Written By: Amy Kent
Instagram is one of the top social media platforms for not only Diesel Doll, but so. many. others. It’s easy to post to, easy to interact with others, and so on. I unfortunately, have to admit, it’s a habit to jump on Instagram on lunch breaks at work, on the treadmill at the gym, and definitely late at night or early morning when I just can’t go back to sleep!
On both my personal account and Diesel Doll’s account, I always try to make sure I am following accounts/people who add value to my day in some way, especially, if I don’t know them personally! I love to follow women who are rocking and loving life, companies that are putting great products on the market, interesting bloggers (I love healthy foodie bloggers and a good makeup tutorial!), and so on.
I compiled a list of some of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram right now, and you should follow them too! If you have been following Diesel Doll for any amount of time now, and have seen my recent blogs, you can probably tell that I kinda love lists! Anyone else? Just me? Oh, well!
So, here’s that list! Not all of these will be truck or diesel related (SHOCKER, I know!), I mean we need alittle variety in life, y’all!
If your not following Lacey, you need to be! Not only does she and her team put together some nasty builds, she’s super motivating in many ways. She’s constantly posting motivating stories encouraging others to work hard for their goals! She owns multiple businesses and seems to be killing it with all of them! Lacey is definitely a hard working young lady, but knows how to play hard too! You can check out Lacey and her friends on her YouTube Vlog linked in the bio of her Instagram account!
Mikaela is another one who MOTIVATES. She probably doesn’t even know it, because she seems to be very humble- and that’s everything in today’s world! Sulak works for a pipeline company in Texas! Mikaela posts motivating quotes on her Instagram feed and stories, and she has motivating posts for weight loss journies- (girl, has given me motivation to take back control of my own health!!)! Also, she is always dressed so. CUTE!
Obviously, this is one of the non-truck or diesel accounts I follow- I actually only follow her on my personal account. I know, your thinking, SO WHYYY IS SHE ON THIS LIST? I’ll explain! Not only is this blogger hilariously extra, she posts some yummy recipes! I love to cook and I love to bring easy meals or snacks to truck pulls, especially if we’re “camping” over the weekend at these pulls! Eating out is expensive and just not good for you, at least not every meal! I can take some of her easier recipes, especially the ones that make a lot, because usually when we camp at pulls, it’s a lot of us, and the men in my family, can PUT. AWAY. THE. FOOD. Especially, if it’s like meat and potato type meals! Anyways, go check Juli out, listen to her rants on her stories and try some recipes!!
Soooo, this is not a long stretch! I mean a girl can daydream! And this girl does, often at three AM when my mind or body or something will NOT let me go back to sleep! Anyways, I won’t go into detail- I’m pretty sure you can figure out what this account is all about, by looking at the business name!
Another non-truck/diesel related account- but girls, if your slightly into makeup and hair stuff, even the slightest, you’ll want to follow! Not to mention, she fills her IG stories with laughter! (Laughter is the best medicine, and if I can laugh with you if even for a second out of a busy day- you WIN!) Kat, herself is naturally funny, but I think her entire family is, because her husband is also a nut!
This is only a FEW people I think are great to follow, my IG is loaded with funny, inspirational and creative people! Do yourself a favor add some of these people to your IG life!
Written By: Amy kent
I seriously, love gift guides! I have been wanting to do one for Diesel Doll again, but just always run out of time, or can’t come up with any good ideas! While Valentine’s Day is just another day at my house, (we do small gifts- but spoil each other year round!), this specific guide, is made for Valentines, and I have attempted to find ideas for every stage of a relationship (got that idea from Callie Dauller), prices are budget friendly while some are more of splurge! Of course this gift guide was made with our diesel and truck loving followers in mind, but you might be surprised by some of the other stuff we snuck on! Links on images!
I think this is the perfect gift for every woman I know! Especially those of us who enjoy going out- whether it be to a truck pull, a concert or out with friends to the bar! Wallet buckle is perfect for hiding your ID and debit cards, while still looking CUTE! So many options to choose from, too! HINT, HINT **cough, cough, hubby!**
There are so many great options on the market these days, but, great gifts require planning! I hope this guide helps you out a little bit on the planning process!
Let us ya know what you decide to go with, whether it’s on our list or not- we may need to add it!!
As a fellow woman diesel truck owner, I obviously had my own views about the Diesel Truck Industry. The days of only men driving a diesel truck are long over. We’re seeing more women behind the wheels of their own diesel trucks at stoplights, truck competitions, or even hauling ass down the interstate. We at Diesel Doll, LOVE IT! Though women diesel truck owners only make up a small percent of the Diesel Truck Industry, that’s not stopping women from tearing up the road or drag strips in their trucks. So, we wanted to know what these bad ass women thought about the industry they’re apart of!
I interviewed many women around the Diesel Doll community that live in different areas in the states, but also all the way in Australia. Not to mention, I even reached out to some well-known women in the industry like Nastassja Martel, owner of 603 Diesel Truck Club in New Hampshire and even MissMaxx herself, Kelsie Epp. [[Her interview will be a part 2 to this blog post so be on the lookout for that!!]] I even decided to get a guy’s perspective from a friend from high school, Seth Montoro, a sales manager for High Altitude Trucks in Colorado. They were asked all the same questions and while I waited on their responses, I thought about what they might say. I got their interviews back rather quickly, and was shocked to see a lot of them answered the questions almost the exact same!
One simple question I asked was, “What do you love about your truck?” It didn’t hit me until after I read their answers, that it wasn’t a simple question, because their answers were what it means to be a part of this industry. “My truck means a lot to me. I’ve put a lot of time, money, & years into turning it into my dream truck. And have made so many memories with it. It’s def more than just a truck to me,” Kaitlyn Krajewski says about her 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins that she daily drives and competes at local truck events in. What she said is what every single one of us diesel truck owners, man or woman, know to well. It takes hard work to own a diesel truck, regardless if you’re doing all the work to it or not. We all know parts aren’t cheap, labor isn’t cheap, aftermarket wheels and tires aren’t cheap, oh hell, a plastic sensor isn’t cheap. Our trucks started out as a dream or still is our dream, so we pour our time, money, hard work, blood, sweat, and tears our trucks.
Which leads me to the next question I asked, “What do you think the Diesel Truck Industry lacks?” Nastassja Martel answered, “I think the diesel industry is lacking unity. It’s not a competition.” Now before you make assumptions about what her answer meant, just hear me out. What Nastassja is talking about is we’ve lost what brings us all together; the passion and drive, the respect for one another’s truck. Somehow, it’s become a competition of money, accessories, or horsepower, and even knowledge. You may be asking yourself, isn’t it a competition though? It is if that’s your dream, if that’s your goal to compete in events. Just because you may have a better modification on your truck, doesn’t mean you need to be disrespectful. It takes a simple comment like, “Wow, you’ve put a lot of work into this truck. Looks good.” That isn’t “kissing ass,” it’s more or less showing someone the respect for their hard work
Not everyone of us went to Diesel Mechanic school, which in my personal experience, with a few that did… well, they didn’t pay attention like they should have. My point being goes back to someone’s dream, that truck they need help with… that’s their dream, regardless the year, make, model, etc. So next time you’re on social media and you see someone asking a question about their truck, don’t be an ass. Help them out. Someday you might need help too. Kinda goes back to being humble and kind?
Obviously, those people don’t make up all the diesel population, as I asked, “What do you love about the Diesel Truck Industry?” I couldn’t help, but smile as I read what Krystin Mottor Emmans says, “I love all the people you end up making friends with, just from a common love.” This answer hit me hard, as I remembered feeling a little lost after I got my Duramax. I wanted to connect with other women that have trucks too. That was until I found Diesel Doll. That’s where I met Krystin, just sharing the same passion. It wasn’t until I started to reach out to other women in the [Diesel Doll] community that I realized something. We haven’t completely lost our unity, it’s there... We just need to find the right club, page, or forum. Not every truck club or FB page is going to fit us, fit our goals. I think it’s important to reach out to the owners or admins and ask what their page is about. The reason why I love Diesel Doll is I finally fit in somewhere, met some incredible people already.
Now, what do I think of the Diesel Truck Industry? I think that at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how you got started and it doesn’t matter what you have… What matters is the hard work you put in for your dream. I grew up down the road for ATS in Arvada, Colorado, and that’s where my dream started. I would see some badass trucks pull out of the ATS parking lot and start tearing up Ward Road. It was amazing and I knew one day if I worked hard, I’d get one. And that’s what I’m talking about, I think the industry has it’s “diesel politics”, but it still stands for something… a dream. Sure, I said that we need to help each other out, but also we all need to have a thick skin. Contradicting as that may be to some of you, but the Diesel Truck Industry is as tough and rugged as our trucks. What you need to think about is the way you interact with another and respond. That’s something we lost, sure you need to be able to take a joke, but also you need to have respect for one another. Just a thought.
“You have to start somewhere! Read every article you can
and watch every video you can!” –Seth Montoro
“Have thick skin and just be yourself!” - Nastassja Martel
“Don’t let anyone get you down. Keep learning about your truck and others.
It’s okay to ask questions.” - Krystin Emmanns
“If you want to do it, just do it and don’t back down no matter what people may say,
or try to talk you out of it. It’s worth it!” –Kaitlyn Krajewski
“Don't be afraid to go out and try it,
as long as you’re having fun it's all that matters.” – Melanie Foster
“Don’t give up, stay true to yourself and have fun!” – Casey Dengler
Comment below, and let us know your thoughts on the industry!
Part TWO featuring MissMaxx coming soon!
Written by: Nikki Marie
**all images are courtesy of owners**
Special THANK YOU to all who responded and helped with the blog!
This is my first time ever blogging, sooooo, I'm not really sure what it is i'm doing.
So, let my start by introducing myself.
I always loved trucks growing up. I remember being about ten years old and just drooling over all the nice lifted trucks as they'd drive by me. I really didn't get into Diesels until I married my husband. At the time he had a Duramax with as built engine and tranny. That truck could haul some serious butt. Then we ended up with a 2005 Dodge 5.9 with about 800HP. That truck was almost scary... it ended in a blown engine, so we kissed it goodbye and ended up with a 2015 cummins and a 2006 megacab hemi. Man I loved that Hemi...
I had that thing looking like a toy tonka truck. 6" lift with 40x15.50r20's on it. I had major plans for that truck to go far in the showing world, but I still really had the desire to have a cummins. Partially because I love huge trucks and that big of lift and tire size on the Hemi ended in me only getting 8mpg... but I swore to my husband I would never get rid of her, not unless the perfect truck appeared and we could put a lift and the same size tires on it.
He kept pushing me to try and get rid of her, and I finally gave into the idea of test driving a truck at Castle Rock in Jackson, WY. Funny thing is, it was an old SEMA truck. Megacab Longbed. It was a nice truck, but we knew it had some motor problems. So we passed on it. Which ended in my husband finding this completely stock.. gold... ugly... 2011 Dodge megacab. Cummins, of course. I honestly hated the truck, I didn't even want to look at it. At the time I would have prefered my gas hog.
Sooooo, my husband proceeded to drive my truck up to Jackson and bring home this megacab, to which I agreed to test drive it for the weekend, basically just to shut him up. Surprisingly, I really liked how it handled, drove, etc. It was a nice upgrade from the 2006.
Still, it didn't change the fact I thought it was hideous. So, my husband convinced me that if we got the truck he would make sure we got the lift bought right away and I would get to keep my tires and wheels off the Hemi. I figured it probably wouldn't work out but if it did, then it meant this truck would be my destiny
Come to find out, it all worked out. I ended up with the damn thing.
Now, we had to figure out what the hell to do with the exterior because I hateddddd the gold. Absolutely hated it. Some of our best friends own a body shop and offered to paint it for the cost of materials, and said to consider it a sponsorship for showing.
We got the lift and tires on within a week, custom built stacks by my husband and I's custom fab company, and our friends found a gorgeous custom color for the paint. Everything basically just fell into place with the truck.
I decided I needed a name, something to do with Destiny, or Fate.
That's when I stumbled accross Moirai. From greek mythology, they are the three goddesses of fate. They assign everyone their fate, how they live, when and how they die, etc.
This truck was kind of led to me, and as fate would have it, she's turning into everything I could ever dream of. And the best of it all, we're doing all the work ourselves (everything but the lift that will be going on).
We were lucky enough to get to go to SEMA last year with our friends who own Belveals Autobody and get to enjoy wandering around and seeing all the builds. I was like a kid in a candy store lol
While we were there we ended up talking to some amazing brands and working out sponsorship deals for this year, I was fortunate enough to have numerous different companies love the way the truck looked so far and wanted to help build it further. Iron cross, Status Grilles, True Spike, and a few others we ended up not working with, and some others we're finishing contracts up with.
It felt/feels wonderful knowing these guys that have been to SEMA so many times and have been in the business for years saw our vision and appreciated the work we've put into it.
Some advice for future builders, don't go to sponsors thinking they're just going to give you free product. Some companies, sure, they might, but others, just be happy if they offer you a discount or to sell it to you for cost. We've heard horror stories, so just giving a warning. Getting sponsors involves a lot of phone calls, e-mails, writing up proposals, listing events you plan to attend, posting a lof of social media stuff for their company. You're their advertisment! Basically a rolling billboard. Make them proud to be on your truck! :)
Moirai's Stats To Date (3/8/18):
She's heading down to TX in about three weeks and having a custom 16" lift put on by 3rd Coast Suspension... And in May we'll be getting the 44x19.50r24 tires (company won't be named, they aren't releasing them yet) put on with the 24x14 X-Mudder Wheels.
Y'all can follow the build on Diesel Doll Instagram, as well as my personal, Diesel_goddess.
Blog at ya soon!
It’s getting close to warm weather down here in the South, and we are dying to give all of our trucks (we always take care of my father-in-law’s F450 while we’re at it) an entire weekend to detail them and shine them up! You know, spend all the time washing them to watch them get covered up in pollen! IF it will quit raining, that is!
Like a lot of you, I am very picky on what we use on our trucks, especially mine. But, I am always looking at new or different products to use. I like smelly good stuff, of course, and who doesn’t like products that add a lot of shine and protectants? Once upon a time, when I had a “cute” little Dodge V6 1500, I am very ashamed to admit, that I washed it with Dawn dish soap, the few times I washed it. I was seventeen years old, what do you expect? Once I washed it with Grease Lightning (GASP!)- it was white and covered in Georgia red clay from our dirt road.
Thank the Lord above I have more sense and pride in my vehicle now. When I married J, he taught me more about products. Not that my parents didn’t, I just didn’t pay attention or care at the time. I remember as a teenager, making fun of my mom for washing her truck. I sat in the sun, on the phone or reading a book and listening to music and watched her wash vehicles. From watching her, I wash vehicles better than my husband (shhh! Don’t tell him! He will deny it!)! No, this isn’t going to be a blog telling you all how to wash your vehicles, I am pretty sure you have that figured out, already! But, I wanted to share some of my favorite products with you all.
J introduced me to Maquiar’s almost 6 years ago. I refuse to wash my trucks in anything BUT Maquiar’s Gold Class. It is orange, it smells amazing, and the shine is off the chain. After I began being obsessed with how my truck is washed, I learned that my parents tried to get me to use it when washing that poor 1500. Oh, well, we live, we learn, right? I tend to be a “product-whore”, and abuse this soap. I order it in a LARGE bottle, from here, and poor it generously directly onto my sponge, mitt or “truck mop”. Being only 5’3” and owning a taller truck, I prefer a “truck mop”, but will use my mitt for the lower parts of the truck. I ordered the mitts, last in packs of four, you know, they get dropped and get dirt on them, so this way I have an extra, or three! Then I just throw them in the washing machine along with any other clothes we might have used. You can find the pack I ordered here, and my favorite mop, here! Oh, forgot to mention, Gold Class (buy it here), makes your wedding ring look brand spankin’ new- so shiny!
We try to wax our trucks, especially mine, as often as we can. But, let’s face it, life is busy, and even busier when you have two kids who you have to watch and tend to while your trying to detail vehicles! What is my favorite wax? You guessed it. Maquiar’s. I prefer their Gold Class wax, even with my over-use tendencies, it goes a long ways. We can usually wax my F350 long bed, at least two coats, and a coat on another truck. I also like Maquair’s ultimate liquid wax, and their Quick Wax. All three have carnauba oils in them; smells good and is really good for your paint. Quick Wax, is also great for touching up your truck at a show and shine, in my small show and shine experience! With two kids, I tend to order a lot off amazon, you can find all three of these waxes on amazon, click the images to go directly to amazon to order- they are usually all prime eligible! Who doesn’t LOVE AmazonPrime???
There are some products I have my eye on and am hoping to get the chance to try soon, and I am no way linked to Maquiar's, I am sure they have no clue what Diesel Doll is! Some of the products I would like to try are Killerwaxx Georgia, Klean Society Products, Chemical Guys, the list grows monthly. What are some of your favorite products, or must have detailing products?
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