Archive for January, 2012

OE-Looking Auto Meter Gauges

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

There’s no disputing that if you own a diesel and have modified it or tow heavy loads, you need a good set of aftermarket gauges to keep track of EGTs—at the very least, let alone trans temps and even boost levels. (more…)

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…)

Power-Holding and Gear-Banging Improvements

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Sigma Short Shift kit from dieselgeek.com is a billet aluminum replacement for the stock shifter.

We specifically purchased a manual transmission-equipped TDI for the strength and reliability over their automatic counterparts, but that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement. To many VW drivers (including us), the long shift throws from the factory setup seem like they would be better suited for a domestic truck than a German sport sedan. (more…)

11th Annual Scheid Diesel Extravaganza

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Old-school lore had it that if you were lucky, you could get a “baker’s dozen” at your local small-town bakery. For regular customers, the baker would always toss in one extra donut as a nice bonus to keep the customers coming back. So, you always got more than you paid for.

Fast forward to 2011. Technically, this year’s Scheid Diesel Extravaganza celebrated its 11th year at the Terre Haute, Indiana, Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. (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…)