Particulate Matters: All the Way Live
Well, we’re almost a full month into 2018, and thus far I think the year is off to a really good start. Personally, I’ve been on the throttle since the day after we all counted down from 10 and screamed “Happy New Year,” celebrating another birthday (my 55th/you really are as young as you feel) on January 4, and then on the 7th, driving Big White—my ’95 Ford F-350—to Northern California to work on a long-anticipated tech project you’ll read about in our July issue.
If you follow the Diesel Power magazine page on Facebook, you’ve probably heard about this effort, which involves using CA Conversions’ Ford E4OD-to-Allison 1000 transmission-swap system to upgrade Big White’s gearbox from a four-speed to a six-speed automatic. In suggesting you’ve heard about the project, I’m referring to me using the popular social media’s Live feature to visually chat with the people following us at any particular moment. Facebook Live enables me to let viewers in on whatever some of the current goings on at Diesel Power are, and, of course, to interactively hear from you.
Going live on Facebook has become a resurrection of the Letters/Readers’ Mail department we used to publish in the magazine, a segment that was discontinued primarily because of a severe drop in participation. In a nutshell, we weren’t receiving enough email to publish responses to. Honestly, I don’t know whether I should score that as a good or bad thing, but I will admit I’m interested in learning what’s on your minds about Diesel Power and the hobby as a whole (hot topics, events, your projects and builds, and such), pro or con, in a constructive—not juvenile—manner. The time I spend with folks in the impromptu town hall of Facebook Live is a great opportunity for me to do that.
While my informal live broadcast usually happens on Monday mornings, shortly after I arrive at Diesel Power headquarters in El Segundo, California (anywhere between 6 and and 7 a.m. Pacific), there actually isn’t an official day and time, nor is there a name for the discussion. I open each feed with “Good Morning” typed in the caption area, but I think it would be cool if this infinitely random-but-relevant-topic broadcast has some sort of official moniker. So, I’m opening the floor…the door…the window of opportunity for you to come up with an appropriate name for my Facebook Live chat.
Similar to the title of this monthly column, “Particulate Matters,” I challenge you to come up with something that ties diesel performance and general discussion together—and does it without referencing “rolling coal,” “smoking out the joint,” “billowing BS (LOL)” or anything like that. Let’s see what your creative minds can come up with.
By email only (email@example.com), send in your ideas for the name. Actually, so I’ll know it’s a suggested handle, use “KJ’s Morning Facebook Live Broadcast” in the subject line of your message. No, there’s no million-dollar prize for submitting the best title. There’s not even a one-buck reward. Though we can’t pay you for the names, I rummaged around and found a Diesel Power cap and a license plate. Both items are special, because they’re given to teams that, thanks to your votes, earn a place on the Diesel Power Challenge roster.
And, speaking of DPC, let me use this platform to thank and welcome Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP) back as our flagship event’s Presenting Sponsor. Once again, Amsoil also joins the list of supporters (Official Lubricants), and American Force Wheels is onboard with the dual role of being the competition’s Official Wheel and sponsor of our live feed! Yes, once again, we’ll bring you all the action from each competitive segment during DPC Week (starting with Dyno on Tuesday, June 5, 2018) through Facebook and other social channels. Remember, none of this is possible without the great support of sponsors, so I strongly encourage you all to keep those companies in mind when you’re purchasing products for your rigs.