Archive for August, 2011

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…)

Tractor Scouting

Friday, August 19th, 2011

What to Look for in a Vintage Tractor

First, do the research. Have a clear idea of the tractor you are looking for by using one of the many tractor books available. The more-detailed ones are make-specific and have serial number information. You wouldn’t have known how superb this 1957 450D was until you looked it up in Fay and Kraushaar’s equally superb “Hundred Series Farmall” book. (more…)

Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ Antique Tractor Auction

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The really good stuff was inside the tent for the inspection day, including the Geyman collection and some of the rarer tractors.

There are many good reasons to attend a vehicle auction, not the least of which are the buy or sell aspects. If you have an interest in the type of equipment being sold, it’s a great way to get up close to stuff you might never see outside a museum. It can also be a good way to determine market values in preparation for a purchase or a sale. (more…)

Project TDI

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The latest project vehicle in the Diesel World stable is this ultraclean 2006 VW Jetta TDI.

Buying a Used TDI for Fun and MPGs

Many of us realize that fuel prices will likely never drop back down to levels we’ve enjoyed in the past. The problem is bad enough that some diesel enthusiasts are considering selling their diesel trucks in favor of smaller and more economical daily drivers. So, why can’t you have your diesel cake and eat it too? You can. (more…)

Sled Pulling Down on the Farm

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Despite the laid-back-appearing atmosphere on most American farms, a lot can happen on all that acreage. Take, for example, Uphill Dairy’s 250 acres in Hico, Texas. Sure, it has all the trappings of a 1,000-cow farm, complete with a state-of-the-art milking facility. Typically, the only diesel vehicles running around the property are trucks used for transporting products and tractors working the fields. (more…)

Reliable Ram

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Simple Upgrades For a Common Rail Daily Driver

For Cummins aficionados, first came the 12-valve, then the 24-valve, and then the common rail version of the 5.9L. Each iteration of the 5.9L was an improvement on the previous-generation’s powerplant. While there is plenty of debate in the Dodge camp as to which version of the 5.9 is most desirable, the most coveted trucks these days are the later-model Dodge with the 5.9L common rail. These trucks offer the latest in styling, plenty of room in the cab, and the fact that the common rail is very easy to modify. (more…)

NHRDA at the Texas Motorplex

Monday, August 1st, 2011

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and if you look at both the truck count and attendance figures for the National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s annual visit to the Lone Star State, you’d have to agree. Last year’s event was plagued by rainy and cold weather, which hurt attendance, but this year, the Eyes of Texas and the sunshine were upon the NHRDA at the Texas Motorplex, in Ennis, Texas, just outside of Dallas. (more…)