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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 16 - January 22, 2019

Feel Good, Kid-Inspired Truck

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It was around the year 2000 when Ace Wrecker Service of Orlando, Florida, created their first kid-themed tow truck that became part of a convoy for the Special Olympics.

Last year, the late owner Robert "Robbie" Faulk decided to reprise a similar theme with their 2017 Peterbilt/Century 9055, turning to JD Wilson Signs, also of Orlando, to help them with the design.

According to Ace manager Joe Reek, "Robbie loved kids," while JD Wilson owner Kenneth Wilson said that "Robbie came to them looking to do something for kids, something that was colorful."

The truck is an eye-catcher, one that will surely help you feel good on any day.

The original and unique design builds on several kid-friendly elements to convey a child's world. One of those elements is a staple of their experience: colored crayons, which are found all over the side of the unit, complementing the all-black backdrop.

Although he did not have children of his own, Faulk had many nephews and nieces whom he loved, immortalizing them by inscribing each of their names within the many crayons that adorn the unit.

Several other kid-friendly elements are also prominent.

Building blocks are found on several areas of the wrecker, a bright sunshine on each side of the cab greets us with a warm, friendly kid smile, and handprints of kids help to solidify the theme.

Bringing this playful design together is the large hand lettering that states "Kid Stuff" which pops out in neon colors, while the phone and company name also are written with a kid-friendly focus.

Other elements of interest include words on the boom that state "Daddy's hands," and above the side door "Grandpa's truck." A handful of cards on the hood, all aces, also help with the company's branding.

"The kids love this truck," Reek said. "We bring it to schools and showcase it on special occasions in area events."

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Old-School, Clean Look

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There is nothing like a homemade wrecker to promote pride of ownership.

Family owned and operated Bill Warner & Son Towing and Recovery in Circleville, West Virginia, has, in part, thrived in the trucking and towing business through piecing together and building their own trucks.

One notable wrecker in their fleet is a 1997 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with a Century 9055 heavy-duty wrecker.

"We collected parts for several years before putting it together," said owner Bill Warner. "It was done in-house, drawing on three or four other trucks. When we started, we took it down to the bare frame. Then it took us seven months of sweat and blood to build it back up."

Winning third place in the Heavy Duty-Tandem Axle category at the 2018 American Towman Exposition Wrecker Pageant, the unit received attention for several outstanding features.

One includes its captivating and minimal paint schematic consisting of viper red and sable black. Those two main colors are brought together with a reflective vinyl gold stripe.

"It really lights up at night with that reflective lettering," Warner said. "I've always liked our colors of red and black. It gives it an old-school, clean look."

Clean is an understatement, as there are few graphics on the truck except lettering for the company name.
At night, lighting is another essential element that helps this unit get noticed.

"The glass lights all match and extend around the entire body of the truck," Warner said. "Behind the grille at the front of the wrecker are six strobe lights."

Its many customized components help it stand out. The brand new extended hood, the all-chrome grille, the reduced size of the sleeper and the extra compartment spaces help make this unit a winner.

"Even the backlights open up into a storage compartment," Warner said.

Although the time spent putting this wrecker together was long, Warner took great pride in building a road-worthy unit in-house.

"This is one of the best ones I've built," he said.

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