Used Truck of the Month: Kenworth T908

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk

Marty and Lisa with daughter Alicia Marty and Lisa with daughter Alicia. Marty and Lisa with daughter Alicia
Marty Rasmussen 39 Marty's Kenworth T908 has been customised at SLS Custom Stainless. Marty Rasmussen 39
Marty Rasmussen 53 A 600hp (447kW) Cummins ISX engine powers the T908. Marty Rasmussen 53
Marty Rasmussen 64 Marty's Kenworth generally hauls loads of grain and cotton seed. Marty Rasmussen 64
Marty Rasmussen 76 The T908 is washed indoors to maintain its sparkling appearance. Marty Rasmussen 76

Marty Rasmussen knows how to keep his 2010 Kenworth looking good.


"I’ve had this love of trucks since I was a kid."

If you check out Marty Rasmussen’s ride, it isn’t hard to see just how much he really does love big rigs.

His 2010 Kenworth T908 is a well-cared for unit, as Owner//Driver can assert to after visiting Marty, his partner Lisa and their daughter Alicia in the town of Banana, Queensland.

The T908 had barely rolled off the factory floor before it was taken to Steve Lawler at SLS Custom Stainless for some extra touches.

However, Marty has had the 600hp (447kW) Cummins ISX-powered 908 customised with a ‘less is best’ philosophy.

"I told him a lot of things I wanted done and Steve had good ideas too," Marty says.

The result is a distinctly custom Kenworth.

The traditional ‘cheese graters’ on the bonnet were removed, as were the tank steps. A Texas bumper bar and 8-inch (20cm) pipes were added.

"Back then it was one of the first without tank steps so it turned some heads," Marty says.

To maintain the sparkling appearance of the T908, as well as the double road train trailers, everything is washed inside the shed.

"With such shiny bodies on the trailers, if they are washed outside in the sun they stain very easily," Lisa says.

Marty was always around trucks when he was young, bought all the truck magazines and made many truck models.

Generally Marty pulls his tippers and tri-axle dolly doing grain and cotton seed, but he also has a step deck for hauling farm machinery.

"Ninety per cent of my work is around the central Queensland area, although we go down to West Wyalong once a year to do the wheat harvest," he says.

You can read all about Marty’s Kenworth in the September edition of Owner//Driver magazine


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