27-year-old COE shines like new at MATS

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Updated Mar 26, 2017
Mark Rickard with his 1990 International 9670 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.Mark Rickard with his 1990 International 9670 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Mark Rickard’s truck shines like it’s brand new, with clean chrome and a classic red and black paint job. Despite appearances, Rickard’s truck is actually an antique at 27-years-old. It’s a 1990 International 9670 that he’s completely redone.

“I re-did it all because it was worn out from front to back. I re-did it all and I started running it,” Rickard, of Maceo, Kentucky, said.

He’s had the truck for about six years. It was on display last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the American Truck Historical Society display.

Rickard bought a cabover because he wanted a truck that stood out.

“Everybody wanted a conventional and I wanted something different,” Rickard said. “I started out in cabovers so I wanted to go back to something like what I used to do.”

His truck has a 425 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed transmission. The interior has mostly been untouched, with the exception of a newer seat. He painted it himself.

A 1952 Mack LTL on display at MATS. It has a 335 engine with a Quadraplex transmission. It is owned by Keith Jones of Chesterfield, Virginia.A 1952 Mack LTL on display at MATS. It has a 335 engine with a Quadraplex transmission. It is owned by Keith Jones of Chesterfield, Virginia.

A 1985 Peterbilt 362 on display at MATS. It has a 400 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by Jason Alt of Layfayette, Indiana.A 1985 Peterbilt 362 on display at MATS. It has a 400 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by Jason Alt of Layfayette, Indiana.

A 1984 Mack Superliner on display at MATS. It has a V8 Mack engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Keith Jones of Chesterfield, Virginia.A 1984 Mack Superliner on display at MATS. It has a V8 Mack engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Keith Jones of Chesterfield, Virginia.

A Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS.A Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS.

A Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS.A Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS.

A 1975 Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS. It was a 350 Cummins engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by David Strickland of Cana, Virginia.A 1975 Dodge Big Horn on display at MATS. It was a 350 Cummins engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by David Strickland of Cana, Virginia.

A 1987 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by Billy Goullon of Shelbyville, Kentucky.A 1987 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by Billy Goullon of Shelbyville, Kentucky.

A 1988 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by James and Lucas Carrico of Springfield, Kentucky.A 1988 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by James and Lucas Carrico of Springfield, Kentucky.

A 1979 International 4300 on display at MATS. It has a 8V92 Detroit Diesel engine and Allison HT750 automatic transmission. It is owned by Mike Rickard of Sacramento, Kentucky.A 1979 International 4300 on display at MATS. It has a 8V92 Detroit Diesel engine and Allison HT750 automatic transmission. It is owned by Mike Rickard of Sacramento, Kentucky.

A 1987 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by Billy Goullon of Shelbyville, Kentucky.A 1987 Freightliner FLC 120 on display at MATS. It has a 3406 Caterpillar engine and 15-speed transmission. It is owned by Billy Goullon of Shelbyville, Kentucky.

A 1990 International 9670 on display at MATS. It has a 425 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by Mark Rickard of Maceo, Kentucky.A 1990 International 9670 on display at MATS. It has a 425 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed transmission. It is owned by Mark Rickard of Maceo, Kentucky.

A 1978 Freightliner FLT on display at MATS. It has a 350 engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Chris Smith of Paris, Kentucky.A 1978 Freightliner FLT on display at MATS. It has a 350 engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Chris Smith of Paris, Kentucky.

A 1978 Freightliner FLT on display at MATS. It has a 350 engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Chris Smith of Paris, Kentucky.A 1978 Freightliner FLT on display at MATS. It has a 350 engine and nine-speed transmission. It is owned by Chris Smith of Paris, Kentucky.