Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Famous Trucks - Snowman's Truck ("Smokey & the Bandit")

There wasn’t much info to gather about the trucks that were used in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”. I guess Convoy was a better truck movie, judging by the amount of material I was able to gather about Rubberduck’s truck as opposed to the minimal info I found about Snowman’s truck.
There is quite a lot of speculation is flying around on message boards and such regarding which trucks were used in this movie, but I finally found enough evidence to list the following about the “Smokey and the Bandit” truck, with 99% confidence that these are the true facts:

* Three Kenworth W900s were used in the movie (yay!) (Although some websites suggests that more than 3 trucks were used….)
* Two of the three trucks were 1974 models, which can be confirmed by looking at the grill, where the standard silver Kenworth emblems are displayed.
* The last Kenworth was a 1973 model. It sports a gold plated Kenworth emblem on its grill, something which signifies Kenworth 50th anniversary, as the business was established in 1923.
* All trucks were painted brown with golden edges and equipped with 38” sleeper cabs.
* The mural trailer was 48 feet long & manufactured by Hobbs Trailers in Texas.




If anyone has more info on these trucks used in Smokey & THe Bandit, feel free to leave it here :-)


54 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool site. we were just arguing bout the motor in the mack used in convoy,found your site.big time truck freak.own 1,drive 1,love it. even in 2days world. that kw is (or if im not mistaken and could b) is a kw 925, cummins power, and a coffin 4 a sleeper.cool truck!

Anonymous said...

iam a trucker becuse of this movie

Lance said...

the 2 original trucks used in this movie were infact '74's one of them featured a 400HP V8 Catapiller engine the other one featured a VT-903 350HP Egnine the third truck was a infact a 1973 Kenworth that also featured a V8 catapiller engine after filming in '77 or '78 Truck #2 & #3 switvhed engines for what reason I don't know! for Snowman's trailer there was actually 2 trailers used in the movie, back in '79 the 2 trailers & 2 original trucks burnt down in a ware house on universal studio's truck lots, the '73 KW was auctioned off a year later in 1980 and was turned into a daycab rig! the trucks current location after 1997 is unknown! everything still remains the same on the truck bsides the truck being turned into a daycab rig

Lance said...

I forgot to mention all the trucks used in the film were Kenworth W-900's

Anonymous said...

Only one truck in this movie had a V8 power plant, and no, it wasn't a Caterpillar or a Cummins. The engine you hear right after the bar fight scene is a 2 cycle Detroit Diesel, possibly an 8V71. The other two trucks just had ol plain jane Cummins under the hood. I think I was told the they were the early version of the Big Cam Engines

Fuso said...

What an excellent movie.

john said...

the truck is newnan ga

Anonymous said...

were would you buy a truck and trailer replica to export to ireland????

Anonymous said...

"john said...

the truck is newnan ga"

Actually, that is a replica according to his site.

Jason

Anonymous said...

So the Detroit two stroke one: V6 then? It just didn't have that raspy sound of a two stroke Diesel....But I am no expert..... I would love an actual replica model of a '74 that is trimmed exactly like the original, right down to the correct striping. Any suggestions?

nick Martinez said...

One of the original trailers didn't burn in1979. My dad pulled one of the original hobbs. 40 footer to kenworth. In los angeles, ca in 1984

Anonymous said...

I would have to confirm at least one trailer survived because in the early 80's my brother went with my mom to L.A. for something and they saw the trailer going down the freeway.

paul said...

paul darlow here jerry reed who played the snowman in smokey and the bandit the movies in the films he starred in will never be the same without him again many thanks to u all

anne said...

I just watched a show on the Speed channel called "American Trucker". They redid the "Smokey & the Bandit" run. They stopped at a truck stop in Arkansas at a truck stop. A guy came up and told them the original truck is in a feild with weeds growing up bast the air filters. Someone should check this out.

Anne

Anonymous said...

Just heard that somewhere in arkansas the trailer is in a field with very tall grass

Anonymous said...

i just saw the exact same show, and thats what i am searching for... someones got to find this truck

fishguy said...

I want that trailer! I make phone calls.

Anonymous said...

the truck didnt burn my grampa knows the old man that owns the truck its settin in a hay field in arkansas

forestry trucks said...

Nice to walk down history with the truck facts.There are so many stories and legends created by these vehicles which guide the life of a trucker.

Anonymous said...

where exactley is this corn field any details?

Anonymous said...

The mural on the trucks were painted by my mom's brother James (Jim) Finger. He stated that he painted several because they wrecked a few doing the movie stunts, but I am not sure how many in all. The detail was difficult, he said, because of the corrugated sides.

Rhyan Roberts said...

They had to see a replica the actual truck used in the movie is in north central Arkansas I know of the man who ones it he has signed movie docs. To prove it. It is going to s#|t and he refuse to sell it cause he is a grumpy old man

Rhyan Roberts said...

Yes Anne your correct he also owns the original w900 and original trailer

Anonymous said...

in wapoto wa the orige also trailer wont sell tried to hotwire didnt work

Anonymous said...

Does any one have any pictures of the truck in the Arkansas field

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what town in Arkansas the truck is in?

Big Jer said...

Big Jer from Indiana would love to know the "field" the snowmans trk is in down in the great state of Arkansas.... I watch this movie almost everyweekend !!!! Love it!!!

louchoates said...

the trailer was painted by my husbands brother, Greg Choates. He was an air brush artist that passed away several yrs. ago ( 1999 I believe). He also did lots of work on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. All of his family is artistically talented. from singing to painting. His name should be in the bottom corner of the trailer.

Anonymous said...

i think i found the truck on google earth. in a field with brush around it. in northern arkansas

e-mail me at angelo.valla@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hey how's it going not to piss any one off here I love the movie satb its a great movie I am a truck drive I got a kenworth around the same time zone as the one in the movie mine has a removeable bunk like most of them back then and if its a 925 then it had one but to my point if u notice in the movie when the where in side the cab they had.a different truck cuz for one to get in the back in that year you went trought the window in the back which was pretty big don't get me wrong and for to you look closely there's a window in the bunk and you look out side there's not and for 3 the roof looks higher then it should be for a flat top that's all thanks and great page wish I had the money I paint me truck n trailer like that but it be pretty funny in canada

Anonymous said...

The man who painted that mural lives in south Carolina his name is Jim Norris and he still paints cars n trucks to this day. His shop is on us 1 south of rockingham.

Anonymous said...

Well we are up to 3 people who painted the truck... lol

Pat said...

do we know what town the truck is in in Arkansas?

Lance said...

Hi Pat,

someone said they found it sitting in a hay field in Northern Arkansas using google maps http://www.imcdb.org/movie_76729-Smokey-and-the-Bandit.html

and to who ever correct me on the Motors I want to say there no Detroit motors used in the movie I REPEAT there no Detroit motors used in the movie I, it was a 350HP VT-903 Cummins, which makes since because the Movin' On truck made the same sound and that was a VT-903 the only difference is Movin' On had the first ever VT-903 400HP Cummins and that truck was a 1974 this one here with the VT-903 Cummins was the 1973 which is the one that was said to be sitting in a hay field today in Arkansas from episode of "American Trucker" they did an episode related to the movie, the other 2 kenworth's in Smokey and the Bandit were 2 1974 Kenworth W-900's one had a 1693 350HP Cat and the other one had a NTC-350HP Cummins and both of them are unknown to still even exist to this day!!! this info comes from George Sack who happen to buy the trucks for the movie, so it's 100% correct! and the Mural was painted by Hobbs in Texas when the main trailer mostly used in the movie NOTE: there was 2 trailers in the movie and the info comes from this guy on youtube who took photo's of the movie on the set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM1NHmb_bUQ&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Anonymous said...

So what is the latest news on this truck as of 26th July 2012? Has anyone actually located the truck in Arkansas? Does anyone have the address of it, or the co ordinates for google maps as some one stated they had found it on google?

Anonymous said...

my dad owned it and put it n field for my son so there clay co. ar.

Anonymous said...

anybody know the road name snowmans truck in ar. is?

Anonymous said...

could anyone tell me the exact location of the truck please, thanks

Anonymous said...

I would love to know to please let me know!!

Willie said...

It seemed the truck is located in Clay County Arkansas, in a field

Anonymous said...

ok but what field near what interstate or road name, thanks

Anonymous said...

I would like to know the location as well... My wife's father passed away when she was 5 years old... He owned Gilliam Trucking in Indiana... She was told growing up that her dad owned that truck prior to the filming of the movie... If anyone has any other information about the truck, I would very much appreciate it... You can email me at dionmerriman@almcare.org. Thanks

Mike Sexton said...

Judging what type of motor is used in the trucks in the movies by their sound is useless. All sounds are added later in the editing process including the sounds of vehicles.

Anonymous said...

Has any one found the truck of smokey and the bandits and what to the trucks of movies 2& 3 can get me on bearcat_au@yahoo.com would love to hear if it was found and it's condition

Anonymous said...

who painted the trailer??

Anonymous said...

Ok, It is now September 20, 2013. If someone knows for sure, plese post- WHERE IS SNOWMN'S TRUCK?????? We seem to have a lot of people who "know". I am not one of them, I am a fan. Where everit is, please know a lot of us want to be assured this truck is somewhere being loved.

dirtwrench@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I had a 1974 Kenworth W900 with a coffin sleeper like the one's used in Smokey and the Bandit. Mine had a 8V92 Detroit Diesel and 13 speed transmission. The sound made by the first truck whether added by the sound department or by the truck was a Detroit not a V903 cummins. I know I owned 6 trucks with Detroit's in them and still own GMC 5 Star General with a 8V92 Detroit engine. I start it up once in a while just to hear that whine and whistle and to keep the batteries built up. I think the truck in the Arkansas field is a ghost truck no one has actually seen it they heard it was there. It makes a nice story.

Anonymous said...

The surviveing truck and trailer was owned by Wallace Trailers in the late 80's. It sat behind the welding shop on Airport Rd in Valdosta,GA. When it was sold it was still running and driveing. I was told it was sold to a man in Madison, FL where it became neglected parked in the edge of the woods where a tree fell across the trailer and destroyed it. I have also been told the man died last year and the truck and what was left of the trailer was hauled to Salvage GM in Valdosta, GA for scrap.I don't for sure about the scrap part but I do know for a fact the truck was in Valdosta in the late 80's or either an exact replica. My best friend's dad owns the shop where it was. Which would make more sense considering the movie was filmed in Georgia.

Anonymous said...

My uncles dad painted the picture on the side of the tuck..... Duck Newman

Snowman615 said...

Possible location in Clay County.

36.321522, -90.327675‎


36°19'17.5"N 90°19'39.6"W

Anonymous said...

Where abouts at that location do you think the truck is hiding?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if B.R. had the original or a reproduction of snow man's trailer in web fla.

Anonymous said...

I happen to know where the one B.R. owned when he had his ranch in w.p.b. fla

Anonymous said...

Jerry Reed wore a CAT diesel ball cap on the movie so I'll speculate that the truck used in the movie had a CAT engine! (Sounds as good as the other guesses)