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Feature - Peterbilt 362E

    There wouldn’t be many in New Zealand who could say that the first truck they purchased, albeit second-hand, was a Peterbilt. Stephen Day has only been driving for three years and for two of those years he has been driving his 2000 Peterbilt 362E.

When Stephen finished school he got a job working at the quarry in Huntly, operating machinery, excavators and dump trucks. He finally got the itch to get behind the wheel and onto the road in 2014. He drove for a company before going out on his own and purchased the Peterbilt midway through 2015. Soon after, black stripes were applied to the cab and it was put to work. XT photographed the truck at the Mount Truck show (pictured right).

Stephen had big plans to change the look of the Peterbilt from the start but it is only recently that the radical facelift was completed. Giving the truck that 'mean look' is the drop visor and boxed end styled bumper, both his design. Stephen also did a lot of the sanding and other prep work before sending it to Shane O'Connor in Pukekohe for the paint and then letting Cliff from Truck Signs work his magic. Pin striping and vinyl wrapping, featuring skulls, were applied. The skulls blend into the 'Titanium flash mica' colour, which Stephen saw on a late model ute. When he went to pick it up from Truck Signs he was "blown away and stoked" with the final result.

As well as the striking paint scheme and vinyl, there are some cool extras like stainless eyelids, stainless mirror light bars and step inserts. The roof mounted air horns have been replaced by a line of clear LED bullet lights and on the bumper a row of LEDs ensure the Peterbilt looks the part at night.


Stephen is based in Huntly and his work, hauling mainly metal, takes him around the greater Waikato area. The truck pulls a 2006 Transfleet trailer and with a matching truck bin the tare is an impressive 15,500kg. Stephen hinted that he plans to change the look of the truck again sometime in the future with  modifications he has in the pipeline.

It's always refreshing to see young owner/operators with a passion for trucking. Congratulations to Stephen for making his vision become reality. The presentation of his eye-catching Peterbilt 362E is without doubt - eXtreme.

'Dirty Deeds'
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Peterbilt 362E
Owner : Stephen Day, S.D. Haulage
Engine/Trans: Cummins 500hp ISX, 18 speed Fuller Eaton
Based: Huntly

 Article and photos: Simon Teahan

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