We’re all in this to­gether

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

It seems as though I hear that diesel is dead or dy­ing sev­eral times a month. Es­pe­cially since the Volk­swa­gen cheat­ing fi­asco, I have heard re­port af­ter re­port that diesel cars and trucks in the United States mar­ket are dead. am here to tell you diesel is not dead nor is it on life sup­port; in fact, quite the op­po­site is hap­pen­ing. While VW has suc­cess­fully killed off its own diesel seg­ment in the US, other man­u­fac­tur­ers have seen the ben­e­fits of turn­ing to tur­bod­iesel and have steadily been in­creas­ing their diesel prod­uct of­fer­ings. With Chevro­let, Nis­san, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jaguar, Jeep and oth­ers of­fer­ing new diesel mod­els in the last year and more ex­pected in the com­ing year, we have a healthy diesel mar­ket in ad­di­tion to the steady flow of diesel pow­ered 3/4- and 1-ton trucks that we are used to see­ing.

We will con­tinue to bring new diesel ve­hi­cle re­views to you as we are able and of course we will keep cov­er­ing the best of the best com­pe­ti­tion, show and daily driver trucks to help you with ideas and in­spi­ra­tion for your own diesel ride. Not only are the fac­tory diesel of­fer­ings ex­pand­ing; af­ter­mar­ket diesel per­for­mance com­pa­nies are con­tin­u­ing to of­fer more and more prod­ucts de­signed to make our diesel cars and trucks bet­ter and bet­ter. So keep turn­ing wrenches and have fun with your diesel whether it’s a new model fresh off the lot or a clas­sic that has been in the fam­ily since new. We are all one big diesel-lov­ing fam­ily.

Of course there are en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, lob­by­ists and reg­u­la­tors that want the Amer­i­can au­to­mo­tive mar­ket to go all elec­tric de­spite the fact that the elec­tric­ity has to come from some­where, which still in­cludes coal-burn­ing pow- er plants. Some of these peo­ple would like all oth­ers to con­form to their ideals and give up gas or diesel burn­ing ve­hi­cles to avoid do­ing fur­ther dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment.

And un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple within the per­for­mance diesel hobby and lifestyle con­tinue to give these peo­ple am­ple rea­son to want to shut the in­dus­try down. When they blow smoke, black­ing out pub­lic roads and high­ways, they are putting lives in dan­ger due to lack of vis­i­bil­ity. But they are also putting the diesel lifestyle in jeop­ardy by giv­ing oth­ers the ev­i­dence and am­mu­ni­tion that could be used against us. When you are on pub­lic roads and high­ways, re­mem­ber that they are just that—pub­lic. Treat oth­ers with re­spect by keep­ing the smoke to a min­i­mum.

While I was driv­ing to the Rudy’s spring event (see cov­er­age start­ing on page 72) I wit­nessed the driver of a black sec­ond-gen Dodge with a large orange Cum­mins “C” on the back win­dow act­ing like a fool on the road to the track blow­ing so much smoke it was hard for me to see through it. It would have been a se­ri­ous black eye on the whole diesel fam­ily if this had caused an ac­ci­dent. There are those who want to shut us down al­ready; don’t do any­thing stupid to make them more de­ter­mined to get rid of us!

Like the say­ing goes, one bad ap­ple can spoil the whole bunch. If you know some­one that thinks it’s cool to black out the high­way, or have been that some­one, please stop and tell them to stop. Don’t be that per­son! Once you get to the track or event you can have fun with your friends, but keep the ex­ces­sive smoke in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment like the track or dyno, not the streets. Per­for­mance diesel mo­tor­sports are tons of fun and I hope we are able to en­joy rac­ing, pulling, show­ing and dyno­ing our diesel ma­chines long into the fu­ture, but if we are not re­spon­si­ble with the power we wield un­der our right foot and un­der the hood we could be in for a very rude awak­en­ing and lose ac­cess to the sport we all en­joy so much.

I hope you en­joy this is­sue; we have some awe­some fea­ture trucks (in­clud­ing the re­stored and cus­tom­ized 1st Gen Dodge start­ing on page 18) and great tech as well as ten full pages of Ul­ti­mate Callout Chal­lenge cov­er­age (start­ing on page 26) and high­lights from Rudy’s, so dig in and en­joy. Drop me an email 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 wher­ever you are! UDBG

Man would I love to park a new 2.8L Duramax-pow­ered Chevro­let Colorado ZR2 in my drive­way. It would def­i­nitely see some se­ri­ous off-road­ing as of­ten as pos­si­ble!

On the other end of the spec­trum, we see great life in the diesel mar­ket when guys like Ja­son Gunn painstak­ingly re­store and en­joy clas­sic diesel trucks like this one, rather than sim­ply send­ing it to the scrap­yard.

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