Mon­strous Swaps!

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - —Chris cto­bin@en­gaged­me­di­ainc.com Text/pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin

If you didn’t no­tice by now, this is­sue of UDBG is our Su­per Swap is­sue, and we have packed eight ex­treme diesel swaps into this one sin­gle is­sue! My son Kyle and I re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to see the big­gest diesel swap we have ever seen up close and per­sonal. Of course I’m talk­ing about the Mon­ster Jam Brodozer mon­ster truck. Mon­ster Jam in­vited us up to the Nis­san Sta­dium in Nash­ville, Ten­nessee, for some one-on-one time with the truck and crew the day be­fore its de­but on June 23, 2018. We were able to do a de­tailed photo shoot of the Duramax diesel pow­ered Brodozer mon­ster truck with the body off and even take in Dave “Heavy D” Sparks’ first Brodozer pre­race prac­tice ses­sion as well as the full Mon­ster Jam prac­tice ses­sion.

It re­ally was a great ex­pe­ri­ence—un­for­tu­nately due to the pro­duc­tion sched­ule of putting to­gether and ship­ping this is­sue we were not able to squeeze cov­er­age of the Brodozer into this is­sue. BUT, we do have good news, I was able to write a fea­ture ar­ti­cle on the Brodozer truck for our sis­ter mag­a­zine Diesel World that will run in the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue so check it out. Ad­di­tion­ally we will have cov­er­age of the Nash­ville Mon­ster Jam event along with ex­tra cov­er­age of the Brodozer truck in the UDBG De­cem­ber/jan­uary 2019 that won’t be seen in Dw—so stay tuned.

The diesel swaps we packed into this is­sue are all ex­treme in one way or an­other with Eric Mer­chant’s bet­ter than new Sub­ur­ban Denali XL set­ting the pace with an amaz­ingly clean build that well rep­re­sents the full-size SUV that we wish GM would build. The Burb is joined in this is­sue by seven other fea­ture ar­ti­cles that range from a home built clas­sic VW Bug with an Isuzu diesel trans­plant to a wild cus­tom 1956 Dodge Royal with all sorts of diesel crazi­ness in be­tween. Wade Flan­nery’s re­stored 1968 Chevro­let C/10 looks like it rolled off the assem­bly line with the Cum­mins 4BT nes­tled in the engine bay and the other fea­tures are just as amaz­ing. We hope that you will en­joy read­ing about all eight of th­ese amaz­ing cre­ations and if you get a chance to see any of them at a diesel event, by all means take the time to take a closer look, I’m sure that you will be happy that you did.

We haven’t for­got­ten the tech side of the diesel world and bring you a hand­ful of tech ar­ti­cles in this is­sue as well. The tech kicks off with the cov­er­age of a com­plete Cum­mins swap into a Ford tow truck to re­place the ma- ligned 6.0L Power Stroke engine. Rather than run­ning a multi-part se­ries on the swap we com­bined it to de­liver the full swap in one jumbo sized ar­ti­cle. We couldn’t cover ev­ery minute de­tail of the swap, but it will give you a great over­view of the swap process and a good foun­da­tion for you to start and/or fin­ish your own swap project. We also have a Duramax steer­ing up­grade ar­ti­cle as well as quick­tech in­stalling LED cab lights and a primer on DEF sys­tem dam­age and re­pairs for mod­ern emis­sions con­trolled diesel en­gines.

As I write this ed­i­to­rial the Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza is just around the cor­ner and my team and I look for­ward to bring­ing you ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the event in our next is­sue. So stay tuned for all the dyno, show-n-shine, drag rac­ing and sled pulling ac­tion you can han­dle. My team and I hope that you en­joy this is­sue and we will con­tinue to do our best to bring you the best the diesel world has to of­fer. Feel free to drop me an email to let me know what you think of our Su­per Swap is­sue and what you’d like to see in up­com­ing is­sues of Ul­ti­mate Diesel Builder’s Guide. And don’t for­get to say hi if you see me or any of my team mem­bers out there cov­er­ing diesel events, we’ll be the ones with the cam­eras pointed at all the best diesel ac­tion. Un­til next time may your com­pres­sion ra­tio be high and all your en­gines be spark plug-free! UDBG

Dave Sparks (a.k.a. Heavy D) went big in the freestyle com­pe­ti­tion in his in­au­gu­ral Mon­ster Jam com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing the pack for most of the night and ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing in 4th place in the de­but of the Duramax diesel pow­ered Brodozer mon­ster truck.

The Brodozer is pow­ered by a Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts built com­pound turbo Duramax engine that makes north of 1,000 horse­power to send the big mon­ster truck fly­ing through the air.

Fam­ily and friends came ready to see the Brodozer in­clud­ing Jamie, Cayson, Shane and Gar­rick Man­ning along with fam­ily friend Ian Capps.

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