Nathan Mueller started what can only be considered an insane project of stuffing diesel engines into vehicles when being struck by innovation after owning an 1960s Cadillac that featured a 5.9-liter Cummins. The first vehicle to fall victim of the diesel swap was a Dodge Charger.
There was a lot of fabrication and custom work that went into stuffing a large engine and transmission into the Charger. Some of the custom work required was to notch the subframe to allow the engine to sit low enough to close the hood and chopping the oil pan by three inches to keep ground clearance reasonable. The most difficult task was retrofitting the manual transmission to fit and look clean as possible. The video reports that to date, there have been no issues with the car.
Around one year later, Mueller decided he could do better and sourced a 5th Gen Chevy Camaro. This time, the decision was made to make the swap as clean as possible-and that meant no chopping of the frame or firewall. A 5th Gen Camaro salvage recovery vehicle was sourced and after a 6.6-liter Duramax engine was found, Mueller went to work.
The goal of this build was to make it substantially cleaner and more OEM than the Charger. Although it required some wizardry to fit, the Camaro has not had its firewall or frame modified at all. Custom suspension work was done to keep the front end in check (quite a bit of weight). Even the cruise control, paddle shifters, and other factory equipment works in the car. Check out the video to see these two in action.