Muscular Mack pickup ready for Independence Day

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Updated Jul 28, 2017

Attendees at the Arts Quest Fourth of July event in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will get a chance to see what thousands of truckers saw at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mack’s custom pickup version of its Granite will make a repeat appearance at a July 4th event in Pennsylvania.Mack’s custom pickup version of its Granite will make a repeat appearance at a July 4th event in Pennsylvania.

That’s Jack Mack, named for John (Jack) Mack, one of the founders of Mack Trucks. The truck’s a great fit for a July 4th event – it’s American-made and boasts flag-and-eagle graphics on the side.

The monster custom pickup, made from a Mack Granite, is strictly for show, modeling some of the special features Mack can spec on new trucks, says Stuart Russoli, Mack Trucks highway product manager. “This is two Granite cabs cut and welded together to make a crew cab,” he says.

When the truck was scheduled to appear at last year’s Arts Quest July 4 event, “a few of our employees suggested adding some patriotic graphics to Jack Mack,” says Mack spokesman Christopher Heffner. “Some proposed designs were shown, and the eagle and flag graphic was chosen. The graphics were meant to be temporary, but proved to be a very popular addition to the truck, so they’ve remained.”

Jack Mack sports an 800-hp, 800-cubic-inch MP8 engine that produces 2800 ft.-lb. of torque. It was hand-crafted and modified at Mack’s Powertrain Production in Hagerstown, Md. “It’s a lot of fun to drive,” Russoli says.

Among other specs:

* Side and backup cameras
* 46-inch tires and custom wheels
* 16,000-pound winch
* 8-inch dual exhaust.

Russoli provides more detail in this video walk-around of the truck at Louisville: