Archive for June, 2010

DirtyMax Runs 9.08 at Indy

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Project Low-Buck 12-Valve: Part 2

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Project Low-Buck 12-Valve: Part 2

Inspecting and Servicing Our First-Gen Dodge

By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Terry DeLong

Back in our November issue, we introduced Project Low Buck, a first-gen Dodge D-350 4×4 that was found sitting idle out in a farm field. The truck was parked after a front-end crash that damaged the bumper, grille and left-front fender. The new owner picked it up for $1,500 and was able to drive it away after putting in two new batteries and a fresh load of diesel fuel.

Once back at his garage/shop, the new owner slapped on a $400 junkyard front clip, which included both front fenders, a broken grille and hood. He also added a refurbished brass radiator that cost him an additional $125. From that point, the Dodge 4×4 was pressed into service as primary winter transportation and the family workhorse.

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Marine One-For Love of Country, Family and Diesel

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Marine One

For Love of Country, Family and Diesel

By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Kevin Wilson

The Few. The Proud. The Marines. We’ve all heard the recruiting slogans and have seen the commercials, but how many of us actually know a marine? They come from all across the country and in civilian life, they were just the kid who grew up next door. Chances are you’ve run into a marine in your travels. Tack-sharp uniform; spit-shined shoes; waiting at the airport to get on a plane to who knows where. Makes you wonder, “Are they flying home to loved ones or heading into harm’s way?” Many of us make it a point to shake that soldier’s hand and thank him for his service, or buy him a cup of coffee or breakfast anonymously.

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Readers’ Rides

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Cherry Ram

It is fitting that someone with a name like “David Cherry” drives around in a bright red truck. Cherry is the owner of a ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4 with a long bed, and the Cummins-powered pickup is packed with a bunch of aftermarket parts. Starting at the rear with a bed shot and Reflex bedliner and moving to the front where projector headlights are equipped with HID lights, almost everything between the two ends has been modified one way or another.

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March Madness-3rd Annual Desert Diesel Nationals

Monday, June 28th, 2010

March Madness

3rd Annual Desert Diesel Nationals

By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Chris Neprasch and Kevin Wilson

March Madness is typically associated with the pairing down of 64 NCAA basketball teams into championship rounds of competition. In Arizona, March Madness means baseball spring training with a whole host of major league teams coming to the Valley of the Sun to play Cactus League games against each other. For the past three years, March is the season opener for the NHRDA’s Desert Diesel Nationals at Speedworld, just north of Phoenix.

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Whitewall

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Whitewall

Style and Function Are Melded on This Late-Model Chevy

By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Kevin Wilson

Not long ago, when lowered late-model Chevys were all the rage, the hot look was a monochrome treatment with body-colored bumpers, door handles, roll pan and tonneau. Since that time, styling trends have come and gone, but the monochrome treatment still gets a lot of attention. Just ask Jason Arce whose basic white, ’08 Chevy turns a lot of heads. Not only is it quick, his truck is a perfect example of what the monochrome treatment looks like on a late-model diesel.

The ingredients for Jason’s recipe are simple: big lift, big powdercoated wheels, shaved emblems, and a clean approach to building the truck. As a sales rep for ATS in Avarda, Colorado, Jason’s Chevy is also a rolling business card that shows customers just what can be accomplished with a late-model, GM Duramax truck.

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Ain’t Nothing Free

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Ain’t Nothing Free

By Chris Neprasch

I don’t care if you’re building a show truck, drag truck, puller or a twin-turbo toilet bowl go-kart, I’m about to share with you golden rule numero uno, the sacred mean of project vehicles: Nothing, I don’t care if it’s a $5 oil filter, not a single thing you might get “sponsored” or “hooked-up” on, is free. Sure, it might not cost you money upfront, but there are stings attached. Sometimes those strings are a 7-pound test fishing line and others are inch-thick link tugboat chains. Regardless, they still exist.

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Product Test: Trinity

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Product Test: Trinity

An In-Depth Look at the Latest Tuner From Diablosport

By Chris Neprasch

Photography: Chris Neprasch

We’ve entered a level of technology in electronics where it seems like everything is capable of performing multiple tasks. You can order a pizza online from the same cell phone you use to make calls and check the weather. For fitness gurus, wristwatches cannot only tell the time, they can calculate heart rate, calories burned and distance traveled. And now, a downloader can do more than install a program into your truck’s computer.

The Trinity from Diablosport is one of these new generation diesel tuners. Along with re-flashing the ECM, it can read engine parameters, clear trouble codes and provide a virtual drag strip on any open stretch of road. The Trinity has a large touch-screen display to serve as the command center for all of the functions and can even tune gas and diesel vehicles with one application number. To get a better feel for how far tuners have come, we ordered a Trinity to see how well it performs a few of the advertised key features. Here’s the breakdown of our experiences with Diablosport’s Trinity.

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First Drive: 2010 Audi A3

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

First Drive: 2010 Audi A3

Is the Green Car of the Year Worth Your Green?

By Chris Neprasch

Photography: Chris Neprasch

The thought, “Eh, that’s it?” was the first thing to cross our minds when we sat in the ’10 A3 TDI. It may be the Green Car of the Year and whatnot. But for a base MSRP of $29,950, you’d expect to at least have radio controls on the steering wheel, not to mention the unacceptable lack of lights incorporated into the visor mirrors. It was hardly the initial impression we were expecting, especially from an entry-level luxury car.

Chew on this: It does have a 2.0L diesel with its 30 mpg city and 42 mpg, yet you can spend about $5,000 less for the SportWagen, and get the same 140 hp, 236 lb-ft of torque with more cabin room. The other option is to spend about $10,000 more for the BMW 335d and get 155 extra hp, along with an additional 189 lb-ft of torque in a sportier package. Then there’s the Golf TDI, the cousin of the A3 and Jetta priced about $8,000 less. Given those nuggets to chomp on, how could anybody justify buying the A3? We found ourselves asking the same question for the first few days we had the car.

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New Products

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

MPE Performance/Diamond Eye Hydrogen Generator Kit

Hydrogen Generator

MPE Performance, in cooperation with Diamond Eye Performance, has developed a Hydrogen Generator for gas or diesel engine applications. A digital in-cab monitor controls the custom electronics package, which allows the HHO generator to help increase fuel economy from 5-40 percent and improve engine performance with lower emissions. For more information, call 800.635.9950 or visit www.mpeperformance.com.

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