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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 16 - January 22, 2019
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Aimes' Aims to Please

0 0bc97George L. Nitti

The popularity of Marvel Comics has grown throughout the towing industry, as numerous tow trucks showcase characters from their hit franchise.

At the 2018 American Towman Exposition XXX in Baltimore last month, Deadpool, the lead character of a 2016 and 2018 film by the same name, was on display at the American Wrecker Pageant.

Found on the hood and back ends of a revamped 1998 Peterbilt 379 with a 90/55 Challenger wrecker, Deadpool takes center stage, holding a pair of 40 caliber guns.
The custom-painted and partly wrapped unit was executed by Aimes Towing and Collision of Freeport, New York, owned by Mark and Paul Gutman.

According to its driver J.R. Grimm, the restoration took approximately seven to eight months.

"Every day I was working on it," said Grimm. "Every night, staying as late as 11 or 12 o'clock while towing during the days. The electrical was a lot of work, as we put on 3500 LED lights. We used a lot of sealant and wiring and did a lot of drilling."

The revamping included upgrading its size and adding 40,000-lbs. winches, an 1100 horsepower engine, a triple frame for the chassis while beefing up both the front and back axles and underlift.

"The whole truck had to be sanded down and primed," Grimm said, "Then it was custom-painted: a brownish gold or burnt orange on the deck and boom, blended in on the cab and given purple highlights."

With the input of the entire company, a design for the colorful wrap was agreed upon. The wrap contains geometric shapes like hexagons, circles, lines and rectangles. At the bottom just over the LED Lights, is a ripped chevron that encircles the long unit.

On the boom it states, "We Aim to Please," while the company name, written in a large lime green font, pop out.

Grimm said, "We wanted something no one else had."

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