Turn Your Old Pickup Truck Into a Mini 18-Wheeler

Turn your Pickup Into a Mini 18-Wheeler
By Robby DeGraff

Getting tired of driving around in your old Ford F-250 7.3-liter diesel? Why not revamp it into a miniature Peterbilt semi. Nashville, Tenn.-based Lil Big Rig (link removed due to malware) offers transformation kits that take standard pickup trucks and dress them up like full-on 18-wheelers.

A similar conversion dubbed the Lil Kenny (which sits slightly lower than the Lil Pete) gives your Ram or full-size Chevy pickup a makeover to resemble a life-size Kenworth semi.

For $13,000, Lil Big Rig can convert your 1980s-1990s two-wheel-drive Ford F-250, long-bed full-size Chevrolet pickup (1973-1987 model years in either 4X4 or 4X2) or 1994-2003 Dodge Ram standard cab pickup (either 4X4 or 4X2). Lil Big Rig replaces the standard truck body with a fiberglass Peterbilt or Kenworth cab and front hood/fender assembly. A semi truck-esque rear body and two extra dual rear wheels are added on to make your truck look like a traditional Peterbilt or Kenworth semi.

The interior is completely revised and resembles the cab of a semi, and what’s a semi truck without a rear space to relax in? All Lil Pete and Lil Kenny kits come with a full rear sleeper available with seats or room for an actual bed.


The exterior of each project comes with your typical big semi headlights and mirrors; tall side exhaust stacks; optional semi-spec fuel tanks; and a front grille that would put a Chrysler 300 to shame. You can even equip your custom Lil Rig with an automatic transmission and forget worrying about trying to double-clutch shift a 15-speed manual often seen in most semis today.

Under the mock-semi hood is a standard gas or diesel V-8 engine, with space for a smaller diesel or straight-six-cylinder mill. Lil Kenny models can even be fit with Chevy’s massive 454 big-block V-8.


Just how much smaller is the Lil Kenny compared with a “big” Kenworth? A typical semi truck stands around 13 feet tall; the Lil Kenny sits at a little more than 5 feet tall. Despite the size difference, the overall interior and exterior appearance is strikingly similar.

Lil Big Rig’s completely assembled body shells can be easily installed over a matter of days with common garage hand tools. If you buy one, it’s advised that you find the donor pickup truck while waiting four to eight weeks for Lil Big Rig to custom-fabricate the body shell.

What’s a benefit of the Lil Big Rig project truck? The cost. The entire conversion can run less than $20,000. For a donor truck, older pickup trucks are becoming increasingly cheap, and used older Ford F-250s are going for next to nothing on eBay at the moment. Don’t worry about body rust, either, as long as the frame is solid and the truck is in working mechanical condition.

Lil Big Rig is also researching offering full turn-key mini-semis in the future. So if you want to work on your CB radio lingo and be the (mini) king of the open road, check out Lil Big Rig’s website (link removed due to malware).



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I would like info on how to buy a kit and more pictures

What Insurance Companies insure these units ??

I am a Canadain in Texas and would love to see one in person for a near future purchase. Where the nearest manufacture?

I would love to get more info on the little Pete , where your located,,it would look good hualing my car trailer to take one of my five classics to shows .please let me know .

These kits!

HI very cool looking trucks could write me back thanks ron

if i get a 2010 dually gmc how much would it cost to make it like that semmie

Do you have to have CDL's to drive it?

Can u send me more pics of the good work u been doing

Please let me know the actual price.

Please let me know the actual price.

I'm in the process of putting a Peterbilt 379 cab on a 1988 Chev camper special. It's a LOT of work modifying EVERYTHING from electrical, braking, body parts, etc, etc, etc. I contacted my motor vehicle licensing dept. Here's what I can best determine. To be legal, I'll require a paper trail of matching serial #'s with proof of ownership in my name and licensing. I can't dispose of the Chevy cab until the project is completed because the serial # and weight ratings posted on the cab. When completed, it's neither a Peterbilt or a Chevy but modified, so I'm required to get a vehicle inspection. The weight rating is set even if you put on an extra axle. without an engineering inspection and certification. Hope this helps.

Re: Putting a Pete cab and hood on a Chevy frame. The Pete cab is aprox the same size as a pickup cab. The Pete grill is aprox the same width as my Dodge Ram grill. The Pete fenders are TOO large so I'm using modifyied metal trailer fenders. The hood required be cut out at the bottom, but wasn't a problem since this 378 model uses a composite fiberglass material. ( OOPS I put 379 on my previous post, is an aluminum hood). It's starting to look OK. I'm using the extended cab frame because it works with the 8 ft box or a 10 ft flat bed. Wish me luck.

Damn Now I've become Determined to Build one I am gon go get A 2003 Dodge Ram Standard Cab and Have it Turned into One Man and I want one with The Sleeping with Hmm Additional Seats that can Hopefully be Removed to Insert a Bed Awesome #Awesome Sauce # Time after I get into My Trailer Rent to Own to Save Money and Get Er Done

Need information and cost on lnstalling a 379 peterbilt chassis on my f350 dually frame.

Man I drove a 18 wheeler for 30 years and man I would about give my right arm to own one or them lil fellow if I would ever win the lottery I would definitely buy me one you ladies keep up that nice work

I'm not sure why any "real truck driver" would hate these. It's not like they are trying to pass them off as commercial vehicles. They are good looking trucks. As a Class A driver I like them and would love to have one.

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