I was sitting down flipping through the channels last night when I stumbled upon and episode of American Trucker on the Speed channel.
The episode was about the restoration of the 18 wheeler from the hit TV show BJ & The Bear from the late 70s to the early 80s. As a kid I used to watch this show all the time and remembered that it was a pretty cool truck, not to mention that driving an 18 wheeler with a chimp in the passenger seat made things interesting.
Paul and Craig Sagehorn are the father and son team doing the restoration on the truck. When they found the cab it was in pretty tough shape, they basically had to do a frame off restoration on this rig and put everything back together. Once the original trailer was located it was missing the reefer unit, so another one had to be located that would match up to the trailer.
While they were restoring the cab under the fifth wheel mounting plate they found a plate that one of the original welders by the name of William Sorell had tagged with welding rod that read “BJ&THE BEAR BY W.S”
The show ends to the truck being driven to the Kenworth plant that the truck had been built at.
Pictures Borrowed from: www.tvtruckin.com