If your son is crazy about big trucks, here’s the perfect gift for them. It’s a working mini Kenworth semi truck that was built from used parts and scrap metal by a guy who’s clearly the opposite of a deadbeat dad. It’s obvious that a lot of man hours went into building this kid-sized semi, but the result is something unique that few other kids have. And the nice thing is that he has a pretty big yard to drive it around in.
Kenworth trucks are some of the best out there, so this guy chose a good semi to base his mini on. Though the company was founded in 1923, Kenworth’s story begins a few years before that, when two brothers started Gerlinger Motor Car Works. Starting out as a car and truck dealership, it eventually evolved into a truck manufacturing business as the brothers turned their attention to building a more powerful truck: one with an inline 6-cylinder engine. Their first truck came out in 1915, and was used for logging in the Northwest. After eventually being bought by Edgar Worthington, a Seattle businessman, and Frederick Kent, the company was renamed Kenworth. At this time, assembly lines were all the rage, but the unique thing about Kenmore is that they built their trucks in individual bays.
The Company Today
Kenworth made a successful foray into the bus industry from the 1930s up through the 50s, producing school and other transit buses that were widely used. Since the 60s, however, they have specialized solely in heavy-duty Class 5-8 trucks. The mini Kenworth truck replica looks quite similar to the W900 Class 8, an iconic Kenmore model that was first made in 1961 and that is still being produced today. Here are some of the spec highlights of the current model:
- 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine
- 380-500 horsepower
- 1450-1480 lb.-ft. of torque
- 36,000 PSI fuel-injector system
- Wide doors
- Traction-grip steps
- Air Cushion Premium Plus seats
- Steel diamond-plate toolboxes
- Luxurious interior
In addition to the W900, there are currently 13 other models, ranging from the Class 8 T880 to the Class 5 T170.
Build Your Own Mini Tractor Trailer
Building the best gift ever for your son takes a significant amount of time and effort. And even if you build it from scrap metal and parts from the junkyard, it will still probably cost a few hundred dollars. In the description, the guy says he can reproduce a fiberglass mold for about $1,000, so that would be the easier way to go. Now, if you don’t have the time or energy to do it, you can also buy one, as there are a few companies out there that make mini semi truck go-karts. But you’re looking at upwards of a couple grand for one of these.
Want to Own a Miniature Kenworth Big Rig?
On a related note, did you know that you can also turn your pickup truck into a mini 18-wheeler? You can actually buy a conversion kit for just over $10,000 that makes the process much easier than finding all the individual things you need for it. Obviously your son couldn’t drive it until he’s 16, but he could still enjoy it from the passenger’s seat, not to mention that it would be a great gift to give to yourself!
What do you think about the job the guy did building this Kenworth mini. I think it’s a pretty impressive little semi that runs well and looks awesome too.