All things old can be new again
No doubt everyone loves a new truck! That new truck smell, the cool new features, and of course tons of reliable power with a warranty all combine to make new trucks very enticing and lots of people purchase new trucks every day. In our continuing effort to showcase new trucks, we bring you a report on the new 2017 GM HDS beginning on page 26—check it out to learn more about the new L5P Duramax engine and the trucks it comes packaged in.
But what about those of us who just can’t afford to spring for a new truck? We can wrench on our current trucks to make them more reliable, more powerful, and of course more fun! It may not be a new truck, but with some hard work we can have a truck that we can really be proud of. In many cases, a simple cleaning and polishing will do wonders for your rig and bring back your joy and happiness in owning it.
Look at your current truck through a fresh set of eyes, so to speak, by sitting down with a pad of paper and taking note of everything you would like to improve to make it “like new” again—or maybe even better than new. For instance, if the paint is peeling and flaking off you might need a new paint job to bring the truck back to its glory days, or maybe you could even consider a wrap or a removable spray-on finish. You may end up with a long list, but don’t let that get you down. This list is just a wish list of things you would like to change or do to mold your current truck into your dream truck.
Once you finish your list, place a copy of it in your glovebox or center console and another copy in your toolbox. Then start tackling projects from your list as time and budget allow; you don’t have to complete everything on the list overnight. Take your time and do it right and before you know it your rig will be the envy of your friends and something you can really be proud of. We’ll keep doing our best to provide you with good technical articles to help you get the most out of your diesel.
In addition to the new GM truck review, we have some great feature trucks including an indepth look at the 2,300-horse Grin-n-bair It Pro Stock pull truck (starting on page 18) and four more amazing feature trucks. On the tech side of things, we bring you articles exploring the limits of both Duramax and Power Stroke engines (starting on page 80 and 52, respectively) that highlight the weak points you’ll need to address to build big power with either engine. These stories are only part of 30-plus pages of tech. For event coverage, we have an Illinois sled pull starting on page 34 as well as the Kentucky All Diesel Day with drag racing, dyno competition and a show-n-shine starting on page 88.
YOU COULD BE IN HERE!
We’d like to start running “Readers Rides” in the magazine from time to time. If you think your diesel is magazine-worthy, send me an e-mail with a brief description of your truck and what makes it special, along with a few high-resolution digital photos. Then keep an eye out in future issues and maybe you’ll see your diesel ride here in Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide. Remember, when taking photos of your truck make sure the background is clear—no one wants to look at your car or truck in front of a bunch of dumpsters. Also, try and shoot with the sun at your back to use the natural light to highlight the vehicle.
We hope you enjoy this issue; the staff, contributors and I all put a lot of effort into bringing you the best magazine we know how to create. Drop me an e-mail and let me know what you think, and if there is something you want to see in the magazine let me know. Until next time keep it shiny side up and have fun with your diesel, no matter how old it is or what you have done to it! UDBG
Check out this great looking ’92 Dodge. This 25-year-old pickup looks great thanks to some hard work and dedication. Can you give your truck a facelift and rework some simple things to keep it on the road longer?
Jon Bair repurposed two trucks, an old Dodge and this Chevy C-30, to create his championship-winning Grin-n-bair It pull truck. What can you build to have fun with a diesel?