Swap A Cummins Into Anything

Cummins Repower

Jason Thompson
Jan 1, 2012
Photographers: David Kennedy
Every day, we see an increasing number of diesel engine swaps. Why? Simple: The automakers have never built enough diesel-powered vehicles. So each day, more and more enthusiasts are converting their vehicles to diesel power. And when it comes to repowering any vehicle with a diesel, one of the most common engines to use is the Cummins B-Series four- or six-cylinder engine.
Photo 2/17   |   David Brooks from Berlin, Wisconsin, built this ’54 International R170, which started life as a fire truck for Brooklyn Township, or as the hood still says, B.T.No 4. After collecting parts for a few years, David put it together in about three months. The chassis is custom, and it has an air suspension (Mustang II up front and Ford 9-inch with 3.50 gears and a spool in the rear).
Through the last six years, Diesel Power has featured some of the best repowers in the country. The various models of 5.9L, 6.7L, and the 4BT are all finding new lives inside the framerails of all sorts of vehicles that never had a Cummins from the factory. With a little ingenuity and hard work, all the owners of these featured swaps enjoy the durability, power, and economy that come with a Cummins conversion.
Although those engines were fun, Travis Meyer has never regretted switching to diesel power.
Kacey Elkins is from Sanford, Kentucky, and he built this ’57 Dodge D-100 rat rod and repowered it with a 5.9L Cummins diesel engine. This truck’s chassis is from a ¾-ton regular-cab longbox ’97 Dodge Ram. The frame was shortened 19 inches and the driveshaft was also shortened. The rims are from U.S. Force and measure 20x10 inches. The tires are STS 275/45R20 Kumhos in the front and 305/50R20 Kumhos in the rear. A local friend who had the correct year donated the front Kentucky license plate.
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Gary Vereeke is from Zeeland, Michigan, and only got 36,000 miles from his 7.3L Power Stroke before it threw a rod. He decided to swap in a common-rail 5.9L Cummins from an ’04 Dodge Ram. From the looks of it, one wouldn’t think this truck is an ’00 Ford F-450 Super Duty. That’s because it’s got the front end of a younger ’05 Ford. The ’09 mirrors feature power folding and extending as well as built-in turn signals. The 19.5-inch Alcoa rims, LMT460 225/70R19.5 General tires, and Bilstein remote reservoir shocks also add to its more modern look.
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Travis Meyer bought this ’93 Chevy S-10 12 years ago when he was 16. Since then, it’s been powered by both a 355 and 434 small-block gasoline engine. And although those engines were fun, he’s never regretted switching to diesel power. Car shows on the East Coast have showered this Chevy with awards. With help from his father, Louis, the body now has a 2½-inch cowl hood, shaved wipers, and a clean engine compartment. The firewall was pushed back 9½ inches along with the reformed transmission tunnel. Mike Lowhorn of Palmyra, Indiana, did the Red Fire Pearl paint.
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