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By ColoradoGreen - Saturday, October 30, 2010 3:59 PM
Wouldn't typically post photos from the photoshoots here since I tend to be doing articles on late-model trucks (we already have a monthly article for vintage/ antique trucks), but, this month I have an article running on two of the W900A extended-hoods and one of two of the 379s (so, mostly trucks the right age!) in the Tri-State Commodities fleet:







W900A's and 379 (1)

W900A's and 379 (2)

W900A's and 379 (3)

W900A's and 379 (4)

W900A's and 379 (5)

Troy.
By Robby359 - Saturday, October 30, 2010 5:14 PM
That sure is a beautiful lineup! They have 1 of the sharpest fleets around. Thanks for sharing them.
By ColoradoGreen - Saturday, October 30, 2010 7:58 PM
Robby359 (10/30/2010)
That sure is a beautiful lineup! They have 1 of the sharpest fleets around. Thanks for sharing them.


They certainly do. Class of '78 (the maroon one) is one of only two trucks in the entire fleet not painted the famous orange/ white/ gold scheme. The other is a 2009 W900L driven by Gregg Shupe's son, if I'm not mistaken. It's a maroon KW, as well, slightly brighter though. Along with being a tremendously dedicated KW customer, Gregg is also very loyal to Cummins, as well. Class of '78, to my knowledge, is the only CAT-powered truck in the fleet (and it's non-working, now, so, I'm not sure if you could say it's part of the fleet). Everything else is powered by Cummins. Black Sheep (the 379) is an ISX 600 Cummins and Toad's Pad (the orange 900A pictured here, an '82 model) has a 525 N14. There's only one other brand you can find in the "fleet" of trucks, a '70s IH, although it's a truck parked out back, not even sure if it's in running condition.

Troy.
By Lynn Dearstone - Sunday, October 31, 2010 3:14 AM
Robby359 (10/30/2010)
That sure is a beautiful lineup! They have 1 of the sharpest fleets around. Thanks for sharing them.
Ditto, Robby ditto
By lewis - Sunday, October 31, 2010 12:32 PM
I live about 45 minutes from Greeley and am lucky enough to see some of the TSC fleet on occasion.
Thanks for posting the photos.
By Doug Blevins - Sunday, October 31, 2010 2:28 PM
Troy, I used to load with alot of the tri state trucks at Moab when I loaded salt, and Rifle  when I would load soda ash, they are some sharp looking trucks! I had my truck leased to High Country out of Cortez CO, the family that ownes the Co used to have quite a fleet of older Pete 359's and A model KW's hauling grain around Montacello UT back in the mid to late 70's they were painted blue and white, the had a couple painted like the early Shupe trucks. I wish I would have copied some of the pictures they had on the office wall! The owners of high country are the Crowley  brothers, the older trucks belonged to thier Dad, and said "JC Crowley & sons" I think they also owned a grain elevator. I found a couple of pics of the older trucks, in the one with the Pete & KW, you can see some of the grain trucks in the background. I think they had about 10 or 12 grain trucks and a few leasors....... Doug 
By ScottM - Sunday, October 31, 2010 3:52 PM
Those are excellent photos, thank you for sharing!
By junkmandan - Sunday, October 31, 2010 4:18 PM
When I saw the orange and white color scheme I thought Monfort . Allison had a sales video out in the mid '70s ,with an interview with a Jerry Shupe . Was Jerry Shupe working for Monfort at that time or was Tri State leasing to Monfort ? He said some nice things about the Allison HT 750 then !
By ColoradoGreen - Sunday, October 31, 2010 9:12 PM
junkmandan (10/31/2010)
When I saw the orange and white color scheme I thought Monfort . Allison had a sales video out in the mid '70s ,with an interview with a Jerry Shupe . Was Jerry Shupe working for Monfort at that time or was Tri State leasing to Monfort ? He said some nice things about the Allison HT 750 then !


I'm not entirely sure on that. It's certainly possible. Jack Shupe started Tri-State Commodities. During the interview the name "Jerry" was never metnioned, was it possibly "John Shupe"? There is a connection between the two as Monfort, though owned by the Monfort Brother's, was set-up by one of the Shupe Brother's. Shupe Brother's Trucking, Monfort Trucking, and Tri-State Commodities all share the same paint-scheme but different colors, adding to the confusion. If I'm not mistaken, Tri-State Commodities pre-dates Monfort, as Tri-State began in 1969. I could certainly be wrong on this though. The paint scheme originally comes from the Shupe Brother's trucking scheme.

Troy.
By junkmandan - Tuesday, November 02, 2010 4:21 PM
Little by little as I try to recall the video I played for customers many times ,I think the name might have been Jerry Stugart ,instead of Shupe .
By erich.vongeist - Wednesday, November 03, 2010 6:20 AM
What I can say about those two W900a's from tristate is that they are really sharp with the aerodyne sleepers. I dont think Ive ever seen an a model with an aerodyne sleeper.

Those are awesome.

Erich
By Scott Waggoner - Wednesday, November 03, 2010 6:33 AM
What are those A-models powered with?
By Robby359 - Wednesday, November 03, 2010 7:58 AM
Erich, appearantly you haven't paid close enough attention. Look at my avatar.
By erich.vongeist - Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:15 AM
Well, now I see it. Where'd you get yours at? Im a fan of the higher roof sleepers like the aerodyne. I think it looks great on your truck.

Erich
By Robby359 - Wednesday, November 03, 2010 10:57 AM
Thanks Erich. I used to drive it for a friend of mine. Then he bought me a 379 to replace it. He sold it to another guy on credit then had to repo it. Then we did some trading for it. Ever since I've been fixing everything the other guy messed up. Got it pretty much lined out now. Alot of the Aerodynes got removed and flattops puts on. As far as looks a flattop is nice. But I think you'd have to be a fool to take a Aerodyne off, especially if it works or you're more than 4' tall. Back when they were new if you had a Aerodyne hood or cabover you had a luxury truck.
By ColoradoGreen - Thursday, November 04, 2010 11:28 AM
Scott Waggoner (11/3/2010)
What are those A-models powered with?


Class of '78 (maroon) has a 3406 CAT, 425hp. with a 15spd. and 3.70 rears.

Toad's Pad (orange) has an N14 Cummins, 525hp, 18spd. and 3.36 rears.

Black Sheep (Peterbilt) has a ISX Cummins, 600hp, 18spd. 3.36 rears.

Troy.
By ColoradoGreen - Thursday, November 04, 2010 11:31 AM
Doug Blevins (10/31/2010)
Troy, I used to load with alot of the tri state trucks at Moab when I loaded salt, and Rifle  when I would load soda ash, they are some sharp looking trucks! I had my truck leased to High Country out of Cortez CO, the family that ownes the Co used to have quite a fleet of older Pete 359's and A model KW's hauling grain around Montacello UT back in the mid to late 70's they were painted blue and white, the had a couple painted like the early Shupe trucks. I wish I would have copied some of the pictures they had on the office wall! The owners of high country are the Crowley  brothers, the older trucks belonged to thier Dad, and said "JC Crowley & sons" I think they also owned a grain elevator. I found a couple of pics of the older trucks, in the one with the Pete & KW, you can see some of the grain trucks in the background. I think they had about 10 or 12 grain trucks and a few leasors....... Doug 


Doug-

Good looking set of trucks. Is JC Crowley/ High Country still operating?

Troy.
By Doug Blevins - Thursday, November 04, 2010 12:56 PM
Troy, High Country (HCT) Was started by the sons around 89 or so, they run Western states pulling flatbed, grain hoppers, Pnuematics and just started a reefer division. They used to have all Co trucks, then they started adding lease trucks, right before I pulled my truck off the road, they started a Lease purchase program with New Petes. I have heard that they have now done away with the Co trucks and are all lease purchase, or owner operator, they figured they can make more money with no trucks to maintain! Anyway they are expanding all the time, Based out of Cortez CO they used to have a website, I have not checked it latley, they were too money hungry for me, I wouldnt go back there again.......Doug
By Doug Blevins - Thursday, November 04, 2010 1:19 PM
After I posted I got to thinking about HCT, so I looked for the web site. I stand corrected, it says they have about 55 Co drivers and about 18 O/O's, I guess the lease purchase deal didnt work out, they have all new Pete CO trucks. as for the 18 O/O's thats funny cause when I left in Oct 07, my truck was #C-018  (O/O #18) Also website says Co started in 84...........Doug