If you didn’t notice by now, this issue of UDBG is our Super Swap issue, and we have packed eight extreme diesel swaps into this one single issue! My son Kyle and I recently had the opportunity to see the biggest diesel swap we have ever seen up close and personal. Of course I’m talking about the Monster Jam Brodozer monster truck. Monster Jam invited us up to the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, for some one-on-one time with the truck and crew the day before its debut on June 23, 2018. We were able to do a detailed photo shoot of the Duramax diesel powered Brodozer monster truck with the body off and even take in Dave “Heavy D” Sparks’ first Brodozer prerace practice session as well as the full Monster Jam practice session.
It really was a great experience—unfortunately due to the production schedule of putting together and shipping this issue we were not able to squeeze coverage of the Brodozer into this issue. BUT, we do have good news, I was able to write a feature article on the Brodozer truck for our sister magazine Diesel World that will run in the November 2018 issue so check it out. Additionally we will have coverage of the Nashville Monster Jam event along with extra coverage of the Brodozer truck in the UDBG December/january 2019 that won’t be seen in Dw—so stay tuned.
The diesel swaps we packed into this issue are all extreme in one way or another with Eric Merchant’s better than new Suburban Denali XL setting the pace with an amazingly clean build that well represents the full-size SUV that we wish GM would build. The Burb is joined in this issue by seven other feature articles that range from a home built classic VW Bug with an Isuzu diesel transplant to a wild custom 1956 Dodge Royal with all sorts of diesel craziness in between. Wade Flannery’s restored 1968 Chevrolet C/10 looks like it rolled off the assembly line with the Cummins 4BT nestled in the engine bay and the other features are just as amazing. We hope that you will enjoy reading about all eight of these amazing creations and if you get a chance to see any of them at a diesel event, by all means take the time to take a closer look, I’m sure that you will be happy that you did.
We haven’t forgotten the tech side of the diesel world and bring you a handful of tech articles in this issue as well. The tech kicks off with the coverage of a complete Cummins swap into a Ford tow truck to replace the ma- ligned 6.0L Power Stroke engine. Rather than running a multi-part series on the swap we combined it to deliver the full swap in one jumbo sized article. We couldn’t cover every minute detail of the swap, but it will give you a great overview of the swap process and a good foundation for you to start and/or finish your own swap project. We also have a Duramax steering upgrade article as well as quicktech installing LED cab lights and a primer on DEF system damage and repairs for modern emissions controlled diesel engines.
As I write this editorial the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza is just around the corner and my team and I look forward to bringing you extensive coverage of the event in our next issue. So stay tuned for all the dyno, show-n-shine, drag racing and sled pulling action you can handle. My team and I hope that you enjoy this issue and we will continue to do our best to bring you the best the diesel world has to offer. Feel free to drop me an email to let me know what you think of our Super Swap issue and what you’d like to see in upcoming issues of Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide. And don’t forget to say hi if you see me or any of my team members out there covering diesel events, we’ll be the ones with the cameras pointed at all the best diesel action. Until next time may your compression ratio be high and all your engines be spark plug-free! UDBG
Dave Sparks (a.k.a. Heavy D) went big in the freestyle competition in his inaugural Monster Jam competition leading the pack for most of the night and ultimately finishing in 4th place in the debut of the Duramax diesel powered Brodozer monster truck.
The Brodozer is powered by a Wagler Competition Products built compound turbo Duramax engine that makes north of 1,000 horsepower to send the big monster truck flying through the air.
Family and friends came ready to see the Brodozer including Jamie, Cayson, Shane and Garrick Manning along with family friend Ian Capps.