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Just For Fun:

By Mike Bradford

Improvement and innovation are

a constant force always moving things

forward. Unfortunately, for good or bad,

some things get left behind in the dust.

The two-stroke Detroit Diesel engine

is one of them. Years ago, the unique

snap of a screaming Detroit was very

common to hear on the roadways

throughout the United States, but now it

is almost totally extinct. For those that

desire to hear that ear music again, check

out this one-off super-sized hot rod that

calls northern New Hampshire home.

Jay Ouellette is the proud owner of

Bumper to Bumper Auto Repair in Twin

Mountain, NH and, like many of us,

he grew up reading

Hot Rod

and other

similar magazines, yearning for the day

he could get behind the wheel of his own

sweet ride. That event happened when

he was only 15 years old – and he hasn’t

looked back. Jay said, “I’ve been very

fortunate to have owned just about every

car and hot rod I’ve ever wanted. Fords,

Chevys, Chryslers, a 426-powered Opel

and a VW Beetle powered by a big block

Oldsmobile, just to name a few.” He

must have liked the big engine/small

chassis thing, because for eight years he

was an authorized dealer for the insane

V8-powered Boss Hoss motorcycle.

“One day, a few years ago, we were

sitting around the shop and one of my

guys, Glenn Grammo, asked me if I had

one more build in me. I agreed, but this

one had to be way over the top, and no

cookie-cutter.” While scouring through

the magazines from Jay’s younger days,

memories of the larger-than-life creations

of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth were retained

and brought back front and center for

the big red machine featured here. Jay

explained, “I immediately knew that it

had to be a diesel-powered rig, and not a

little Cummins out of a pickup, but a true

big block over-the-road Class-8 diesel,

resembling something Big Daddy Roth

would build.”

Soon thereafter, the search for a

drivetrain began, and a decommissioned

1979 Maxim 100-foot ladder truck, with

only 1,600 miles on the clock, became

the donor. “After buying it and driving

it home, I knew it was perfect for what

I had in mind,” said Jay. Powering the

machine was an 8V92 Detroit Diesel

mated to a 4-speed Allison automatic

transmission. In diesel lingo, the engine

is 8 cylinders, at 92 cubic inches each,

for a total displacement of 736 cubes.


10-4 Magazine / April 2016