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CODE BLUE: A Heart-Stopping Show Truck

Built by: TRUX Accessories | Written by: Josh Foster

Truck drivers love to see a decked out show truck. Other drivers can see the creativity, as well as the off-the-cuff ideas we use. Then they take that inspiration home with them and use it to make their own ride a little more custom. At TRUX Accessories we strive to be more creative with each build, and hopefully inspire the next guy to be a little more original with his customization. At TRUX we live by the mantra “BE ORIGINAL.” You’ll see this emblazoned across our packaging, our website, our business cards, and every show truck we build; Code Blue is no exception.

Code Blue started as a working truck from Pennsylvania, owned by my friend Scott George. He hauled gravel and other dry bulk products with a dump trailer all over the Pennsylvanian mountains, as well as up and down the east coast. Scott had decided to retire his flat top and get something with a little more space. I just knew that a flat top curved glass W900L would be the perfect follow up to our successful Purple Haze, which was the truck we built in 2018.

Code Blue and Purple Haze

After taking the truck back to Arkansas to begin the low rider transformation on Code Blue, we decided to add 10″ of frame to maximize our wheelbase at 272″ (we had to stay under 31’ total length for the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville). We also decided to install late model flex air suspension to make it a better ride. Since we had the truck cut in half and taken apart, we decided to go ahead and add the unibilt sleeper ring, so that the seats could move back enough to make room for the big guy!

Interior of Code Blue

We knew all along that we would be doing a low rider theme to follow up on the success of Purple Haze, but we certainly didn’t want to just change the color and copy the Haze truck. After all, our mantra is “BE ORIGINAL.” So that’s where our good friends at White Trash Customs from Fredericktown, Missouri came into play. I told Dave Couch at WTC what our color choice was going to be, plus our goal so he could map out the beautiful paint job. In just a few days, we had what would become the wildest build to date for TRUX Accessories.


1997 Kenworth W900L with a CAT 3406 engine, 60″ flat top sleeper, 265″ wheelbase, 13 speed transmission, and 3:55 gear ratio | Photo by Diesel Addict Photos

Dave used a candy blue paint with little bits of darker blues added. Coats of candy blue were applied all over a silver flake metallic base coat. The frame is a glass prism over black, and the prism colors change depending on the angle of the sunlight. The frame paint is a crowd favorite; people are amazed by the infinite color shifting effect.

The frame features holographic, color shifting glass prism paint over black

With a hot rod like this we knew that the stock Kenworth hood wasn’t going to be the statement piece we were looking for. So, once again, we outsourced the work to the best in the business: Dave Jones at Jones Performance. I told Jones it needed hot rod scoops, a cowl induction, and model headlight holes. After years of admiring the work that Jones does I should’ve been more prepared, but the finished product blew me away and continues to impress onlookers at every show we attend. Jones built the one-piece hood with all its custom touches in a very short time, and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product.

A custom truck couldn’t be custom without some custom stainless, so we had our friends at Aranda Truck fab the panels, visor, and bumper with a double layered backlit design and arched scallops all over. The stainless work on this truck is second to none and draws attention all over the country.

“Code Blue effect” with custom arched scallops and back-lighting

The lighting on Code Blue is all dual revolution TRUX Accessories lighting. Today we take for granted our color changing lights, multifunction work lights, and amazing technological tricks that we have built into many of our products. But Code Blue is here to remind us how cool these products really are, and how much fun we can have with our show trucks. We’re all just big kids; our toys are just more expensive and shine a little bit brighter. All the marker lights, cab lights, 4-inch, and watermelon lights (over 400 in total!) are all capable of being used in a DOT legal form and color but can be easily switched to a brilliant blue for the maximum “Code Blue effect.” Every panel is backlit with the all new TRUX glow series strip light, also in blue. To light the ground around the truck, we used blue strips inside the air cleaners, all around the interior, on the fuel tank straps, and around the air cleaner lids, as well as under the deck plates. You could say that this is over the top, but in a dark parking lot, it’s the shining light of originality telling everyone to buy TRUX Accessories at your local Iowa 80 Group chrome shop.

Eye catching, original modeled tail lights that wrap around the corners

TRUX also uses the show trucks as a way to promote newly developed prototypes. That’s the case with one of the biggest design elements of the Code Blue, our all new molded tail light series (coming soon). The rear of Code Blue is lit up with an amazing 3-piece panel set with modeled tail lights that wrap around the corners, giving the ultimate in stop tail turn and reverse technology that would look more at home on an Italian sports car than on a semi-truck. Our new tail light series is bringing the TRUX “BE ORIGINAL” sentiment to the masses with a truly original design for the future of truck lighting. Be sure to follow TRUX and Iowa80.com on social media to keep up to date with the final release date for these exciting parts.

Retro series headlight on Purple Haze

While TRUX is certainly the leader in originality we also know how to kick it old school when we need to. With our retro series headlight set you can have that wicked old-school model look without sacrificing the incredible optics of a top shelf LED headlight. What’s a classic show truck without straight stacks? The 8-inch TRUX pipes on Code Blue are our stock pipes that we have always offered at great prices through any of our dealers. We are working hard to introduce Kenworth elbows this year, along with our already successful Peterbilt exhaust line. We are also adding several new and exciting exhaust products that are sure to catch the eye of even the most old-school driver out there.

Code Blue before any of the blue

TRUX is known for lighting but we’re also one of the largest fender suppliers in the country. All our show trucks focus on our stainless steel fenders. For Code Blue, we decided to use our least expensive single axle fenders and “roll” them forward to look more like a custom quarter fender set. The fenders have gotten a lot of attention at shows and people are shocked when we tell them that the fenders are not custom and can be purchased anywhere that TRUX Accessories are sold.

Code Blue getting a bath at the Truckomat

Other TRUX parts on Code Blue include Kenworth battery and tool box covers, TRUX pointed axle covers, TRUX door window shades, TRUX mirrors & mirror visors, among other stylish parts.

We hope you enjoy Code Blue as much as we enjoyed building it for you. If you see us on the road between shows, be sure to give us a shout on the radio. Follow us on social media and see #codebluekw to keep up with where we are and what’s going on with our crazy little show truck!

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Simple Ways To Keep Your Truck Looking Good This Summer

Your truck is more than just a vehicle. It’s your office space, your home away from home, and represents a huge investment. Using the best semi truck productsto keep your vehicle clean and looking its best on the inside as well as the outside not only helps keep you happy and more productive while working, it also makes a good impression on potential customers. The following tips can help your truck to shine during the sunny summer months. 

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Holiday Shopping Guide for Truckers

When looking at your list of loved ones to buy gifts for this holiday season, you may wonder, “What is a good gift for a truck driver?” You might consider snacks, a few good downloads of some favorite songs or a nice looking shirt, but is there anything that might really benefit your loved one on the road? The following are some ideas to consider for the truck driver in your life.
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Five Products to Help Long Haul Truckers Stay Alert and Comfortable

Whether you or someone you know is a long haul driver, everyone knows it’s important for all drivers to stay alert and comfortable while on the road. Long haul drivers have a demanding job, so it’s only fair they have the comforts of home while they’re away from loved ones. The following are five products that might help.
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Winter Driving Essentials for Truck Drivers


Winter can bring a lot of hassles and dangers to truck drivers. As you prepare for winter, there are a few essentials that you should be buying to make trucking in the snow easier and safer. Beyond just reading up on and committing to memory winter driving tips for truckers, you also should consider buying the following items.
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Why Minimizer Products Should Be at the Top of Your List This Season

Owner-operators, logistics company managers, drivers and other professionals instantly know the Minimizer name. This American family-owned company’s commitment to inimitable quality produces not only the best semi truck fenders in the industry but also long-lasting floor mats, mud flaps, lights, seats and other tools and accessories. Unparalleled performance and durability guaranteed by lifetime warranties are just a couple of reasons why you need to source Minimizer gear for your rig this season.
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Shifter Knob Installation Guide For Truckers

If you want to add some character to your truck, then an easy, fast and affordable way to do that is to change your shifter knob. You can find them in a range of styles to match whatever look you are going for. There are even custom shifters for semi trucks just as there are for other types of vehicles. Regardless, installing your new shifter knob is pretty straightforward and simple.
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Pride in Your Ride

Personalize a New-To-You Rig

By John L. Hruska

Through the years, I have bought many new and used trucks. I always seem to want to personalize these trucks to fit not only our company, but the driver too. All it takes to show pride in your ride is some good looking chrome and creature comforts.

When I buy a used truck, sometimes the truck is in good overall condition, but maybe the interior is worn some along with the outside parts. Here are some ideas on how I look at refurbishing a used truck that’s in good working order but might need some TLC.

Let’s start with the interior. First, give it a really good deep cleaning, then assess what’s needed. The carpet or rubber flooring is typically worn, so I will pull out both seats and replace it with new pieces. If the seats are worn too, this is a good time to replace them as well because it’ll save you some labor later. New rug or floor mat and seats make a huge difference for the driver of the truck; more comfort, less road noise, and definitely a better look inside.

The next thing is something with the dash. I like to give the dash a little “bling” with some chrome or color that match the trucks color. You can get toggle switch covers, dash layovers, parking brake knobs, or even a gearshift knob handle with a chrome extension. If you do all (or even some) of these things, you start to get a cool look that all comes together with some color and chrome.

Next, get some air fresheners color matched to your interior in a scent that you like, and your interior starts feeling more like home and less like the generic used truck you just got off the lot. These small changes give your driver a good start to a pretty cool interior that you can be proud of. It’ll make the driver more productive and certainly helps him or her to feel more comfortable going down the highway.

2014 Kenworth W900L

Now for the exterior. After another really good deep cleaning, assess the outside and determine what you’d like. I typically will have a truck detailed or repainted and then I decide what’s going to make the truck pop and be a little different. First, I always trim all the wheels and all lug nuts with chrome covers and axle covers. Iowa 80 has great selection of these to choose from whatever is your preference or style.

Next is the mud flaps. New, matching flaps always look better and also shows the DOT that you care about what you’re doing. Make sure they’re nice and neat, not upside down and different lengths with scattered holes in them. Now you’re starting to pull the outside together. Maybe add some chrome flap weights, to bring out your new flaps with style.

I like to add some extra lights as well, but be careful – too much and the truck is junked up, not enough then it looks like a fleet truck. Try to find the balance of lights that you like, then use them in an equal series on each side and keep them symmetrical on front and back. Sometimes it helps to look at some other trucks and find what you like. I even take photos of trucks that I like so I can keep the ideas to do a truck later. LED lights are always a better alternative that incandescent lights, they have a longer life and usually a better warranty.

Next, add some more shine with a drop visor, if that’s your thing, or maybe some stainless half fenders. I always fill in behind the sleeper with at least one frame mounted aluminum step box. It is a great tool, very durable, and you’ll always have room for an extra gallon of oil or antifreeze. And I don’t have to worry about the drivers putting those items in the sleeper compartments to make a mess.

2014 Kenworth W900L

Ok, now you have a great start in making your newly purchased truck your own. Keep thinking of new ideas to keep your truck looking good and use accessories to set yourself apart from the crowd. Don’t forget! – The folks at Iowa 80 will always be there for you with phone support to help you find all those parts and accessories that you need to bring some pride and style to your truck.

Keep pride in your ride!!


hruska_149x149John’s father started in the trucking business in 1947, John then joined the business in 1981. He owns and operates Hruska Trucking and Diesel Transport along with his business partner and brother-in-law, Clark D Hofecker, in Windber, PA.