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Inside the '99 Kenworth W9 of owner-operator Howard Salmon, hauling again after three-month renovation

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Updated May 21, 2022

Owner-operator Howard Salmon wasn't just taking refuge from the dramatic run-up in fuel prices with his slightly longer-than-is-typical, four-month bit of winter downtime January-April this year. As you can see in the video above, Salmon remade his 1999 Kenworth W900's interior with repurposed wood whose previous life had been as dunnage cast off from a load delivered to a friend.

Salmon lined both doors with it, built a shelf/surround for the logbook and papers just ahead of the Eaton shifter, framed the driver's seat, and removed his passenger seat in favor of a tall wooden cabinet just behind the passenger-side window, among much other trim around new carpeting, accelerator and brake pedals and more.

Howard Salmon between the wheel of his truckHere's a tip of the hat to the resourceful among you. You'll find one of your kind in longtime owner-operator Salmon.

Salmon's work wrapped in April this year, as he continued to wait for bright elbows on back-order -- intended to connect new seven-inch stacks the owner's planning to install. He pulled his first load of 2022 coming east from his West Coast home base the first full week of May. He's still waiting on those elbows, grass-burning, as it were, for now.

Howard Salmon's interior cabinet from his driver's seatThe interior cabinet is shown here with this view from the driver's side.

Memorial for Liam Salmon on top of the interior cabinetOn top of the cabinet and everywhere he hauls, Salmon carries memories of his young son Liam, whom regular readers will recall passed after a

Salmon sweeping out his interior cabinThis view from the passenger side door's opening shows the center shelf, likewise some of the door trim.

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