The Freightliner FLD's biggest fan – and his custom 2000 model

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Bradner, Ohio-based Davidson Trucking small fleet owner and founder Dan Davidson showed this 2000 Freightliner FLD, one of many in his stable of working classics, during That's a Big 10-4 on D.C. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 2020.

In this video, Davidson details extensive refurbishment work put into a bevy of FLDs through recent years. This one's rebirth featured among other items an engine replacement with a 15-liter Caterpillar 6NZ for a power upgrade from the original, smaller power plant.

Davidson and his shop dressed up the rig with bright parts mostly from 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Missouri, after an all-around restoration. The unit ran under the tutelage of an owner-operator leased with Davidson Trucking before Dan bought the truck back and ultimately made it his own.

Read more about Davidson Trucking's history in this story, about the challenges of establishing and expanding a small fleet, from 2018.