One-of-a kind Service & Lube Combo
If you have ever wanted a heavy-duty custom service truck, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got it down well and want to show you what makes a Summit custom mechanics truck great. The custom service truck for J&L Contracting is a prime example. We are showcasing it at CONEXPO/CON-AGG in March 2023. It is a Summit 20 Series body for a restored 1987 Peterbilt 362 cabover. Although we can’t take credit for the cab and chassis restoration, we have to tell you how we came across the opportunity to build this truck body and the final results.
This project was a dream come true for Jamie Williams, who purchased the 1987 Peterbilt. Jamie, the President of Williams Construction, J & L Contracting, and Williams Excavation and Demolition, had always wanted a cabover. He pulled the trigger when he found this Pete online. It was a straight truck with a flatbed and crane designed to haul beehives in California.
Once the truck finished its journey from California to Springfield, MO, the restoration process began. Jamie and his service tech Matt Schriener discussed making it into a service truck. Matt is in charge of field service for the family of companies’ large equipment fleet, and his current service truck was filled to the gills with tools and parts. He needed an upgrade.
Soon, they made it official that they were building a service truck. That’s when Summit came in. Matt began to research and get recommendations on body manufacturers. They had heard good things about Summit, so they made a side-by-side comparison of a Summit service truck with our competitors and were blown away. “We liked how it was built, the materials used, the craftsmanship, and the little details that set it above the other brands,” explained Matt. It didn’t take long for them to get in touch with their regional Summit Truck Equipment rep to discuss their needs and get the ball rolling.
The Design & Manufacturing Process Begins
Next, Jamie and Matt began the design process. They were looking for something other than a cookie-cutter truck and had a tall order of challenges they needed in their one-of-a-kind custom service truck. Matt wanted the lube systems tank to take up less space in the cargo area. Parts and filter storage were also crucial. Matt has a wide variety of equipment to repair and wanted to ensure we had enough room to carry everything he needed.
According to Matt, he typically works on flat and relatively smooth job sites. Therefore, they didn’t require a lot of ground clearance. We lowered the body and gave them tall compartments. Plus, the lower edge of the body lines up with the chassis, making it aesthetically pleasing.
And the list continues; it has custom red and black paint, a 28″ tool bumper, a 12K capacity hydraulic crane, and a killer Wet Sounds stereo system. They also required equipment, a welder, an air compressor, a generator, and a battery charger. We equipped it with a Vanair Air N Airc I300D all-in-one power unit. The I300D also includes hydraulic power and eliminates the need for a PTO.
You’ll find parts and tool organization solutions in every compartment to help maximize the compartment space. We installed three custom drawer packs and a bolt bin painted to match the red exterior of the service truck. We enhanced the lighting with Rigid scene lighting, red underbody lights, and compartment door lights. And the J&L logo is incorporated into the headache rack and backlit.
The lube systems add to the body’s versatility. Matt can perform preventative maintenance and carry diesel fuel to the jobsite. He has two new oil, used oil evacuation, and diesel systems. His reels, nozzles, and controls organized in the driver’s side over the wheel compartment make them easily accessible.
To finish this fantastic custom service truck build, our sister company Yellow Frog Graphics, brought their graphic design ideas to life and installed vinyl stripes and logos.
A Custom Service Truck Built For Show
The project was a dream come true for the new owner and technician who will use it and for us. A few of us here at Summit thought a cabover project would be unique and exciting. We embraced the challenge and completed this project in true Summit fashion. Built with premium materials and functional design, this heavy-duty custom service truck appeals to the eye.
This service truck was named “Quick Fix” and had been touring the country (by trailer) since it was completed. It was brought to regional truck shows, often stealing the show and winning awards.
The final stop on Quick Fix’s tour will be in Las Vegas in March of 2023 for the CONEXPO/CON-AGG trade show. You will find this service truck and a few others in our booth, #63207, in the LVCC south hall.