SPOOLED UP!

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - —Chris cto­bin@en­gaged­me­di­ainc.com Text: Chris Tobin Photography: Chris Tobin and Kyle Tobin

Fuel­ish Plea­sure

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!

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