Rescuing a 1977 Peterbilt 359 From Its Grave - First Time On the Road in 18 Years


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    MichaelTJD60MichaelTJD60

    Dauer: 21:07

    EDIT: I need to clear a few things up for all the naysayers, so PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION. We've had a lot of "super truckers" in the comment section who felt the need to criticize us basically for keeping the deceased truck owner's memory alive, and who criticized the truck that was once his livelihood. That seems rather insulting to both him and his widow. Let's set some things straight, for those of you who think we don't know what we were doing when we acquired this truck:
    1. This isn't our first rodeo buying a used truck that's been sitting. We knew what we were getting ourselves into. My buddy Ryan ("Bulldog Chaser") bought this truck cheap knowing he was in for a potential project, and isn't afraid to dump some money into it if he has to. Did you really think we were getting a truck in PERFECT condition after sitting for so many years? Come on now....
    2. Out of respect for Ryan and the lady he purchased the truck from, we will not tell how much he paid for the truck. He and the owner's widow agreed on a price, and both were happy with the deal.
    3. We were NOT just dumping starting fluid into the air intake. It only took a couple quick shots of starting fluid before she cranked up. It might look like he was spraying the whole can while it was cranking, but that was NOT the case. He was just holding the can up to the breather in case he needed to spray more in (which he didn't have to). Also, we let it warm up a good 20 minutes before hitting the throttle. You must have missed the jump cuts in the video if you think we were revving it cold.
    4. We were NOT worried about a potential runaway when the engine first started. That's a Detroit thing...still possible, but FAR less likely to happen on a Cummins. We had plenty of rags, wood blocks, fire extinguishers, etc. in case the engine WERE to run away.
    5. YES, OBVIOUSLY the truck needs a good going-over and a good servicing. Once we get some half-decent weather and get some space freed up in the shop, the truck will get a good thorough cleaning, all the fluids changed, new tires all around, and any other issues will be fixed.
    6. Diesel fuel does NOT go "stale" like gasoline does. We were extremely lucky that the old fuel in the tanks was still clean and stable, and had no algae in it. So we weren't afraid to run the truck home on the old fuel - it wasn't going to hurt anything. There are plenty of other DE-film videos of trucks starting and running on diesel fuel much older than what this truck had in it. See for yourself.
    7. OBVIOUSLY this truck wasn't suitable to run on the highway. That's not what we were doing with it; we just ran it on back roads that were close to home so we could tow the truck back home if something happened to it. We weren't running it hard either, just babying it to "wake it up". Do you really think we would run it on the highway far from home with worn-out drive tires?
    8. We had the original plates, title, bill of sale, and two "blocker" trucks running behind this truck for the short 13-mile drive home. Plus we were only driving it on the backroads. So there wouldn't have been any issues if the police or DOT were to stop us.
    9. NO, we are NOT restoring this truck, it has way too much character and we plan to keep running it like its deceased owner would have wanted. We may touch up some of the faded areas of the paint, but the truck will NOT be getting a full restore...it's just too nice for that. It WILL be thoroughly cleaned up inside and out.
    10. YES, this is an old truck, with an old mechanical diesel engine. Guess what? THEY SMOKE! All old mechanical engines smoke at least a little bit. That's just the nature of the beast! I hate to say it, but the EPA outlawed these old engines for that reason! For those of you who think we're killing the environment, I hope you're happy with the modern DPF, DEF, EGR "boat anchor" engines that cause nothing but expensive downtime and headaches for drivers and mechanics these days. I'd like to see one of those new, "clean-running" diesel engines still running as good as this one in 40 years.
    11. STOP acting like I hate Cummins because of my few sarcastic comments. I was raised around CAT engines all my life and they are my preference, but I have NOTHING against these old Cummins engines, especially the Big Cam 400. I just like to bust Ryan's chops with CAT vs. Cummins comments every once in a while. It's an inside joke we have going on. Trust me, if CAT and Cummins didn't build good engines, they wouldn't be so popular after all this time, and their old engines wouldn't still be running after 40 years like this one.
    12. YES, his shifting was a little bit rough. He hadn't driven a 13-speed in a while, and it didn't help that someone cut a few of the air lines going to the splitter valve so it was trying to act like a 10-speed instead of a 13. Don't act like you've never scratched a gear once or twice in all your years of driving...nobody is perfect.

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The Monopoly Guy
The Monopoly Guy

I swear people just watch these videos just to pick them apart. It makes you look like an ass.

Vor 2 Stunden
Bare Bear
Bare Bear

I really enjoyed watching this... I don’t know why but it really intrigued me ... thanks guys, keep that baby running

Vor 2 Stunden
sean header
sean header

i love the look of american trucks....rubber duckey wuckey and all.......why the fuck the nose, scanias in europe dont have a nose, theres no fucking need for a big nose.....our trucks dont need a fuel truck running along side them to keep them running.......guys climate change and all, why the fuck do you need trucks that size

Vor 5 Stunden
Matchless AJS BSA
Matchless AJS BSA

Nice bit of countryside. Whereabouts are you?

Vor 8 Stunden
College Stuff
College Stuff

I thought this was going to be a rebuild and make her look purdy at the end. She runs freak and sounds good! Do another of her rebuild!

Vor 8 Stunden
shreddder999
shreddder999

I think you need to add some fuel tanks.

Vor 8 Stunden
Henry Gonzalez
Henry Gonzalez

she sounds good and looks very good congrats on that purchase .....

Vor 9 Stunden
Raymond Dowd
Raymond Dowd

A friend bought a house from a old couple. There was a D9 cat dozer and a nice old ford tractor sitting behing the barn. It took a few hours but he got both to start. He is rebuilding both.

Vor 9 Stunden
6spdls1z28triz 250
6spdls1z28triz 250

It's secretly a transformer....

Vor 9 Stunden
Matti Saunamäki
Matti Saunamäki

Hellos from Finland. So how many miles this baby has seen on its glorious life? I really can agree that they've ruined those old nice trucks now with lowering them and tuning stuff and things like that. I, and I can say, many truck drivers in here would really love to see a vintage truck like this in a real business, or on the road again at least :-) A truck that gave to those new truck drivers a meaning to their lifes forever.. I now a few in person. And yes, I am a Cummins guy too ;-)

Vor 10 Stunden
David Snyder
David Snyder

needs a Signature 600 for it.

Vor 11 Stunden
Artur Apozyan
Artur Apozyan

вот это техника)

Vor 12 Stunden
Bryon Sparkman
Bryon Sparkman

This truck has been resold again

Vor 14 Stunden
Wil Tomas
Wil Tomas

Beautiful, that is jus amazing.

Vor 21 Stunde
Howard
Howard

Waiting for it to transform ("Autobots, transform and roll out")

Vor 23 Stunden
William Tolbirt
William Tolbirt

Looks like the rig from Smokey and the Bandit.

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George Carter
George Carter

Love it!!

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quill6211
quill6211

By watching these guys start and move the Pete they know what they’re doing better than any nay sayer and probably most so called truck drivers that’s for sure. As for the exhaust, plants need CO2 to make O2 so we can breathe. Oil is as organic as you can get. It comes from the earth not mars.

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Lasse Bauer
Lasse Bauer

Dang! Now I feel like watching “Smokie and the Bandit”😎🤠

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shreddder999
shreddder999

Wrong truck.

Vor 8 Stunden
Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin

the song phantom 309 playing

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Domingo Rios
Domingo Rios

Es una marabilla ese maquinon me encanta guau

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Domingo Rios
Domingo Rios

Me podrian desir por fabor en español la historia de esta maquina que paso porque se encontraba en ese estado quien lo abandono y porque

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Zen Jon
Zen Jon

That's an old beauty you have there

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paco ramirez
paco ramirez

those roads look like outside of Hannibal Missouri, like Palmyra, beautiful out in that area.

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Darin Hassett
Darin Hassett

I would love to own and drive that rig... love the sound of the Jake soooo cool

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Ivan Ng
Ivan Ng

Optimus...

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eSPeeScotty
eSPeeScotty

All the truck stuff and comments aside...I noticed that someone behind the camera zoomed-in on that John Deere lawn tractor tucked-in behind that house while on the drive....then now as I'm reading through comments, I just noticed the thumbnail picture. That explains that!

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

+eSPeeScotty I like having different types of content on my channel. Sadly I'm not in a position where I can make truck videos all the time (only on occasions), so I have to be able to switch back and forth between content.

Vor 4 Stunden
eSPeeScotty
eSPeeScotty

Nice! I know where you are coming from...trucks, tractors, and trains is what my YouTube channel is all about.

Vor 8 Stunden
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Yup, that's my other hobby. lol

Vor 9 Stunden
volksquadman2 Shorty
volksquadman2 Shorty

Love her!! - she is everything i dreamed about as a 12 yr old Welsh kid after seeing Convoy & Smokey films. I owned a German MAN 464 with the same Eaton box but in no way did it ever sounded as sweet as this Old ladys beautiful Cummins growl. A big cam Cummins was the latest technology when i started as a garage apprentice. The patina is wonderful- im sure the old boy who ran her would have appreciated keeping her in the original livery- patina is true history- too much respraying destroys character, which she has in tonnage. Jake brake heaven!!

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Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton

MichaelTJD60 Any updates on this ol truck and what yer buddy's end plan is? I know the power plant has been "banned" so I'm guessing it can't be used for OTR anymore.....

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Abdullah Al Khobani
Abdullah Al Khobani

She is vintage but genuine, I wished if I have seen her before you, good luck Guys come on make it run for what should be,

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Jamison Deaton
Jamison Deaton

mmm she pretty girl keep her

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Jorge Luis Leon
Jorge Luis Leon

Lo venden Mándame un número para mejor contacto

Vor 2 Tage
Jerry PEAL
Jerry PEAL

Glad you brought back the old girl !

Vor 2 Tage
Troy Adams Jr
Troy Adams Jr

Nice running truck

Vor 2 Tage
Aubrey Newton
Aubrey Newton

1977 that is the year Elvis died

Vor 2 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Yup, August 16th. Also the same year Smokey and the Bandit came out.

Vor 2 Tage
C O Turner
C O Turner

My Dad drove all his life. When we went somewhere in the pickup he would ride along side trucks on the 4 lanes and say, “Listen to her spin up.” I didn’t understand to start with and I remember asking him what he was talking about. He said, “The turbo, son. That high pitched whine.” My whole life, since that day, I’ve listened for the turbo to spin up. He was a Peterbilt man as well. R.I.P. Pop, I miss ya.

Vor 2 Tage
maxextz1890
maxextz1890

Lucky guys. What a fantastic truck, sounds fantastic. Cummins porn.

Vor 2 Tage
WatchMe
WatchMe

Крайне не опытная реанимация раритета. Позвали бы специалистов.

Vor 2 Tage
Cobb Knobbler
Cobb Knobbler

Cool fuckin truck.

Vor 2 Tage
Cobb Knobbler
Cobb Knobbler

Excellent video for whiny ass eco millenials.

Vor 2 Tage
14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST
14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST

Nice truck a like it very much

Vor 2 Tage
Charmed Monkey
Charmed Monkey

Should have done a KEN WORTH just saying

Vor 3 Tage
Charmed Monkey
Charmed Monkey

MichaelTJD60 thanks I just like the ken worth better the look anyway

Vor 2 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Same truck underneath...not really that much different. I'll have videos of a Kenworth in the near future.

Vor 3 Tage
Anon Nymous
Anon Nymous

Old Petes have the BEST looking dashboards of any trucks, hands down!

Vor 3 Tage
Wieger Mosselaar
Wieger Mosselaar

musiek

Vor 3 Tage
Adam Huffnagle
Adam Huffnagle

Where's the Snowman and FRED?

Vor 3 Tage
Lucas Aldrich
Lucas Aldrich

This is just amazing. My uncle had a 77 peterbuilt 358 for many years. He sold it last year due to his age (63 years old). The engine had about 1.2 million miles on it before he had the engine completely rebuilt and a bunch of performance stuff added to it as well it was pushing well over 1000 hp making 10-12 mpg in it when before he was making about 4-6 mpg. I can't remember what color it was now but he completely repainted it took him about a good 2 months. It had well over 3.5 million miles before he sold it. I showed this video to him and he said God bless you for saving this truck and keeping the couples memories alive along with it.

Vor 3 Tage
Кот Наглый
Кот Наглый

Hi author of This channel you have a super video, your fruckload bomb

Vor 3 Tage
I AM KAZIE
I AM KAZIE

Wow this was a touching video to watch as you panned through the cab just realizing the time spent by the original owner in this truck providing for his family the little things,cb, stereo,logs or papers on visor,the clothes laying in sleeper it's almost as if the truck tells it's own story loved watching this I too am a driver so it got me excited hope you get it back in pristine condition and share updates of it's progress THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING

Vor 3 Tage
Ty Mac
Ty Mac

We have the same 2way realistic I believe

Vor 3 Tage
Ty Mac
Ty Mac

Beautiful old truck, reminds me of "Smokey & The Bandit"

Vor 3 Tage
John Burden
John Burden

I always loved American trucks, especially those from the 80's. I used to have Kenworth and Peterbuilt posters on my bedroom wall and loved how they styled them with those gorgeous paint jobs and decals.

Vor 3 Tage
Ogaugerunner Railking
Ogaugerunner Railking

Nice truck. Wish it was mine!

Vor 3 Tage
JNFGambler
JNFGambler

why over 3k thumbs down for this video? there sure are some strange folks out there.

Vor 3 Tage
Nick Hoare
Nick Hoare

Love it guys. Thankyou from Melbourne, Aus.

Vor 3 Tage
00UncommonSense00
00UncommonSense00

That would be a great little ongoing restoration project. You have something to work with. Every weekend just do a little something to improve it. Maybe start with replacing a few hoses at a time. Pull off a part, clean it up, paint it, put it back on. You do that and in a year or two you would have a really dependable solid workhorse. Getting all the engine maintenance items like getting valve backlash and changing the fluids and every filter would be the first things I would knock out.

Vor 3 Tage
wazza33racer
wazza33racer

God bless you guys :)

Vor 3 Tage
Queen Cell
Queen Cell

Waaoooww...👍👍👍👍 like a optimus prime

Vor 3 Tage
trackerrrr
trackerrrr

Few things make me smile so hard it hurts. Seeing an old rig fire up after sitting for years is one of them. :)

Vor 3 Tage
Playamade TV
Playamade TV

she's a good ole gurl... 💣💥

Vor 3 Tage
Playamade TV
Playamade TV

that's a dope ass truck.... did u hear how it was barkin down the mountain.... 💯💯💪🏽

Vor 3 Tage
michael hall
michael hall

I can't believe how good of shape the truck is. And it looks badass as hell.

Vor 3 Tage
raydeon 11
raydeon 11

ur gonna giv it somejjjj

Vor 4 Tage
drayhazel
drayhazel

Dam does that motor sound good

Vor 4 Tage
Jaww Jacker
Jaww Jacker

I miss back when....

Vor 4 Tage
The Daniel Channel
The Daniel Channel

I'm not sure , but I think I saw that truck when I went to Tennessee last year , like I said probably wrong

Vor 4 Tage
Ramon Rivera
Ramon Rivera

De 10 nice trucks 👍🏼

Vor 4 Tage
Donald Rohrbacher
Donald Rohrbacher

wow .. id say there must be a lot of haters out there bro. Ignore the dumbasses. You did good. You're enjoying yourselves.. and you have fun doing it it seems. Keep it up!

Vor 4 Tage
Donald Rohrbacher
Donald Rohrbacher

Ha! nice!

Vor 4 Tage
Alan James
Alan James

Knock it off with the jake brake, trying to sleep here! Not a fan of trucks or truckers but I do like to eat, so there's that. In closing great job and enjoyable video.

Vor 4 Tage
James Robert
James Robert

Nice Pete, ready for a second video, restored?

Vor 4 Tage
Джексон Леонидович
Джексон Леонидович

И что? Ещё поработает старичёк или это для музея?

Vor 4 Tage
Kaiden Marquis
Kaiden Marquis

Just subscribed love the video want to see more on it, like the clean up

Vor 4 Tage
ChuckTruck78
ChuckTruck78

That sure is a beautiful old Rig! The sound is like no other! Gives me chills! Brings back a lot of old memories from my youth. Stuff today just isn't the same. I seriously doubt anything built today would even be still able to start, run, and drive like this after 40+ years! Big thank you for posting this! 👍🏼

Vor 4 Tage
skwerldeath
skwerldeath

That was a really great video! Thank you guys for getting that old Pete back out on the road. I'll bet the neighbors did a few double-takes, when they noticed the local "yard art" out cruising the back roads.

Vor 4 Tage
PixelDude
PixelDude

Smells like Peter's spirit..

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Hotep Muh Dyk Amen Ra Nnngggrrr
Hotep Muh Dyk Amen Ra Nnngggrrr

But why? Scrap value is greater.

Vor 4 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Scrap values are in the gutter right now. Nothing is more valuable than the stories and memories made with this truck...and the fact that a man lived in this truck and traveled the country in it.

Vor 3 Tage
Yemeni Yemeni
Yemeni Yemeni

Beautiful old truck

Vor 4 Tage
Cyrus Ullmann
Cyrus Ullmann

When you guys were driving the peterbuilt, it sounded just like my 12 valve in my dodge. The only difference is you can hear the turbo better in the peterbuilt.👍👍

Vor 4 Tage
Ruben Dorado
Ruben Dorado

Good video , great job bringing it back to life , Every truck has it's soul ...that one is still alive like a Raging Bull.

Vor 5 Tage
PatriotCanadian
PatriotCanadian

Friggin AWESOME. fix the quirks and work it. It'll like it. They were made for it.. It is nice

Vor 5 Tage
Sherry Patten
Sherry Patten

Sweet, was that done in Vermont?

Vor 5 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Pennsylvania.

Vor 3 Tage
Redfoxx Videos
Redfoxx Videos

THIS TRUCK HAS BEEN MADE INTO A MOD ON AMERICAN TRUCK SIMULATOR

Vor 5 Tage
Bama Biker BBQ
Bama Biker BBQ

I would love to have that truck as a daily driver! gotta love those old trucks that roll that coal. no matter how hard I try my kenworth won't roll coal:(

Vor 5 Tage
Scottie Barnett
Scottie Barnett

Great job guys!

Vor 5 Tage
Klaas Komvaak
Klaas Komvaak

wow that is one hell of mile eater, and it wants to do more !

Vor 5 Tage
grackle_dfos
grackle_dfos

I was sorta giddy when you took it on a joy ride. If I had that truck I would live in it the rest of my life

Vor 5 Tage
Paul Henson
Paul Henson

Nice truck

Vor 5 Tage
The DriftKage
The DriftKage

That's just prime

Vor 5 Tage
Ray Fenwick
Ray Fenwick

An absolute beauty.

Vor 5 Tage
phil jr alcrow
phil jr alcrow

Take a vid clean it now see how she looks

Vor 5 Tage
Peter Goettler
Peter Goettler

Good 'Old' Girl [TRUCK].

Vor 5 Tage
Peter Goettler
Peter Goettler

COOL...

Vor 5 Tage
Margaret Falcon
Margaret Falcon

oh man thats a good sounding truck! jake brake! turbo spool!

Vor 5 Tage
jlmoo1 #456
jlmoo1 #456

Opinions varies. It's like the whole video was a troll. You probably got the truck for free, just going to flip it anyway. Good video theo. Instead of whining in the discrption I would like to know more about the mechanical of the truck. You are right diesel does not go bad but I think with most fuel it degrades over time sediment collect. Looked like she smokes a little. She cleaned right up. Good old truck. Good old American iorn. Love it

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

+jlmoo1 #456 No problem.

Vor 3 Tage
jlmoo1 #456
jlmoo1 #456

+MichaelTJD60 that's why its free cost too much to get it back on the road. I'm sorry I must struck nerve. So I don't want to upset you. Sorry

Vor 5 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

If you know of any Peterbilt 359's for free, please let us know because we would be all over those kinds of deals. This one was far from free. Even if Ryan did get this truck for free, it would have cost a small fortune to get it back to working condition - tires, brakes, hoses, fluids, cleaning, detailing, etc...nothing in this video was a "troll", I just made it to document how we saved the truck from rotting away any longer.

Vor 5 Tage
kc4cvh
kc4cvh

8:06 Where's your license plate?

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

On the front bumper.

Vor 6 Tage
ralphinator2
ralphinator2

Are those tires 20+ years old?

Vor 6 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Not quite. They looked to have been replaced not long before the truck was parked. I would trust them for local driving but definitely not long-distance driving. They're going to get replaced anyway.

Vor 6 Tage
john raines
john raines

I am just blown away. My oldest car is a 1954 and what a joy to bring something like this back to life. You all are great and your skill and knowledge are obvious!

Vor 6 Tage
mike reece
mike reece

I assume you properly prepped the engine prior to simply putting in a battery and starting it after sitting for a year? Maybe not.....you appear too lazy to even jack the thing up and put boards under the tires to move it out.......a lot of unnecessary trauma on the rear end by spinning the tires....but of course beforehand, you topped up the rear differential to eliminate axle stress caused by spinning and clawing its way out of the bog.....but I doubt it. :(

Vor 6 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Watch out, we have an expert on our hands...

Vor 6 Tage
Balo Nimo
Balo Nimo

This truck reminds me of the Shockwave Jet Truck

Vor 6 Tage
Roi Roi
Roi Roi

That bad boy sounds good.

Vor 6 Tage
guldam
guldam

I am a fool for a Cummins, and this truck is just so damned awesome. Man.

Vor 6 Tage

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