CC Global: 2011 DAF XT105 6×4 Tractor – Custom-Built By A Dealership

Mr. Anton Jansen wanted something special to mark the 40th anniversary of his hauling company and a history of driving DAFs: a brand new conventional DAF tractor. Too bad though, the truck maker doesn’t offer a conventional model. Neither does any other European manufacturer for that matter, apart from the off-road Mercedes-Benz Zetros.

Well then, in that case -if you really want something special- the only solution is a custom-built one-off product. Jansen teamed up with DAF dealership De Burgh and the business partners developed the conventional DAF XT105. Strictly speaking the end result wasn’t a one-off, as Jansen had another one built shortly after.

Jansen’s XT105 tractors are also a tribute to their 1982 DAF NTT 2800 (NTT is DAF-language for a conventional 6×4 tractor). The company bought it in 1990 and after its retirement -more than 20 years of hard work later- it was restored.

DAF’s N2800-series (with a Magirus-Deutz Eckhauber cab) from the early eighties was the truck maker’s last conventional truck and tractor model. A simple, hardcore 6×4 chassis, developed for the African market. These were always powered by DAF’s 11.6 liter engine.

As an aside, it says 3300 on the grille of Jansen’s tractor, but there never was a factory N3300-series. The tractor was retrofitted with a more powerful engine as used in the DAF 3300 cabover from the eighties.

One can say it’s a custom-built tractor just as well; such a fancy US-West Coast-style N2800 was never exported to Africa, as far as I know.

The XT’s starting point was a factory DAF FTT XF105 (FTT as in a COE 6×4 tractor) with a 460 hp 12.9 liter engine.

What the dealership did, in short, was moving the whole cab 1.50 m (59”) backwards while leaving the rolling chassis completely intact. As a result the tractor can only tow a semi-trailer with a short kingpin setback, which is obviously the case here.

For comparison reasons here’s a factory DAF XF105, with the same top model cab, called the Super Space Cab.

Dump semi-trailers have a short wheelbase and short rear overhang, no problem here meeting the length restrictions for a tractor and semi-trailer combination.

The 2008 semi-trailer was built by ATM from Maaseik, Belgium. It’s rated at a maximum GVM of 44,000 kg (97,000 lbs). Belgium had and still has an excellent reputation for manufacturing high-quality buses, coaches, trailers and semi-trailers.

OK-05-TL is the semi-trailer’s license plate number; 29.1 cubic meters equals 38 cubic yards.

Three BPW axles with six Fulda Ecotonn super singles. BPW stands for Bergische Patentachsenfabrik Wiehl, a German manufacturer of trailer and semi-trailer axles, founded in 1898.

An indispensable tool comes with the semi-trailer.

The rig has six axles, which means it has a legal maximum GVM of 50,000 kg (110,231 lbs), regardless the overall length or axle spacings. The same applies to a truck and trailer combination.

All in all, mission accomplished, and a special ordered anniversary present for sure.