Small fleet owner and frac sand hauler Kenny Yeary’s 2010 Kenworth W900, which he bought new in March 2009, is the brainchild of his son Gary and son-in-law Jimmy Wiley, who convinced him to turn the stock rig into something different.
“You do what they want sometimes, you know,” Yeary says of keeping his family happy. Fortunately in this case, though he’s quick to point out that customizing trucks is not his line of work, he’s not unhappy with the way his truck turned out.
The family took their ideas to 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo., where the Chrome Shop Mafia executed ideas Gary and Wiley had sketched out.
The bumper has a light-up cutout of Yeary’s initials. His name is also painted onto the frame rail and the fifth wheel cover.
Yeary, a Weatherford, Texas, resident, describes his truck as “plain and simple.” He says they took the modifications as far as they could while still keeping the truck true to its working roots. “We wanted something that looked nice but still looked like a truck, because it has to work daily,” says Yeary’s wife, Tuffy.
4 State used Imron paint to mirror the factory Seminole blue, black and yellow paint job. Yeary carried that theme over into the floor of the cab and into the sleeper. The dashboard and the steering wheel are painted to match, as is the deck plate.
There is no mistaking that the truck belongs to Yeary: Where most Kenworths have the manufacturer name on the glove box, Yeary’s name appears. He also has his initials in a light-up cutout on the bumper and painted onto the frame rail. Painted on the fifth wheel cover are his and his wife’s names.
On the back of the cab is the truck’s name, “The Untouchable.” It is also engraved onto the floor and under the sleeper door, and there are metal emblems on the sleeper that feature the moniker.
He says the name is more of a joke now than anything else, and that people like to touch the truck just to say they did. But he has been careful to preserve the truck’s clean look. “I haven’t scratched the floorboard or anything, and it’s worked out good for us,” he says.
Yeary says he did not add many lights because, as he puts it, “I ain’t too fond of lights,” but there is still plenty of illumination, including seven lights in the cab, two on each battery box, two behind the fuel tanks and six tail lights on the bumper.
The sleeper has a 21-in. flat-panel, high-def television with a DVD player. The black leather upholstery has chrome buttons and matches the inside door panels. They removed the old seats and added low-mount swivel seats.
The GPS in the dash came standard, but Yeary added a foot bumper, a blower and frame skirts to cover the tandem. The original alterations took about two months, and Yeary slowly changed other parts after that. The chrome buttons in the sleeper, which he added a few at a time, took another two months.
Yeary hauls frac sand to gas wells in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, but about 90 percent of his loads are in Texas.