Zebie Daniel’s The Game Changer has all the class of his nickname — Cadillac — and all the spunk of a one-of-a-kind customized truck.
“I figured it’s time we brought something different to the equation,” Daniel said last August at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. “That’s why I call it The Game Changer.”
His 1998 International 9800 Eagle won Second in Bobtail, First Show, in Overdrive’s Pride & Polish at the 2015 GATS.
He says his nickname originated when he was about to become an owner-operator.
“My family has this thing, when you become your own businessman, you need your own CB handle,” he said, recalling a time when he and a friend were discussing possible names. “He liked Cadillac Man. ‘You always drive Cadillacs. You’re on your fourth Cadillac already.’ So that’s how Cadillac Man got started. It rings like a bell with all the customers I service with this company.”
Daniel is especially proud of the truck’s colors: “Corvette Daytona Sunrise Orange, against metallic gray.” The interior work – floor, ceiling and seats – was done by Big Truck Paint and Body of Houston, Texas.
As Daniel shows in this video, his rig has several special touches: suicide doors, a rear window taken from a pickup truck, an ornate steering wheel that says “98 Caddy” and bears the Cadillac emblem, an extra-tall shifter made from an aluminum fence post in his yard, and a fuel tank converted to storage tank, accessible via a hinged lid.