Vid: N.C.-based Erick Engbarth’s 2009 KW — bonus ’53 Case tractor in the family a half-century

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The video above is a look into the 2009 Kenworth W900 of Engbarth Trucking, the now one-truck operation of Erick Engbarth following his father’s recent retirement. I caught up with Engbarth at Brad Wike’s Southern Classic last weekend, a sort of accidental catching up, as it were, as we were several minutes into conversation before the owner-operator prompted a recollection that, well, we’d talked before — almost seven years ago. Back then Engbarth was hauling direct-ship freight on both ends and to a certain extent that work continues for him, as he explains in the video.

Though he and his father were trucks 1 and 2 at that time, following John Engbarth’s retirement the next generation is coming up quick. At the Southern Classic show, Erick was joined by his 18-year-old son Jacob, who showed the pristine 1953 Case DC farm tractor you’ll see in the following photos. Jacob says he always wanted to be a truck driver when he came of age, though he’s lately taken courses in welding and more at a local college and works in a metal fabrication shop near Lincolnton, N.C., where the Engbarths live.

As for the Case unit, it’s been in the family going back to Jacob’s great-grandfather, who bought it new. Hear more about its history in the video.

The father-son Southern Classic truck show duo of Erick and Jacob Engbarth with the family’s 1953 Case DC and 2009 Cummins-ISX-powered Kenworth W900.The father-son Southern Classic truck show duo of Erick and Jacob Engbarth with the family’s 1953 Case DC and 2009 Cummins-ISX-powered Kenworth W900. Engbarth showed his ’09 KW with his 2015 Utility dry van, ordered with logistics posts for interior securement required with many of his loads, likewise an under-van aerodynamic device to make him legal for California’s GHG trailer regs.Engbarth showed his ’09 KW with his 2015 Utility dry van, ordered with logistics posts for interior securement required with many of his loads, likewise an under-van aerodynamic device to make him legal for California’s GHG trailer regs. “Dream-catch” of sorts on the trailer-tandem mudflap hangers. “I always dreamed of killing a deer like that,” Erick says.“Dream-catch” of sorts on the trailer-tandem mudflap hangers. “I always dreamed of killing a deer like that,” Erick says.
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