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Oskaloosa resident gets his truck ‘tricked’

David Tenpenny, a teacher at Oskaloosa High School, talks about his newly remodeled 1985 GMC Brigadier, which now has a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a video game system, a computer system and a 1000-watt stereo. His students nominated him for the TV show "Trick My Truck."

David Tenpenny, a teacher at Oskaloosa High School, talks about his newly remodeled 1985 GMC Brigadier, which now has a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a video game system, a computer system and a 1000-watt stereo. His students nominated him for the TV show "Trick My Truck."

June 26, 2008, 11:28 a.m. Updated June 27, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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Truck 'tricked' by CMT

Oskaloosa resident and automotive teacher Dave Tenpenny has officially been "tricked." His 1985 GMC Brigadier semi is now fully loaded after Tenpenny was chosen to appear on CMT's "Trick My Truck." Enlarge video

An Oskaloosa man got a makeover - on his tractor-trailer.

Dave Tenpenny, an automotive teacher at Oskaloosa High School, was chosen to be on "Trick My Truck," a show on Country Music Television that specializes in accessorizing semitrailers.

But he had nothing to do with getting on the show.

"It's the young people that got it involved," Tenpenny said of his students. "They were sneaky. They wanted to do something as seniors and saw the tools to do it with and that's what this has been all about."

During his first meeting with producers in Joplin, Mo., Tenpenny learned more than 300 applications were submitted each day to be on the show. "We're very, very fortunate about being chosen," he said.

His 1985 GMC Brigadier is now home to a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a video game system, a computer system and a 1000-watt stereo. The once black exterior is now orange and gray with a hammer hitting a nail, and, of course, flames.

"You can't go wrong with flames," Tenpenny said.

Plus, truckers love the "hammer down" icon on the side of the trucks. "It's CB lingo and hammer down means put the gas to the floor and don't let up," he said.

The truck originally was purchased to take students on summer tours to meet professionals in the automotive industry. Only his advanced students get to go, but all of his students think he deserved the honor.

"He's a real good teacher," said 19-year-old Jon Link, who will be a senior in Tenpenny's advanced class next year in Oskaloosa.

Link said Tenpenny focused on hands-on work and the classes used the truck a lot. He also is coming up with ideas for the truck, including improving lighting and trying to figure out how to fit more people in the cab.

Tenpenny also taught at Lawrence High School where Charley Davis, 24, had him as a teacher.

"He inspired kids to work on cars," he said. "It was long-awaited for something good to happen to him."

Tenpenny didn't have much say on what happened to his truck, but he did make one request. He wanted the names of two former students embroidered on the front seats. A student he had at LHS, Jason Alldredge, and a student he had at Oskaloosa, Josh Cady, both passed away during their high school years.

"I wanted those boys to always be in my memory," Tenpenny said. "I wanted to make sure that they rode with us everywhere we went because they would've if they had the chance."

Overall, Tenpenny likes the new tricked-out truck, especially the exterior. But filming a TV show is not something he's ready to do again.

"They want you excited all the time," he said. "The only time it's unrehearsed is probably the first three or four steps in when I see the truck."

The show premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on CMT, Sunflower Broadband channel 60.

Comments

ksdivakat 6 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations! It looks great and I cant wait to see the episode!

tenziewenzie 6 years, 10 months ago

I wish someone would trick my car. I drive a friggin hoopdie!

quiltgirl123 6 years, 10 months ago

Congrats Dave! This is a great teacher and a really nice guy. My son was one of the lucky ones to be taught by Dave and continued his education at Wyoming Tech in Laramie, a place we probably would not have heard of if not for him. Dave is a inspiration for these boys and they like to call him friend after they graduate. My father "Grampa" also voluntered for Dave's automotive class at LHS for several years until he made the move to Oskaloosa. What a nice thing to do for the boys who have passed. Jason would have loved that. He was a great kid.

KsTwister 6 years, 10 months ago

Could not happen to a more deserving Automotive teacher, who has helped so many! Awesome, truly awesome. Thank you again Jerry, enjoy what your students have done. A jaguar tech of yours will also be stopping by to say congratulations too.

JDenny1985 6 years, 10 months ago

So what time tomorrow is the truck going to be on display at Auto Zone?

institches 6 years, 10 months ago

Dave, Congrats on the honor of having the rig tricked. What a class act you are making sure that those students who passed before their time were remembered...especially, Jason. Always Gravy.

KsTwister 6 years, 10 months ago

That is "David", sorry for the interruption. Cool truck.

eathorse 6 years, 10 months ago

Too bad Dave didn't "make the move" to oski. He was kicked out of Lawrence high for saying the "n" word and invoking a racial riot in his shop. This man isn't a great guy, he's a closet racist and known crook.

jasonsmom 6 years, 10 months ago

Had fun watching Trick My Truck. Jason is gettin' a big kick out of that! Thanks to everyone, especially Dave for remembering him in such a special way. You're good people. It's all gravy!

AnglNSpurs 6 years, 10 months ago

Congrats on the Trickin' Tenpenny!!! I must say the truck looks awesome! What a great thing you did to remember Jason "DRITT" and your other students who passed. Congrats again!!

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