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March 2010 Readers' Diesels

Half a Dozen Awesome Diesels

Jason Thompson
Mar 1, 2010
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Jason Thompson
831 South Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Year/Make/Model: '06 Chevy Silverado
Owner: John De Hey
Hometown: Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air intake: K&N
Transmission: Allison 1000
Suspension: Air springs and Tough Dog shocks
Other: The truck also features an ARB front bumper and rooftop tent. John says, "We've been on a working holiday for nine years traveling all around the country."
Photo 2/7   |   Diesel From Down Under
Year/Make/Model: '49 Chevy COE (cabover engine)
Owner: Paul and Michele Spera
Hometown: East Northport, New York
Engine: 5.9L 12-valve Cummins
Exhaust: 4-inch with Flowmaster muffler
Transmission: Allison 545 (four-speed automatic)
Ring and Pinion: 3.43
Other: This truck's frame is from a Chevy P30 step van and it has a 2-inch receiver hitch. The rear axle is a GM 14-bolt and features dual rear wheels. The builder's name is Gary Dilley.
Photo 3/7   |   CabOver Diesel Under
Year/Make/Model: '00 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Tyson Lewis
Hometown: Kamas, Utah
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Edge Juice with Attitude
Air intake: K&N and BHAF combination
Injectors: Bosch 275 RV
Exhaust: 3 1/2-inch with 4-inch tip
Transmission: 47RE automatic
Suspension: 2 1/2-inch leveling kit
Other: Tyson says, "I just put a rebuilt long-block in my truck after the original engine blew up with only 155,000 miles on it. My favorite diesel experience is spinning donuts in two-wheel drive on dry asphalt, or anytime I hook onto the trailer to haul demolition derby cars."
Photo 4/7   |   Demolition Derby Hauler
Year/Make/Model: '91 Ford F-250
Owner: 1SG Mike Clancy
Hometown: Panama City, Florida (military base home for now)
Engine: 7.3L International
Transmission: E4OD automatic
Ring and Pinion: 4.10
Wheels and tires: 17x9-inch Mickey Thompson Classic II and Cooper 285/70R17
Odometer: 105,000 miles
Fuel economy: 18 to 26 mpg
Other: Mike says, "I've been slowly restoring and upgrading this truck and plan to add a Banks turbo system after I get back from my next overseas deployment. I was thinking of putting in a higher gear ratio, because at 65 mph, my IDI spins at about 2,100 rpm."
Photo 5/7   |   Military Diesel Power
Year/Make/Model: '04 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Michael Thomlinson
Hometown: Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air intake: AFE
Programmer/Chip/Box: DiabloSport Predator Stage II and MADS Smarty Jr.
Exhaust: Flo-Pro 4-inch
Transmission: 48RE with BD Diesel Performance torque converter, flexplate, and valvebody
Wheels and tires: Stock 17-inch painted rims and 35x12.5R17 Toyo Open Country MT tires with 2-inch steel spacers by Arrowcraft
Odometer: 149,129 miles
Other: Michael says, "I work as a wellsite geologist drilling oil and gas wells in Western Canada. From the foothills to the prairies, my truck has seen a ton of bumpy resource roads and icy highways. Dualies usually don't do too well in the mud, but the Toyo tires keep me from having to be pulled out by the Cat—even in the worst conditions."
Photo 6/7   |   The Geologist's Best Friend
Year/Make/Model: '08 Nissan Navara
Owner: Nikko Miller
Hometown: Bodden Town, Grand Cayman
Engine: 2.5L Nissan YD25DDTi
Air intake: K&N
Turbo: Garrett GT2860 with ported wastegate and ATP actuator
Programmer/Chip/Box: Diesel Dynamics
Exhaust: Mandrel-bent 3-inch turbo-back with MagnaFlow muffler
Transmission: RE5R05A five-speed automatic
Tires: 285/75R16 Toyo Open Country A/T
Suspension: PRG four-wheel drive advanced kit (Radflo 2-inch Eibach coilovers and PRG control arms up front with Bilstein 5125 shocks and Deaver 2 1/2-inch springs in the rear)
Ring and Pinion: 3.538
Fuel economy: 28 mpg
Other: Nikko says, "After surviving Hurricane Ivan in a slightly tuned Toyota Altezza, I knew it was time to get a more versatile vehicle, and the Navara fit the bill perfectly with its bulletproof torque and 1/2-ton chassis. I am shooting for the 100-hp-per-liter mark."
Photo 7/7   |   Tropical Island Diesel



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