Le Mobile Keeps Truckin' Despite Servicing

Jul 29, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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At the same time that one of Le Mobile's truck was on its was to receive a complete engine transplant, company owner/engineer Guy Charbonneau was seated behind the Neve console in the truck, mixing tracks for a television special starring country music luminary Kenny Chesney.

Pictured: Doug Case at G&R Truck Repair working on the new engine.

After 25 years and nearly a half-million miles, Le Mobile’s engine was ready for major servicing. However, in keeping with Le Mobile's maintenance philosophy, Charbonneau eschewed a partial rebuild and instead opted for an all-new replacement under the hood. With solid bookings looming ahead, and a desire by Chesney to mix in the same facility that had recorded the tracks, Charbonneau looked for a way to keep his truck working while this major “engine surgery” was underway.

“I asked Doug Case at G&R Truck Repair if he could install the new engine right here in the garage at Le Mobile headquarters,” said Charbonneau. “He said he could do it, though making some of the connections did require a certain amount of gymnastics.”

The brand-new engine—a 325-horsepower, turbocharged Detroit Diesel—is the latest in a series of recent mechanical upgrades to the remote truck. Within the past year, Le Mobile also has received new chrome equipment compartments and a fresh coat of glossy black paint.

During the diesel transplant procedure, Charbonneau continued mixing tracks that were recorded by Le Mobile at a concert in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 7. Dubbed The Back Where I Come From Party, the concert—recorded at Neyland Stadium before over 60,000 fans—will be featured in a broadcast special scheduled to air on CMT later this year. Charbonneau also completed pre-production work for possible future DVD (5.1 surround) and CD releases.

For more, visit Le Mobile online at www.lemobile.com.






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