2002 Dodge Ram Cummins - Franken Cummins
A 10-Second 24-Valve With John Deere Injectors
"I Bought My '02 Dodge Brand-New and put a 65hp Edge EZ box on it right away," said Meacham Evins. "I guess you could say that's when the sickness started." Back in 2004, diesel racing wasn't in full swing, but Meacham had the unfortunate luck of being where most of the country's fastest diesel trucks were. At that time, his best quarter-mile time of 11.78 seconds at 114 mph in his 700hp VP44 truck (which is still darn fast even by today's standards) was still a good second off the mid-10s of the quickest Pro Street trucks. Finally, Meacham got fed up and decided to "step it up."
The original idea to put a P-pump on the truck soon made way for a Sigma pump, which led to the John Deere injector idea. The bigger Deere injectors are used in tractor pulling and can handle the large volume of fuel better than any B-series injector. The engine was built by Haisley Machine and features a stock crank and rods, but that's about it. The block was blueprinted and fitted with 14mm main studs and a girdle. The rods were equipped with heavy-duty bolts, and then the rotating assembly was balanced. The head was machined for the John Deere injectors by Haisley, and both the block and head were fireringed to ensure cylinder pressure stays where it's supposed to. A Haisley cam, rockers, and pushrods round out the long block, which features (ready for this?) custom 11:1 compression ratio pistons. For power, Meacham says "big and bigger" Turbonetics turbos were used, which combine to produce 109 psi of boost on the dyno where the mechanically injected John Deere Cummins made a whopping 1,300 hp and 2,140 lb-ft of torque.
All the power in the world wouldn't get him down the track without putting it to the ground so the rest of Meacham's truck was also upgraded. The transmission is a mixed batch of parts, with DTT billet shafts, a Sun Coast reverse manual valvebody, a Sun Coast converter, and an ATS flexplate. The work didn't stop there though as the suspension and truck itself still needed to be up to spec. A full rollcage was added, a bunch of weight was taken out, and the suspension was tuned. Now Meacham has a lighter, safer truck that can handle the 1,300hp engine he installed.
Years in the making, Meacham was finally back in the driver's seat at the TS Performance Outlaw Race after having his truck under the knife for more than three years. With 1,300 hp instead of 700 and a curb weight of 5,800 pounds instead of 7,000, expectations were high. Off the trailer, Meacham's first pass was a new personal best-a mid-11-second quarter-mile time despite lifting off the throttle four times as the truck slipped and slid all over the track. Meacham finally coasted to a trap speed of about 90 mph. The next pass was a full-power 10.31 at 128 mph, proving that hard work and crazy ideas really do pay off.