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Category Archives: Diesel News From Around the World

10 Common Problems With Diesel Engines

By Featured Writer Mike McGlothlin   For the most part, diesel long-blocks are pretty solid, with rigid components like forged-steel crankshafts and connecting rods, mammoth-sized wrist pins, rod bearings, and main bearings, gear-driven accessories, and densely-cast gray-iron blocks proving nearly unbreakable. Sure there are freak instances of dropped valves, bent rods, and cracked blocks, but…
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High School Cummins Swap: The Story Of A Student-Built, 6BT-Powered F-350

By Featured Writer Mike McGlothlin   Despite the decline in skilled trades courses offered at American high schools, hundreds (if not thousands) of programs have survived the college-or-nothing craze that has swept through the country’s education system. Huntley Project High School in Worden, Montana is one such institution. Here, in a town of just 480…
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Top Five Diesel Engine Coolants

What Does Engine Coolant Do? Some people know, and some people think they know what coolant is and the role it plays. In short, coolant transfers heat while providing antifreeze protection to an engine to keep your car on the road. Internal combustion engines create heat from well, combusting fuel. This creates the energy that…
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Top 5 Marine Diesel Engines

1) Cummins 6BT 5.9 The Cummins 6BT 5.9 is a straight-up, solid, reliable engine. With 25 years’ service in commercial marine applications, it is a popular choice for many, for a variety of reasons. The 6BT can be set up with Keel cooling, Heat Exchanged cooling, dry exhaust, wet exhaust, and an array of PTO…
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Top 10 Caterpillar Engines

Everyone has heard of Caterpillar (CAT) engines, whether you’re an engine enthusiast or just an average joe. If you haven’t heard of them, you’ll likely recognize their logo at the very least. Cat or Caterpillar Inc. is a renowned engine manufacturer that has been around since 1925. Cat and their founding fathers have a remarkable…
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Top 5 Tractors for Farming in 2021

Farmers will have to increase their agricultural output by 70 percent before 2050 to feed our ever-growing population. That’s a lot of pressure, leaving no room for error, or worse, equipment failure. When the time comes to plow, cultivate or sow, sometimes the window to do so is shorter than one would like, especially as…
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How (and Why) the 4BT Cummins Is So Popular

By Featured Writer: Mike McGlothlin If it fits, it ships—but if it outperforms, outruns, and outlasts everything else at the same time then it’s probably worth having. We’re referring to the 4BT Cummins, of course. With its packageable dimensions, abundance of low-rpm torque, overland-friendly fuel efficiency, and decades-long durability it’s become a household name in…
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Are Gas or Diesel Engines Better for Off-Roading?

Gas or Diesel Engines for Off Roading? First, We all know the Cummins 4BT is considered King of Hill when it comes to off-roading diesel engines. The low end torque output mixed with the reliability of a Cummins Industrial Engine can't be beat. That being said we are opened minded here at Big Bear... we…
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Skid Steer History and Future Market Share

Skid Steer History Back in 1957, brothers, Cyril and Louis Keller were approached by a local turkey farmer who had a problem. Could they think of a way of a way to get all of the turkey crap out of his barns in a more efficient way than the cumbersome front loader machine that they…
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Cummins R2.8 L Turbo Diesel Review

There are crate engines and then there are crate engines that rock. Weighing in at a little over 500LBS the Cummins® R2.8 is the lightest and smallest out of the ISF family. Its four-cylinder burner will get you 161 HP at 3,600 RPM and the best part of 270 LBS-FT of torque at 1,500 –…
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Jeep’s New Pickup “The Scrambler”

Well Hot Dog! News broke recently that a new flagship pickup concept known as the Jeep Wrangler "Scrambler" will finally be introduced to the North American Market. The guys over at Chrysler are pulling some concepts straight from Jeep's 1950s Military M37 Days. It’s been over 4 years of rumors but more and more info…
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Rumor Mill: Did Ford Own Cummins?

For years a myth of epic proportions floated around grimy garages and internet forums all the like stating that Ford Motor Company actually owned Cummins Diesel. No way that is true? Right??! Well we are here to set the record straight… yes Ford did at one time own a piece of Cummins. During the mid…
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Detroit and Chicago Recieve Over $2,000,000 in EPA Grants

Two American cities are being helped combat emissions with older on-road truck fleets with a big fat check from Uncle Sam. The cities of Chicago and Detroit are set to receive $2 million dollars to help replace older diesel engine busses and equipment to more modern eco friendly models. Chicago has already received more than…
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Diesel News From Around the World

Diesel News Our monthly look at what’s been happening in the diesel world. Former VW Exec Jailed for 7 Years The aftermath of ‘Dieselgate’ continues as Oliver Schmidt, the general manager of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan, was handed a seven-year prison sentence by Detroit judge, Sean Cox. Schmidt was also handed a…
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