By Steve Pollock
SAXONBURG, PA… Power, performance and fuel economy are what Pittsburgh Power is all about. It began in the 1970s with a diesel engine repair shop in Cheswick, Pennsylvania called Diesel Injection of Pittsburgh and has evolved into one of the nation’s premier diesel engine performance shops. Pittsburgh Power and owner Bruce Mallinson have become household names to many Professional Truck Drivers, especially in the owner-operator community.
Diesel Injection of Pittsburgh began as a diesel engine shop specializing in repairing and rebuilding Cummins engines. It wasn’t long until the company was rebuilding all makes of diesel engines in their humble 2 bay shop. Bruce Mallinson has always had a love of racing – especially Corvettes. With his background in high performance, Mallinson began building high performance diesel engines at the request of his customers. Fuel economy was not an issue at that time; it was all about adding some extra horses under the hood. It was the era before electronically controlled engines and high performance usually meant a larger engine displacement with bigger injectors to deliver more horsepower. After the introduction of electronically controlled diesel engines, Mallinson, along with a couple of retired Cummins engineers, developed the “Pittsburgh Power Box”, an electronic control module that can be adjusted to add extra horsepower on demand. As the Pittsburgh Power Box gained popularity, Mallinson changed the name of Diesel Injection of Pittsburgh to Pittsburgh Power.
Pittsburgh Power began to offer other high performance products to their customers, including high flow mufflers, high performance engine balancers and manifolds, FASS Fuel Systems, as well as many other performance enhancing products. In 2007 Pittsburgh Power built a new state-of-the-art engine repair shop at 3600 Noah Drive in the Victory Industrial Park near Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. It didn’t take long to fill the shop and recently Pittsburgh Power completed a 10,000 square foot addition, doubling their shop capacity.
The crown jewels of Pittsburgh Power’s new addition are the 3 dynos the company has installed. A heavy duty dyno is now being used to check Class 8 trucks, allowing technicians to check engine parameters relative to the truck’s entire power train and adjusted as closely as possible to the customer’s driving conditions. Pittsburgh Power is presently having a custom hydraulic lift built that will attach to the truck’s 5th wheel to accommodate trucks with a low rear bumper. They also have a light duty dyno for diesel pick-ups and an engine dyno to test break-ins on out-of-chassis overhauls. The dynos add a new dimension for Pittsburgh Power. Technicians can now monitor horsepower, including 8 pressures (including crankcase) and 8 temperature parameters. By re-creating load conditions and horsepower outputs, technicians can also look for fluid leaks that only occur during peak power outputs. Most importantly, they will have your truck’s engine adjusted to your specifications before it leaves the shop for a road test.
Pittsburgh Power has three electrical engineers on staff as well as eight trained technicians and two technical support advisors. The engineers have built a “virtual engine” that they can use to check the trucks ECM. By creating bench test conditions to check the ECM, other variables associated with the engine can be eliminated. Making ECM diagnostics easier. Technicians now are capable of checking the timing between the crank and cam electronically, as well as perform a starter driven compression check. The technicians and engineers at Pittsburgh Power are pleased to be able to offer their customers these new diagnostic tools to help solve their engine problems.
Pittsburgh Power is a full service diesel engine and performance shop. Services range from engine repairs and adjustments to in-frame and out-of-frame overhauls. The company has become a “problem solver” for hundreds of truck owners. Pittsburgh Power is a source for troubleshooting engine problems other shops can’t solve, or modifying your engine to provide more power and better fuel economy. Whether you want to keep your engine within factory specs or do performance and fuel economy enhancements to it, the technicians at Pittsburgh Power are ready to solve your engine problems. Pittsburgh Power also builds glider kits for their customers. They will help you design a glider kit to your exact specifications, whether you are looking for performance, fuel economy or both. Whatever your needs may be, the ultimate goal at Pittsburgh Power is to have your engine running at its best so when you leave their shop, your engine will perform to your expectations and deliver reliability, eliminating costly downtime.
If you have an engine problem or would like to talk about some performance enhancing products for your engine, call one of the knowledgeable engine experts at Pittsburgh Power at 724-360-4080. To view some of the performance enhancing products offered by Pittsburgh Power, log onto www.pittsburghpower.com. You can also visit Pittsburgh Power at the Mid-America Trucking Show at Booth #69212 in the West Wing.