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Reader's Diesels - December 2013

Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Oct 31, 2013
Photographers: Readers
Bleeds Ford Blue
Year/Make/Model: 1994 Ford F-350
Owner: James Gouig
Hometown: San Leandro, California
Odometer: 214,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Engine: 7.3L International IDI V-8
Transmission: ZF-5 five-speed manual
Mods: Custom 4-inch intake, custom 3-inch downpipe, factory turbocharger, Stage 2 injectors, modified injection pump, 20x10-inch XD Monster wheels, and 37x12.5R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “I grew up around only Ford 4x4s, and the blood in my veins runs Ford blue. This is my first diesel, and while she may not have 500 hp like the newer trucks do, the 7.3L IDI has been super reliable. It is so easy to work on. There are no computers to fail, you don’t have to remove the cab to swap parts, and the parts it does need are cheap! She is a beast on and off the road.”
Photo 2/9   |   1994 Ford F 350
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Phil D’Anna
Hometown: Belvidere, Illinois
Odometer: 104,985 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: K&N air intake, custom 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, ATS Aurora 3000 turbo, ARP head studs, EGR delete, Firestone airbags with in-cab controls, and a Keystone Heat Extractor dual cowl hood
Owner says: “It runs strong!”
Photo 3/9   |   2005 Ford F 350
Bucket List
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Rene Aguilar
Hometown: Cactus, Texas
Odometer: 141,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 to 21 mpg
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: Spartan Diesel Phalanx programmer, AFE air intake, Industrial Injection turbos, Sinister Diesel intake elbow, complete EGR delete, AirDog lift pump, PureFlow fuel filter, Spearco intercooler, custom 4-inch exhaust with a 6-inch tip, 20-inch Ford Platinum Super Duty wheels, 35x12.5R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires, and a shortbed conversion
Owner says: “I bought the truck stock in 2012 and use it as my daily driver and cattle hauler.”
Photo 4/9   |   2008 Ford F 250 Single Cab
A Family Affair
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Adam Crawford
Hometown: Berwick, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 77,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 20 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: Smarty POD programmer; Quadzilla Scout II; Lanning’s Diesel–built 48RE with a Goerend triple-disc torque converter, billet input shaft, and high-pressure valvebody; rebuilt injectors with 100hp Bosch nozzles; 5-inch Silverline turbo-back straight pipe exhaust with a 6-inch, angle-cut tip; CFM Plus intake manifold; Quadzilla air intake; 2.5-inch leveling kit; 33x12.5R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires; Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 airbags; Rancho RS9000 shocks; and Recon cab and foglights
Owner says: “Every year, my family and my brother’s family go to the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals and the East Coast Diesel Nationals. Rather than push around a stroller, we decided to build the kids a truck of their own. I bought a lawn cart to use for the frame and built the body out of 2x4s and plywood. It has 18x9-inch tires, dual 3-inch PVC angle-cut black stacks, and a lift pump made from two mini WD-40 cans. It’s a real head-turner and gets more attention than my truck. Our dad took us to see the trucks every year when we were kids; now with families of our own we do the same, continuing to pass down the love of trucks and diesel performance.”
Photo 5/9   |   2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jamie Donati
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Odometer: 123,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Mods: ATS Stage 1 47RE transmission, FASS 150-gph lift pump, Cummins Performance Parts 250hp injectors, Bully Dog air intake, Diamond Eye 5-inch exhaust, Industrial Injection Phatshaft 64 turbo, Smarty programmer, Edge CTS Insight, Snow Performance Stage 2 water-methanol kit, 5-inch lift kit, 20x10-inch XD Diesel wheels, 35x12.5r20 Interco M16 tires, and custom adjustable traction bars
Owner says: “I use this truck for everything from towing my off-road truck to sled pulling, beach cruising, and playing on the dyno. The truck made 503 hp and 915 lb-ft of torque last time.”
Photo 6/9   |   2002 Dodge Ram 2500
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500
Owner: Matt McCain
Hometown: Louisburg, North Carolina
Odometer: 119,134 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Mods: EFILive tune, custom 4-inch exhaust, TransGo shift kit and converter flow valve, Sun Coast fuel pressure regulator shim kit, Mile Marker 12,000-pound winch, Ranch Hand front bumper, 6-inch ProComp lift kit, 35-inch Toyo MT tires, and Auto Meter boost and EGT gauges
Owner says: “This is my first diesel truck. I purchased it two years ago to haul my ATV and tow things for my friends. It also serves as my daily driver. I have learned a lot since the purchase of this truck and will never go back to a gas engine.”
Photo 7/9   |   2005 Chevy Silverado 2500
Oil Rig
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Ram 2500
Owner: Kevin Hryciw n Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Odometer: 35,000 kilometers n Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6 n Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Mods: BDS 8-inch lift kit with a 2-inch spacer for a total of 10 inches of lift, Full Throttle Suspension shock absorbers, custom driveshafts, adjustable track bar, custom steering, Long John mudflaps, painted bumpers, Smittybilt M1 grille, Bushwacker fender fares, AMP Research PowerSteps, shaved tailgate (removed the Ram head), and 20x12-inch Fuel Nutz wheels with 38x13.5R20 Toyo M/T tires
Owner says: “This truck is used almost 100 percent in the oilpatch in Alberta, Canada; it is my work truck. Everyone thinks I am nuts for having a nice, lifted Long Horn, but it’s what I’m into! The truck is used to haul more than 2,000 pounds in the rain, snow, and mud. And when the warranty is up, I plan on tearing into her and installing a set of ATS twins!”
Photo 8/9   |   2012 Ram 2500
Troop Carrier
Year/Make/Model: 1985 International S1800
Owner: BSA Troop 6 n Hometown: Wheeling, West Virginia
Odometer: 119,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 6 to 8 mpg
Engine: 7.6L International DT466 I-6 n Transmission: Eaton five-speed manual
Mods: 5-inch Magnaflow muffler with a 5-inch stainless steel tip, and custom LED lighting
Owner says: “We purchased this bus almost five years ago from Penn State University. Since then, we have used it as transportation for our Boy Scout troop. It usually hauls 20 to 40 passengers and tows our 14-foot trailer. The bus has made trips all over the East Coast and Midwest. This simple and rugged bus has never let us down. And, since people will ask, the tubes hanging in front of the rear tires are sanders, for when the road gets slick.”
Photo 9/9   |   1985 International S1800 Bus
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