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Powertech Diesel Powertech Diesel Brent Willsey: Owner For Brent Willsey, the origins of his business, Powertech Diesel, go far back to his teenage youth in high school when counselors wanted the graduates to think about their futures. “Back in high school we had people coming to our classes and talking to us about how to pick a career,” said Brent, ... Read more about this post

Christopher Rollins – 1988 BMW 535IS Christopher Rollins - 1988 BMW 535IS Christopher Rollins has worked pretty hard on his 1988 BMW 535IS. Running a naturally aspirated M30 that has been bored and stroked from 3.4 to 3.6 liters with a 290 degree overhead cam, oversized valves, and port work. Christopher was looking for a multi-function gauge, but he didn’t want five or more gauges on top ... Read more about this post

Four Wheeler Magazine upgrades 2002 GM rear end with Ram-Air diff cover Four Wheeler Magazine upgrades 2002 GM rear end with Ram-Air diff cover Jason Gonderman decided it was time to upgrade Four Wheeler Magazine’s 2002 2500HD’s tires to 37s. This would effectively raise the gear ratio (numerically lower) by about 20%. After the tires, it would be as if he’d installed 3.23:1 axle gears. The result would be more difficult acceleration but lower engine rpm at highway speeds. To ... Read more about this post

1978 Banks Sweeps New Zealand Marathon 1978 Banks Sweeps New Zealand Marathon Gale Banks turbocharged engines completely dominated the 1978 edition of the New Zealand Citizen Jet Boat Marathon by powering boats that finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. Grabbing the win was Reg Benton of New Zealand making this the second consecutive marathon win for him in as many months. His margin of victory in the ... Read more about this post

Brad Sanky – 2005 Duramax Brad Sanky - 2005 Duramax Photos provided courtesy of Diesel Power Magazine and used with permission. To say that Brad Sanky’s 2005 Duramax is modified… well that’d be an understatement. Aside from a bevy of upgrades that he was running in the 2019 Diesel Power Challenge held in Colorado he had a big single performance turbo, a Borg Warner S480 80mm ... Read more about this post

Diesel Pros, Belgrade, Montana Diesel Pros, Belgrade, Montana Gary Fields started his career as a heavy duty mechanic in the marine core from ’99 to ’03 during a tour in Iraq. Upon leaving the core he went to Montana with the intent of setting down some roots and going to college for a planned career in law enforcement. Gary worked through college as ... Read more about this post

Anthony Ralston’s C6 Corvette Anthony Ralston's C6 Corvette Anthony Ralston has a sweet C6 Corvette. But he’s not just any Corvette owner. He knows what’s going on under the hood. Anthony likes to keep an eye on his intake air temperature, especially since the elevated air temperature from his Magnuson TVS 2300 supercharger can spike on hot days forcing the ECM to pull ... Read more about this post

2016 Camaro 2.0L Ecotec 2016 Camaro 2.0L Ecotec Banks doesn’t do it often, but when Gale’s longtime friend asked him to find some extra ponies for his 2016 Camaro 4-cylinder Ecotec, the turbo guru was eager to assist and to see what this little engine could do. The Banks team started with a custom exhaust incorporating Banks’ own Monster mufflers for minimal backpressure. The ... Read more about this post

Road and Track share Gale’s Video Road and Track share Gale’s Video This week saw Gale’s latest video entry in his Killing a Duramax series (number 12, btw)  being shared and commented on by none other than Road and Track. In the article they make a point to reiterate what Gale is teaching in the video: streamlining piping in an engine build can free up stifled horsepower.  The ... Read more about this post

Midwest Truck Products Midwest Truck Products Wayne Zimmerman grew up around mechanics, his dad and brothers owned shops. Always having a wrench in his hand he naturally showed a passion for cars, but back then there wasn’t much in the way of diesel performance to get excited about. That lasted until he got his hands on a 12-valve Cummins, and everything ... Read more about this post