#88 Mackvader

A 1999 Mack Truck Repurposed as a Race Truck

Mackvader, ChampTruck #88, runs an MP7 engine in a 1999 Mack. As Mike describes the truck:

My truck is a Mack. I'm all about Mack. This truck is a ChampTruck. This is MY truck. I'm building it for the 2015 race season. It's been a life long dream to get into racing, but this was my opportunity to do it in a BIG truck. I've always missed the old days of racing in big trucks. They're bringing it back and I want to be part of it.

Will this truck race?
Will this truck race?

Truck Build Out

Mackvader was constructed by Mike in his home garage (carport) during nights and weekends with a little help from friends, wife Wendy and son Mikey. Safety features have been installed in the newly painted black Mack. The race engine is tuned and tested. The brakes and shocks are done and light weight aluminum wheels mounted. The rear end gear ratio has been changed up and the Mack 300 series 5-speed race transmission installed. The exhaust system is in place. Additional cooling capacity has been added in the form of a second radiator. The race truck now sports a very special Mack factory grille that hung on the wall at the Mack Academy in Atlanta for many years before being signed by friends and family. Tuning and tweaking of the truck continues between races.

You can follow the transition of Mike Morgan's discarded two-piece truck into a ChampTruck race truck in the slide show above. Visit our Powershift Performance facebook page to see additional changes and "Like" us to show your support. Better yet, come to the races and support our team!

2016 Rebuild

mackvader

It's time to take the dog out of the barn and turn him loose at the track!

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Mike Morgan's Mack truck

Nashville Speedway

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The Mack Grille

The race truck sported a very special Mack factory grille that hung on the wall at the Mack Academy in Atlanta for many years before being signed by friends and family. Son Mikey Morgan also signed.

Mack grille

Note: This grille was fractured when Mackvader kissed the wall during the first heat race at Pikes Peak International Speedway. It has been retired and now resides at Mike's home. The replacement Mack grille came from Mike's fireplace. He's all Mack!