A rig ‘typical’ of independents
December 29, 2010 | by: Lucinda Coulter
Everett J. Allison’s immaculately detailed 1968 Freightliner brightened Overdrive’s August 1968 cover with the truck’s shoreline beige and brunish bronze paint accented with black striping. The paint design was one of many that characterized Freightliner trucks in the 60s as more complex paint methods became available.
To Overdrive’s editors, the truck exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that owner-operators showed: “We think this outstanding rig is typical of many thousands of owner-operated trucks. The owner-operator is a different breed of man – proud, independent, professional.”
Allison, an owner-operator who resided in Salina, Kan., leased his truck first to Raye & Co., and later to Dallas-based C7H Transportation. The truck’s specs exemplified the independence and professionalism of owner-operators, Overdrive’s editors wrote in a preface listing the truck’s parts.
“Engine is an 8V-71 Detroit Diesel with Jake Brake, RTO 913 transmission with 4.44 rears,” the description says. “Wheelbase is 179 inches. Suspension is Velvet Ride. Fuel tanks are 100 gallons each. Other features include air-conditioning by Thermo King, oil seals on all wheels, rubber fenders on cab, Hogart rear quarter fenders, 22-inch tires by Goodyear, Farr dry air cleaner, completely insulated cab, interior totally padded in brown, radio and stereo, Bostrom seat, air-powered right window, built-in one gallon water jug in dash. Polished items include drip molding, wheels, grill guard and fuel tanks. Chomre items are grab handles, stirrup steps, both air horns, mirrors, sunvisor, five bullet lights, air intake bonnet, driving lights, muffler shields and stacks.”