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Detroit Diesel Truck Busts An Axle Big Time

Haven’t heard of a doodlebug before? Join the club. Doodlebugging is the art of building a raw torque pulling machine from the ground on up. Often times taking scrap parts from the bygone classics of hard working tractor trailers, heavy duty trucks and all sorts of things in between – these monsters go in for some extreme punishment alongside some real engineering surprises. Considered a mechanic’s dream, these trucks are often built from the skeletons of the classics.

Caterpillar V8 diesels, Detroit Diesels, Blue Goose, Internationals, tractor engines – all sorts go into making the powertrains of these concrete pulling beasts. And for good cause!Considered a mechanic’s dream, these trucks are often built from the skeletons of the classics.

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Caterpillar V8 diesels, Detroit Diesels, Blue Goose, Internationals, tractor engines – all sorts go into making the powertrains of these concrete pulling beasts. And for good cause! The New England Doodlebug Association puts on a yearly bout where mechanics and farmers from across North America come to show off their latest creations.

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Here, we see the classic Detroit Diesel trying to pull what looks to be a 120,000 pound load of concrete blocks. There’s plenty folks out there that will try to show off YouTube