Has anyone else ever seen this Western Star 6900XD?

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I didn't see a sub-forum in the present conflict section that applied, but everyone here loves METs and HETs so I'm curious if anyone knows if this Western Star 6900XD tank transporter ever participated in testing trials or anything?

In another life, when I was a test engineer for DTNA we had an open house event around 2009 where employees' families could come and take a tour, enjoy a BBQ and kick the tires of our test trucks and this truck was there. I remember staring in awe at its rear suspension spring pack and the size of it's sling lift point castings. The interior had rifle mounts everywhere and i remember thinking that this truck was all business. I think it had a pre-emissions 14 liter Detroit Diesel Series 60. Photos were not allowed but i wish i had some personal pics of how cool this truck was.

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I didn't see a sub-forum in the present conflict section that applied, but everyone here loves METs and HETs so I'm curious if anyone knows if this Western Star 6900XD tank transporter ever participated in testing trials or anything?

In another life, when I was a test engineer for DTNA we had an open house event around 2009 where employees' families could come and take a tour, enjoy a BBQ and kick the tires of our test trucks and this truck was there. I remember staring in awe at its rear suspension spring pack and the size of it's sling lift point castings. The interior had rifle mounts everywhere and i remember thinking that this truck was all business. I think it had a pre-emissions 14 liter Detroit Diesel Series 60. Photos were not allowed but i wish i had some personal pics of how cool this truck was.

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That is one tough looking truck!
The skid plate at the front axle would let it ride right up over the top of whatever was sitting in the middle of the road for sure.
 

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Did a quick search and found that there is a "straight truck" with a 25ft bed, a 390 inch wheel base, a REAL TRANSMISSION (18 speed), and a Detroit in-line 6 pushing it all down the highway. Has a 28ft Gin Pole setup and nice hydraulic winches too.

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Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada.

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Based purely based on the name.
 

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Did a quick search and found that there is a "straight truck" with a 25ft bed, a 390 inch wheel base, a REAL TRANSMISSION (18 speed), and a Detroit in-line 6 pushing it all down the highway. Has a 28ft Gin Pole setup and nice hydraulic winches too.

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Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada.

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I also may have found the town that I need to live in / move to...
Based purely based on the name.
Mullaney, I like the part about the REAL TRANSMISSION (18 speed)
 

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The Western Star plant where this one was built was the former Freightliner plant down on Swan Island in Portland, OR where Freightliners were built for decades before being moved to North Carolina.

The DTNA executives thought they could save a few pennies by moving the Western Star Portland production to Mexico, but when they proposed the move the DOD said go ahead but we'll have to cancel your military contracts since your product would no longer be made within the US. The execs decided to stay. This was in the 2009-2010 time frame and I wish I knew what product(s) they were making for the military. If it wasn't the 6900XD I don't know what it was.
 

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The Western Star plant where this one was built was the former Freightliner plant down on Swan Island in Portland, OR where Freightliners were built for decades before being moved to North Carolina.

The DTNA executives thought they could save a few pennies by moving the Western Star Portland production to Mexico, but when they proposed the move the DOD said go ahead but we'll have to cancel your military contracts since your product would no longer be made within the US. The execs decided to stay. This was in the 2009-2010 time frame and I wish I knew what product(s) they were making for the military. If it wasn't the 6900XD I don't know what it was.
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Some of the 915's were Freightliners.
I have seen a few cabs on the auction block.

Daimler has been outsourcing stuff to Mexico for a while - mostly what they call "straight trucks" (24 foot box etc). The plant up in Cleveland, North Carolina builds those same trucks here in The States. The Thomas Built Bus chassis is built with parts out of Gastonia (Parts Manufacturing Plant) in Mount Holly, then hauled to Thomasville for final assembly. Freightliner Tractors are also built in Mount Holly.
 

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Did a quick search and found that there is a "straight truck" with a 25ft bed, a 390 inch wheel base, a REAL TRANSMISSION (18 speed), and a Detroit in-line 6 pushing it all down the highway. Has a 28ft Gin Pole setup and nice hydraulic winches too.

ITEM #6097602
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Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada.

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I also may have found the town that I need to live in / move to...
Based purely based on the name.
Damn what a set of mirrors ! Yea you might make it thru summer swatting bugs the sise of humming birds then freeze to death the other 6 months a year !
 
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