June 2012 Reader's Diesels

Homegrown Diesel Trucks From The 'Big Three'

Jason Thompson
Jun 1, 2012
Crew Cab Super Duty
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Ford F-350
Owner: Michael Wildey
Hometown: Lowell, Michigan
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Air Intake: K&N
Programmer/Chip/Box: Banks Six-Gun IQ
Exhaust: 4-inch to 5-inch tip
Wheels and tires: 16x10-inch rims and 35x12.50R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift Easy Ride
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Other: Michael says, “I use my vehicle as a daily driver as well as my mobile repair facility at work. A few weeks back, I pulled a Freightliner with a flatbed that was stuck in the mud. Other modifications include H-11 head studs, EGR delete, CB radio, and Ranch Hand bumpers.”
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Short-Box Super Duty
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-350
Owner: Chris Hlavacek n Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Air Intake: K&N
Programmer/Chip/Box: Bully Dog GT
Exhaust: 4-inch downpipe and 5-inch straight pipe
Wheels and tires: 20x10-inch Rockstar XD and 38x15.50R20 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ
Suspension: 6-inch suspension lift
Transmission: 5R110 automatic
Fuel economy: 18 mpg
Odometer: 100,000 miles
Other: Chris is a Ford diesel tech at a dealership in Michigan who shortened the frame on his Super Duty. His truck also features ARP head studs, a Sinister EGR delete kit, and an A-pillar mount for the Auto Meter boost, EGT, and transmission temperature gauges.
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Monster IDI
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Ford F-350
Owner: Jay Grimes n Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
Engine: International 7.3L IDI
Air Intake: K&N
Exhaust: 2½-inch duals with 5-inch tips
Wheels and tires: 18x9-inch DC1 rims and 40x13.50R18 Baja Claw Radials
Suspension: 7-inch suspension lift
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 19 mpg
Odometer: 250,000 miles
Other: This truck also has tinted windows, a Cam-Locker toolbox, and a reupholstered interior.
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Chevy Crew Cab
Year/Make/Model: 1967 Chevy C30
Owner: Wayne Lawrence
Hometown: Derby, Kansas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Wheels: Rims from an 2003 Chevy
Suspension: From a 1995 Chevy 1-ton frame
Transmission: Allison 1000
Ring and pinion: 3.42 (Dana 80 rearend from an ’01 Dodge)
Odometer: 45,000 miles in the last two years
Other: The radiator, intercooler, and core support is from the Dodge Ram. Wayne uses the truck for long trips to the salt flats and for moving heavy loads.
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Classic Diesel Suburban
Year/Make/Model: 1968 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Dale Ypma
Hometown: Taber, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air intake: K&N
Injection pump: P7100 with number 8 fuel plate
Injectors: BD stage 2 (90hp)
Lift pump: AirDog 165-gph
Turbocharger: Holset HX40
Exhaust: 4-inch straight pipe to 5-inch dual tips
Transmission: 47RH built by NADP with billet-steel shafts
Transfer case: NP205
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 25 mpg
Other: Dale says, “For comfort, it has seats from a ’98 Suburban. The stereo is aftermarket. It has cruise control, the original tilt steering wheel, and front and rear A/C systems.”
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Diesel Elk Hunter
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Brian Gallegos
Hometown: Chama, New Mexico
Engine: 6.7L Cummins
Air Intake: Airaid Stage 2
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty Jr.
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch turbo-back with DPF delete and 6-inch tip
Wheels and tires: 17x10-inch Moto Metal rims and 35x12.50R17 Sigma Mud Claw Radial M/T
Suspension: Pro Comp 6-inch lift
Other: This truck also has a custom headache rack, with front and rear Ranch Hand bumpers with Warn winches.
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Sled Hauler
Year/Make/Model: 2008 GMC 2500
Owner: Pawel Wojcik
Hometown: Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: AFE Stage 2
Programmer/Chip/Box: Edge Race EVO Stage 3
Exhaust: AFE 4-inch turbo-back with DPF delete
Wheels and tires: 17x9-inch Ultra Thunder rims and 285/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 81,000 miles
Other: Pawel says, “This is my first diesel truck, and after seeing what kind of power it can unleash, I’d never go back to a gas job again.
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Like Father Like Son
(Back Truck)
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Richard Irving
Hometown: Spring Branch, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: AFE
Exhaust: 4-inch straight pipe
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual transmission
Fuel economy: 18 to 24 mpg
Odometer: 104,000 miles
Other: The truck has Auto Meter gauges, 10-inch speakers, 110-gallon fuel tanks, and a gooseneck hitch.
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(Middle Truck)
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chad Irving
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Exhaust: 5-inch straight pipe
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 174,000 miles
Other: This truck also has a black grille, spray-in bedliner, Ranch Hand rear replacement bumber, side steps, and a gooseneck hitch.
(Front Truck)
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Josh Irving
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty
Air intake: AFE filter with intake manifold
Exhuast: 5-inch turbo-back straight pipe with 6-inch tip
Lift pump: AirDog 150-gph
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Other: Josh says, “Our trucks do everything, whether we are daily driving them or have them hooked to a trailer pulling a tractor or machine for our father’s construction company.”

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