“Ridin’ High: Building The 369” – Webisode RH369-S01E11: “Problem Solving”

July 2, 2015

Webisode 11 of 26: Problem Solving.

[content: clutch actuator/ Thetford Mines]

Today the guys turn their attention to the clutch actuator. There is a problem. The cab and frame is now a mix of 379 and 359. They are going to have to shim out the clutch actuator to make it work.

Phil travels to rural town of Thetford Mines Quebec to meet the best stainless steel custom fabricator in North America, Daniel Bilodeau. Phil has hired him over see the process that will replicate every exterior piece of the cab and bunk with stainless steel.

Phil gets a tour of Daniel’s facility and stays several days. Daniel and his team are French and speak very little English so communication becomes a challenge. Luckily both Phil and Daniel speak fluent truck!

The first piece to be built into stainless is the center hood trim. From there Phil oversees the manufacturing of each major piece of the cab, bunk, hood and fuel tanks. The tanks present a difficulty as they are too big to covered by a single sheet of metal.

The final work of stainless art is the engine cowling. Phil is pleased and loads up to head home. He leaves the rural quebec blue collar town of Thetford Mines to drive 300 miles to Carleton Place, a small developing town outside of Ottawa.


Ridin’ High: Building The 369 is a ‘real’ reality show that was one of the first digital webisode series on the internet.

The concept: Follow trucker Phil Langevin daily as Phil, his family and his friends embark on the journey to build a beautiful stainless steel custom rig from a burned out 379 Pete. Then they entered the truck into the ‘Pride and Polish Build-off Contest’ at the world’s biggest truck show the ‘Mid America Trucking Show’ (MATS) in Louisville KY.

RH369 is real. No fake arguments. No made up situations. No TV studio help or money. Everything you see in this show is real and true.

The TruckGuysTV production crew recorded all 120 hours of the truck build. Initially we shot using low cost cameras and packaged the edited content for low bandwidth streaming. And because the show was made for ‘the internet’ the entire duration of the truck build was made available to watch online. The Klos Brothers, who are serious and successful truck builders from Australia, were the first to report to us that they watched all 120 hours! A fantastic feet unto itself. Thanks Mates!

Ridin’ High: Building the 369 was seen worldwide with up to 10,000 website hits weekly. RH369 eventually became so popular that Discovery Channel asked TruckGuysTV to re-edit the series into 13 one hour High Definition episodes so that they could sell and distribute the shows internationally. Quickly the show was sought after by tv stations in places like the Ukraine. Staying true to our TruckGuysTV internet protocol television development processes Season Two of Ridin High (‘Ridin High: Building the Retroliner’) was shot and packaged for mobile.

Thanks for watching.

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