Western Star  belonging to Ron Dawson of Dawson's Body shop in Watervliet, NY. Ron is a big Nascar fan and most of his rigs reflect that theme. Along with the graphics it has a mural depicting space shuttles painted with the cup car colors racing in outer space. Tributes to Dale Ernhardt sr. include a ghosted # 3 in the upper right corner of the mural and a hand painted gear shift knob.
 This truck is a 35 ton NRC slider crane.This truck was a tribute to Ronnie's father who passed away. The mural on the passengers side depicts Ron's dad's old Autocar wrecker pulling Bobby Issac's hauler. The mural on the driver's side shows this rig towing junior's hauler.
 This Pete wrecker belongs to Ronnie Jr.and is a bit more involved with tribal garphic flames and custom graphic stripes outlined with hand painted pin stripes.
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 This first truck is a custom build project that I was involved with and was one of 10 chosen to be in the first annual Big Rig build off held in Louisville, Ky. held in March of 05'. The theme was to be an old school Rat Rod look. Bare bones, basic and flat paint. The truck was built at K&L Chrome Shop in Florence,S.C. It is a 1979 KW COE. The truck was stripped to the frame, the cab was gutted and then i chopped the top 6", filled any uneeded holes, suicided the doors shaved the rivets and smoothed the whole cab. The frame was tossed in favor of two new rails stretching to 310". The frt axle was modified and airbagged. The rears were welded to the frame solid. The WTI fenders were cut to 1/4 fenders with a tribal design. The deck was plasma cut with a tribal flame design and the drop offs were welded to the side rails. The 100 gal tanks were polished as were the airtanks and then 8" stove pipe stacks were added. The rear dropped bumper, stailess frt bumper, grill,sunvisor and other assorted items were done by the guys in the fab shop. The interior sports two racing bucket seats, a custom billet steering wheel made by local tech school students, diamond plate panels and an insane stereo system. I painted the tribal flames blue and white with House of Kolor base with flattening agent and hand painted the pin stripes and lettering. For me, this project has special meaning. I dedicated my efforts to my late wife, Alice,  who had passed away a few months earlier. This truck was built in an incredible 31 days and almost didn't make the show! It is a fact that had it not been for the tireless efforts of the guys in the shop and those who volunteerd their time working insane hours with little or no sleep, this project never would have been completed at all let alone make it to the show. A special thanks to all who contributed those last few weeks, Gary, Clayton, Dan, Ken and a host of others whos names I can't remember at this time. Many thanks for your dedication to finish the job and for your support during my personal tradgedy. You guys will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
This custom streched Peterbilt is owned by Don and Susan Pardue of Clarksville, Ga. Paint consists of marbled candy Burgandy fenders and roof sections with ghosts flames on the hood,and fifty's themed murals on each side. The rear features an airbrushed mural of their personal cars under a drive-in marquee. Conan is their dog.
 Custom Wreckers
 This Kenworth tow truck was the first truck I did for Ron back 1989.