It is Alive!
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
Did you notice our new logo? Pretty cool huh?!?!
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.