Are you growing tired of seeing the same old pickup truck in your driveway, especially if it’s a large one like a Ford F-250? If so, you can actually turn it into a mini-18 wheeler and suddenly turn everyone’s head while driving down the road. There are actually transformation kits on the market that allow you to turn a Ford truck into a miniature version of a Peterbilt semi or “Lil Pete”. Plus, for Dodge and Chevy trucks there is the “Lil Kenny” that turns them into a miniature Kenworth semi.
The cost for converting your pickups is roughly $13,000 and is recommended for older versions such as the following;
- 1980s to 1990s Ford F-250 two-wheel drive pickups
- 1973 to 1987 4X2 or 4X4 full size, long bed Chevy pickups
- 1994 to 2003 4X2 or 4X4 Dodge Ram standard cap pickup
Essentially, the body of the vehicle is replaced by the Lil Pete or Lil Kenworth which is made of fiberglass and covers the front hood and fender assembly. The rear of the pickup is given a semi-truck appearance and two extra dual wheels to make it look like a more traditional semi truck.
Interior & Exterior
The kits do not stop at replacing the body as they also provide a completely new interior that even offers a sleeper cab. Now you can rest inside your vehicle or use the extra space for more passengers. In addition to the outer fiberglass body, the kits provide the following:
- Tall Exhaust Stacks
- Fuel Tanks
- Front Grille
- Optional Semi-spec
However, the kit does include an automatic transmission so that you don’t have to drive like in a real semi. You can upgrade the engine however and put in a larger one such as the monstrous 454 large-block V-8 for your Chevy version.
The Lil Kenny stands only about five feet tall as opposed to the thirteen feet of the normal size Kenworth. However, the overall appearance is about the same with the interior being strikingly similar. It only takes a few days for the conversion to be accomplished, however it does take from four to eight weeks for the parent company, Lil Big Rig to fashion the body shell.
For those with an older pickup truck they’d like to spruce up, the Lil Big Rig kits are certainly ones to consider for your vehicle.
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