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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

  • Blue Oval Fever

    I’m a Ford guy. I can’t explain why, except to say that from the time I was a young kid I have always felt more partial to the Blue Oval brand than others. It could be because my dad owned more Fords than other brands. I was one of 6 kids, so we always had large vehicles. I remember going to church in an early 70’s blue Econoline with a 3-on-the-tree shifter. I never got to drive that one, but I remember logging a lot of miles in it. It was replaced by a 1982 brown Econoline powered by a 289 V-8 with a variable venturi carburetor… not one of Ford’s better ideas. This one I did get to drive.

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    Posted on April 15, 2005 by
  • Giving Something Back

    I’m sitting in my office waiting for the guys from WyoTech to arrive. This morning, I get to put something back into the diesel industry. I volunteered to work with WyoTech on the development of a light-duty diesel curriculum (with a high-performance overlay, of course).

    We’re talking diesel pickups. There are now millions of them. The opportunity is huge for a young student as the demand is only going to get larger.

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    Posted on April 15, 2005 by
  • Why a Blog?

    My job title at Banks is, “Corporate Journalist.” Pretty high falutin, huh? Not really. I’m just a scribe. I record a lot of what goes on around here. I document projects and vehicle buildups for corporate sponsors, provide info for magazine editors, write blogs, Blah, blah, blah.

    I’m swamped trying to keep up with all that is going on at Banks. I remember thinking recently that we need to get the information I collect to the public faster. Then, out of the blue a few weeks ago, Gale asked me what I thought of the idea of launching a blog about Banks. I couldn’t get “yes” out fast enough.

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    Posted on April 14, 2005 by
  • Beware the Blog!

    “The Blog!” Blog this and blog that — that’s all I’ve been hearing for the past month. Up until recently I thought folks were talking about the anamorphic amoeba with the voracious appetite that terrorized a small town back in the ’50s flick. They tried to stop it by burning it, shooting it and then blowing it up. Just about the only thing that’d stop it was freezing it. After all was said and done the thing grew from about the size of a pea to a giant glob.

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    Posted on April 14, 2005 by
  • The Race Shop

    Most companies call it Research and Development. Here at Banks, we call it the Race Shop. I think of it as the toy room.

    But calling it the Race Shop is not a bit far-fetched. This shop has not only turned out several true-blood race cars, but it has also produced several world record holders. That is a pregnant statement. The emphasis, here, is on several.

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    Posted on January 24, 2003 by
  • Winning Dodge

    Well, here’s one for you Dodge boys (and girls). Specifically, I’m talking about the members of Turbo Diesel Register, otherwise known as TDR.

    The TDR is actually based on a quarterly publication that started in 1993 with a stated purpose to be “an open forum for the exchange of information from the manufacturers to the owners,” and “to give Dodge diesel owners more satisfaction in the ownership of their truck.”

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    Posted on January 17, 2003 by
  • At the Install

    A couple of weeks ago, when I showed you all the different departments of employees here at Banks Engineering (at the Christmas party), I said I’d tell you more about the Install group in a week or two. Well, make it two.

    I guess it should technically be called the Banks Factory Installation Center, but all of us here refer to it simply as Install.

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    Posted on January 10, 2003 by
  • What Recession?

    You can tell by the date of this column that Christmas was the day before yesterday. Last Friday, after I posted the Friday Night News, we held our big Banks Christmas party. And the emphasis—and this week’s news—is on BIG! My job was to take pictures with our digital camera of each department of Banks employees as they were called up on stage. I’ll post them here so you can see just how big we are. I’m talking number of individuals, not individual size of employees.

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    Posted on December 27, 2002 by
  • Lumpy’s Torrid Truck

    Chad Horning is a videographer who accompanied us to Bonneville for the recent running of the Sidewinder pickup to capture all the record-smashing action, including shots from an airplane as the truck sped down the course. If you live in the Los Angeles area and watch the 5 o’clock news, you saw some of his footage in the last couple of weeks as several TV channels reported on The World’s Fastest Pickup. And, as I reported here on 11/15/02, you can sample several clips of his video work on our Sidewinder web site.

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    Posted on December 20, 2002 by
  • CBC News

    A lot of our products tend to sound like TV stations.

    CBC

    It’s called an acronym. In this case it stands for Computerized Brake Controller. And it’s a patent-pending Banks exclusive that is now an integral part of our Banks Brakes. Other diesel exhaust brakes are controlled by a micro-switch, which is a simple on-off device just like a light switch at home.

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    Posted on December 13, 2002 by