" that we have built in the past. Here we built a custom "Xtreme" panel to dress up the SP8000.

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After all of our hard work, we are proud to reveal the finished product!



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