Update: I forgot the lede entirely. The engine in his new beast? The legendary straight 6 12 valve Cummins diesel. He said 1000HP, which it’s known to handle, but I don’t know what it took to reach that.

I dropped by my mechanic’s shop Friday after a nearby shop had spent the day trying and failing to reproduce my starter problem (sigh). He showed me his latest build, a crawler with 54” tires.


These things are yuuuuuuge. He’s cutting about 40 pounds off the tires and enhancing traction by removing tread.

When I first walked into his lobby I spotted these, which had come off the axles because they were too small, only 40”.


It turns out 5 ton axles are, indeed, beefy.

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