July 2002


Dean Burington of Arlington, Iowa, says he is a longtime patriot, but the Sept. 11 attacks made him want a lasting tribute to his country on his 2001 Freightliner Columbia. The resulting mural, featuring a bald eagle and an American flag on both sides of the truck, clearly attests to Burington’s civic pride. Burington’s proud rig has a C-12 Caterpillar engine and an Eaton Fuller 10-speed smart shift. He is leased to Trans Star Trucking of Strawberry Point, Iowa.


Scott Simpson of Cheswick, Pa., has as much pride in the rig he drives for J&S Inc. of Allison Park, Pa., as he does in his country. These dual loves are evident in the 1998 Peterbilt 378 with a 410-hp Caterpillar that he washes, waxes and polishes weekly. As Simpson hauls pharmaceutical products across the nation, sparkling chrome frames the large American flag emblazoned on the grill. The interior of the rig is carpeted and is outfitted with a CD player, television, VCR, air-ride seat and all-chrome gauges.


RIG: 2000 Peterbilt 379
ENGINE: Cummins N14
OWNER: David Gruel
FREIGHT: Refrigerated

RIG: 1997 Peterbilt 379
ENGINE: 475-hp Caterpillar
OWNER: Vincent Andrews
FREIGHT: Liquid sludge

RIG: 1995 Freightliner FLD
ENGINE: Caterpillar 3406E
OWNER: Bill Carver
FREIGHT: Soft drinks

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