Here in the good ole US of A, land of the free and home of the brave, folks who want to flex a car or truck’s muscle are typically confined to doing so on a quarter-mile patch of asphalt or (if the boss is cool with it) an empty parking lot next to the workplace. Anywhere else is likely to net a driver a set of flashing red-and-blue lights in his mirror, or at worst, an accident that harms others.
But there is a place where wide open nothingness on flat and level ground is a reality. We’re of course talking about the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, that 40 square-mile expanse in Northwestern Utah that plays host to some of the fastest vehicles in the world during the annual Speed Week.
Hot rods are no stranger to this land of horsepower and torque. Take Jeff Madden’s 1931 Model A, seen in the above video, as an example. He drove all the way from South Carolina to check out the scene and show off his rather unique Blue Oval to visitors, as well as Spectre Performance.
What makes Madden’s Ford interesting is that instead of the expected V8 mill one hopes to find, Madden has installed a four-cylinder, turbocharged Cummins 4BT. It’s loud and cantankerous, but it gets the job done with the occasional tow.
More than that, though, is the great fuel economy Madden is able to achieve with his Model A. In chatting with a representative from Spectre, Madden fields guesses for what his MPG is like. “27,” ventures the Spectre rep; “41,” replies Madden, to the astonishment of the group.
Diesel may not be right for everyone’s hot rod, but for Madden, it fits the bill perfectly. Check out more from Spectre Performance by visiting its website or dropping a phone call with the provided contact information below.