Show ’n’ Shine

Diesel Power - - Diesel Event -

THE PUR­DUE Diesel Club hosted an ex­cel­lent show ’n’ shine at Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza 2018. The event took place un­der the Wabash Val­ley Fair­grounds out­door pav­il­ion. There was no short­age of ve­hi­cles Fri­day and Satur­day, with a cool, di­verse mix­ture of new, old, and cus­tom cre­ations on dis­play that at­tracted a con­tin­u­ous crowd of on­look­ers.

LinCo Diesel Per­for­mance built this beau­ti­ful cus­tom ’72 Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban for a cus­tomer who wanted a ve­hi­cle for sa­fari-type ex­cur­sions. The rear fac­tory bench seat and win­dows were re­moved. In their place, cus­tom wrap­around bench seat­ing (like a ski boat) was in­stalled with a roll cage. Un­der the ’Burb’s hood lies a 6.6L Du­ra­max en­gine, Al­li­son au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, and Chevy driv­e­train to mo­ti­vate this cool rig. An early Ford king­pin-style Dana 60 axle pro­vides front-end beef.

This all-alu­minum en­gine on dis­play at the Scheid Diesel Ser­vice booth is a work in progress. To han­dle the in­sane boost pres­sures found in high-per­for­mance diesel en­gines, the block is made with the same ma­te­rial used for Top Fuel drag­ster en­gines.

The ven­dors were kept busy with a con­stant flow of peo­ple in­quir­ing about their wares. Along with the many parts on dis­play, sev­eral cus­tom ve­hi­cles were strate­gi­cally placed about the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ mid­way.

This beau­ti­ful blue and white AMC Grem­lin X is def­i­nitely not what you would nor­mally spot at a diesel gath­er­ing. But with an R2.8L Cum­mins en­gine un­der the hood, it def­i­nitely fits the bill. The de­tail and fin­ish of the car are amaz­ing, and if we didn’t know bet­ter it would not be hard to be­lieve the R2.8 was in­stalled at the fac­tory.

It is not too un­com­mon to find a Cum­mins R2.8L or 4BT un­der the hood of a Jeep JK. The en­gines’ size makes them an ideal fit. But com­ing across a Cum­mins 6BT with a 47RE trans­mis­sion and man­ual valve­body stuffed into a JK is not a nor­mal sight. When Han­nah and Cory Wheat de­cided they wanted to build a diesel-pow­ered Jeep, they had not planned on us­ing a big I-6 en­gine. But when some­one said a 6BT wouldn’t fit, Cory de­cided to prove them wrong. The build started with a bare frame and body, and after many hours of fab­ri­ca­tion and hard work, the cou­ple had the big Jeep rolling down the trail.

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