2nd Chance Diesel Refocuses On Truck Engine Rebuilding

Steve Pollock
November 2021

KEARNEY, MO….  Jason and Tannile Bates founded 2nd Chance Diesel in 2020 as an answer to the difficulty of finding honest, reliable people to deal with to keep their own fleet of trucks on the road.  The company offered everything from minor repairs to major engine overhauls, as well as used salvage truck parts.  They also offered computer diagnostics, wheel and tire service, and body work and painting.  It wasn’t long until the company had grown to 16 employees, most of whom were trained and certified mechanics.

With an in-house machine shop and expert engine technicians, 2nd Chance Diesel quickly established a reputation as quality rebuilders of truck engines.  With their services in high demand, 2nd Chance Diesel was having problems keeping up with the demand for reman engines.  Jason and Tannile decided to change their business strategy and recently they sold their truck salvage business and the building that it was operated out of.  The Bates then moved across the street into their machine shop, located at 970 Premier Drive, Kearney, Missouri.  Their idea is to focus completely on rebuilding truck engines and machine work for their customers.  This new concept has allowed 2nd Chance Diesel to dedicate more of their mechanics to rebuilding engines, permitting them to keep up with the growing demand for their remanufacturing services.  They have increased their capacity to rebuilding 8-10 engines per week.

One of the Bates’ goals is to develop an inventory of reman engines that can be put on the shelf for quick and easy engine exchanges for their customers.  2nd Chance Diesel offers shipping on their engines to anywhere in the USA.  They have negotiated preferred customer rates with a large LTL carrier to facilitate reasonable shipping rates for their customers.  Truck owners are still welcome to stop and pick up their reman engine or have 2nd Chance Diesel do the engine swap or in-frame at their shop.

All reman engines carry a 1-year unlimited mileage warranty that includes Detroit Series 60; 12.7 and 14.1 litre as well as DD15 and DD13; CAT C12, C13, and C15 Acert and Non-Acert; 3406 A, B, C and Series 3406E.  They also offer Cummins N14, N14E, ISX, Volvo D12 and D13 and Paccar MX13.  Reman and exchange services are available for virtually every truck engine except Maxxforce. They can rebuild Maxxforce engines, but do not normally keep these cores in stock.

If you prefer to rebuild your own engine, 2nd Chance Diesel stocks rebuild kits and engine parts.  The company also offers complete machine shop services, refurbishing connecting rods, crankshafts, cylinder blocks and cylinder heads, as well as custom machining.

2nd Chance Diesel is located at 970 Premier Drive in Kearney, Missouri, off I-35 Exit 26 in the Northeast corner of Kansas City.  They are just across the street from their previous location.  You can view their complete inventory at www.2ndchancediesel.com or contact them at 816-293-9570 or email them: [email protected]