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  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    July 2021
    High performance trucks are a keepsake! Chuck Carlson of Western PA owns this beautiful 4300 IHC originally powered with a Big Cam III 400 horsepower Cummins engine. Once it was time for an in-chassis rebuild he brought it to our shop for an ultra-hi...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    June 2021
    Please take 5 minutes today to learn what engine you have. There should be a tag or a plate on the engine that will give you some information about the engine like the model number and it’s factory specifications including horsepower, torque, and R...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson, Andrew Wilson, & Jane Gates
    May 2021
    Even though the Detroit Diesel Series 60 was discontinued in 2011, it’s still one of the most common engines for Class 8 trucks. Some may not know about the fascinating story behind these engines. At the onset of WWII General Motors created the GM ...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    April 2021
    Differential gear ratios: there is a lot of confusion in the trucking industry about what is the best gear ratio for pulling power, fuel mileage, and a good cruising speed.  This article will pertain to the over the road semi-truck, NOT heavy haul, ...
  • High Performance Diesel Injection

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    March 2021
    For many owner operators the love of performance runs deep in their soul and many times extends into their siblings. Mark Dinslage is one such person, he is 58 years old, owns a 2016 579 Pete powered by an ISX Cummins tuned by the engineering departm...
  • Cab Corrosion and DD15 Maintenance

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    February 2021
    Cab Corrosion: it’s winter again and our part of the country has seen no shortage of snow so far this year. When the season is over, we often find lasting damage in the form of corrosion on the cab floor of many trucks. Calcium chloride and magnesi...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    January 2021
    Unusual phone calls from unusual people, or should I say unique people.  Bill McCammon from Emporia, Kansas called and was building a hot rod 1972 skinny windshield Peterbilt.  The skinny windshield Pete is 8inches lower than a 359 or 379 Peterbilt...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    December 2020
    Injector cups, tips, sleeves, and tubes; there is some confusion in the industry about what these parts do and where they are. Injector cups are mounted on the injector. It is where the injector plunger compresses the fuel and injects it into the com...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    November 2020
    Pittsburgh Power and Long Haul Detailing hosted the Victory Road Truck Show on Saturday, October 3rd. This was our first truck show, and it was a huge success.  97 trucks, antique trucks, a couple Rat Rods, some pickup trucks, and one 1-ton Chevy th...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    October 2020
    With great pleasure I am introducing you to a very special old school owner operator from Mississippi.  JR Hillhouse’sbeautiful black 2007 379 Peterbilt is powered by an NXS Caterpillar that JR’s gets his hands on every Saturday.  You see the o...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    September 2020
    Many owner-operators ask us about the difference between a damper and balancer, do they need one or both, and what is the purpose? Let’s start with the Torsional Viscous Damper and why you should replace it every half a million miles. Every semi-tr...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    August 2020
    Auxiliary coolant tanks, we have talked about this several times on the radio show. It’s a cooling solution only to be used when a larger radiator is not available.  I invented this system back in the early 1990’s for the Big Cam 4 low flow cool...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    July 2020
    Vibrations can break anything. This is a carrier bearing bracket out of Steve Kron’s 10 miles per gallon DD4 Detroit powered truck.  His rear drive shaft was out of alignment and was causing a vibration. As you can see in the picture, the U-shaped...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    June 2020
    Several years ago, Kevin Rutherford and I were talking about setting money aside for a maintenance account and the amount per mile was 10 cents for pre-emissions trucks.  Then when EGR, DPF, and DEF appeared on the trucks in 2011 and 2012 the amount...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    April 2020
    Below is an email I just received from Leland Johnson, President of Johnson Motor Freight Inc. He’s been running his fleet on Max Mileage Fuel Borne Catalyst. I had a phone conversation with him just two days before and asked how he was able to get...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    April 2020
    Did you ever think the word MAINTAIN would be so important in your life?  Think about everything you must or should maintain during your lifetime. Your body and health may come to mind, after all, if you’re not healthy how can you perform up to yo...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    March 2020
    When you hear Pittsburgh Power what comes to mind? Is it our service shop? Our ECM tunes? Our engine rebuilds? We recently realized we actually have 8 different businesses all wrapped up in one. We are first and foremost a diesel repair shop, but we...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    February 2020
    Here at Pittsburgh Power we believe in new ideas and innovations that help to serve the owner-operator which is why we test new products every year. Generally, these products are designed to make trucks more reliable, more efficient, and more profita...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    January 2020
    There’s some big news coming out of Ontario regarding a crackdown on emissions tampering and deleted trucks. According to the Ontario Trucking Association, Ontario will become the leader in North America for enforcing heavy truck emission rules. St...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    December 2019
    One amazing aspect of the diesel engine business is you never know what is coming through the door, or what the cat dragged in. When you have the attitude, anything is possible. People with trucks and diesel-powered equipment know that you must be r...