Team FinditParts is proud to announce our sponsorship of 88-Mike and the Powershift Performance team in the Meritor Champ Truck Series! Truck #88, the “Mackvader” is driven by “88-Mike” Mike Morgan, who has placed first and second in two of the three Meritor Champ Truck Races that have taken place earlier this year.
The decision to sponsor Mike in the Meritor Champ Truck Series was a no brainer for us here at FinditParts – the dedication to his craft, hard work commitment to success make him the perfect brand ambassador for FIP. He’s a Mack Master Tech by day, a race enthusiast by night and has had a lifelong dream of one day racing big rigs. That dream came true this year when Meritor announced they’d be bringing back big rig racing via the Meritor Champ Truck Series which would consist of ten races across the United States. Upon hearing the announcement, Mike knew he wanted in.
Mike’s passion for the sport is apparent in the dedication and hard work he has poured into building his Class 8 truck, the Mackvader, from the ground up. The truck cab and front end are from a 1999 Mack CH and features a Mack MP7 electronically controlled engine; he’s also a variety of ECMs piggybacked on each other for optimum performance and will be sporting Meritor brake components for the remainder of the racing season.
Mike’s love of racing was stoked at an early age – growing up, he drag raced and worked on his Uncle’s pit crew. He met his wife during his days drag racing, and continues the family tradition by having his son Mikey help him build his rig. His pit crew is comprised of his wife, son and longtime friend Matt Kuhn, also a Mack Master Tech, who serves as Crew Chief. Mike cites his family’s support as the top contributor to the team’s success.
Race enthusiasts will be glad to know that you can root on 88-Mike and the Powershift Performance team in the next Meritor Champ Truck Series race, which takes place July 2 – July 4th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It promises to bring some seriously fast paced, wheel to wheel, gear-jammin’ action that you don’t want to miss.
For instant updates and to keep up with 88-Mike and the Mackvader, be sure to follow them on Facebook. You can also follow FIP for exclusive coupon codes, promotions and a bit of truck talk.
For complete Meritor Champ Truck Series race dates, locations and ticket information visit the Champ Truck website.
Autonomous cars have been at the forefront of transportation topics for quite a while now, however it looks like Freightliner will be the first to have autonomous trucks on the road first in the self-driven auto race.
To much fanfare and attention, Freightliner showed off the first Smart Truck on the road atop Hoover Dam in early May. Since then, other manufacturers such as Kenworth and Peterbilt have also unveiled similar technology; however, the Freightliner technology remains the most advanced entry into this automated race.
The features of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck that set it apart from the growing crowd include Highway Pilot mode. This feature allows the truck to cruise the highway while the driver does the other things. Despite previous misconceptions that this would eliminate the need for the driver, the driver is still necessary to navigate surface streets, exits, interchanges, and everything else that’s not highway cruising. Additionally, the driver retains full control over the truck at all times – a simple grab of the wheel or tap of the brake pedal overrides the computer and returns control of the truck to the driver.
Not only will this new technology from Freightliner be an improvement for the comfort of the driver, it will also allow the manufacturer to gather more data from the road. Every mile the Freightliner Inspiration Truck spends auto-driving the road is another point of data they can analyze to help improve the safety and logistics of long haul trucking.
While the technology isn’t quite perfect just yet, we are closer than ever to seeing the Freightliner autonomous truck on the road. For now only four states, including Nevada and the District of Columbia, are allowing testing of these autonomous vehicles on public roads provided that a human driver is behind the wheel; few others are keen on allowing testing. But as improvements in the way this technology works continues to evolve and improve, the closer we will get to seeing these magnificent high-tech trucks on public highways and byways.
How to pick a part that’s right for you. That is a question we get on a daily basis here at FinditParts, and luckily we’ve always got an answer.
Our online catalogue of parts has over five MILLION heavy duty truck parts for you to choose from. When it comes time to pick a part, that kind of choice can be overwhelming. However, it is imperative that when you pick a part that it is the right one for your rig. That is where our Parts Experts can help.
Here are a few tips they’ve offered to help you pick a part that’s right for you:
Ask Your Mechanic
These days, companies such as Meritor have created certification programs where garages can earn stamps of approval for completing educational and training courses to aid them in completing a repair properly. This can mean that your mechanic may feel more comfortable installing some parts than others – therefore, you may ask you mechanic for a brand recommendation that can help narrow down your search. That way, when you come back to FinditParts, you know exactly which manufacturer you’d like to shop.
Consult the Manufacturer
Depending on the make and manufacturer of your rig, there may be select varieties of after-market parts that are better suited for your truck than others. Consult the manufacturer to help pick a part that works best with your specific brand of truck.
Call Our Parts Experts
When in doubt, always call our Parts Experts. We here at FinditParts serve a variety of owner-operators, fleet managers, municipalities, distributors, repair facilities and resellers with concierge level customer service. Our team of Parts Experts is available on a daily basis to help you identify, source and order any parts you need. We’ve served the needs of thousands of customers who have been thrilled with our service – read their reviews, then give us a call at (888) 312-8812 so we can aid you when it comes time to pick a part.
Repairing international trucks can be difficult – parts availability and sourcing can be tough when shopping from abroad. However, we here at FinditParts strive to make that process a whole lot easier.
To start, we have a catalog of over five million heavy duty truck parts to meet all of your truck part needs, no matter your global location. Our catalog covers a range of categories from brake parts, filters, lighting, and mirrors to electrical, valves and the latest in tire technology. Each of these categories covers a wide range of parts to fit just about any heavy duty truck, medium duty truck, automotive, motorcycle, and off-road, agricultural, construction and mining vehicles that you may have.
FinditParts also strives to make the international trucks part search process easier by offering the ability to shop our online store in a variety of languages. From Chinese to Spanish, Afrikaans to Polish, shopping our parts in your native tongue couldn’t be easier. Simply select the “Select a Language” option near the top of the homepage to translate your shopping experience.
We here at FinditParts recognize the importance of the global trucking community and their unique parts needs. To ensure that you receive the service and parts you need in the most efficient fashion, FinditParts is happy to aid you in your parts search and gladly accept a variety of global payment options, credit card payments from nearly every country, PayPal payments and wire transfers.
Need help when it comes time to pick a part for your international trucks? Our dedicated team of Parts Experts are here to help. They’ve each got advanced knowledge of practically any part you need, and are available on a daily basis to assist you in your search. Simply give them a call on our international trucks hotline at +1(213)986-2140 and they’ll get to work finding just the part you need.