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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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 32 Minuten
maxextz1890
maxextz1890

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

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

You can destroy the starter motor or bleed the injectors

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WatchMe
WatchMe

Крайне не опытная реанимация раритета. Позвали бы специалистов.

Vor 9 Stunden
Cobb Knobbler
Cobb Knobbler

Cool fuckin truck.

Vor 9 Stunden
Cobb Knobbler
Cobb Knobbler

Excellent video for whiny ass eco millenials.

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14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST
14/88 NATIONALSOZIALIST

Nice truck a like it very much

Vor 10 Stunden
Charmed Monkey
Charmed Monkey

Should have done a KEN WORTH just saying

Vor 11 Stunden
Charmed Monkey
Charmed Monkey

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

Vor 10 Stunden
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

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

Vor 11 Stunden
Anon Nymous
Anon Nymous

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

Vor 14 Stunden
Wieger Mosselaar
Wieger Mosselaar

musiek

Vor 15 Stunden
Adam Huffnagle
Adam Huffnagle

Where's the Snowman and FRED?

Vor 17 Stunden
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 18 Stunden
Кот Наглый
Кот Наглый

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

Vor 20 Stunden
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 21 Stunde
Ty Mac
Ty Mac

We have the same 2way realistic I believe

Vor 22 Stunden
Ty Mac
Ty Mac

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

Vor 22 Stunden
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 22 Stunden
Ogaugerunner Railking
Ogaugerunner Railking

Nice truck. Wish it was mine!

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JNFGambler
JNFGambler

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

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Nick Hoare
Nick Hoare

Love it guys. Thankyou from Melbourne, Aus.

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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.

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wazza33racer
wazza33racer

God bless you guys :)

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Queen Cell
Queen Cell

Waaoooww...👍👍👍👍 like a optimus prime

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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. :)

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Playamade TV
Playamade TV

she's a good ole gurl... 💣💥

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Playamade TV
Playamade TV

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

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michael hall
michael hall

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

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raydeon 11
raydeon 11

ur gonna giv it somejjjj

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drayhazel
drayhazel

Dam does that motor sound good

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Jaww Jacker
Jaww Jacker

I miss back when....

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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

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Ramon Rivera
Ramon Rivera

De 10 nice trucks 👍🏼

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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!

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Donald Rohrbacher
Donald Rohrbacher

Ha! nice!

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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.

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James Robert
James Robert

Nice Pete, ready for a second video, restored?

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Джексон Леонидович
Джексон Леонидович

И что? Ещё поработает старичёк или это для музея?

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Kaiden Marquis
Kaiden Marquis

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

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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 2 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.

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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 2 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 12 Stunden
Yemeni Yemeni
Yemeni Yemeni

Beautiful old truck

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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 2 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.

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PatriotCanadian
PatriotCanadian

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

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Sherry Patten
Sherry Patten

Sweet, was that done in Vermont?

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Pennsylvania.

Vor 12 Stunden
Redfoxx Videos
Redfoxx Videos

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

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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 2 Tage
Scottie Barnett
Scottie Barnett

Great job guys!

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Klaas Komvaak
Klaas Komvaak

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

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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

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Paul Henson
Paul Henson

Nice truck

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The DriftKage
The DriftKage

That's just prime

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Ray Fenwick
Ray Fenwick

An absolute beauty.

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phil jr alcrow
phil jr alcrow

Take a vid clean it now see how she looks

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Peter Goettler
Peter Goettler

Good 'Old' Girl [TRUCK].

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Peter Goettler
Peter Goettler

COOL...

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Margaret Falcon
Margaret Falcon

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

Vor 3 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.

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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

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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.

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kc4cvh
kc4cvh

8:06 Where's your license plate?

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

On the front bumper.

Vor 3 Tage
ralphinator2
ralphinator2

Are those tires 20+ years old?

Vor 3 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 3 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 3 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. :(

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

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

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Balo Nimo
Balo Nimo

This truck reminds me of the Shockwave Jet Truck

Vor 3 Tage
Roi Roi
Roi Roi

That bad boy sounds good.

Vor 3 Tage
guldam
guldam

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

Vor 3 Tage
Mister E
Mister E

I'm just curious what did it cost you for a 42 year old Peterbilt ? Have brother in law that owned one back in the day and they were quite expensive then.

Vor 3 Tage
John Collier
John Collier

I agree like the saying old truckers never reuit they just get a new peterbuilt

Vor 3 Tage
Tete B
Tete B

its a beauty to see

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Fernando Santos
Fernando Santos

how come aren't the tires flat?

Vor 3 Tage
Matt Wilkerson
Matt Wilkerson

What is the plan with this truck? You going to restore it back to the day it was made?

Vor 3 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

We had plans to just fix it up and use it as a toy, but plans changed, and it's going to be put back to work.

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Let It Reign
Let It Reign

I love the way these trucks look. I hope they never completely disappear

Vor 3 Tage
senyum0
senyum0

Does it transform?

Vor 4 Tage
Jose Zeda
Jose Zeda

a thing of absolute beauty & i am not even a truck driver.

Vor 4 Tage
Roger pedrosa
Roger pedrosa

Them old semi still look mean💪

Vor 4 Tage
GunfighterR1
GunfighterR1

Very interesting to watch. Thanks for the video.

Vor 4 Tage
WOOD BUTCHER
WOOD BUTCHER

O.M.G that much ether into the breather...if the motor aint gone before it is now...bad move

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WOOD BUTCHER
WOOD BUTCHER

When I was in my logging days of 36 years. We used to get the odd skidder going at minus 35 Fahrenheit. Some of them had the propane heaters go out in the middle of the night. The ether into the breather caused white smoke cause the oil was not there yet. Once we build a fire under the oil pan to heat the oil  cause it was frozen lol. this was back in 1976. north shore of lake Superior (Manitouwadge) best fishing and Moose hunting in the world !

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MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

Nope, still starts right up and runs fine. A small shot of ether isn't going to hurt it. It's not like he sprayed the whole can of ether into it.

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Mike Gerry
Mike Gerry

Just humming East bound and down through the entire video

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Roy Webster
Roy Webster

I don't know if anybody else felt it but the previous owners "spirit" was still with his beloved truck.

Vor 4 Tage
Driver
Driver

Why so many dislikes ?? She's a beauty, an absolute  peach. Good on you guys for saving her, and keeping her alive. Thanks for the explanation above

Vor 4 Tage
MichaelTJD60
MichaelTJD60

I can't figure out all the dislikes either. Thanks for your comment.

Vor 3 Tage
AleX KapGun
AleX KapGun

Pretty good truck, guys! I would like to work on same one!) Best regards from Russia!)

Vor 4 Tage
Steve Chancellor
Steve Chancellor

looks pretty freaking cool, what a beast

Vor 4 Tage
Robert Carroll
Robert Carroll

Rusty nail calling candy Cain

Vor 4 Tage
Andrew Auckland
Andrew Auckland

Awesome truck

Vor 4 Tage
Tommy G
Tommy G

Awesome video boys, thanks for sharing. What a find. It needs to go back into the hands of someone who will love it and appreciate it for what it is and honour the previous owner. Magnificent! How good does she sound!?

Vor 4 Tage
Tech AY
Tech AY

Hi optimus!!!

Vor 4 Tage
steve l
steve l

Thanks for getting this on film , awesome man

Vor 4 Tage
Shari Chambers
Shari Chambers

What an awesome rig! The voice of the 'pipes shall roar once more! Very cool!

Vor 4 Tage
X-Men
X-Men

The matrix have revive Optimus Prime since the 80”s.....yah!!!

Vor 4 Tage
a625 c625
a625 c625

they pretty much run forever

Vor 4 Tage
Fubar Snafu
Fubar Snafu

Drop dead gorgeous, drop dead sexy.. please keep us updated. Thanks for the video.

Vor 4 Tage
Robert Fleming
Robert Fleming

She's a thing of beauty :)

Vor 4 Tage
Dryken MK
Dryken MK

Impressive! Maybe some day i can drive a truck like these.

Vor 4 Tage
Aaron D
Aaron D

Wow

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Mariano De Blasis
Mariano De Blasis

http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OGC.9f459df39121a1df9872bd61cbbb617c&pid=Api&rurl=https%3a%2f%2fmedia.giphy.com%2fmedia%2fVTLkM7Z0a2I48%2fgiphy.gif&ehk=6MVazwqRICfFn6d8uD%2fmCA

Vor 4 Tage
Wayne Miller
Wayne Miller

Pretty cool video, especially when I realized it was coming down Madisonburg mountain, where my dad grew up. Small world.

Vor 4 Tage
Devon Baker
Devon Baker

You should have tried turning the wheels getting it unstuck but this is bad asss!

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Blaise Gagliano
Blaise Gagliano

That’s what I learned on !!!

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T Stelle
T Stelle

You'd smoke too if you got fed 15 year old diesel fuel...Nice !

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