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1993 Dodge W250 - First Love

An Ultra-Clean Dodge

Mike McGlothlin
Oct 25, 2013
Photographers: Mike McGlothlin
Photo 2/12   |   Even though it might appear underpowered by today’s high- powered street truck standards, Logan Yelton’s lightweight first-gen still gets with the program. A best trap speed of 91 mph in the quarter-mile means his classic Dodge is getting more than 300 hp to the pavement—twice what it did stock.
Everyone loves a first-gen. No matter what brand of truck you prefer, most of us can appreciate a clean, ’89 to ’93 Dodge that’s clearly received some TLC. Logan Yelton grew up a fan of old Mopars and the ’81 to ’93 body style trucks, so this W250 is the perfect fit for him. It’s the 19-year-old Kentuckian’s first diesel, and the type of truck he’s been lusting after since childhood. Thanks to the pre-’94 body and the 12-valve Cummins under the hood, he thinks of his first-gen as being the best of both worlds—good looks and mechanical injection.
After buying the stored, low-rust Dodge off Craigslist, Logan quickly began making the truck his own. Adding horsepower, the Bosch VE injection pump’s fuel screw was modified and threaded almost as far in as it could go, and the pump was also treated to a Denny T Stage 2 fuel pin and a 4,200-rpm governor spring. The stock injectors were replaced with considerably larger 5x18s, and the engine-mounted, mechanical lift pump was scrapped in favor of an AirDog fuel system.
Because the rotary VE pump fuels hard down low and provides such a narrow powerband, Logan decided a quick-lighting compound-turbo system would be best for making good low-rpm power. Using the proven HX35 over HT3B configuration, he fabricated all the plumbing himself, as well as the hot pipe between the two turbos. On the street, the combination makes between 50 and 55 pounds of boost, and low-end response is very good. To rule out any head gasket issues, Logan installed a set of ARP head studs.
Photo 3/12   |   1993 Dodge W250 Front Three Quarter
If you can believe it, the stock A518 four-speed automatic has held up behind the torquey 12-valve so far. No valvebody changes have been made, and the non-lockup converter still resides in the bellhousing. However, Logan did install a manual overdrive switch in order to bypass the finicky transmission computer and control when the A518 makes its final shift.
Not afraid to show what his old-school Dodge is capable of, Logan has been known to hit the dragstrip on occasion as well. To date, he’s run a best quarter-mile time of 14.45 seconds in the 90-mph range. Not bad, considering he’d be looking at 18s in bone-stock form.
When we spoke with Logan, we got the sense that he’d found the truck he’s always wanted, so we’d be surprised to ever see anything else parked in his driveway. And like so many other enthusiasts who’ve grown attached to their vehicles, the upgrade process is never-ending. In Logan’s case, future plans include performing a P-pump swap, running a large single turbo, and replacing the A518 with a built 47RE, shifted via a manual valvebody. On the cosmetic side, the rust spots will be addressed, and the truck will receive a fresh coat of black paint.
Logan is the type of young diesel enthusiast we enjoy bumping into. He’s ambitious, driven, and his truck is a reflection of all his hard work and dedication. With fewer and fewer first-gens out there these days, it’s nice to know this ultra-clean example will be around for a long time to come.
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 1993 Dodge W250
Owner: Logan Yelton
Hometown: Walton, Kentucky
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: A518 automatic
Fuel: Diesel Auto Power 5x18 injectors, Denny T Stage 2 fuel pin, 4,200-rpm governor spring, de-collared fuel screw
Air: Holset HX35 over Holset HT3B
Horsepower: 300 hp (estimate)
Tires: 325/60R18 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ
Wheels: 18x12 Fuel Hostage
Fun fact: Logan is exceptionally good at both of his hobbies: auto bodywork and metal fabrication. In fact, he built the compound-turbo setup and the cowl hood that grace his truck.

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