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VIDEO: Look into one wicked custom-detailed Caterpillar engine

| July 04, 2013

Davis Bros. 2005 Peterbilt 379 daycab/hopper bottom combo show truck

I wrote a little about the Davis Bros. small fleet of Owensville, Ind., in this story posted live from the Fitzgerald Truck Show and Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish in Crossville, Tenn., last week. While I can’t attest to much beyond what part owner (with his brother, Tom) Brian Davis told me, I can say the fleet’s good to its drivers in one way I witnessed firsthand — two beautiful new 2014 Peterbilt 389 gliders made special for two of its longtime operators, a flattop and stand-up, respectively, of similar design. Here’s the flattop:

2014 Peterbile 389 Fitzgerald glider powered by 12.7 Detroit engine

Intake detail on Davis Bros. Caterpillar engineBut those two weren’t the only trucks the Davis Bros. had on offer. In the Limited Mileage category in the competition they showed a former coal-hauling 2005 Pete 379 daycab — witness the picture at top — paired with a pristine custom hopper bottom trailer. The perhaps most distinctive feature, the 550-hp Caterpillar engine, is custom-detailed in stunningly whimsical (for lack of a better description) fashion. I touched on it a bit in the previous story, but I ultimately thought a bit of vid treatment would be a nice diversion from July 4 festivities or another day in the life of a highway hauler, wherever you happen to be today. I hope you enjoy.

And happy birthday to U.S.! Here’s hoping the day’s a good one for you.



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