Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

From Rust Bucket to Magazine Cover Truck

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Ask any diesel enthusiast, and he or she will admit that most “project” trucks are never really done; they just become a work in progress.

Such has been the case for our own Project Beat-to-Neat, or Project 1st-Gen, as it has been called from time to time.

Nearly two years ago, we introduced you to our well-worn 1992 first-gen Dodge that was taking up residence in a farm field. The owner bought it for a song and has spent a lot of time and effort transforming it into a first-gen that any diesel enthusiast would be proud to own. (more…)

A Vintage Power Wagon with Cummins Power

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The Dodge Power Wagon has been synonymous with military and off-road duty since its inception in 1940. Originally designed as a military transport, the truck evolved into a civilian version in 1946 and was based on a ¾-ton military chassis with heavy-duty 4×4 running gear.

The Power Wagon was produced as a pickup in both half- and ¾-ton versions through 1968, and after a brief break in production—and partly due to popular demand—the Power Wagon came back again in the ’70s. The final model, a W150, was rolled off the assembly line in 1980. (more…)

Diesel World Alumni

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Big Judd’s Harley Davidson Edition Excursion

Very few diesel owners have had their trucks featured in the pages of Diesel World Magazine more than once. Only a select few could be called DW alumni.

Judd Niederer, of Rexburg, Idaho, is one of them. Judd’s multicolored Dodge pickup graced the cover of the March 2009 issue, and now, he’s built another killer diesel worthy of a look-see in Diesel World. (more…)

Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Benefits Of Diesel Power Know Few Bounds

There are few things whose purposes are as different as a Marine-issue Hummer and a Nordic ski boat. One is for land-based operations; the other is for water-based fun. But as different as they are, these two examples do have some things in common: they are both powered by Duramax engines from Pacific Performance Engineering.

We’ll tour these two offbeat examples one at a time. First, the beast, then we’ll take a look at the beauty. (more…)

A Vintage Ford With Diesel Power

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Classic trucks and diesels represent the biggest growth in the light truck market these days. Many hot rodders and street rod enthusiasts are giving up their traditional rides in favor of building some vintage iron, because trucks from the 1950s and ’60s are increasing in popularity and are more useful than a ’32 roadster. And the existence of quality aftermarket replacement sheet metal and parts from companies such as LMC are making the builds more attractive. (more…)

A Daily Driver With Attitude

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

What sets an automotive enthusiast apart from a regular vehicle owner? An enthusiast rarely leaves anything stock. He modifies, customizes and builds his truck to his own personal tastes, needs and liking. Such is the story behind Ray Smith’s second-gen Dodge 4×4. (more…)

Mickey Thompson’s Wild SEMA Super Duty

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

When you’re a high-visibility and legendary company in the automotive industry, it stands to reason that you need a high-visibility vehicle to stand out at the largest gathering of custom vehicles and automotive parts in the country—the SEMA Show, which is held the first week of November in Las Vegas. (more…)

Farm Implement

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A True Dual-Purpose Diesel

Life on a farm is hard work. Besides moving dirt, growing crops and feeding animals, you’ve got a lot of farm machinery that needs tending to.

And in order to function on a farm, you’ve got to have the right tools and truck for the job. Just ask Chaz Roth, of Lancaster, Ohio, who spends the majority of his time working down on the farm. His 2002 F-350 is not only set up for the rigors of farm work, he also uses it for play, making it the true dual-purpose diesel. (more…)

Going Big Is a Way of Life

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

For many years, Tiger Garcia was a professional moto-cross racer who traveled the circuit, racing and winning at one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.

But being a pro at anything has a time line. Now, 40-year-old Garcia, who did his fair share of wrenching on his rides, has traded being a pro rider to being a professional business owner. He, along with his wife, Annie, is now the owner/operator of Go Big Truck Performance, in Ventura, California. (more…)

Tractor Scouting

Friday, August 19th, 2011

What to Look for in a Vintage Tractor

First, do the research. Have a clear idea of the tractor you are looking for by using one of the many tractor books available. The more-detailed ones are make-specific and have serial number information. You wouldn’t have known how superb this 1957 450D was until you looked it up in Fay and Kraushaar’s equally superb “Hundred Series Farmall” book. (more…)