“Vigilante” Outlaw Customs’ entry at the Overdrive annual Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Contest and Big Rig Build-Off held at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky., March 19-21 took this year’s “People’s Choice” award. The PPG-finished truck, a 2002 Peterbilt 379, featured a black-and-silver matte paint scheme.
“We worked on this truck on and off for about six months,” said Alex Gobel, Outlaw Customs founder and partner. “It was a labor of love. We designed all the parts they’re all one-offs from the front bumper to the visors to the tool and battery boxes, the sleeper section, everything.”
Gobel said his team chose PPG’s Delfleet Evolution paint line to finish the truck.
“We started out with the 3993 sealer, then FBC 9700 black, FBC 302990 silver, and completed the project with 3906 clear with 3118 flattening binder,” he said. “It gave us the exact matte finish we were going for.”
Outlaw Customs, based in Henderson, Colo., flew in expert painters Greg Boarman and Ben Jackson from First Class Services, Lewisport, Ky. last year’s Big Rig Build-Off winner to complete the paint job.
“I’m always in awe of the work these custom truck enthusiasts do and how they use our products,” said John Lewis, PPG brand manager, commercial segments. “They have incredible ideas and the skill and talent to execute them. We’re very proud to be part of it.”
Vigilante, with a 290-inch wheelbase and 500-horsepower, Caterpillar C-15 engine, is a heavy-duty working truck with 600,000 miles on it and was a last-minute entry in the Big Rig Build-Off. It was used to haul the Outlaw Customs’ show truck to MATS, but drew so much attention from onlookers, Gobel decided to enter it in the show.
Outlaw Customs is a 2-year-old company started by brothers Alex and Andy Gobel, Nic Gillan and Jon Gill. The company specializes in specialty parts, accessories, transmissions, drive shafts and differentials for trucks.
For more information about PPG’s Delfleet Evolution products, call (800) 647-6050 or visit www.ppgcommercialcoatings.com.