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February 2013 Postal Route

Our Readers Write Back!

This and That
Your magazine is great. Two things:

1) Great article on 6.0L head gasket repair (Oct. ’12). Snap-on Tools makes a torque adapter tool (P/N srd35), which aids in loosening and tightening the head bolts. It was developed by a Ford tech.

2) In the Diesel Power Challenge story, you state that John Garner is from Mound, Minnesota. Then why does he have Washington state collector plates on his Ford truck? Was there a misprint on where he lives? Thanks and keep up the great work.
Greg McCreery
Auburn, Washington

Our understanding is that John had just moved from Seattle, Washington, to Mound, Minnesota. In fact, he had to drive from Minnesota to Washington to Colorado just to compete this year.

What’s The Year, Again?
If it weren’t for your mag, I probably wouldn’t spend nearly as much time in the “office.” I love it, and I usually read it cover to cover within days. Anyway, I just received the Sept. 2012 issue and noticed that on page 84 the title calls Rocky’s truck an ’07. Although I wish they still made trucks like they used to, they don’t. His truck is a ’97. Keep up the good work. I’m a Duramax guy, but I love reading the stories about all three. No matter which brand you think is best, we all need to stick together to better the diesel community.
Stephen Caudill
Pierceton, Indiana

Geography Test
In the Sept. 2012 issue in the Power Bits section under “Trash To Diesel,” you refer to Fayetteville, North Carolina, in Columbus County. Fayetteville is in Cumberland County not Columbus County.
Jake Martin
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Will They or Won’t They
Hello, I am writing this to respond to news I heard. Do you know if Mazda is going to bring the Skyactiv diesel over to consumer cars in America? I understand it’s racing them in LMP2 Class next year. Thank you, and great work. Diesel is the future.
Pete Guthrie
Raleigh, North Carolina

Currently, Mazda is marketing the 2.0L Skyactiv-G gasoline engine in the United States on the company’s CX-5 crossover, but as you note, the 2.2L diesel is for racers only. That is going to change soon, as we fully expect to see Skyactiv-D diesel engines in the showroom for the ’14 model year.

Banned Substances
I think your Diesel Power Challenge is a great thing. However, I think you need to exclude injectables (except for water). This makes your competition something besides diesel-powered trucks. All the pulling events I have anything to do with are with vehicles running diesel fuel only! Let’s exclude NOS next time and see how they do.
Chris Bandy
Seneca, Missouri

Chris, you bring up a great point and something we debate every year. Currently, we allow “injectables” because it is traditionally one of the most difficult aspects of competition to police and very easily concealed. By allowing it out in the open, we eliminate several potential problems.

Feel Better Now?
I’ve been a longtime subscriber to Diesel Power, but I’m quickly losing interest. I’m tired of all the lame articles of these wannabe everyday drivers you place in your magazine. Real people want to see real trucks doing what they were built for: working. I’m sick of seeing show trucks flaunted about as reliable workhorses. I tow a 17,000-plus-pound skidder with a single rear wheel 1-ton all the time. Is it legal? Probably not, but that’s a work truck. Head out to a farm or ranch and see what they do with their trucks. I want articles on real-world fixes, like the best U-joints, ball joints, etc. What about unit bearing fixes for Ford and Dodge? And who cares about horsepower? What intake system filters the best? Which ones are best for off-road? Give us real trucks, not some lame-ass office worker’s commuter ’cause he thinks his truck makes him look cool. It’s sad that the best section in your magazine is “Readers’ Diesels.” There’s an idea…do articles on them.
Graham Place
The Dalles, Oregon

Hidden Story
Hello, I am a two-year subscriber and have a question about the “This Month Online” department in your October 2012 issue. It lists a 600hp HEUI. Where would I find this on your website? I have tried to search and have had no luck. Any help?
Ryan Mickel
Sharon Springs, New York

On page 218 of the October 2012 issue, the “This Month Online” section says the Diesel Power website has an article on building a budget-friendly 600hp 7.3L Power Stroke with a rundown on all the parts and pieces. I’ve tried using the search function on your website but can’t seem to get to that article. Help!
Dave Daly
Homer, Alaska

We got quite a few emails on the whereabouts of this story. Sometimes, due to space, timing, or last-minute changes, the web stories won’t always reflect what we intended them to when the magazine went to print. However, the web story can be found here:

At this point, the OE cast-aluminum pistons are being coated to stand up to heat, the cam is a Gearhead Stage 1, and the heads are going to be modified by Unlimited Diesel Performance in Bremen, Ohio. It should be ready for assembly, dyno tuning, and a print article later this year.

Blowing Budgets
I have been finding your magazine on the newsstands for the past six months or so and have come to look forward to it. Great article on the supercharged diesel Banks is working on (Aug. ’12) and on your recent issues in general. However, coming late to this hobby and starting with a J-code 6.2L that I want to improve for torque and reliability in underdeveloped countries and remote areas (i.e. no programmers, computers, etc.), I have been having a hard time finding good tech articles these days.

Please tell me you have done such a build on something other than a 5.9L Cummins, supercharged ideally (the whole ice, cold water/hot turbocharger thing doesn’t bode well for trip completion in the Canadian arctic). Recently, there have been a lot of 6.2L-equipped ex-military vehicles released and snapped up by budget-limited builders. Many of these trucks are being bought as first-time project vehicles by people more interested in low cost and reliability than stump-pulling power or drag racing.

Lets call the concept “Reliable Power,” not “Maximum Power” or “Pulling Power.” I’m sure it would be a well-received article!
Ken Lawson-Williams
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Great idea, Ken. This is something we’ve seen more and more interest in lately and an idea we just might explore in the future. There is a company in Australia that makes a diesel blower setup for the 6.5L and Duramax 6.6L diesels. Maybe they can help you with your project. Check out

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