The Peterbilt 350 can be considered the precursor to all of the long nose conventionals that followed it. Its swooping fenders, bolted radiator shell and imposing 130″ bumper to back of cab dimension made it a truly majestic king of the highway. It was introduced in 1949 and produced through 1957, with 847 units produced (as well as 387 units of the single axle model 280), overlapping the more familiar and prolific lightweight model 351.
I’ve taken a couple of liberties in this recreation: the single axle model 280 is treated as just a chassis variation, and I’ve limited the transmission selection to those that will work well with the game’s limitations (the model 350 primarily used compound transmissions which aren’t properly supported in ATS).
Pay careful attention when configuring the chassis, engine, and transmission. The standard chassis use double reduction rear axles (Rockwell SLDD) and so only slow ratios are available (4.68 to 5.90). This is best suited to the more ‘vintage’ engine selections (H and early NH engines) by trading off speed for more torque at the wheels. There are also chassis with Stabilaire suspension and SQHD rears (ratios 3.70 to 4.63) which pair well with more recent engines.
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