Ever wanted to drive a big rig, but just couldn't find the time for trucker school? A Tennessee man will answer your prayers for a starting price of $13,000 with kits that convert old Detroit pickups into mini-semis.
It took an Australian expat and hot rodder named Bob Suffern to come up with the designs for what he's dubbed Lil' Pete and Lil' Kenny. Lil' Pete uses a donor diesel Ford F-250 pickup built before 1998, while Lil' Kenny requires an older Chevy or Dodge long-wheelbase pickup.
Suffern says he designed the kits to simply bolt onto the pickup frame while meticulously retaining the correct proportions of a true 18-wheeler. The basic kit includes a new trucker-friendly dash, gauges and "sleeper" area; other options such as polished exterior gas tanks can be added, but the price rises faster than bad eggs from the diner in the Flying J.