Archive for July, 2010

Project Box Hauler: Dana 80 Rebuild

Friday, July 30th, 2010

With the bearing races and factory shims in place, the carrier can be installed in the housing. It’s a tight fit so a little “persuasion” in the form of some blows from a drift hammer helps get it into place.

Gears For Rears
Rebuilding the Dana 80 Rear End on Project Box Hauler

There’s no debate that diesel-powered pickups are the absolute best when it comes to hauling heavy loads. With lots of low-end torque and turbocharged horsepower, diesels are the truck of choice for serious haulers. Such is the case with Project Box Hauler. (more…)

Lexani Lifestyle Festival – 2010

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010


A short video from the Lexani Lifestyle Festival that took place on July 25, 2010.

NADM Ohio

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Buckeye Diesel Blast
Rain Does Not Deter NADM’s Inaugural Event

We all know the postal carrier motto: Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night…blah, blah blah…you get the point. The point is the mail is going to get delivered no matter the conditions. In the diesel event business, it’s rare an event continues when Mother Nature deals a bad set of cards.

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Wheels Up

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

One of the toughest quests most people will ever face is finding the perfect wheel. There are different styles and sizes to ponder and then there’s the pressure of knowing that the entire look of the outside is heavily influenced on the rolling gear. Plus, everyone has a strong opinion on what looks good and what doesn’t. The unit to decide how successful a wheel choice went is measured by the number of people giving the nob of approval.

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Silver Streak

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Silver Streak
Late Model Chevy Diesel at Its Finest

The long-awaited redesign of GM pickups has resulted in some great-looking diesels over the past few years. Introduced in mid-year 2007, the new GM pickup, complete with the 6.6L Duramax and Allison six-speed automatic, has made a great platform from which to build some cool-looking and fast-moving diesels. Just ask Sean Baisden of Simi Valley, California. Sean traded off his ’05 Duramax in favor of the new-bodied ’08 model and set to work building a cool custom that made its debut at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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Project Box Hauler: Dynomite Injector Install

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The Injection Connection
Project Box Hauler Gets New Dynomite Diesel Performance Injectors

For those of you who have been following our Project Box Hauler series, you’ll remember our high-miler, ’01 Ford F-350 dually with 200,000-plus miles on it, was diagnosed with a couple of dead cylinders, more specifically No. 3 and No. 8. Upon his initial diagnosis, Nate Brekken at Strictly Diesel in Scottsdale, Ariz., guessed the problem would more than likely be bad injectors on those cylinders since injectors get fairly tired and worn out on the 7.3s after about 150,000 miles. On the other hand, two dead holes could mean more serious issues, such as bad valves or poor compression from worn-out piston rings, or even a cracked cylinder head.

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Project Box Hauler: Glow Plugs

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Here’s the complete set of Diesel Rx 7.3L Power Stroke glow plugs. Note the tips are slightly discolored from testing.

Glow & Go
Installing New Glow Plugs Will Fix Cold Start Woes

Since diesels are compression-ignition engines, meaning there are no spark plugs to start the combustion process, nearly every diesel is equipped with some sort of glow plug system to get the fire started in cold weather. The little “Wait to Start” light that comes on usually indicates that the factory glow plug system is activated as part of the cold start circuit. Today’s computer-controlled engines have taken the glow plug system engagement to an all-new level, taking into account the various engine parameters as to when the glow plugs will be activated or not.

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Project Box Hauler – Clutch Upgrade

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Doing a clutch R&R on a diesel is not usually something you can accomplish in a driveway. With well over 200,000 miles of hard towing duty, Project Box Hauler was overdue for a clutch system overhaul.

Driving Force
EZ Clutch Upgrade for Project Box Hauler

Anyone who has ever owned a manual transmission vehicle knows how important the clutch is. It is the vital connection between the engine and the driveline, and is responsible for turning the engine’s torque and horsepower into usable forward motion. When things are right, the clutch assembly provides easy gear changes and plenty of clamping force for day-to-day driving and towing.

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Project Box Hauler: Intake and Exhaust

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

The Huspower 4-inch, turbo-back exhaust system was the perfect upgrade to improve the breathing on Project Box Hauler project. The system comes complete with all the necessary hardware and brackets along with a 5-inch polished stainless steel tip.

Hushpower Turbo-Back Exhaust

Another area the stock 7.3L falls short in is the factory exhaust system. The 3-inch system is necked down just past the turbo outlet and continues on a kinky path to a chambered muffler, which robs even more performance. So improving on things is fairly easy with a quality turbo-back system since there’s now catalytic converter on this truck.

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Project Box Hauler: Part II

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Project Box Hauler is just that…a box hauler. The truck spent most of its life as a Castrol Racing show car hauler, racking up well over 200,000 miles.

Project Box Hauler
Part II: Bellows Style Up-Pipe Upgrade

Last month, we introduced our latest project truck, a well-worn, 200,000-plus–mile Ford F-350 fitted with the 7.3L Power Stroke and a six-speed manual transmission. The owner found this dually while scanning the classifieds where it was listed for sale with a 28-foot gooseneck trailer. The combo used to be a Castrol Racing/John Force car hauler that racked up 215,000 miles in regular cross-country jaunts.

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