July 15, 2019 Off By admin

Big trucks…..big bucks.
Dressed up custom semi trucks are eye candy. Seeing a tricked out rig strollin’ down the highway, in all it’s splendor and glory, is an awesome sight to see.

Polished, sparkling chrome, a custom paint job, tall, gleaming big stacks, large chrome bumpers, low visors. These are just a few of the marks of a cool custom truck.

At Smart Trucking, we especially love those trucks  with that awesome ‘old school’ look. We like our trucks low and the hoods long.

As we travel around to the truck shows and show and shines, we’re amazed at the number of these high dollar custom show trucks out there, that are strictly built for show.

Custom Peterbilt 379 Shell Super Rigs 2017


For the most part, truck owners today don’t generate enough revenue to support extensive customization.  Profit margins are just too tight.

The select truckers that do custom their rides, often have a pretty sweet deal and are making good money in trucking, although some dig into their personal savings to customize.

However, it doesn’t always take lots of bucks, to bring together a really great look. Some well chosen modifications and alterations within a budget, can really make a difference to the overall look.

A little customization can really make a rig stand out from the others. Sometimes, it’s just as simple as adding a stainless sun visor or some extra lights. Others, go for the gusto and do a radical rebuild and build the ‘large car of their dreams’!

Some owner operators with custom semi trucks put their rigs to work so they need to maintain the practicality and dependability.

The majority of customization nowadays is done by fleet owners. They use these ‘dream trucks’ as recruiting tools at various and truck events.

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Some of the custom semi trucks are sponsored and financed by chrome shops and body shops. These trucks are designed with the purpose in mind, to attract business to the sponsors.

Kenworth and Peterbilt have recognized the popular customization trend and the parts are available through their dealer networks…. a great  perk. Custom Petes and Kenworths can still be functional working trucks as well as show rigs.

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Interior of Kenworth W900 Custom Wood Floor
Interior of 1995 KW W900


Custom big trucks are not about practicality or functionality.  Truckers customize their semis to get THE LOOK.  ALL about the look. Long, low and cool.

Big truck owners who customize their rigs, take tremendous pride in their ride and are proud to be part of the trucking industry.

They are truly ambassadors for an industry that too frequently suffers from much undeserved criticism.

It’s an interesting fact that originally, the customization of these rigs was intended to improve the design of the vehicle. It was only later on, that the custom truck process grew into a high dollar industry and the ever-popular show circuit as we know it today.

In spite of the weak economy, there are still lots and lots of some awesome, custom rigs out there, with lots of bucks into them.

Long. Lean. Low. Cool. It’s ALL ABOUT THE LOOK, BABY!

Kenworth W900B Custom Paint Big Sleeper


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Each of the links below will take you to more custom big rig trucks galleries.

Custom Kenworth Green Truck

Kenworth Show Truck Collection

Peterbilt 379 Custom Big Sleeper Berth Yellow

Custom Trucks Gallery I

Peterbilt 389 Show Truck Black Orange

Custom Truck Gallery II

Peterbilt Custom Trucks Collection

Red White Peterbilt 389 Truck With Stainless Tanker Trailer

Peterbilt 389 Gallery

Green Red Peterbilt 379 Truck

379 Peterbilt Photo Collection 

2004 Peterbilt 379 Custom Rig Blue

2004 Peterbilt 379 Custom

2002 Kenworth W900