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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Toxic Diesel Performance

This 1949 7.3L Powerstroke HOT ROD was made out of three trucks. And then some. Mitchell Allread knows what it takes to win a stop of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, and it shows in his 1949 Ford F5 build. The attention to detail here is unreal - and inspirational. You know, for our own never-ending builds.

2.8L Cummins Powered Jeep

Kenny Hauk, the owner and founder of Hauk Designs, came from a family of builders. At a young age, his father Ken taught him the value of quality workmanship, stressing the right way, although never the easiest, is always the best way. He instilled in his attention to detail and taught him how to build things that last.

Kenny spent his adolescent years in the construction field, working with stone and wood, building custom homes. His transportation to and from work was a Jeep Wrangler, which started his passion for Jeeps and off-roading. Wanting to improve the off-road capability of his Wrangler, Kenny began buying parts for his Jeep. However, he quickly became disappointed with the poor quality and craftsmanship of the aftermarket parts that were available. After several disappointing purchases, he began forming parts himself in his parent's garage. Soon many of his off-roading friends began requesting custom parts for their Jeeps. Then in 2006, Kenny found himself unemployed along with thousands of others in the construction field. Kenny turned this seemingly unfortunate circumstance into an opportunity to redirect his passion and hobby into a full-time business.

Kenny began devoting his full attention to designing durable, high-quality products to meet his own high standards for the Jeep market, from his award-winning cast aluminum snorkel that revolutionized the market for Jeep intake systems, to the number one selling undercarriage skid plate system in the world. 

Hauk Designs LLC was formed with one simple goal: to build the best turnkey 4x4's on the planet; and they have done just that. Starting with the Hauk designed River Raider Truck, they set a new standard in the Jeep industry with Chrysler even imitating the design later with the release of the JK-8 freedom kit.  This was followed by the LS-powered Dune Raider with its signature chopped top, slant back, hotrod look that Hauk is now known for. 

In 2013 Hauk and his build team debuted the worlds first 24-valve Cummins diesel JK wrangler, called project Torque that set new records in JK performance. Hauk Designs is also featured on the television show, Road Hauks on the History Channel.