Modernizing an IconThroughout the last few decades, there have been a handful of trucks in existence anyone who picked up Truckin magazine would recognize. Besides being on our cover in August 1999, this ’93 Chevrolet C3500 (which was actually in its second incarnation even then) was featured in countless pages of advertising for the company that built it. In its time, the Krew Kut dualie was the pinnacle of Master Image Customs’ impact on the custom truck scene, along with Rob Maggi’s marketing genius and lead fabricator Sean Mahaney’s trailblazing talent. This thing had people talking—studying it and taking photos at every show it attended as a cornerstone of the MIC vendor booth. What was the pinnacle of yesterday can become a forgotten relic after just a short time in an ever-evolving world. You’re not going to get rid of your smartphone today and use a Nokia from the end of last century just because it was the most popular, right? At the end of its run with MIC, the dualie was part of a huge giveaway at one of the biggest SoCal shows, the 15th annual California Truck Jamboree. On August 12, 2001, it was given away and sent off to its new home in Texas. The truck was taken to several shows but disappeared after just a short while.
Rising From the AshesIn mythology, the phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is reborn. When you ask about Scott Refice’s Mazda project, he refers to it as The Phoenix, because at one point it was a full custom show truck. But once Scott purchased it, he decided to give it new life. Scott got into vehicles when he was around 13 years old. While living next door to a muscle car owner, he gradually became close to him and started to learn mechanics. “I’ve learned everything I know from hands-on experience, from baseball to trucks. I taught myself as I went along.”
Radical RenderingsArtists of all types are not only born with their talents but learn to develop them over time. It may start with a simple interest in creating music, building something with power tools, or, in this case, putting tools of another kind to work in order to create someone’s dream project. As Matt Bernal’s skills evolved, the tools he used to render his clients’ dreams moved away from the ones he purchased from the art store when he was younger. The art he now produces has helped to build his company, Bernal Auto Style, into an equal peer of the artists Matt once considered idols. His fascination with mechanical art led to this point in his professional life. Whereas most people see a vehicle as a way to get from here to there, he sees lines, shapes, and possibilities for modifications or artistic interpretation. If you are ready to see your truck through Matt’s eyes, check out his other work and hit him up at: bernalautostyle.com.
A Top Show in the MidwestThrough many years Slamboree has been a top show in the Midwest. Held on the first weekend of August, the heat from the sun is as hot as the spectacular rides that show up year after year. Anybody who loves custom rides from all over the country shows up to make it the biggest Slamboree car show year after year.
A Nod to the ’70s Packs a Supercharged PunchThe sight of a two-tone, square-body Chevy Scottsdale pickup triggers all kinds of warm thoughts about CB radios, Urban Cowboy posters on the wall, and foam trucker caps worn without the slightest hint of irony. It’s a blast from the past of a simpler time, when there wasn’t social media dissecting our every opinion. Choosing between Wonder Woman and Donny and Marie was the only big social decision—and perhaps whether to try a six pack of Billy Beer instead of your trusted Stroh’s, Carling, or Rainier. Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to Michael Hunt’s ’70s-inspired late-model Silverado. Its simple yet devastatingly effective retro paint scheme harks back to the good-old days, even if they did include satin baseball jackets with the sleeves pushed up, fondue parties, and the Starland Vocal Band. No era is perfect.
Outward GrowthWith our freshly prepared LB7 short block back from the skilled craftsmen at L&R Engines, we quickly set to work getting the engine back within the frame rails of our ’02 Silverado. While a lot of people claim it, ours truly is a backyard build. We grabbed our trusty engine hoist and with the help of a few family members easily swayed by a free lunch had the beautiful Duramax resting in its home in short order. From there the arduous task of dressing the engine began. Come along with us as we get the turbocharger, heads, and valvetrain set for the next chapter in this engine’s already storied life.
How Would You Spec Yours?After accidentally publishing (and quickly unpublishing) the configurator for the 2019 Ranger last week, Ford officially launched the online tool today, betraying the Ranger’s pricing and options structure. The 2019 Ranger will start at $25,395 for a base XL SuperCab 4×2, including $1,095 for destination. (Build your own at Ford’s website!) Subtract Ford’s delivery charge and that number exactly matches the base pricing shown in last week’s whoopsie. It must be acknowledged that it represents a fairly substantial jump in base price compared to its domestic competition: the base four-cylinder Chevrolet Colorado starts at just a shade over $20,000. Admittedly, the Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 will undoubtedly offer more power and torque than that truck’s somewhat anemic 200 hp and 191 lb-ft, and we presume the Ranger will get a standard automatic transmission.
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Outlaws Assault CrossvilleThe Outlaw Diesel Super Series made its annual stop at the Crossville Dragway in Crossville, Tennessee, on July 27 and 28, 2018. In its fifth year, the Rocky Top Diesel Shootout again lived up to expectations, with two days of great weather that allowed for some intense racing and an all-around great show. RLC Motorsports (the host of the RTDS) changed things up a bit to give spectators a truly enjoyable event. Mike Dalton and his team decided to move Friday’s festivities to a later afternoon start time. This move paid off with a great turnout of people coming to see drag racing under an evening sky and the lights of the dragway. Adding to the already intense show of high-horsepower Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street, SunCoast Diesel Pro Mod, and Industrial Injection Pro Dragster qualifying runs on Friday, there was a stunt-bike show, a grudge race, and a Quick 8 race that pitted gas engines against oil burners in heads-up matches. There was even a meet and greet with Diesel Dave and The Muscle from the Diesel Brothers television show. Friday night also had its share of unfortunate incidents. During a qualifying run, Rawings Barnes’ Rudy’s Performance Parts Ford F-250 got loose and smacked the wall hard enough to put him out for rest of the event. And then, during the Quick 8 semifinals, a Ford Mustang got squirrely and hit the Nova II it was racing which caused the Nova to crash. No one was hurt in either incident. Saturday saw lots of diesel drag racing, with every ODSS class making an appearance in qualifying and elimination rounds throughout the day, until the number of competitors was whittled down to the final two for each class. Between rounds, the two-wheeled antics of the stunt bikes kept the audience entertained. the festivities didn’t stop, after the finals were run and awards presented; a live band rocked the dragway into the night. Like previous years RLC Motorsports put on an excellent event and we cannot wait to attend the RTDS6 in 2019.
Outlaw Diesel Super Series Results
|Jamo ET Bracket||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Cody McAnally||’09 Dodge||9.11||0.0038||66.61|
|Runner-Up||Ken Phillips||’08 Dodge||10.08||-0.055||63.92|
|ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power 7.70 Index||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Michael Hayes||’06 Dodge||7.64||0.0541||90.67|
|Runner-Up||Devin Ratliff||’05 Dodge||7.618||0.0595||91.11|
|Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust 6.70 Index||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T>||MPH|
|Winner||Susan Soga||’34 Chevrolet||6.798||0.0299||100.67|
|Runner-Up||Zach Pierce||’03 Ford||6.744||0.1129||103.88|
|Firepunk Diesel 5.90 Index||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Rick Fox||00 Dodge||5.868||0.2487||117.96|
|Runner-Up||Seth Higgens||’01 Dodge||10.84||-0.474||32.22|
|Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Dustin Jackson||’94 Ford||5.09||N/A||144.83|
|Runner-Up||Lavon Miller||’06 Dodge||5.22||N/A||140.76|
|SunCoast Diesel Pro Mod||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Ben Shadday||’06 Dodge||4.933||0.0536||125.66|
|Runner-Up||Larson Miller||’00 Chevrolet||4.769||2.908||160.71|
|Industrial Injection Pro Dragster||NAME||BRAND||E.T.||R.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Jared Jones||’16 Spitzer||4.267||0.07||176.68|
|Runner-Up||Wade Moody||’05 Spitzer||4.167||0.1832||179.57|
Show and Shine
|BEST OF SHOW||OWNER||CITY/STATE|
|’15 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali||Tom West||Adams, TN|
|’12 Ford F-250||Jason Baggett||Knoxville, TN|
|’90 Dodge Ram 250||Jason Gunn||Athens, TN|
|’12 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD||Josh Howard||Decatur, TN|
|’49 Diamond T||Michael Judd||Sparta, TN|
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Back in January Chevrolet shocked us all when they unveiled the all-new and radically redesigned ’19 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Silverado sports a new frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, and a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum. New exterior styling broke with decades of typical Chevy design and set a new standard for the future of trucks. Since its debut we’ve been learning more and more about the new Silverado as GM slowly dished out info to us, but seat time is what we’ve been patiently waiting for.
Seat belts are there to save lives but, in the case of 2015-2018 model year Ford F-150 trucks, the trusted safety device could be to blame for vehicle fires immediately following a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating reports that seat belt pretensioner systems fitted to Ford’s hugely popular pickup truck might be at fault in five fires, three of which completely destroyed the affected vehicles.
The colors on this skeleton of a 2019 Chevy Silverado represent different grades of high-strength steel and other materials. GM went the multi-materials route, while Ford makes more use of aluminum. / Reuters
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — When General Motors engineers were developing the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, some of them joined public tours of Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., factory to watch aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks go down the assembly line.
Midsize Bronco SUV Still Using Rugged Body-On-Frame DesignSpeaking to an investor conference, a Ford executive confirmed the company would roll out another off-road–oriented SUV after the Bronco, using the unibody Ford Focus as its base. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, was presenting at the J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York City on August 8. The discussion turned to Ford’s new C2 modular platform, which will underpin the successors to the current Ford Focus and Escape and will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. According to Thai-Tang, the platform will also form the base of an unnamed future product with “off-road positioning and imagery,” distinguishing it from the less rugged Escape. This vehicle will likely be the “Baby Bronco” mini-SUV Ford teased a few months ago, which will feature some off-road capability without compromising a smooth ride or good fuel economy. It seems as though Ford might be positioning some of its crossovers to do battle with those from Subaru and Jeep, two lifestyle brands that imbue each of their products with rough-road capability, real or perceived.
Company Quickly Removed Build-Your-Own from WebsiteFord accidentally published the configurator tool for its 2019 Ranger on Tuesday, allowing quick-witted enthusiasts to spec out their ideal midsize pickups. Off-Road.com was able to capture screengrabs of the configurator, revealing a base price of $24,300 for the 2019 Ranger SuperCab XL. One caveat: Ford says the configurator feature mistakenly went live and its information (including pricing) is subject to change.
A Black Bow Tie Means A Posher CrossoverDepending on your perspective, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS could either be the star performer or the black sheep of the Traverse family. While the rest of the range deploys a 310-hp V-6, the RS uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter/4-cylinder unit to deliver 257 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption on the highway is 26 mpg, compared with 27 mpg from the V-6. The turbo engine works most efficiently on premium gas, while the V-6 is happy on regular. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds, as opposed to 5,000 pounds with the V-6. And the RS comes solely with front-wheel drive, whereas its Traverse compadres with the bigger engine offer the option of all-wheel drive. So far, so unconvincing.
It’s as a complete package, though, that the RS comes into sharper focus. Standard equipment is generous, including 20-inch alloy wheels, black leather seating surfaces, tri-zone automatic climate control, powered tailgate, Bose 10-speaker audio system, navigation, wi-fi, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, heated front seats, and several advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring.
DetonationI think most people will agree that the price of a new diesel truck has gotten a bit out of reach for many of us. Buying a fully loaded, four-wheel-drive, fullsize crew cab pickup can run close to six figures, once all the taxes and dealer expenses are tallied up. Of course it would be really nice to roll around town in a ride with the newest engine technology and all the fancy features and gadgetry. Seriously though, a lot of us will be driving older trucks for some time to come. Hopefully, all of us that want a new truck will have an opportunity to buy a least one in our lifetime (I can dream). But until that happens, we will continue to keep our old pride and joys going. There is this thing called inflation that causes the price of most things to go up a few percentages every year. It is part of the reason why new trucks cost so much. Normal inflation is one of those realities we have come to expect and live with. It seems that price increases for automotive products have significantly jumped. I don’t fully understand the exact reasons why, but I do know that some of the price hikes are linked. For instance, as the cost of crude oil raises, it affects the price for the manufacturing of fuel, tires, motor oil, and other petroleum products. Those higher production costs then get passed on to the people who use those products, like transportation companies. Then, the cost of shipping things by truck, train, and ship goes up, which causes the value of the products being transported to be inflated in order to cover the increase and so on. One way that many of us have saved money over the years is by owning older trucks with no monthly payment, and doing most of the repairs and maintenance on the vehicles ourselves. By doing the work yourself, you are not dishing out hard-earned funds to cover the price of labor and marked-up cost of parts that some shops hit you with. However, over the past few years, even doing the work yourself has gotten expensive. The inflated price of oil and materials turned what used to be a relatively cheap endeavor into a more costly effort. It is nothing to drop close to two hundred dollars on just materials (oil, filters, fluids, etc.) for routine maintenance on a diesel engine. Then, when it is time to do a more extensive service (transmission, differentials, power steering, etc.) on the vehicle, the cost jumps even higher because of the numerous different fluids and filters needed. Another factor that affects expenditures is the use of the synthetic fluids that newer trucks require. Synthetics historically have been a bit more expensive than the traditional petroleum-based products, but, like everything else, they continue to increase in price. A plus side to good synthetics is the extended service intervals. Along with keeping up with the cost of regular maintenance, there is the expense of the items like brake parts, tires, hoses, and belts that wear out with normal use. Prices for these parts also continue to elevate. Of course, as the oil burner and the truck it resides in begin to age, bigger repairs are inevitable. The parts for those big repairs can run up a bill quickly, but the flip side and the reason why I like older trucks, is there is no payment. Repair costs do not come close to the amount that all the monthly payments would be for something new. An addition to the increased prices for parts, the cost of fuel definitely has not followed normal inflation standards. Since the time I started driving, fuel cost has literally tripled, which is a big hit to the wallet if you have to drive any type of long distance. It is interesting how a single substance like crude oil has such a huge impact on the automotive industry and vehicle owners, especially when its value dramatically changes. I wish I had the knowledge to come up with a good solution for stabilizing the ever-increasing costs of owning a diesel truck. Unfortunately, it is a bit too complicated for a mere magazine editor to resolve. There is a certain amount of supply and demand that goes with cost increases. As the demand goes up so do prices. If fuel demand diminished worldwide, the value of a drum of oil would too. The simple fact of the matter is, we drive our trucks for good reasons, regardless of the costs that we incur for doing so. The rigs haul parts and tow the trailers that we use for enjoyment and work. They do the jobs that a Toyota Prius would never be able to accomplish. The costs we endure for owning diesel-powered trucks are small, when you consider the amount of satisfaction we feel when we’re in the driver’s seat.
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Fix It Fast!Think up two means of witnessing crazy power output from a four-stroke engine. First try standing near the tarmac while a B-29 Superfortress takes off about 100 feet over your head. Boeing’s WWII heavy bomber has four twin-row, 18-cylinder radial supercharged engines strapped to its wings pushing up to 3,700 hp—each. Best advice, cover your ears and hold your breath. Next up, hang out a few yards from the Christmas tree while a pair of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters launch off the starting line. Your feet will vibrate against the concrete, followed by a numbing sensation in your chest. These nitromethane-burning powerplants are somewhat simple supercharged Hemi V-8s, but they twist out five-figure horsepower numbers. The over-the-top raw power delivered to the rear wheels is incredible in itself, but the work involved in keeping these monsters tuned and in one piece between 4-second, 325-mph runs is likewise impressive. Consider the brute force of the high-pressure air/nitromethane combustion inflicting damage to these engines. A comparison might be 250,000 miles worth of wear and tear on a street-production V-8, all condensed into a single 1,000-foot pass. A Top Fuel engine burns more than 1 gallon of fuel per second, a tad more than a fullsize commercial passenger jet. The high oxygen content of nitromethane allows for an extremely rich air/fuel ratio. Compared to gasoline engines’ stoichiometric 14.7:1 mixture for efficient performance and emissions, a Top Fuel nitro-burn is closer to a 1:1 ratio. Fuel delivery entails injectors situated in the supercharger, intake manifold, and cylinder head, fed by a fuel pump capable of delivering 100 gallons per minute. Combustion pressures and temperatures peak above 12,000 psi and 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. Spark-plug electrodes melt down before reaching the finish line.
The dragster is positioned in a narrow area alongside the team’s trailer and jacked up off the ground, and teardown takes place with the use of wireless electric and pneumatic tools.
New York Auto Show Concept Could Preview Consumer VehicleVolkswagen is reportedly considering a production version of the Atlas Tanoak pickup concept. The show vehicle, which was revealed in March at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, was reportedly a design study intended to gauge consumer response to a Vee-Dub pickup. Autocar reports that Volkswagen’s U.S. bosses are still mulling over the Tanoak’s prospects in our market. “It fits the brand well, because we want to get more American in the U.S., but it’s something we have to look at carefully,” said Hinrich Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “It’s a very patriotic segment, which American manufacturers dominate.”
A Thorough ThrashingWhat do you do when a brand-new off-road tire comes on the market and you have a bunch of experienced magazine guys itching to test it? Stuff those expert magazine guys into a mildly lifted but otherwise stock Jeep Wrangler JL Sport, install said tires (in 35×12.50R17 flavor), turn them loose somewhere in Oregon, and let them have at it. That’s just what we did. Clocking about a thousand miles of on-road and off-road abuse over the course of four days, the four of us (to be named in a minute) all got ample time to see how Nexen Tire’s newest offering performed. The Roadian MTX (MT stands for Mud-Terrain Extreme) is a new tire from a Korean tire company, Nexen. While the name may sound new, Nexen has been around under one name or another since 1942. Nexen’s goal is to build great tires with state-of-the-art manufacturing and innovation. The Roadian MTX is built to perform off-road as a radial tire with three-ply sidewalls, an aggressive patented tread block design with plenty of siping, dual sidewall designs dubbed the Machine and the Beast, and an available F-load weight rating for on-road weight-bearing confidence, all on a carcass ready to be aired down on the trail. You may be asking yourself why we, of all people, get to do this? What makes us uniquely qualified to test and tell how this new tire performs? Well, between Stuart Bourdon (Jp magazine tech editor), Sean Holman (Four Wheeler Network’s content director), Jared Korfage (Four Wheeler magazine staff editor, and yours truly (Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road technical editor), we have decades of experience evaluating off-road tires. So, did the Nexen Roadian MTX live up to the name? From dunes to wet and muddy rocks and deep snow, and on wet, snowy, and dry pavement and hard-packed dirt, we put these tires through their paces and found their strengths (which are many) and weaknesses (which are few). In short, yes. Check it out.
Highway Miles, Off-Road Mud, and Towing HeavyBack in January, Chevrolet shocked us all when they unveiled the all-new and radically redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Silverado sports a new frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, and a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum. New exterior styling broke with decades of typical Chevy design and set a new standard for the future of trucks. This styling, however, proved to be wildly polarizing to the wider public. Since its debut we’ve been learning more and more about the new Silverado as GM slowly dished out info to us, but seat time is what we’ve been patiently waiting for. Now the big day has arrived and we’ve finally been allowed to slide behind the (now centered) wheel for a quick first drive of the newest generation Silverado. You’ll have to wait a few more days until we can share our thoughts (drive impressions are still embargoed), so for now enjoy our photos and a few factual tidbits about our day in the mountains. Chevy brought out a handful of High Country, LTZ, and Trail Boss models for us to drive in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming. The drivetrains available were the 6.2L V-8 and 10-speed combo, along with the 5.3L and 8-speed. Not present were the 2.7L four-cylinder or 3.0L diesel—we’ll have to continue waiting for those.
Particulate MattersSome of you may recall the “Do I Miss Mustang?” Particulate Matters column , in which I explained my dilemma of owning several Ford Mustangs (four at that time) and two diesel pickups and coming to grips with the reality that I might be losing interest in Fox- (’79-to-’93) and other late-model ’Stangs. I struggled to find answers to two very serious questions: “Do we keep our Mustangs?” Or, “Do we sell ’em?” Here’s quick history for first-time Diesel Power readers who don’t know me yet. I came into the diesel scene and my job as editor of this fine magazine by way of a long career in late-model Ford Mustang performance—first, as an enthusiast for many years, then as senior technical editor of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords from 2005 until it was closed in 2014. Yes, for all intents and purposes, I was a “Mustang guy” through and through, and fully embracing diesel was a bit of a challenge for me. A lot has changed since I penned those musings for our October 2017 issue. First, I am a lot more committed to diesel now, and I honestly believe I’m in this game for the long haul. Not only do I “get” diesel from a mechanical standpoint (the trucks, drivetrains, modifications, and such), I’m also a lot more connected to and in sync with the diesel lifestyle, as well as the enthusiasts, shops, manufacturers, and organizations who make this scene so cool. Which brings me to the news I want to share and a new dilemma that seemingly goes hand in hand with it. I’ve finally begun selling our Mustangs. My black ’90 LX coupe is gone—ironically, it was purchased by a fairly well-known member of the diesel community (who, for this report, shall remain nameless)—and it’s time for my green ’91 LX hatchback, the project car I call “Cheaper Sleeper,” to make its way to a new driveway or garage, too.
| No, Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Presented by XDP’s Third Place finisher Trae Hutton’s ’03 GMC Sierra 2500HD isn’t for sale. It’s just a great example of a desired truck (Drivers’ Choice Award winner) that, since DPC, has received purchase offers that are nearly $20,000 below the rig’s fair “value.” Does that make any sense? Hell no, it doesn’t!
Exclusive V-8 Could Distinguish Caddy from Tahoe and YukonCadillac will reportedly offer the 2020 Escalade luxury SUV with three different powertrains, according to enthusiast site Cadillac Society, quoting a source close to the new SUV’s development. Each powertrain will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, bolstering performance and efficiency.
Sometimes You Have To Say “What the Hell”The phrase Ta Cabron is Spanish slang for “oh well, just do it.” Eduardo Gomez decided early on that’s the approach he would take in creating a masterpiece that is way outside the box. Growing up in San Miguel el Alto, Mexico, with his two younger brothers, Eduardo relied on a strong family bond. His father and uncle both owned older-style dualie trucks, and that body style just became second nature to the impressionable youth.
2017 Ram 2500- Massive MegaCabThe Ram MegaCab has proven itself to be a beast of a truck. With the extra cab space, near-indestructible Cummins powerplant, and relative affordability of Ram trucks as compared to the other HD truck lines, Ram has firmly planted itself in the forefront of the custom lifted truck scene—and we have the backlog of potential Ram cover trucks to prove it. When longtime friend of the magazine, OG Negative Camber member, and all-around good guy Mike Sutton picked up a well-bought ’17 Ram 2500 recently, we knew we had a new testbed for some killer Ram tech for the magazine. At the point we got our hands on the truck, it was bone stock, save for the usual debadging and window tint. We decided that getting the truck sitting at a respectable—and level—height was at the top of our priorities. A 6-inch lift, 20-inch wheels, and 37-inch tires were on the agenda.
Commercial Vehicle Joint Venture Could Lead to a U.S.-Market AmarokFord Motor Company announced in June that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen AG, and the first evidence of that possible partnership could be the 2025 Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger pickups.
Sticker Shock, Ford Raptor Gains Fox Live Valve Shocks, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali HD, the Truth About GM’s Fuel GaugeThe Truck Show Podcast Presented by Nissan is a fun, irreverent, and edgy look at today’s world of custom and factory trucks, hosted by truck enthusiasts Sean Holman and Jay “Lightning” Tilles. It’s hard to believe, but today marks the release of episode 22. The weeks are flying by so quickly that even we forget what episode we’re on!
Is a Regular-Cab F-450 on the Way?Ford will comprehensively update the 2020 F-Series Super Duty to match incoming competition from the all-new Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ram Heavy Duty. Mirroring many of the updates made to the 2018 Ford F-150, expect the new Super Duty to receive altered exterior styling and new powertrains to keep the big truck relevant.
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Rain Didn’t Stop These EnthusiastsEvery show promoter’s biggest fear is inclement weather. The larger shows get three hundred and sixty three days to promote their show and one weekend to enjoy the event. Not since 2015 had the Waveland, Indiana show Camp N Drag had any threat of rain, but this year the radar began looking like there would be an impact. The 500-acre Waveland Lake & Park is known for its lack of cellphone reception, so the normal routine is to put the phones away and enjoy the weekend with friends, camp grounds and trucks. The rain played a good role in keeping the 400+ registered vehicles in their camp instead of being on the main field throughout the weekend event.
FCA Seeking to Block Marketing and Sale of Roxor Off-Highway VehicleFiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a complaint against Indian automaker Mahindra Wednesday, detailing a claim that the Mahindra Roxor is an unlawful infringement on FCA brand Jeep’s intellectual property. The Mahindra Roxor is based on an Indian-market sport-utility vehicle that is indeed built under license from FCA and its predecessors. Built in India since 1949, the Roxor’s first ancestor was a Willys-licensed design that very closely resembled the military Jeep.
The Gift of GrabThe recently released General Grabber A/T X comes on the heels of the hugely successful Grabber X3 and replaces the long-running and also hugely successful AT2. When a tire is loved by tire dealer and customer alike, it isn’t easy to improve upon, but General Tire took a big swing at it by incorporating much of what was learned from the X3 while making many small improvements to the already popular tread pattern. But if you think General simply slapped the X3 sidewall onto the AT2 and called it a day—read on, because you would be selling this truly all-new tire and the engineers short. This is usually where we plug in a bunch of fancy marketing terms to describe the new technology, but we’ll try to let you in on what they actually do for the tire instead. A great example of this is General’s DuraGen Technology, which translates to an additional absorption layer under the tread for a more comfortable ride and a proprietary compound that provides long and even wear with extreme cut and chip resistance.
Industry-First Label Could Safeguard Against Accidental OverloadingChevrolet will include a trailering label on the driver’s doorjamb of the 2019 Silverado 1500, tied to the specific truck’s VIN—taking its powertrain, towing and payload packages, and optional equipment into account. It will include the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating, gross combined weight rating, maximum payload, maximum tongue weight, and curb weight.
Redo for the Do-Over
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. So when Kirk Cessac introduced his nephew Grant to off-roading, he made darn sure he had everything under control before he pointed his ’85 Jeep CJ-7 at the dirt. “Sure enough I got high-centered,” he admits, laughing at his misfortune. “I didn’t even have a shovel!” He and his sons Lucas and Noah broke the Jeep free by jamming some scrub under the dangling tires. “Grant got a little anxious but at the end of the day he thought it was a cool adventure.”
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Agency Also Intends to Remove California-Specific RulesThe Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a new set of rules Thursday that would roll back Obama-era automobile fuel economy standards in the pursuit of lower vehicle costs and increased safety. These changes were expected under the administration of President Donald Trump, who has said that fuel economy standards were imposing greater costs on the average consumer. Former President Barack Obama’s administration set a mandate in his first term that would require automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by the year 2025. According to the EPA’s proposal, “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks,” the agency would amend the rules to retain standards for model year 2020. The new rules would cap corporate average fuel economy standards at 43.7 mpg for passenger cars and 31.3 mpg for light trucks through model year 2026. One of the reasons given for the change was to reduce costs for consumers, allowing them to upgrade to newer, safer vehicles. The EPA says that current fuel economy standards could add more than $2,000 to the cost of a new vehicle, leading drivers to hold onto their older, less safe vehicles rather than upgrade to newer machines. At press time, only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had responded to the proposed rules: “The proposal includes a range of options, and we will carefully evaluate how each aligns with FCA’s goals of continuous improvement in vehicle efficiency and, at the same time, building vehicles customers want, at prices they can afford.” In addition to new fuel economy standards, the EPA is expected to revoke California’s right to impose its own emissions standards under the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB was created in 1967 to fight increasing air pollution in the state due to population growth, and its rules have been adopted by 12 other states and Washington D.C., according to the State of Maryland. However, the Trump administration’s EPA proposal would require California to abide by federal rules, rather than set its own. The CARB website suggests the state should be allowed to set its own standards, owing to its “unique geography, weather, and expanding number of people and vehicles.” California joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in suing the EPA in May, asking the court to review the EPA’s proposed actions.
Getting AwayI enjoy being outdoors: going on camping trips, off-roading, and just getting away from the traffic, people, and bills that seem to engulf our lives. Taking off on a road trip is the best way to mentally unwind. There is just something peaceful and refreshing about nature that helps clear the brain of the foggy haze that comes from dealing with life’s daily ordeals. Being around a lot of people in a fancy resort-style campground is not what I am talking about. I look forward to the type of camping that puts you in the middle of more animals, trees, and plant life than people—a spot that’s off the beaten path (typically referred to as a dry camp, with no hookups like sewer, water, or electricity). While dry camping with a self-contained recreational vehicle (running water, electricity, and holding tanks onboard) makes it easy to stay in places that have no amenities, an RV is not a requirement. Enjoyable, simple camping can be done with a tent or under the stars.
A Height Shifting Truck, A Garage Product You Can’t Live Without, and The Raptor Engine Finds A New Home
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From Beat-Up Bed To All the Storage With Snug, Yakima, and BedRug
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Performance-Oriented Maritime DieselSince the company’s inception in 1919, Cummins has been involved in building engines for maritime purposes. The power, economy, and longevity of diesel engines make them ideally suited for powering seagoing vessels. Today, Cummins offers a broad selection of marine engines that range in size from 104hp 5.9L engines to 4,200hp engines displacing a massive 95 liters. The extensive lineup of oil-burners serves in a multitude of vessels, providing things like propulsion and diesel-electric power generation in everything from sport fishers to freighters. One such unit is the marine-specific QSB6.7, which can be used as a propulsion unit or as an auxiliary powerplant in recreational and commercial vessels. The engine was developed alongside its automotive brothers: the B Series 6.7L and the off-highway QSB6.7. The variations use the same basic architecture, sharing many internal components, along with the block and cylinder head. A key difference of QSB marine is the maximum output of 550 hp and 1,250 lb-ft of torque it produces, which is a bit higher than its on-road sibling’s 385 hp and 930 lb-ft of torque.
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SVR Model, Standard Active Safety Features, and Added Option Packages Join LineupJaguar will update the popular F-Pace slightly for 2019 by adding a few features to the graceful SUV’s roster. Furthermore, the already announced 550hp SVR model is expected to arrive in time for the 2019 model year.
ZaiLab’s 6×6 Marketing Marvel
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Flying on a Cloud
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CDOT and Panasonic Collaborate on V2X EnvironmentYou’ve been involved in a crash and your airbag deploys. Before you can find your phone to call for help, emergency responders and a tow truck arrive on-scene. There’s a dangerous snow flurry ahead. Before a catastrophic pileup, drivers, alerted to the hazard via alerts on their dashes, are diverted to other roads or instructed to enter cautiously, while a snowplow is also dispatched. Cars are stopping hard around a blind curve. A dash alert cautions drivers approaching the bend to slow down.
Expect at Least 450 Horses in Aston’s First SUVThe 2020 Aston Martin Varekai, heralded as the brand’s first SUV, will reportedly use a Mercedes-Benz–sourced six-cylinder engine for motive force. Speaking to members of the Australian media, Aston’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman suggested the new SUV could draw from the English company’s working relationship with Daimler. He was quoted by Australian website Motoring saying, “It could [use a Mercedes-sourced six-cylinder], because that would be a pretty good engine and combination. Potentially.”
Expect a U.S. Arrival Sometime Next Year
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