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Top 10 Things Not To Hit with Your Truck on The Road. Beer cans are OK.

Sometimes driving can be a little boring, anything out of the ordinary on the road can often peak your interest. One of my favorite things to do while on a long road trip is to crush aluminum cans with my drivers front tire. The exercise sharpens the skills of the driver. There are however, things you should definitely swerve around.




#10) Tractor trailer tires “alligators” can wrap into a wheel well or even worse damage a fender.


#9) Branches and fallen foliage can easily penetrate tires or thin aluminum coolers and radiators.



#8) Mason or bricks may not do so much damage to your truck, but the cars behind you would be damaged badly.


#7) Lumber can make a good day go bad quick, if the wood doesn’t blow a steel belt in your tire, it can be ejected rearward.


#6) Auto parts fall off every day, avoiding them is paramount.  I cant even begin to describe the pitfalls there.



#5) Cardboard boxes can be deceiving.  They may contain nothing but air, but they also may contain nails, steel, or kittens.


#4) Mattresses seem unassuming, soft and springy.  What could go wrong?  Wrap one around your driveshaft and learn.


#3) Live animals are more capable of evading your direction than dead ones.  Try to avoid them both.  Antlers and bones have been known to destroy a trucks meaty rubber, along with other undercarriage parts.


#2) Disabled vehicles are very vulnerable to collisions when parked on the road.  Ruining two days IS worse than one.

other cars

#1) I shouldn’t have to elaborate the points of concern around avoiding your fellow human.  Don’t hit people!



There are, of coarse many other things you shouldn’t hit.

These are the things we here at STL Diesel make a point to avoid.

Don Harbaugh

STL Diesel



Ten Christmas Gift Ideas For The Mechanic In Your Life.

Not many things excite those who repair machines for a living. This list is not only sure to make your tech happy, but surprised you knew what to get.

1: Stream light flashlight.

2: A good medium sized pocket knife and sharpener.

3: Mechanix gloves 2-4 pair.

4: 4×4 remote controlled car.

5: A BudK Gift card.

6: A model replica of recipients own vehicle.

7: Thermal Long sleeved shirts and thermal pants.

8: Fast food gift cards – anywhere-

9: Autoparts gift cards.

10: Sweet girly calendar with cars.

Ok, You may know by now the author of this article maybe bias.  Not all of these extravagant gifts would be suitable for all in this skilled trade.  But certainly one of these gift ideas would do, right?


Please comment if this worked for you.

Don’t comment if you have been offended.

Merry Christmas everyone.


Fossil History Of Diesel Fuel REVEALED. Not Actual Dinosaurs!

In the Johnny Cash song “Rusty Cage” Mr Cash dictates that “it is too cold to start a fire, I’m burnin diesel, burning dinosaur bones”.  He may have been speaking in general terms but was not too far from the truth.  We also know of the large green dinosaur Sinclair stations use as a mascot.  It seems we the consumers would like to think that dinosaurs deserve some credit, like they died for our transportation needs.  The truth is our fuel started its humble journey as microscopic sea plants and animals, not the mighty T-Rex, however they may have existed at the same time.

The song may have come out a little different if Cash was true to the origins of diesel fuel.


STL Diesel Cologne Approved By Women.

Millions of men come home everyday with the smell of a shop on their clothes that many women like.

What if that smell could be bottled and sold as a novelty for mechanics and workers alike.

Other scents could include:

-Transmission Shoppe-

-Diesel Texx-



This will be in production as soon as someone tells me its not a BAD idea.

We will have to test it on gerbils and geese first.





300,000 Miles and Beyond

How did you achieve your 300,000+ mile merit badge?  You may have driven conservatively and maintained your truck regularly, or maybe you didn’t.  We see many 300k + mile vehicles and they have either been taken care of, or completely neglected.   What kind of high mileage truck do you own?

We would like YOUR input on this topic if you love your mature vehicle.




Practicle Jokes, 10 Safe Ways To Stir Things Up + 10 Unsafe Ways.

Every job has its difficulties, and auto/diesel repair is riddled with them.  One way to offset this dark element of employment is to commence practical joking.  Many technicians prefer not to disturb their cohorts while working, but there are moments of the day that aren’t filled with diagnostic or repairs.  This time can be used constructively, or not.  Here are ten things I have seen in a shop environment that would be considered the most common and relatively SAFE ways to stir things up.

  1. Grease under tool box or car door handles.
  2. Reorganization of tools in others tool boxes.
  3. Throw a charged capacitor to an unsuspecting operator.
  4. Actuating a car horn at inopportune moments.
  5. Blowing up a coolant or oil jug under someones tool box using shop air.
  6. Closing a hood on some one in a compromising position.
  7. Pulling strategic fuses in a vehicle to exhibit acute symptoms.
  8. Covertly drop a tailgate on a truck backing up.
  9. Long zip ties attached to driveshaft.
  10. Use a rack to lift a large tool box high off the ground.

These next ones should NOT be performed by anyone, but have been documented as “Impractical Jokes”

  1. Brake clean torch
  2. Air bag discharge
  3. Acetylene contained in a bag or balloon. (cant say how it works, or how to do it)
  4. Use silicone to adhere tires to the ground.
  5. Baby oil in washer solvent tank.
  6. Detaching an automatic transmission’s linkage.
  7. Open cans of tuna under a cars seat.
  8. Disconnect inner door handle linkage on vehicle.
  9. Remove schrader valves from tires or fuel system.
  10. Baby powder in air vents.

It should be assumed that retaliation would be acceptable if you perform any of these against your peers.  Be warned that payback is a Bi#ch.

Do you have any practical jokes, if so please comment.


Classic Missouri Dept Of Conservation Truck to Get Late Model Mods

Darrell miller and Dave blum admiring the truck.

One of the admired qualities about working at a Diesel shop is the prospect of creating interesting projects in the off time.  A couple months ago a young lady had a really bad-off Toyota Rav4.  This being her only vehicle, it was very important to have it running at peak efficiency.  In passing conversation she mentioned her families barn truck, and how it needed a lot of work.  An idea popped into existance at that moment.  Why not overhaul the Toyota in trade for the classic truck.  If the RAV’s repairs were added up the cost vastly surpassed the value of the truck, but that wasnt the point.  She got what she needed, and we got a new project, keeping the gears turning on the left side of our brains.