Thursday, March 31, 2016

Small truck draws big crowds at MATS

OOIDA Members Kenny and Tish Stumpff own the smallest truck on the parking lot at the Mid-
America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., but that doesn’t mean it goes by unnoticed.

Making its first trip to MATS, the customized “Peterbilt Woody” mini-truck received quite a bit of attention on the show lot Wednesday.

“It’s the smallest Peterbilt in the world,” said Kenny Stumpff, who has been a truck driver for more than 45 years. “There’s only one in the world. The kids really like it. We let anyone take pictures.”

The mini-truck sports a 295cc 4-cycle Robins engine and is street legal with a top speed of 40 mph. The frame is from a golf cart, the front suspension is from a 1951 Henry J, while the back tail lights are from a 1960 Chevy and the headlights and turn signals are from a 1999 Harley Davidson Sportster.

All of the Peterbilt emblems and mats are from a Peterbilt big truck. The Peterbilt grill and front-end was handmade.

The mini-truck, which the Stumpffs purchased about seven years ago in Concord, N.C., even has a radio and cassette player.

“It’s completely street legal,” Kenny Stumpff said. “I’ve been pulled over by police four times. Each time, the officer just wanted to take photos.”

Tish Stumpff said they’ve been offered up to $20,000 for the mini-truck, as well as a straight trade for a Chevrolet Bel Air.

“We take it to the shows, and it puts a smile on a kid’s face when they get inside,” Kenny Stumpff said. “That’s what it’s all about.”