WhistlinDiesel’s YouTube channel is practically a garage on steroids.
He’s modified an F350 with reaper wheels—if you don’t know what they are, you can check them out right here—mulched a truck, and dropped a Toyota Hilux from 10,000 feet.
He’s come under fire multiple times for his wasteful, consumerist behavior—which is probably a fair call, when you’re destroying cars worth upwards of $50,000. Despite the heat, his fans love him.
He has earned more than 2.6 million followers on the giant video streaming platform so far, and fans have tuned in to watch his videos more than 200 million times.
So what is there to know about WhistlinDiesel?
What’s he doing when he’s not writing off high-end vehicles?
We’ll find out here.
The Origin Story
Cody Detwiler—the man behind the WhistlinDiesel brand—was born on July 18, 1998, in Argos, Indiana. Argos is in Marshall County.
His family hails from a farming and construction background, which explains Cody’s love of—and access to—a lot of equipment and outdoors space for his videos.
When he’s not modifying four-wheel drives and crashing them into brick walls, he also enjoys hunting.
When he was 16, he went out for his first season of bowhunting.
Near the end of the season, he still hadn’t shot anything.
He set up a new position and shot a massive whitetail deer with his Bowtech Diamond Nitrous.
Although his first shot caused injury to the deer, he didn’t get a clear enough hit for a clean kill, and had to try again.
He got a score of 150 Green for his effort.
Cody graduated from high school with plans to do something in the automotive field, and started a mechanical apprenticeship.
He didn’t last long as an apprentice, and by 19 years old, he was pursuing most kids’ dream: being YouTube famous.
Detwiler may not be a household name, but one woman, in particular, was keen to lock him down before he made it big. In 2016 and fresh out of high school, WhistlinDiesel married Rachel.
The pair honeymooned at Glacier National Park.
The loved-up couple made the move to Hawaii in January of 2021, where they purchased a piece of land.
They started building their own home and a retail building.
Rachel may not be the social media celebrity that her husband is, but she launched her own YouTube channel and Instagram account anyway.
On her YouTube channel, she talks about her own love of cars, posts hilarious candid footage with her friends, and does Q&A segments with Cody’s female fans.
By 2021, she had 113,000 subscribers.
Rise to Fame
Cody launched his channel at 19, which featured more low-key footage of trucks than what he produces now—but he’s always been true to what his channel is about: automotive videos.
The content itself may have got a lot more crazy over time, but Cody has managed to keep his classic sense of humor and curiosity no matter how much his follower numbers grow.
Detwiler is most well-known as the guy who destroys pretty much everything he drives.
From luxury Audis to abandoned semi-trucks, Cody’s destructive nature and desire to “see what happens” have turned out to be a part of his charm.
Want an example?
In this video, Cody and his buddies install reaper wheels on a lifted F350.
The vehicle, by Cody’s own admission, is worth almost $100,000.
Then he attempts to drive it with the ridiculous set of reaper wheels churning up the frozen ground below them.
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Survives Shooting Himself
As it turns out, Cody Detwiler isn’t just limiting himself to destroying his property—he’s hell-bent on destroying his body, too.
In January 2021, he posted a series of photos to Instagram of what turned out to be a self-inflicted, accidental gunshot wound.
Detwiler, who has been around guns most of his life, explained that he had pieces of ammo shrapnel lodged in his skin.
It all came about during a routine firing test of Detwiler’s .50 caliber rifle. During the firing test, the bullet ricocheted.
At this point in the explanation, things aren’t making too much sense, right?
How did the bullet ricochet during a firing test?
As it turned out, Cody wasn’t completely blameless in the situation.
His firing test actually included him firing at steel plates set into the ground in front of him.
Unsurprisingly, when the bullet ricocheted, it grazed his head—causing a wound and bleeding.
Cody captioned the gory images, “Not sure how I’m alive rn…love you all and thanks for all of you.”
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WhistlinDiesel – Net Worth
Detwiler earned most of his wealth from sponsors, selling merch, and ads on YouTube.
On YouTube, Cody has more than 483 million views, meaning about $1.5 million in revenue before taxes.
Therefore, automotive YouTuber WhistlinDiesel has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
Want to get to know WhistlinDiesel a little better? You can watch him drive a modded truck into the ocean—wasting police resources and polluting the water—right here.
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