All things old can be new again

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

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.


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?

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