Cummins powered ATV - Cummanshee
Built From Your Wildest Dreams
It’s a project we have all bench-raced about at one point or another, and something that true diesel nuts dreamt would some day come true. We’re talking about slapping a saddle and some wheels on a Cummins engine and riding it down the track like a raging bull. Man’s fascination with such lunacy can be traced back to the invention of the small-block Chevy barstool, or more recently the Dodge Viper V-10-powered motorcycle. Fortunately for us, our diesel-powered fantasy has now become reality at the demented hands of Jarod Hall.
Residing in Plymouth, Utah, Jarod runs an automotive shop specializing in engine conversions. After enough years of listening to customers ask the question, “Can you put a Cummins in my…” over and over again, he decided to show once and for all that he could literally put the burly inline-six engine into anything. Jarod pulled the 12-valve engine out of a ’98 Ram 2500 that had a ruined body but was otherwise a running and driving truck. To keep wiring simple, a 47RH four-speed automatic from a two-wheel drive was mated to the engine. The chassis was all custom fabricated by Jarod out of 2-inch-diameter steel tubing. Keeping with the ATV theme, plastic body panels from a Yamaha Banshee were adapted to the tube chassis, along with the seat and handlebars. All together, the Cummins-powered ATV weighs in at 2,140 pounds and took a little more than two weeks to complete.