Show ’n’ Shine
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.