Blog

For over 50 years the mission of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) has been to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers.  That mission continued and was on full display at the ATHS National Convention and Antique Truck Show, held on June 9-11, 2022, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in
0 Comments
Step right up folks.  Are you tired of waking up in the morning and the first thought in your mind is bracing yourself for the news of the day?  News that will surely pull you down in the dumps.  But have no fear, this medicine will cure that feeling of hopelessness.  What can that be? 
0 Comments
California’s controversial AB5 law severely restricting the use of independent contractors will soon be enforced against the trucking industry after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the California Trucking Association’s appeal.  In an end-of-term orders list released June 30, the Supreme Court denied review of the 9th Circuit’s reversal of the injunction against enforcement
0 Comments
We all talk about what our parents and grandparents have taught us which is the legacy they leave behind.  With the passion for trucks and trucking passed down from one generation to the next in multi-generational families, individuals are taught from little on how to work hard, maintain equipment, and have pride in their truck. 
0 Comments
For those of us involved in a romantic relationship, we are likely aware of how much work it takes to keep our interpersonal interactions warm, positive, and intimate.  When you think about it, there was a time in virtually every relationship when being with one’s partner was a priority – a positive, exciting, and cherished
0 Comments
This month’s truck is special to me and our crew at KC Pete.  Each year there is a farm show in Kansas City and, as a local dealership, we like to go to the show to recruit help and introduce ourselves to the locals.  I have been blessed over the years to order and build
0 Comments
The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Maria Rodriguez as its August 2022 Member of the Month.  Maria is a professional driver for NFI Industries.  As a longtime restaurant worker who was laid off due to the pandemic, Maria was seeking stable employment when her boyfriend, who was also pursuing a career in transportation,
0 Comments
It’s always nice to get away for the weekend and enjoy the beach.  The American Truck Show Circuit (ATSC) has produced 14 great events across the country since its inception in 2015, and their most recent, held in Ventura, CA on Father’s Day Weekend (June 17-19) was ATSC’s first since 2020, when it hosted an
0 Comments
With the political recession upon us, it’s imperative that we all extend the life of our equipment through preventative maintenance.  Everything is expensive, so each month we will write about a few items you can do to keep your semi-truck running at its best.  Caterpillar says that a thermostat should be checked every two years. 
0 Comments
Honoring the past is something we take pride in here at 10-4 Magazine.  The latest and greatest “cool” stuff is fun to feature, too, but remembering where it came from is important for preserving trucking’s history and appreciating where we are today.  This month, we wanted to honor the past and feature not only a
0 Comments
Each year, the Shine In The Pines Truck Show in Dublin, GA brings positivity to the trucking industry by charitably donating to a local family with a child going through an illness.  This year the show was held for Emmi Ruth Savage, a four-year-old little girl who is indeed, a little warrior. Emmi’s parents, Justin
0 Comments
Here we are headed into summer.  Schools are out and the roads are filling up with vehicles.  Where are they going?  And the bigger question is how they are going, with the price of fuel so high!  I just spent $30 to fill my tank, and all I got was enough to top off the
0 Comments
Before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, “dachshund” or “little dog” sausages were a food in Germany.  Some historians refer back to the 9th Century BC in the book “The Odyssey” that referenced sausage as one of the food sources.  Actually, sausage was one of the first processed foods.  But there is a debate about hot
0 Comments
This month’s creation was built for John Mejia (43) of Moreno Valley, CA.  Married to his wife Norma for the past 20 years, the couple has three children – Adam (24), Phillip (22), and Isabella (19).  John already had two trucks and one of them was CARB-compliant, but after he had some problems with it,
0 Comments
The sunshine state is full of big cities, large communities, and traffic.  For those that live in or travel through the state, you understand this fact firsthand.  Florida is also home to many great looking trucks, including the one pictured here – a 2000 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood dump truck owned by Frank Trujillo (52)
0 Comments
Who was Troy Huddleston?  Some knew him as the RoadWorks Ambassador, and some as the owner and driver of one of the coolest Freightliners ever.  Some knew him as a great family man and friend, while others knew him as Lil Hudd – a take on his father’s nickname, Big Hudd.  To many, he was
0 Comments
The Women In Trucking (WIT) association has announced Nona Larson as its July 2022 Member of the Month.  Nona is the Director of Customer Experience at PACCAR Parts, a division of PACCAR, Inc.  Nona was also a 2022 Top Woman to Watch in Transportation.  Since Nona was a kid, she has always wanted to know
0 Comments
Trucking is a brotherhood.  When one falls, others will help pick them up.  Such is the case for Rene LaChance, a well-known trucker from California who had an accident several years ago and broke his back, leaving him paralyzed and permanently in a wheelchair.  As you can imagine, his ongoing medical expenses are huge.  Wanting
0 Comments
Some customers will come to us and ask, “Why do I need a new intake manifold on my ISX?  Isn’t stock good enough?”  The short answer is, yes, the stock intake manifold is perfectly adequate – if you are looking for stock performance!  At Pittsburgh Power, we offer the Full Tilt Performance manifold for the
0 Comments
Building a legacy for your children and grandchildren gets more important as you get older.  Billy Ezernack (47) of Kerman, CA has always had a giving spirit, and throughout his life he has done a lot for his fellow truckers, his local community, and many others.  Having enjoyed a fruitful and fulfilling life up to
0 Comments
Ahhhhh, a quiet night at home.  You’ve been promising yourselves that for a long time.  A nice dinner, maybe a movie, or soft music and conversation.  It’s gonna be perfect – just you, your beloved and, as in the new book “Never Home Alone” by Rob Dunn, a few billion bacteria, a hundred insects, a
0 Comments
I’m setting here in my lawn chair taking a break from repairs.  It’s a job that never seems to be done.  You know what they say, “own to operate, so you can operate to own.”  It doesn’t matter what kind of equipment you have, they all wear out and need attention from time to time. 
0 Comments
When growing up, Sunday mornings were special.  Us kids would run to the newspaper to read the Sunday comics in color.  Our favorite was about a boy and his dog.  The boy was shy and lacked self-esteem, but he kept hoping every time he would go to kick the football that it would not be
0 Comments
This month’s creation was built, once again, for Wade and Kayla Holtman of East Grand Forks, MN.  Back in May 2018, we built these folks a nice orange Peterbilt, and we titled the story “Good To Go!”  Well, now, four years later, this black beauty is their latest ride, and it is “Good To Go,
0 Comments
The second annual Swamp East Missouri Truck Show and Convoy was held on April 22-23, 2022, at Sikeston Sports Complex in Sikeston, Missouri.  Hosted by T.W. and Kerrah McDermott, the weather was perfect for what was our area’s first show of the season.  With plenty of sunshine, clear blue skies, a slight breeze, and temperatures
0 Comments
In 1964 Earl R. Martin Sr., a young trucker from East Earl, PA, walked into his local Mack dealership in Lancaster, PA, and inquired with a salesman about spec’ing out a new Mack truck.  Well, the salesman laughed at him, responding with, “Get out of here kid.  Come back to see me when you grow
0 Comments
The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Elizabeth Perez as its June 2022 Member of the Month.  Elizabeth is a professional driver for DVL Express and was named one of their best drivers for September 2021.  She began her career in truck driving three and a half years ago and has been with the
0 Comments
With perfect southern California spring weather, the SoCal chapter of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) hosted their 37th annual truck show and swap meet on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  Held once again at the Southern California Railway Museum (formerly known as the Orange Empire Railway Museum) in Perris, CA, the fun event featured 150
0 Comments
Burned turbochargers are a good reason to have a working pyrometer, with the thermocouple in the exhaust manifold, and a turbo boost gauge.  It’s also very important that you know what the readings mean.  On April 28th, I returned a phone call to a gentleman that had sent us a turbocharger off of a 12.7
0 Comments
“Up north” is a phrase used by many to describe the northern parts of states, including Wisconsin.  Growing up in Wisconsin, I knew that when you headed up north, you knew you’ve reached your destination by the scenery and the feeling you got.  My most recent trip was to visit Chad and Lisa Berry of
0 Comments