Paul Cox fell in love with American trucks while growing up in England. He saw cabover trucks on the 1970s-80s TV show B.J. and the Bear and knew he wanted to have one of his own one day.
Cox now lives in the U.S. and is the proud owner of a restored 1979 Kenworth K100 Aerodyne COE, which is on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, through Saturday, March 24.
The restoration process took eight years to complete and was only recently finished. Cox broke it all the way down to rebuild it.
“I actually tore the thing down to the ground. The cab is completely re-skinned. It’s all fresh metal. The only original part of the truck is the fiberglass roof section. All of the mechanical and the motor are fully rebuilt. Everything is new. It has an astoundingly large number of new parts,” Cox said.
It has a Detroit Diesel 8V92 original engine and 15-speed transmission. Cox spent a lot of time researching the truck so that he could make it completely authentic. He’s done a lot of car restorations and is a fan of the 100-point restorations made authentic to the day the car was made. He knew he wanted to do that same approach with this truck.
“The thing about this restoration is I put it back to the day it was made. Every nut and bolt is just like the day it was made. It’s completely factual,” Cox said.
All of the years of research and restoration have paid off, Cox said. He loves driving this truck and seeing the reactions it gets.
“Everywhere that I stop and pull up everyone says, ‘Oh I haven’t seen one of these in 30 years!’ It’s great to drive,” Cox said.