Gas vs. Diesel with Banks Power | The Bottom Line

Driving Line March 10, 2021

Driving Line

When it comes to making engines outperform stock configurations, not many companies can compare to Banks. With roots in the early days of hot rodding, owner, Gale Banks has been leaving the competition in the dust for decades. Continuing to push the limits of combustion engines, Banks has evolved and has even broke some speed records along the way.

Recently, the Banks team received a ’66 Chevy C20, which was sold to them for only $1 plus some registration fees. Being that the crew is comprised of gearheads, they couldn’t just leave this truck as is. Instead, they have devised a plan to replace the Chevy small block V8 gas engine with a special diesel package and swap the chassis to make this truck sit lower than ever.

During our visit, the banks team gave us some insight on gas versus diesel engines. They even go into detail on which they will decide for their project called LokJaw. The truck will also receive the following:
— Roadster Shop airbagged chassis
— Custom Strange Engineering 9-inch rearend with 8-lug axles
— Eaton Detroit Truetrac limited-slip differential
— Kibbe Tech front spindles
— Wilwood TX6R 16-inch disc brakes
— Black Rhino 22-inch wheels
— Nitto Invo front tires and NT555 RII drag radial rear tires
— MoteC M142 ECU and data logger display
— TMI Products interior kit
— Vintage Air ac system
— ATS Diesel Allison 1000 transmission
— Custom sheet metal work by Empire Fabrication
— Alpine Electronics sound system installed by Gary Bell at Define Concepts