As I write this editorial, Hurricane Harvey recently pummeled the greater Houston area and Hurricane Irma is still churning through Florida after battering the Caribbean. Irma is heading my way, but fortunately, it’s losing strength as it continues to move over land. I truly feel for those that are suffering through these disasters and hope that everyone is able to recover quickly and get back to a normal diesel loving life.
As typical when there is any kind of disruption, potential disruption or imagined disruption in the fuel supply chain, the prices shoot through the roof. Between the two hurricanes on Labor Day weekend, my son and I traveled to North Salem, Indiana, Xenia, Ohio, and Marysville, Ohio, to cover three events in three days hitting the 9th annual Fleece Performance Engineering Hoosier State Showdown, the XTP Diesel Extravaganza and the Firepunk Dirt Drags. Luckily for us, we were driving our 2015 Chevy Cruze Diesel and the $0.30-0.90 per gallon fuel price increase we saw for #2 was a little easier to swallow with the amazing fuel mileage we got while blasting along for the nearly 1,200-mile trip averaging over 45 MPG.
Despite the past and impending hurricanes that bookended the weekend we had beautiful weather in both Indiana and Ohio over the weekend with mild temperatures and beautiful blue skies overhead. Look to future issues of Dieselworld and here in Ultimate-diesel-builder’s Guide magazine for coverage of those events.
Meanwhile, here in this issue, we have done our best to bring you a good variety of tech and features to feed your diesel appetite. We also have 10-pages of event coverage from this year’s Scheid Diesel Extravaganza to give you a feeling for one of the biggest events of the year if you were not able to get there yourself. On the feature side of things, we have Kenneth Allen Fowler’s ultra-clean 800+ horsepower LMM that does it on the stock bottom end (starting on page 22), as well as Dustin Jackson’s amazing 2,100 HP Cummins powered Ford Lightning that is tearing through the Pro Street drag racing class this season (starting on page 52). There are also two off roaders and a great 2001 Duramax featured in this issue.
If the drool worthy feature articles are not enough for you, hopefully the 30+ pages of tech inside this issue will bring you some joy. We have easy DIY tech on the Colorado/canyon Diesel trucks, as well the first drive of the new GMC Terrain CUV with the 1.6L diesel under the hood. Of course there is tech in the issue for Cummins and Power Stroke fans, along with a great article on the Cummins 4BT to educate you on the engine platform and help you make good swap decisions if one is in your future.
As usual, I hope you enjoy this issue, we all worked hard to put together the best issue we can. Let me know what you think so we can continue to bring you a magazine that you enjoy reading. Stay tuned for the next issue. Until then, be sure to keep the rubber side down in all of your diesel based adventures. UDBG
Jordan Kinderman had a great day at the Hoosier State Showdown pulling the sled nearly 350-feet to take the 3.0 class win with his Cummin’ Get It! Dodge. Travis Dykes brought out one of the most unique pullers we’ve seen in quite some time with the lifted 4WD Ford van. He finished in the lower half of the class but said he had a great time doing it.
On our recent road trip we traveled 679.5 miles on a single tank of fuel (averaging over 47 MPG) and had more than a gallon remaining when we filled up, man do I love this little Chevy Cruze Diesel!