In June, we broke the news that Kevin Wiebe’s Straight To The Maxx caught on fire. Well, we have been following the rebuild and working with the companies involved to get you the latest.
But first, a recap
According to Brittney Wiebe, “We are not exactly sure what caused the fire. After much talking with BD Diesel & our insurance company; we have all decided that the best way to go about getting Straight to the Maxx back up and running; was to begin the rebuild process without dealing with our insurance companies. BD Diesel has agreed to rebuild the truck for us!” So, we are expecting to see an even better truck rise from the ashes with this kind of support!
“We look forward to working with everyone that has agreed to help us. We never thought something like this would happen, but there are always reasons things happen and we are thankful no one was hurt!” said Wiebe
BD Diesel Performance is currently working on getting the main truck put back together. “We are currently working with BD Diesel on getting the truck put back together and ready for the end of the 2014 pulling season.”
How are things going
With multiple companies involved in the rebuild process, things are actually happening pretty quickly. BD Diesel has already rebuilt the entire front end of the truck and the axle and suspension has been re-powered coated. So, it is ready to see some dirt. They pulled the drivetrain out and sent the engine down to Baillie Diesel out of Nixa, Missouri. A donor truck has been purchased and the cab has being stripped and they are prepping it to be installed on the truck. They are, also, working on a new graphic package to wrap the truck when it is finished.
When we spoke with Baillie Diesel, they said this will be a full race engine. They did say, “Baillie Diesel Inc. is very happy to have the opportunity to do this engine for Kevin and the Straight to the Max pulling team,” said Jim Greenway owner of Baillie Diesel.
Baillie Diesel has torn the engine down and they are currently working on the block. The first step is to install the main studs and then torque down the mains. Once they are down, then the mains can be lied honed to ensure they are square and true. After this, they will be working on the cylinders to finish the block. The goal is to have the engine back together by the end of the month.
“The goal is to still be up & running for the final pull in Lynden, WA in September and then the NHRDA World Finals in Ennis, TX in October!” exclaimed Wiebe.
“We appreciate all of the hardwork everyone that is involved will be doing. Current and new sponsors helping with the truck, BD Diesel, Baillie Diesel, Edge products, Primo Fabrication, Wiebe Construction, North County Lawn Care, Landscape Supply Inc, Wehrli Custom Fabrication, DX2 Parts, Outlaw Diesel Performance, Clavicle 3 and Dustin Van Wingerden,” Wiebe added.
We will continue to follow this rebuild and keep you posted on how things turn out! So, stay tuned.