1996 Dodge Ram 2500 - Something Different

From Welding Truck To 600hp Shortbed

Jason Sands
Jan 1, 2010
Photographers: Jason Sands
Diesel enthusiasts are a die-hard bunch. If they want something, they'll figure out a way to make it happen. Devon Lock from Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, is no exception. He'd always liked the looks of regular cab shortbed pickups, but there was one problem—the manufacturers never built a diesel version. But no matter, Devon soon found a '96 Dodge 2500 that had been used as a welding truck and had 16 inches chopped out of the frame. He then went to the local wrecking yard and sourced a shortbed from an '01 Dodge. After the bed was fitted, Devon put on the finishing touch by having the whole truck sprayed Hemi Orange.
Photo 2/11   |   1996 Dodge Ram 2500 right Front Angle
But wait, just having the shortbed-style pickup wasn't enough for Devon, he also wanted to go fast. For speed, he enlisted the help of Industrial Injection, which supplied him with one of its Race Twin turbo kits, a Dragonfly P7100 injection pump, and some custom injectors. An electric water pump was added for improved cooling and less drag, and an ATS manifold keeps heat where it's supposed to be—helping spool those turbos. To keep all this fuel and air in check, the engine was fortified with ARP head studs, and the head was O-ringed. As of right now, the engine's power is estimated at 600 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque.
With a powerful engine in the bay of his shortbed conversion, Devon turned to the transmission next. He knew his truck had to be reliable, so a 47RE transmission with billet input, output, and intermediate shafts was ordered from NADP. The converter is also from NADP, while an ATS Co-Pilot handles shifting.
Since Devon's truck was mostly intended to be a weekend play toy and dragstrip warrior, a fuel cell and FASS 180-gph fuel system occupy most of the bed, along with dual transmission coolers that keep transmission temps in check. Inside the truck, a five-point racing harness and rollcage from S&W Race Cars keeps him safe, while a full complement of gauges keeps his engine and transmission alive.
What's impressive about Devon's truck is the attention to detail of the build. Pretty much every part on this vehicle is either powdercoated, painted that cool orange, or chromed. The fact that the truck ran low 12s in the quarter-mile on its maiden voyage with a set of smallish injectors and gets more than 20 mpg thanks to it's 6,000-pound race weight is a testament to how well it's put together. Devon doesn't plan to stop soon, either. Larger injectors and more tuning should mean mid-to-low 11s—keeping it fast, yet streetable.



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