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Peterbilt conventional tractor, 1984

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Peterbilt conventional tractor, 1984
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Hugh Talman, Negative #: 2003-32235


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Conventional single-sleeper Peterbilt tractor
Catalog #: 2003.0008.01, Accession #: 2003.0008
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Peterbilt model 359 was built for highway use. It was part of Werner Enterprise's fleet from 1984 until 1987. Cecil Curry, a long-time driver for Werner, drove it through many parts of the nation including the southeast, southwest, midwest and northwest and in may kinds of weather conditions. When Mr. Curry was not loading, unloading, or driving the truck, he was doing "bookwork"-filling out his log book. While driving he would tune into the CB radio to find out what the traffic was like and especially what the weather was doing. "Running up and down the road [it] keeps you more alert." During his three years with the truck, he loaded and unloaded industrial parts and consumer goods. Maybe your breakfast cereal was delivered to your city by Mr. Curry.
Physical Description

Artifact. Two-tone blue, conventional, single-sleeper tractor. Peterbilt Model 359. Dimensions: 25'1"L x 8"W x 12' 4"H (top of stack). Weight: 16,345 lbs. (dry). Engine: Caterpillar 3406B 310. Transmission: Fuller-Eaton 14609 A 9 Speed Rear Ends: Eaton 3:55 Tires: Michelin 11.22.5

Date Made:
Dates Used:
1984 - 1987
East North Central, East South Central, Mountain, Pacific, South Atlantic, West North Central, West South Central
Regions that truck was operated
Gift of Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Related People, Places, and Events
Peterbilt Motor Company

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