It is Alive!

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - —Chris cto­bin@en­gaged­me­di­

Af­ter see­ing and drool­ing over the chas­sis and body of Michael Dal­ton’s 2012 Ram in var­i­ous stages of com­ple­tion at shows and events over the past year or so it was great to find out that the truck was com­pleted and run­ning. While I was not able to get down to see its first hits on the track at the Emer­ald Coast Drag­way in the Diesel Thun­der Spring Break event, one of our ace pho­tog­ra­phers, Amy Gil­bert, was on hand with her cam­era click­ing away shots of the beauty in ac­tion. You can read all about the in­au­gu­ral event start­ing on page 50. Dal­ton and I were able to re­work our sched­ules to break away and spend a morn­ing at the Crossville Drag­way in Crossville, Tenn., to shoot a fea­ture on his amaz­ing truck. Turn to page 18 to read all about this in­cred­i­ble build that came about through the friend­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a diesel en­thu­si­ast drag racer and an off-road shop to cre­ate one of the best look­ing go-fast drag trucks I have ever seen.

It took Dal­ton a long time to fin­ish his truck but see­ing the fin­ished prod­uct I can cer­tainly say that all the hard work was well worth the ef­fort in turn­ing his dreams into re­al­ity. I’m sure that many of you will feel the same way af­ter read­ing the fea­ture or if you get a chance to see the beau­ti­ful ma­chine in per­son. I can only hope that when my projects are fi­nally com­pleted they will be some­thing close to the qual­ity of Dal­ton’s truck, but at this point I just hope I can carve out some time to work on them. Likely some of you are in the same boat in try­ing to carve out time for your projects; drop me a line and tell me what you’re up to and when you hope to fin­ish your build.

As I write, I just re­turned from the 2017 UCC and while you will have to wait un­til the next is­sue for our full event cov­er­age, I can say that there was some great ac­tion and amaz­ing per­for­mance diesel in­dus­try prod­ucts, trucks and ven­dors on dis­play over the three days of

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ex­treme diesel per­for­mance at the Lucas Oil Race­way. There were some amaz­ing new builds along with re­fine­ments on past builds that showed on the dyno and on the tracks.

On the drag strip, eight trucks ran quicker than 10-sec­ond quar­ter mile passes with Lavon Miller lead­ing the field as the only truck to get into the 8s on the cold and windy Fri­day night. In Satur­day’s dyno com­pe­ti­tion six trucks put down more than 1,900 hp, while Shawn Baca once again topped the dyno charts with nearly 2,500 hp and over 3,300 lb-ft of torque from his stout Cum­mins. On Sun­day, the 18 re­main­ing trucks in the com­pe­ti­tion hooked to the sled on the pull track where four trucks eclipsed the 300-foot mark, with Todd Welch and his 12-valve P-pump me­chan­i­cal in­jected Cum­mins sport­ing six cut-tires tak­ing the win by pulling more than 320 feet.

The only com­peti­tor to reach the podium in each event was Derek Rose with his new bil­let alu­minum Cum­mins with a cus­tom com­mon-rail 12-valve head in his cen­ter-drive Dodge. Rose fin­ished sec­ond on the drag strip then third on the dyno and third in the sled pull. But he fell a few points short of the over­all win to re­peat win­ner Lavon Miller and the Fire­punk team that took first on the drag strip and sec­ond in the dyno, along with a sixth-place fin­ish in the pull. What will hap­pen next year? Your guess is as good as mine.

We have plenty of tech and cool fea­ture ar­ti­cles packed into this is­sue; I hope you en­joy read­ing it. 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, have fun and keep it spooled up! UDBG

An in-your-face look at Dal­ton’s Ram. I’m sure this truck will find its way to the win­ner’s cir­cle sooner rather than later.

The Fire­punk truck may have a new look with re­flec­tive graph­ics that throws off our cam­eras at night, but it was still the fastest on the UCC drag strip and took home the UCC Cham­pi­onship tro­phy for the sec­ond year in a row.

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