An old and dear friend sent me an email recently. The subject line was, “I am so jealous” followed by, “Gale; you have made the perfect gear head life”! My first thought was, “how the hell did I pull that off”?
Well, I think I have turbocharging to thank for that, not to mention my 60 year obsession with speed. Plus my folks, and every friend who lifted me up along the way…They did this! I only wish they were all alive to see where their help has taken me. Just think; it all started in Lynwood, California back in 1956 hot rodding the four banger in my $35, 1931 Model A Ford.
Dateline, 7-5-16, Moraine, Ohio
Gale, you’re not in Kansas any more!
Beginning Friday July 1 and through all of this week, the folks at the Duramax plant will assemble nothing but our Banks special, 866T 3/4 engines! By the end of this week 2086 engines will ship to our warehouse and be crated.
Other than the intake and exhaust manifolds, these specially machined engines are missing everything external including the vibration damper and oil sump. They are feed stock for various Banks engine builds including Marine, Defense and Racing. Engines for the Oshkosh JLTV, the replacement for the HMMWV, being our immediate engine production effort.
All I wanted was the fastest car in town…I never saw this coming. – Gale Banks