A Vintage Power Wagon with Cummins Power

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Diesel World Alumni

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend on the Edge

December 25th, 2011

NADM Hosts 9th Annual Event

One of the few “old-school” events that has survived for any length of time is Weekend on the Edge, which has been held in Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah, for approximately nine years. The event is hallmarked by an evening of drag racing at Rocky Mountain Raceway, just outside Salt Lake City, followed by a full open house and dyno day the next day at Edge Products, in Ogden. More recently, a sled pull had been added to make Weekend on the Edge a true diesel triathlon. Read the rest of this entry »

Power Stroke Turbo for Towing

December 21st, 2011

BD Power’s Direct Replacement for the 7.3L


Nearly 10 years after its demise, the 7.3L Power Stroke is still one of the most sought-after diesel powerplants. The 1994-2003 Ford Power Stroke was the most popular light-duty diesel ever produced, and with new truck prices cresting over the $50,000 range, more and more owners are willing to invest a little money into those old 7.3L trucks to improve their overall performance and efficiency. Read the rest of this entry »

OBS Fuel System Upgrade

December 18th, 2011

Lots of Ford lovers say that the ’94-’97-model Power Strokes were the last diesel trucks from Ford with character.

Driven Diesel’s New Regulated Return for the ’94-’97 Power Stroke

Among Ford purists, the last great Ford diesel truck ever produced with any styling character was the old body-style (OBS) Power Stroke.

These round-nosed beauties were the predecessors of the Super Duty and are fitted with a similar version of the 7.3L Power Stroke that eventually ended up between the fenders of the Super Duty. Read the rest of this entry »

Kerma TDI Q Loader and Custom Tunes

December 15th, 2011

Here’s our little VW TDI trying to “roll some coal!” There was definitely more smoke on both of the Kerma TDI tunes.

To further enhance the power and performance of our Jetta, Matt Ford (the “MF” in MF Automotive) used a KermaWare Q Loader to flash our engine ECU with a tune programmed to give us more torque and horsepower. After downloading our original factory tune to the Q Loader, it is emailed to Kerma TDI, where a custom tune is written and e-mailed back and then installed in the car with the Q Loader. We received a low-smoke tune, as well as a modified tune, for our engine. When we drove the car on the stock tune, it seemed as if the new Stage 1 Colt camshaft gave us a very modest bump in low rpm performance, but when the tunes were installed, the car really woke up—with a significant boost in torque and horsepower that could be felt from the driver’s seat. Read the rest of this entry »

Project TDI Part 2: Cam Upgrade and Timing Belt Replacement

December 13th, 2011

Adding Reliability and Performance

Knowing in advance of the propensity for pump deuce TDI engines, such as the 1.9 L mill in our ’06 VW Jetta TDI, to have cam wear issues, we planned to tackle the cam and timing belt replacement right away. But, before we tore into the engine and started modifying, we thought it would be best to strap it down to the Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno at Bean’s Diesel Performance to get baseline measurements. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire on the Mountain

December 8th, 2011

It’s a Hot Time at Diesels on the Mountain 2011

If there is such a thing as the Olympics of diesel performance, then the “Diesels on the Mountain” weekend seems to come closest to it. There are three separate events (sled pull, dyno and drags) held at three separate venues that encompass three different disciplines. All have a winner and a bunch of also-rans.

While not all competitors attended each event, they could have, and many did. There were guys flogging their diesel-powered trucks at the sled pulls and tripping the lights at the drags. In between, they were strapping them to the ATS dyno and wringing out every last bit of horsepower they could. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Cowboy Cadillac

December 5th, 2011

Diesel World’s latest project truck is this clean 2006 Ford Super Duty.

Souping Up a Super Duty

There’s no question that the economy has put the brakes on new diesel sales—unless you’re Donald Trump and can afford a $50,000 to $60,000 pickup.

That leaves the used market wide open for the pickin’. Diesel enthusiasts are flocking toward used trucks for a variety of reasons, including a lower purchase price and the fact that with the money you save from NOT buying a new one, you can customized your rig to fit your needs and tastes. Read the rest of this entry »

Beauty and the Beast

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. Read the rest of this entry »