A ‘Super Boss’ of a show truck

July 6, 2011  | by: Lucinda Coulter

For the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976, 200 years after the colonies began their fight for independence from the British government, Jerry (Tyrone) Malone demonstrated patriotism in the way most fitting for him: He re-customized his renowned Boss Truck of America into the  ”Super Boss” racing rig.

The cost? It was estimated to be $150,000.

The truck was customized with a $10,000 paint job, a 1,000-hp, dual turbo-charge V-12 Detroit Diesel, a dual engine compression brake and an HT 750 Allison Automatic transmission. The March 1976 Overdrive story that featured the snazzy race truck says that the transmission was “beefed up and features a pwer divider that locks so the truck won’t go more than 125 miles per hour.”

Ron Scheramek, a Fresno, Calif., resident, painted the truck, and Neal Averill, also fo Fresno, did the pin-stripe detail work on the truck. The mechanical retrofitting was done by Delaney and Alph, Detroit Diesel experts based in Bakersfield, Calif.

The special fiberglass body, made by Myers of Visalia, Calif., required five months’ work, and racing wings were made by Olson Racing. Diamond tuck upholstery was customized by Bertwell Upholstery of Seattle.

The low-slung Kenworth was just 4.5 inches from the ground in the truck’s front, “lending a ‘small truck’ look to the entire mean machine,” the story says.

After Jerry Malone had the truck ultra-customized, he also changed his name to Tyrone Malone, “Mister D.D.D,” which referred to Daredevil Diesel Driver. The rear deck stabilizer displayed one of Malone’s favorite slogans: “You can’t fool with the owls and fly with the eagles.”

The magazine’s five-page feature on the flashy truck exuded with editorial enthusiasm: “The ‘Super Boss’ features a double-parachute drag system that, Malone says, is strictly for show, but there’s obviously no brake system yet invented that could slow his promotional abilities. As head of the Thermo King Racing Team, Jerry (Tyrone) Malone will probably do more to capture the public’s attention this summer than even the country’s Bicentennial celebrations.”

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