March 18th, 2006


king of the road

got my new truck on Friday. Since then I've been wrangling with Werner to get my truck "online" in their system. Things finally came together this morning and after sitting here for the past three days, I finally have a load to Michigan. So here's my truck. For the auto/truck enthusiasts among you, here are the specs:

2001 Freightliner Century
Cummins engine, governed at 70mph
Meritor straight 10-speed transmission
630,000 miles

Aside from a rather shoddy windshield replacement that left a bunch of the sealant goop sticking out around the glass and some minor scruffs in the paint job, the exterior is in pretty decent shape. I've driven her a little around Omaha in the past few days and she runs great. There are some things I don't like about the truck (like unpowered windows/mirrors), but they're minor and I can live without them.

In the past, I've driven company trucks. Now that I have one that will eventually become my own, I think she should have a name. Hopefully one will materialize which suits her. I suppose I need to get to know her first.

As an accompaniment to this entry, I made a movie. It's a narrated, virtual tour of my truck: inside and out. I've been meaning to make one of these for a long time and I figured now was as good a time as any.

Truck tour (8.2MB, wmv)