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2009 News

Outlaw Customs' PPG-finished "Vigilante" takes Big Rig Build-Off win

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – May 6, 2009 – “Vigilante,” Outlaw Customs’ entry at the Overdrive annual Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Contest and Big Rig Build-Off, held at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, March 19 –21, took this year’s coveted “People’s Choice” award. The PPG-finished truck, a 2002 Peterbilt 379, featured a unique black and silver matte paint scheme.

“We worked on this truck on and off for about six months,” said Alex Gobel, Outlaw Customs founder and partner. “It was a labor of love. We designed all the parts – they’re all one-offs – from the front bumper to the visors to the tool and battery boxes, the sleeper section, everything. When we were done with that, we wanted a top quality paint job, so we chose PPG’s Delfleet® Evolution line. We started out with the 3993 sealer, then FBC 9700 black, FBC 302990 silver, and completed the project with 3906 clear with 3118 flattening binder. It gave us the exact matte finish we were going for.”

Outlaw Customs, based in Henderson, CO, took the paint scheme and its application very seriously, flying in expert painters Greg Boarman and Ben Jackson from First Class Services, Lewisport, KY – last year’s Big Rig Build-Off winner – to do the honors.

“I’m always in awe of the work these custom truck enthusiasts do and how they use our products,” said John Lewis, PPG brand manager, commercial segments. “They have incredible ideas and the skill and talent to execute them. We’re very proud to be part of it.”

Vigilante, with its 290” wheelbase and powered by a 500-horsepower, Caterpillar C-15 engine, is a heavy-duty working truck with 600,000 miles on it and was a last-minute entry in the Big Rig Build-Off. It was used to haul the Outlaw Customs’ show truck to MATS, but drew so much attention from onlookers, Gobel decided to enter it in the show.

Outlaw Customs is a two year-old company started by brothers Alex and Andy Gobel, Nic Gillan and Jon Gill. The company specializes in specialty parts, accessories, transmissions, drive shafts and differentials for trucks.

The Big Rig Build-Off is sponsored by PPG and Jones Performance, Inc. and matches prominent North American custom truck builders in both open and invitational contests to create the ultimate big rig working truck. According to MATS officials, more than 70,000 trucking enthusiasts from 50 states and 51 foreign countries attended the event.

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