Posts Tagged ‘Dodge Cummins’

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…)

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…)

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…)

Fueling for More Power

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Our Project 2nd Gen, a 24-valve daily driver Dodge, is coming along nicely. Now, we turn up the heat with an upgraded fuel system and state-of-the-art tuner.

For those of you who just tuned in, Project 2nd Gen is our 1999 Dodge 2500 with a 24-valve Cummins. The object of the build is to put together a reliable daily driver we can still have fun with at the dragstrip and will offer sold towing performance without breaking the bank. (more…)

Cummins-Powered Little Red Express

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Back in the mid- to late-1970s, despite an Arab oil embargo that all but killed the muscle car market, Dodge continued to pitch new products to young buyers by recognizing their need for vehicle personalization. The “adult toy” campaign was rooted in such vehicles as the Dodge Dart Swinger and Dodge Adventurer pickup, so the company came up with limited production trucks such as the Warlock. (more…)

Big Power Highlights the Annual Dyno Extravaganza

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Industrial Injection’s annual Dyno Day brought out some heavy hitter from all across the West.

For their second year in a row Industrial Injection held their famous dyno event, bringing in some of the highest horsepower trucks in the western region. With some aggressive advertising and good old fashioned word-of-mouth, the folks at Industrial were able to make this event even bigger and better than the last. With two dynos on site, they were able to test over 50 trucks, most of which were in the mid 400 horsepower plus range, which lends credence to the belief the diesel aftermarket industry is still alive and strong in the central Utah area. (more…)

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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