Kenworth Truck Restoration Nears Completion at Final Touch Coach Works

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The dream began with a British child's visit to the U.S. where big rig trucks and the TV show "BJ and the Bear" captured his imagination. 30 years later, his Kenworth dream restoration is nearing completion.

Final Touch Coach Works is completing the final phase of a frame-up restoration – a period accurate paint scheme and re-assembly of a Kenworth K-100 big rig truck.

A 12-year-old British lad named Paul J. Cox was visiting Miami, Florida with his parents when he was first exposed to big rig trucks and there was no turning back. Later, in 1979, the American hit television show "BJ and the Bear" was not only popular in the U.S., but also across the pond in England. Cox's dream of the Kenworth K-100 started then as he watched the featured truck starring in each and every episode.

Even when working in England as a journalist for a trucking magazine, Cox's inner child knew there was a big rig in his future. And it was the K-100.

Cox moved to the U.S. in 1992 and works in the U.S. as a specialist designing electronics for recording studios – specifically, SSL mixing console installations that can be over twenty feet long and are found in all the top studios, including director George Lucas' Skywalker Sound facility in Northern California.

Paul found his truck in Fontana, California, ready for scrap. It was 27 years old and had 2.2 million miles on her. Replacing the tires was worth more than the value of the vehicle. But Cox knew he had something special. This Kenworth K-100 had all the factory options, including the rare aluminum frame. And miraculously, no structural changes had been made to the vehicle or the frame in its life.

And so the project began as a full tear down, frame-up restoration. It would be faithful to the original down to every last nut and bolt, with period-correct theme and paint of the era.

"Final Touch Coach Works has been involved in the restoration of many unique vehicles. And this Kenworth K-100 is a great project", says Joel Forte, President of Final Touch Coach Works. "Paul appreciates our attention to detail, or rather-- in this case-- our fanaticism, which will hopefully result in something that exceeds his vision.”

"It's not about the money", says Cox. "It's a passion project. I'm lucky to be able to fulfill a childhood dream."

The truck is scheduled for delivery in early August, when it will most likely receive many oohs and aahs before beginning its next 2.2 million mile journey.

For more information email Joel Forte at Final Touch Coach Works or call 661.775.8375.

About Final Touch Coach Works

Final Touch Coach Works is the premier Motorhome, RV, Travel Trailer and Custom Paint and Collision Repair facility in the greater Los Angeles area. Final Touch Coach Works has been providing repair services to many RV dealerships, major insurance companies and hundreds of clients for nearly a decade.

The Final Touch staff of trained craftsmen can perform virtually any service for your RV – from minor to major collision damage, complete paint jobs, interior remodels, MCD shade installations, electronics and more.

For more information regarding this press release, contact Joel Forte at: Joel(at)FinalTouchRV(dot)com. Logos, web and press images are available by contacting Forte. Be our friend on Facebook. Tweet us at


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