Westbound and down and you'll never guess who is back on the road once again.
In 1989, he parked his last truck to devote more time to his oil business. Four years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the man who developed the finest fuel conditioner that we have ever tested in our 21 years with Cummins diesel engines - Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil. At that time we were testing water injection on OOIDA member Norm Murakami's NTC 800+ horsepower Western Star on Indio Mountain on I-10 in southern California.
We invited Forrest Lucas to join us for a day of testing, and he was shocked at how 800 horsepower walked 80,000 pounds over Indio Mountain. That feeling of power has stayed with Forrest for the past four years and this past month he had the opportunity to purchase a T-800 Kenworth with a Diesel Injection of Pittsburgh NTC 800+ horsepower Cummins engine. At the time of this writing, Forrest Lucas and his T-800 KW were in our shop being super tuned by Pete Sharp, our vice president.
There is an old saying, "You can take the driver out of the truck, but you can't take the truck out of the driver." This is a very true statement. Forrest, a former trucker, is now a circle track stock car driver, but he will use his T-800 KW to take an occasional run across this country to deliver Lucas oil products to his clients.
Now it's time to go onto another great Cummins engine - the K Series. The KTA 525-600 Horsepower, 1150-cubic-inch Cummins engine is still the largest engine ever developed for on-highway use and this is our engine of choice for heavy hauling. Another old saying is, "You can't beat cubic inches." That certainly holds true for this engine. We still have high performance parts available such as twin turbos, high lift camshafts, hydraulic variable timing, dual fuel line kits, high flow injectors and high volume high-pressure fuel pumps. If you want 800 to 1,200 horsepower this is the easiest way to get it.
In the United States, and probably the world, we have two kings of the highway when it comes to brute power. Ken Hopkins from Rhode Island and OOIDA member Butch Shuman from Tye, TX. Each have a 1,200-horsepower Cummins diesel engine.
I sure wish Hawthorne Power Equipment (the Caterpillar distributor in southern California) would have their Dyno Days again. We would show them and the world that Cummins is the undisputed power champion of the world.LL
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The above column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or beliefs of Land Line Magazine or Cummins Engine Co.