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October '17

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36 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2017 PERFORMANCE Q uality work, an ability to take on projects big or small, and an under- lying love of all things diesel drives HT Performance in Middleburg, Pennsyl- vania. "We offer everything hereā€”from diesel performance products to custom tuning, plus engine builds and custom transmission builds for high-horsepower applications," says Caleb Herman, owner. "And, we build drag trucks and pulling trucks." He and his partner help make enthu- siasts' diesel dreams a reality. SELF-STARTER HT Performance has been around for seven years, but Herman's been at the craft for more than a decade. "Ten years ago, I got into trucks," he says, "and I was just doing my own thing. Then friends wanted me to start doing work for them." His passion for quality would lead to big things. "What I learned pretty quickly is that I didn't like how others did the work," he recalls. "I'm pretty picky, so I improvised and started doing things my own way. Now it's a pretty big business and we're doing pretty well all over the country. It's been a long way from helping a friend to building a business." Herman has a dyno in the 4,000-square- foot shop and also does custom fabrica- tion work. One example project was a true truck transformation. "We took a Chevy truck, modified the suspension, built the motor and built the tranny," Herman says. "We use nothing but the highest-quality parts and, in this case, took a 300-hp engine to 800-1,600 hp." It was a project HT Performance saw all the way through. "For a big build like that," he says, "it was two to three months in the machine shop, plus the custom work. We work hard to ensure that, at the end, everything looks 36 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2017 Diesel Driven HT Performance offers everything from performance parts to custom tuning. By Cathie Beck A new sign grabs attention and lists some of the shop's many offerings. Caleb Her- man was once again a winner at the 2017 East Coast Diesel Na- tionals in Penn- sylvania.

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