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The Roadie

Magazine: Diesel Power (August 2005)
SSBC product: Front Quick Change kit A187-4 and custom GMC 3500 tow vehicle

Stop-and-Go Driving in Stainless Steel Brakes' Long-Haul Diesel Dualie.
Fans of singer Jackson Browne will no doubt recall his ode to the backstage crew, "The Load-Out," in which he pays to tribute to all their hard work in getting him from gig to gig: "Now roll them cases out and lift them amps, Haul them trusses down and get 'em up them ramps." Many a diesel truck qualifies as a roadie's rig, a brawny hauler that's the unsung hero of any operation that has to transport heavy trailers miles and miles. This charcoal-gray '03 GMC Sierra K3500 Crew Cab dualie used by Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation (SSBC) is a good example. It tows the company's 5,000-pound Exiss trailer, usually packed with products and a show car—about 14,000 pounds when fully loaded. "We put 60,000 miles on that truck last year hauling our 40-trailer trailer," notes SSBC's Donnie Woolard. "I had absolutely no problems ever in stopping the rig running coast to coast about six times in 19 months." That sort of long-haul durability shouldn't come as a surprise to diesel enthusiasts, but the SSBC tow truck is not just some plow horse pulling a load of brake discs and four-piston calipers. That's because owner Mike Jonas is a car guy, as well as a brake manufacturer, and he likes customizing street rods, musclecars, and even the truck that tows his 40-foot trailer ... click here for the rest of the article