I’ve become addicted to the Bus Grease Monkey channel on YouTube. We’ve shown you his handiwork before…this is the guy that wakes up old GM buses and gets them back on the road. The key to his success is his almost savant-like knowledge of old Detroit Diesel engines. While I’m pretty sure that video editing cuts out quite a bit of the work needed to make an old diesel cough into life without immediately going into runaway mode, there is still plenty of information shared and each and every time, as long as the engine turns over at all, that engine will cough it’s way back into life, usually with minimal drama. Reviving an old engine is one thing, but seeing someone who has procedural memory like this guy does is something that I could watch all day long.
The application for this one is a Detroit Diesel 8V71 that is slated to become the powerplant for a Dodge D900 LCF big rig. The Low Cab Forward series of trucks were built for both the medium and heavy-duty market and were built with pretty much no change from 1960 through 1978 worldwide. Using the cab from the 1956 Dodge truck and a front clip that had swing-open fenders that opened up the engine bay for great access to the bay, the LCF was designed to be basic and easy to keep up. The Detroit Diesel engine was one of many options this LCF could’ve had, among offerings from Cummins, Caterpillar and Perkins. This Detroit should give the LCF build plenty of power and even after a nice long slumber, it sounds pretty damn good for a diesel, especially after some ill-advised “tuning” gets sorted.