The Lil Big Rig was created to show and tell prospective students and parents what's so special about a Cambrian education. Choosing a Cambrian education means getting involved in innovative, hands-on projects that present students with experiences that not only build their resumes, but also build character through unique challenges and teamwork. The Lil Big Rig gives Cambrian a loud and proud platform to bring our brand to exciting events around the province. It attracts attention and begs questions from onlookers. This one-of-a-kind vehicle offers our faculty, students, and recruitment team members a conversation-starter, so they may share great stories about Cambrian and the experiences that students have here.
The rig is a ‘kit’ built on a 1993 Ford F250 chassis, purchased from the Pembroke area in 2012. The body was removed and the truck was methodically stripped and rebuilt. Rust was ground from the frame, and it was sanded, primed and painted. The drivelines were left intact, but the brake, fuel and electrical systems were completely overhauled. The engine, a 7.3 international, natural aspirated diesel, V8 with indirect injection, received its share of love and was washed, cleaned and repainted – all by Cambrian students.
The body, completely fiberglass, was created by Lil Pete out of Nashville, Tennessee. The cab is a miniature replica of Peterbilt, bolted onto the F250 chassis. Our Lil Big Rig comes with twin saddle tanks holding 266 litres of diesel, and a custom exhaust with rebuilt split tubes, twin 4” stacks and heat shields. Even the interior is all custom, one-of-a-kind finishing featuring a new Pioneer deck and Kenwood speakers. The rig rolls on brand new Goodyear Wrangler tires and rims from Fountain Tire, and was wrapped by SignCity. A big thank you to our other industry sponsor – The Day Group – and to Rewind 103.9.