Flat Liner receives a miraculous makeover

May 2019

Bryan "Boss Man" Martin

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So, what do y’all do when you want a newer, fresher truck but don’t want to pay the new truck price of $160,000 or more?

You guessed it. Do a custom build on the truck you already have. This rig started out as a standard red Peterbilt 379 extended hood with a standup sleeper. But what you see today is the product of several creative minds who worked together and created an old-school look and a name that fits the truck’s lifestyle.

Mason McCain, a 28-year-old trucker and owner of McCain Transport LLC out of Camden, Ind., started driving back in 2008 at the age of 18. He is a first-generation truck driver, and it wasn’t in his plans to get into the trucking business.

During Mason’s senior year of high school he was working for his girlfriend Victoria’s father, Brian Henderson, on his farm, and he needed someone to haul grain to the elevator. Brian’s trucks were all commercially plated and required Mason to obtain his CDL to be insurable and legal. So what began as a temporary job brought Mason to the love that he has for trucking today.

Now, let’s talk about the truck. It is a 2003 Peterbilt 379 flat top, which Mason purchased back in 2012. With the classic stripe design, some may recall the retro look as it was called “Heartbeat” from back in the 1980s. It was actually a paint option available from Peterbilt.

The truck sports a C-15 CAT under the hood with an 18-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. The wheelbase remains 272 inches – same as it came from the factory – and has 3:55 gears. Paint work was done by Davis Bros., out of Owensville, Ind., and Darin Bean pinstriped and hand-lettered the truck for Mason. The truck is equipped with an 18-inch Valley Chrome bumper, Hogebuilt fenders, painted fuel tanks and Kenworth 900-syle grille bars. The stainless bow-tie sun visor, the OEM style mufflers, heat shields and stacks – along with the absence of any cab-sleeper panels – really lend to the ’80s look and vintage theme.

Mason liked his truck even before the makeover. It was already paid off, so it only made sense to give it a fresh look versus paying the hefty price tag of a brand new truck.

The restoration project started in April 2017. The truck you see today was unveiled at the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. It was on display in the 4 State Trucks outdoor booth at the PKY Memorial Truck Show. After attending MATS, Mason made his way to the Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo., and rounded out the show season by attending the invite-only Peterbilt show in Denton, Texas.

Mason hauls pigs with FlatLiner, and pulls a 2019 Eby Bull Ride livestock trailer. He runs pretty much within his home state of Indiana. Keep your eyes peeled for this sharp combo if you are passing through the Hoosier State. Make no mistake, this 379 may look like a show ride, but it doubles as a work truck everyday too.

The appealing look of this Pete goes to show you that the “less is more” theory still holds true. Nicely done, Mason. LL