pie making machine forged in fire belt grinder:Triple-Turbo Billet 5.9L 12-Valve Cummins Engine


pie making machine forged in fire belt grinder:Triple-Turbo Billet 5.9L 12-Valve Cummins Engine

  All the way up, north of Montana, outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is a little, under the radar, super high level, innovative engine shop named RPS Diesel. The engine design shop, owned by Richard Mead, is actually located in Sturgeon County, Alberta, but Edmonton is the city most folks know.

  Richard’s shop, RPS, which stands for Richard’s Performance Solutions, might ring a bell to the diesel crowd as he has been associated with Wagler Competition Products since both shops use the Street Fighter brand name – RPS has Street Fighter engines and Wagler has Street Fighter rods. According to Mead, the two shops are planning an America vs. Canada diesel race event sometime soon. Aside from that, you might also know RPS Diesel because the shop has one of the fastest diesel cars in the Northern Hemisphere.

  “I’ve always been a hot rodder, whether it was with cars or trucks or snowmobiles – anything,” Richard Mead says. “Way back in about 2002 or so, a few years before I incorporated my business, I started helping my buddies crank up their 12-valves by playing around with old Cummins motors and pickups and stuff like that and turning up the boost.

  “By 2004, when I started my company and quit my other job, I was already twin turboing Duramaxes, and I had one of the first EFI Live tuned twin turbo Duramaxes in Canada, way back in 2004. After that, we just started moving up and up and up getting some big name clients. We were doing 9.6 seconds with a common rail Dodge way back in 2009 when it was unheard of. We’ve been at the game for a long time, and then it just snowballed from there into my own drag truck for NHRDA and tractor pulling.”

  RPS Diesel is a 3,000 sq.-ft. family owned business. It consists of Richard, a lead technician, Richard’s wife, and his son. Despite being small, RPS will work on all three of the big diesel platforms – Duramax, Cummins and Powerstroke. The shop specializes in extremely high output street builds. Over the years, Richard says they’ve advanced from a 500-horsepower daily driver to a 700-horsepower daily driver to a 1,000-horsepower daily driver. Now, they’re working with 1,400-1,500 rear wheel horsepower daily drivers.

  “We’ve got quite a few of them out there, and those are Duramax and Cummins,” Mead says. “Our focus is the Street Fighter series motor, which is a wet block. Our newest version is actually 2,000-horsepower capable.”

  Unlike a lot of the big, new diesel companies on the scene that have a machining background and are designing engines, Richard is a professional engine designer and outsources almost all the machining.

  “I have a CNC shop down the road that does all my billet parts,” he says. “I have an engine shop in the city that does all my block stuff. The only thing we do here is design, test and assemble everything. I’m an engine designer first. I’m not a machinist. I hire machinists that are very good at their job.”

  For testing, Richard says RPS doesn’t have an engine dyno yet, but the shop is in the process of building one. He says they historically haven’t had an engine dyno due to the 2,500-3,000 ft.-lbs. of torque his high-horsepower diesels produce – engine dynos of the past couldn’t handle it.

  “We use a chassis dyno for testing,” he says. “However, our favorite way to test is with a time slip.”

  One of Richard’s ultimate engines is a triple turbo, billet, 5.9L 12-valve Cummins, which currently is under the hood of his ‘32 Bantam altered Funny Car for drag racing. He first began developing this engine in 2014 after finally get fed up with blowing up cast iron blocks.

  “Back in the NHRDA Super Street days, where we had a heavy, four-wheel-drive truck, we got sick and tired of blowing cast iron engines in half,” Mead says. “When we started pushing these things to 1,500-1,600-plus horsepower and you split a cast iron block, stuff gets scary.”

  To remedy a blown-up block, Mead flew to Detroit to meet with LSM Engineering, which had a rough platform of a billet Cummins that they were potentially making for the military.

pie making machine forged in fire belt grinder:Triple-Turbo Billet 5.9L 12-Valve Cummins Engine