Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - —Chris cto­bin@en­gaged­me­di­ainc.com By: Chris Tobin


Af­ter a win­ter break from diesel ac­tion, most of you are prob­a­bly like me and can’t wait to get back out to the track and take in some diesel ac­tion. I’ve heard about sev­eral ex­cit­ing new builds and know that tons of hours have been poured into both up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing trucks and new builds. It will be great to see these new and re­worked ma­chines hit the track and show what they can do. I’ve tuned up my Canon lenses and cam­eras and even pur­chased a new Canon hot rod to catch the ac­tion at up to 10 frames per sec­ond to bring you all the diesel ac­tion I can.

April will be a big month for diesel en­thu­si­asts with the Ul­ti­mate Call­out Chal­lenge tak­ing place in Indianapolis start­ing on the 21st and the Rudy’s Diesel Per­for­mance Spring event in Ju­lian, NC, the fol­low­ing week­end. If you are any­where near ei­ther of these events you owe it to your­self to come on out and ex­pe­ri­ence them for your­self. It looks as though his­tory is set to be made at the UCC event, where I would be not at all sur­prised to see the high­est diesel horse­power ever recorded on a chas­sis dyno—but who will it come from? The drag race and sled pull ac­tion is ex­pected to be great as well. If you are closer to North Carolina, Rudy’s is usu­ally a great event as well with some of the best drag racing and sled pulling ac­tion of the year and ev­ery­one putting it all on the line to make a big splash for the new sea­son. We hope to see you out at these events; if you see us, stop by and say hi!

This year Ul­ti­mate diesel builders guide and our sis­ter mag­a­zine Diesel­world will co-spon­sor the Pro Drag­ster class with Di­a­mond Pistons in ODSS com­pe­ti­tion, so if you’re near any of the five events on the ODSS schedule be sure to stop by and say hi be­tween rounds of amaz­ing diesel drag racing ac­tion. Our event cal­en­dar is get­ting full and we plan to be at most of the ma­jor events through­out the coun­try to bring the best diesel ac­tion to you as best we can. Let me know what events are in your area that you would like us to cover.

In this is­sue we bring you a group of five cool fea­ture ve­hi­cles that are all diesel-pow­ered swaps, in­clud­ing a pair of clas­sic pick­ups, a Euro off-roader, an early Su­per Duty, and a slick Ford sta­tion wagon. One of our con­trib­u­tors was able to sit down with GM’S Mike Siegrist to talk about their new 1.6L diesel en­gine (page 44) that will be powering the sec­ond-generation Chevy Cruze as well as the next generation Equinox and GMC Ter­rain. The is­sue also fea­tures a ton of turbo-re­lated tech, in­clud­ing a ten-page after­mar­ket turbo and turbo kit buyer’s guide that starts on page 22 to show you turbo up­grades available for your diesel truck. We also have diesel event ac­tion from the Sweet­wa­ter Chil­dren’s Char­ity Diesel event that raised $27,000 for the lo­cal chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal and hot new prod­ucts for your trucks from in­side the in­dus­try MPMC show.

I hope you en­joy the is­sue and look forward to doing it all over again for the next is­sue. Let me know what you think and if there are any spe­cific top­ics or events that you would like to see us cover in the mag­a­zine. Un­til next time keep it shiny side up and spooled up!

While we were cov­er­ing the Rudy’s Diesel Per­for­mance Fall 2016 event, Daniel Pierce got to­tally side­ways off the line and drifted down much of the track while run­ning against Seth Sul­li­van. He man­aged to keep the truck in his lane and we’re sure he’ll be

The on-track ac­tion at a ma­jor sled pull like the 2016 Fleece Indy event reaches out and grabs your at­ten­tion just like the Hulk!

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