It’s Been Fun At Diesel Power - Final Gear
All Good Things Must End
The last two and a half years have been quite a ride. You may have noticed that over the past several months, I’ve had less involvement with Diesel Power. Since all good things must eventually come to an end, so goes this column.
Before you get overly excited, I’m not physically going anywhere. I still sit at the same desk I always have and still talk about diesel trucks and the inner workings of Diesel Power on a daily basis. And my passion for diesel vehicles and performance hasn’t declined even in the slightest. Instead, I seized the opportunity to take over running our sister publication, Truck Trend.
As editor of Truck Trend, I now spend my days talking about the new-truck market. It’s not as exciting as working for Diesel Power, and the workload is pretty heavy, but it sure has been fun getting to drive all the new gas- and diesel-powered pickups and SUVs. I also travel a lot more these days. In fact, I just got back from a quick jaunt to Iceland to drive the new Land Rover Discovery Sport (which will be available in the U.S. with a diesel engine in the not-so-distant future).
I also still have—and continue to tinker with—my diesel-powered ’85 Ford Ranger. If you don’t remember the epic road trip I took to get it home to California from Kansas you should look it up; it’s worth the read if I do say so myself. You can find it in the December ’13 (part one) and January ’14 (part two) issues, or on our website. I have wild dreams of dropping a 2.8L Cummins engine in it and pairing it with a ZF6 or G56 manual transmission. A pair of Dana 60 axles and some meaty 37-inch tires would round out the mix nicely. But it’ll probably never happen. Or, if it sounds cool to you, drop me an email—maybe that way I can persuade the powers that be to let me do it. Oh, and it’s still not for sale.
The one thing I certainly won’t be giving up is going to Diesel Power Challenge. I’ve been helping with DPC since the very first year, and I certainly won’t be stopping now. It’s just too much fun to quit. I know I’m rubbing it in for those who can’t go (it’s still not open to the public), but I can’t help it. My position with Diesel Power (both as the online editor and feature editor) afforded me quite the run of years attending this event (I’m the only current staff member who attended DPC in all three states it’s been held in). So if you are lucky enough to get voted in this year, I’ll see you there.
Hopefully, you have all gained at least a bit of knowledge from the last two years of this column and been entertained a bit more. It’s been fun to write, albeit difficult to come up with a good subject at times. So until the next time I see you, keep having fun with your trucks, because in reality that is all this was ever about anyway.