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Stunning New Mexico military tribute tanker from owner-operator Grant Maxey

During the shooting of film footage for the upcoming Tony Justice “Stars, Stripes and White Lines” video, we had the pleasure and honor of running with Grant Maxey and the 1988 Heil tanker he's had painted with a stunning tribute to the veterans of America.

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The ghost of flames

"We've done some pretty cool things and met some pretty cool people during our time on the road, but I think the experience we had with Greg Stahl painting our truck is the coolest, on both accounts."

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One legend to another

Final touches on the truck under way: "I feel like we may tear a hole in the space-time continuum of truck awesomeness if Evan Steger and Greg Stahl ever get together in the same room."

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Notes on being professionals

In which George and Wendy get a DOT number, wait out their near-finished truck makeover and anticipate new freight with Diesel Life.

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Cadle Transport 2013 Coronado glider, small fleet rise from recession’s ashes

Small fleet owner Ben Cadle launched his business with his own authority in 2007, right as the financial world was starting to collapse under its own weight. His 2013 show-worthy glider illustrates his subsequent, ongoing success.

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Keith and Vickie Sampson’s 156-inch ARI sleeper

Trucker Talent Search winner Keith Sampson, leased to Landstar with his co-owner-operator wife, Vickie, have one heck of nice tractor-trailer: with the trailer recently painted to match.

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Derek Smith’s ‘Project Triple Threat’ 333-inch 379 stretch

DMS Transport small fleet owner Derek Smith decides against a new glider or truck upgrade in favor of a customization of his 2005 Peterbilt 379 for regional/local grain hauls.

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VIDEO: A tour through Mike Manuel’s 1984 ‘Custombilt 359’

Manuel's combo -- with a 2003 Benson flatbed -- showed at the 2013 Fitzgerald Truck Show and Overdrive's Pride & Polish in Crossville, Tenn.

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Stunning flatbed airbrush work — and a benefit of customizing

Mike Manuel on his small flatbed fleet's custom showpiece, "Custombilt 359": "I'm in the hauling business, so my trucks will represent me." What a representative it is!

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Video, pics: Custom 1988 Freightliner

Davis custom-built the FLD after locating it in a salvage yard in 2000 -- today he hauls reefer freight with it primarily between Illinois, Texas, Florida and his home base in Michigan.

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