You wouldn’t expect a truck based in a tiny Indiana town and tied to grain farming to have more video monitors and speakers than what’s found in most houses. But then you probably haven’t been inside Buzz Kill, the 2015 Peterbilt 386 shown by Davis Bros. of Owensville, Ind.
The sleek Pete has a sound system with 28 speakers and seven amps, and video monitors in every door and the dashboard. The over-the-top audio-visual offering isn’t the first for a show truck built by Davis Bros., says Brian Davis, co-owner with his brother Tom Davis. Brian Davis, who has played in a band for 18 years, says that feature grew from his love of music.
“When you’re showing trucks, it adds another level of entertainment,” he says. “Everybody’s seen a nice, fixed-up truck, but not all of them have that large of a system. It gives you that little bit of edge.”
Having a mobile showroom also doesn’t hurt considering that one of the Davis Bros. sidelines is doing audio installations in trucks. As for the basics, though, “We’re a small fleet company and we grain-farm as well,” said Davis.
They received the truck new for conversion as a Fitzgerald glider kit, putting in a 12.7-liter Detroit engine.
During Overdrive’s Pride & Polish last summer in Crossville, Tenn., at Fitzgerald Glider Kits’ annual show, Davis’ truck got enough votes from competitors to win the “Participants’ Choice” award. Best of Show winner Austin Ashley gave the two tied-for-second runners-up in the class, Davis and owner-op Bob Harley, his Pride & Polish National Championship invite to the Great American Trucking Show last August in Dallas.
Below is a 360-degree view of the Pete’s electric-blue interior and a video containing an interview with Brian Davis and a closer look at the truck and its elaborate interior and exterior pin-striping.