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Gale Banks “Godfather of Diesel” on the Diesel Performance Podcast: Part 2

Gale Banks returns to the Diesel Performance Podcast and continues to set download records. In this episode, Paul, Danny, and Nick Priegnitz learn about Gale’s work with the new Duramax engine, the L5P. This episode examines the L5P’s bottom end, along with the engine’s amazing performance potential. Gale hopes to use the new design to reach… Read more »

Gale Banks “Godfather of Diesel” on the Diesel Performance Podcast: Part 1

Gale “Godfather of Diesel” Banks sets new records with part 1 of 2, when he sat down with the Diesel Performance group for their weekly Podcast for the first of a scheduled 2-part series. Within the first 4 days of being posted, Gale’s podcast had already bypassed previous podcasts for number of downloads. You can… Read more »

Jon Apogée Appointed Director of Corporate Communications

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE: Contact:  Jon Apogée, Director of Corporate Communications JApogee@bankspower.com Direct line: (626) 691-2178   Jon Apogée Appointed Director of Corporate Communications AZUSA, Calif. October 12, 2016 – Gale Banks Engineering has appointed Jon Apogée to the position of director of corporate communications. Apogée will be responsible for all aspects of brand management, strategic… Read more »

2017 Duramax “Hoodie”

There’s something different about the 2017 L5P Duramax. Well… there’s a lot different, actually, and we’ll cover a lot of those differences more in depth in the coming weeks. For right now let’s take a look at something that would normally be passed over as phony-bologna vents that only make the vehicle design look aggressive,… Read more »

Are You All Plugged Up?

You know the feeling when you have a cold and it’s hard to breathe because your nose is all plugged up? Well, imagine that is how your vehicle must feel day after day with the stock intake and exhaust system that it was born with. It doesn’t stop there, because if it’s turbocharged, it just… Read more »

What’s the Deal with Diesel Fuel?

When you ask folks about fuel for your car or truck you’ll end up with a whole bunch of facts and opinions. Well… opinions… mostly opinions. And mark my words everything that you hear will be about gasoline. You’ll usually get the response about where the cheapest place is to fuel up locally, or maybe… Read more »

Pinch me… I gotta be dreamin’ !

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… Read more »

Car guy Heaven…That’s where I am!

Once a year at Art Center College of Design In Pasadena California they do something so special that even my pal Jay Leno becomes a spectator! It’s called, Car Classic and I’m a guest of another pal, Syd Mead, who’s future vision caught the attention of the general public world wide with Blade Runner and… Read more »

Dateline, 7-1-16 Moraine, Ohio The first day of the rest of my life

Here’s the first days production of the specially machined Banks 866T V8, military engine blocks. This is only one days production, the Duramax plant will be machining these for a week. The first 78 of them made it down the line today as well and are now our Banks spec. military 866T 3/4 engines ready… Read more »

“Rapid Transit”, Banks Blown 870S 427ci Stroker Dmax!

Here’s some mug shots of our upcoming 7 liter supercharged, nitrous and water injected drag race engine. – Gale Banks

  • Our Straight-Shot Water/Meth Injection can do some very cool things!

    Check out our nozzle pattern in the manifold plenum area. This is for the Hot Rod 427 Small Block Gen1 Twin Turbo project. There are 8 nozzle locations which we will control as a 2 stage and modulated progressive flow rate system. The final parts are due from Vintage Air today, we are very close… Read more »

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    Posted on June 14, 2016 by
  • Good Things Come In Threes!

    We have designed a new Big Pin Stroker crank, a totally new rod bearing diameter and a new long con rod design, all for our new Banks 870T2B, Duramax V8. It’s our intent to use this improvement everywhere from NHRDA Top Dragster and Pro Stock Truck to Baja Trophy Truck, Bonneville Diesel Streamliner and Marine… Read more »

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    Posted on June 6, 2016 by
  • Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car, Episode #8

    Episode #8: Completion and testing Jay Leno’s Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. Part Eight in a Series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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  • Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car, Episode #7

    Episode #7: Wastegates and exhaust Jay Leno’s Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. Part Seven in a Series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Read more!  Episode 8  

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  • The 6-71 Jimmy Blower and My Pal Bruce

    I’d rather be Blown than Injected, so reads Bruce Geisler’s t-shirt. It’s the early ‘60’s, we’re in the pits at Bonneville wrenching our Studebakers. It’s over 100 degrees at an altitude of 4,219 feet, no wonder my Moon air density meter is only reading 81%. Despite the low ambient air density, my Hilborn injected, Isky… Read more »

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    Posted on June 1, 2016 by
  • The Boost Gauge is Dead To Me!

    Would you believe this? I’ve got an engine on my Dyno and I’ve made four pulls. The first was naturally aspirated and the remaining three were ran with exactly the same twin turbo setup, running exactly the same 20 lbs of boost. The engine made 580 hp without turbos. The three pulls at 20 lbs… Read more »

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    Posted on May 31, 2016 by
  • Torque Of The Town!

    This is real Gear Head Porn…we just reworked our Diesel engine development dynamometer. It had a limit of 4000 rpm and 3000 lbft. We just took that to 7000rpm and 3600 lb-ft. At Banks our Hot Rodding is like the plague, it infects everything in this place! And that’s exactly why we all show up… Read more »

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    Posted on May 23, 2016 by
  • Cal Poly Pomona Formula SAE Road Race Car!

    This car is going to Germany to take on the world, and they’re from my school, Cal Poly Pomona! As Chairman of the NHRA Motorsports Museum Educational Committee, think of the pride I feel in the Cal Poly Pomona students and their latest road racer. This thing is just flat beautiful!  

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    Posted on May 19, 2016 by
  • My Friend David is going to the NHRA! Let’s wish him well!

    I’m 58 years into my career and I have a circle of friends numbering in the thousands, one of them is this young man. His name is David Kennedy. David has lead two exceptional magazines important to my career. Those magazines, Diesel Power and Hot Rod became even more exceptional because of David’s vision and… Read more »

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  • ‘Speed Bump’ Meets Rudolph Diesel!

    Hey, Sean Holman and all you guys at the Truck Trend Network, I’m having my way with your truck! Your F-100 now has a Banks Diesel Powertrain sitting in it! Project Speed Bump is getting the full Banks treatment, engine, 6-speed, AutoMind ECU and more in our RaceShop!  

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    Posted on May 17, 2016 by