Noth­ing like Nick’s Kenworth

This 2012 Kenworth 909 is like no other

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KEEP­ING cool can also mean look­ing cool.

For Nick Gierisch that cer­tainly was the case.

When he first saw the 2012 Kenworth 909 he was caught off guard.

Even though it’s painted red, it’s a pretty bloody cool truck he thought- and he’d never seen one like it ever be­fore.

“It stood right out with the paint scheme he’d set out, just the colour com­bi­na­tion, the red, the black, the gold,” he said.

“Plus the low-ly­ing bunk. It was just some­thing dif­fer­ent, at the time there was only a few of them around and this one re­ally stood out.

“It wasn’t copy­ing any­thing it was just do­ing its own thing, which is what I liked about it.”

He was mates with the Kenworth’s owner, Leeroy of Leeroy Truck Stain­less Fabrication - he pulls a bi­tu­men tank for Leeroy’s fa­ther - so when he found out the truck was be­ing of­fered for sale, nat­u­rally he jumped at the chance to buy it.

“I was sell­ing my Peter­bilt and Lee of­fered me this,” he said.

While he bought the truck in Oc­to­ber of 2016, it wasn’t un­til Au­gust last year that the two de­cided to do some work on it.

“Bi­tu­men is a sea­sonal job, it’s quiet in win­ter time. I was there and gave him a bit of a hand with bits and pieces. I thought it was a good first truck to do in his shop since it was the first truck he’d owned.”

It took them three weeks to­gether in the work­shop to com­plete the cus­tomi­sa­tions and Nick said he couldn’t be hap­pier.

He said the tank steps were low­ered, tank strap cov­ers and tank trims were made and they cut off the orig­i­nal Kenworth steps, mak­ing them how they “thought they should look out of the fac­tory”.

The trim around the bot­tom of the bunk was done and a stain­less trim was run un­der­neath it.

Bat­tery box cov­ers and new roof lights were also part of the cus­tomi­sa­tions.

Mas­ter Art’s Damian did some paint­work, in­clud­ing some pin­stripes, sign­writ­ing and paint­ing a fire­bird on the back of the bunk.

“I saw it (the fire­bird) on a TV show where they’d painted the bon­net with a fire­bird. I thought it would look pretty good so we went with it.”

As for his favourite thing about the 909?

“I re­ally like the way he’s done the trim around the bot­tom of the bunk and lined it up with the bat­tery boxes, the step boxes,” he said.

“It’s sort of some­thing dif­fer­ent that hasn’t been done be­fore and gave it a whole new look - a whole new look of its own.”

The truck was named 5150, the US po­lice code for crazy.

❝ It was just some­thing dif­fer­ent, at the time there was only a few of them around and this one re­ally stood out. It wasn’t copy­ing any­thing it was just do­ing its own thing, which is what I liked about it.

— Nick Gierisch

PHO­TOS: JAMES PETERBUILT

COOL KENWORTH: Nick Gierisch’s Kenworth was cus­tomised by Leeroys Truck Stain­less and Fabrication.

The fire­bird on the back of the bunk.

The paint scheme looks great.

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