Posts Tagged ‘diesel’

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…)

OBS Fuel System Upgrade

Sunday, 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. (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 Nissan Diesel Pickup With Attitude

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Import diesel pickups have been around for a long, long time in every market except the United States. Markets such as Asia and Africa and even South America have enjoyed diesel pickups, both full size and compact, for decades.

Why aren’t there any import diesel pickups in the United States as of now? Many of the drawbacks include safety and emissions standards, along with the business case for offering emissions-friendly diesels while still making a profit. To date, the only diesel pickup reportedly headed to the United States comes from Mahindra USA, Inc., although we’ve yet to see any arrive. (more…)

VW TDI Spotter’s Guide

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The 2010 TDI Cup edition—perhaps the sportiest TDI to roll off the VW assembly line.

Which Ones to Consider and Why

With no end in sight to the high price of fuel, many people are rethinking their daily drivers. And while hybrid and electric cars may be all the rage among the Hollywood elite and the tree-huggers, it is very easy to see that these cars are not the environmentally friendly solution that many people believe they are—since it will take more pollution-spewing powerplants to charge the things. (more…)

Raising the Bar

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Hellwig Sway Bars for Towing Stability

It’s no secret that a ¾- or 1-ton diesel pickup does not handle like a high-performance vehicle. Sure, you can crank up the power to hot rod levels, but when you hit the corners, all that unsprung weight (about 800 pounds’ worth), it’s going to roll like a tuna boat in high seas. Such is life, since everything is a compromise. (more…)

NADM at National Trail Raceway

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Among the cornfields of the Midwest sits National Trail Raceway, a NHRA-sanctioned facility that is rich in drag racing history.

Opened in 1964, the drag strip has had the legends of drag racing make passes down its famed quarter-mile of asphalt. Name such as Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and Don Garlits, as well as famed racers the Hurst Hemi Under Glass and Little Red Wagon, have all raced at the facility just outside of Hebron, Ohio. Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher set a national speed record of 336.15 mph on this track, as well. (more…)

Cooling System Basics for Diesels

Friday, September 30th, 2011

So you think you have a hot diesel? Well, there’s hot and then there’s simply running hot, as in water, oil and EGT temps getting hot when you race or tow.

There are many reasons a diesel can run hot, and most of them can be easily remedied. The first thing is figuring out exactly what is causing the problem. (more…)

Project GTDI: Efficiency Increase

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Snow Performance was very thorough in making sure the Stage 3 MPG Max Boost Cooler arrived with everything to perform the install (minus the tools).

Our 1.9L Gets a Snow Water-Methanol Injection and Gains 5 Mpg

For the time being, no more cheap paint or free car washes for Project GTDI. We are now turning our attention to where the Volkswagen diesel needs the most help—our sub-100 hp 1.9L TDI under the hood. (more…)

Big Speeds, Big Pulls and Big Weather

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The NADM Diesel Country Nationals Had It All

Those who were in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the NADM Diesel Country Nationals got more than they bargained for on May 6 and 7, 2011. Sure, Ron Knoch, one of the head guys at NADM, promised a fun weekend full of drag racing, sled pulling and all-around diesel partying, but even he didn’t know the full extent of the wildness that was to descend upon the show at the Crossroads Dragway and adjoining Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. (more…)