2003 Kenworth W900L nicknamed Big Red

The Legendary 2003 Kenworth W900L

In the world of trucking, some rigs stand out not just for their impressive mileage but for the passion and dedication of their owners. One such remarkable truck is the 2003 Kenworth W900L known as “Big Red,” owned by Adam Johnson of K&D Transport, based in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. With over 3 million miles under its belt, this iconic truck continues to haul strong, symbolizing endurance and excellence in the industry.

Adam Johnson purchased “Big Red” in 2010, and since then, it has become the crown jewel of K&D Transport’s 14-truck fleet. Featuring a Signature 600 Cummins engine, a 13-speed transmission, and 3.55 rears, this truck is built for performance and reliability. Its 336-inch wheelbase provides stability and ensures it can handle the most challenging loads.

What truly sets “Big Red” apart are the numerous customizations that adorn this truck from front to back, inside and out. These customizations are a testament to Johnson’s commitment to quality and attention to detail. Whether it’s the Lincoln Chrome bumper and exhaust, Hogebuilt rear fenders, or 12 Ga. Customs mirror brackets, visor, and battery box covers, every inch of “Big Red” reflects Johnson’s dedication to making it a unique and remarkable machine.

K&D Transport specializes in hauling specialized loads, including steel coils and palletized foam. This truck has been at the forefront of the fleet’s operations, showcasing its versatility and reliability. It’s not just a workhorse; it’s a symbol of the fleet’s success.

Recently, “Big Red” underwent a remarkable transformation. Before the 2023 Mayberry Truck Show in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Johnson and his team embarked on a five-day rebuild project. The truck received a new sleeper, a refreshed interior, a new headache rack, and even a fresh coat of paint. This extensive overhaul demonstrates Johnson’s commitment to keeping “Big Red” operational and pristine.

One of the most significant additions to “Big Red” is the new headache rack. Johnson insists on having these racks on all his company’s trucks, prioritizing safety and additional storage for essential flatbed equipment such as tarps and chains. The new headache rack is a practical addition and a nod to the importance of safety in K&D Transport’s operations.

When it comes to lighting, Johnson adopts a “less is more” philosophy, preferring to keep many lights hidden to create a subtle yet striking effect. The recent switch to RoadWorks’ Hero line of lights for many of the company’s trucks demonstrates his commitment to innovative solutions that enhance both aesthetics and safety.

Beyond its impressive performance and stunning appearance, “Big Red” is in Johnson’s heart. He considers it “the big daddy” of his fleet, a truck with significant sentimental value. It’s a testament to the enduring bond between a trucker and his rig, a relationship built on countless miles and shared experiences.

In trucking, rigs like “Big Red” are more than just vehicles; they are symbols of dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence. As it continues to haul strong, “Big Red” is a shining example of what can be achieved with passion, determination, and a love for the open road. In the years to come, it will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of truckers and continue to be a legend in its own right.

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