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Reader's Diesels - February 2014

Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Jan 10, 2014
Photographers: Readers
The New Guy
Year/Make/Model: 2007½ Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Tony Tessier n Hometown: Burk’s Falls, Ontario, Canada
Odometer: 205,000 kilometers n Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Mods: K&N intake kit, Edge Juice with Attitude programmer, and a custom straight-pipe exhaust
Owner says: “I started loving diesels back in 2008 when I traded my gasser in for an ’01 Cummins. Unfortunately, eight months later, on a cold winter night, I rolled the truck after hitting black ice. Sticking with a Cummins, I picked this truck up as a replacement. It serves as my daily driver and tows my 34-foot fifth-wheel camper on the weekends.”
Photo 2/9   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Rehabilitated and Repowered
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Ariel Tuttobene
Hometown: Ontario, California
Odometer: 52,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: Swapped in Cummins engine from an ’03 Ram 2500, custom intake, and custom straight-pipe exhaust
Owner says: “I picked up the truck a couple of years ago with no engine or transmission. It was in pretty bad condition when I got it from the towing company. After getting this truck, I picked up a rolled ’03 Ram 2500, pulled the engine and transmission, and installed them in the Ford. I use the truck to tow my 28-foot toy-hauler trailer at least once a month. I may up the power at some point, but right now I love the reliability!”
Photo 3/9   |   1999 Ford F 350 Super Duty
Classic Beauty
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-350
Owner: Steve Kuzma
Hometown: Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Odometer: 311,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 11 to 14 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8 n Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Mods: Superchips programmer
Owner says: “I am the second owner of this truck. My father was the salesman who sold it to its original owner and then took it back in as a trade in before I got it. It’s been my daily driver for six years and will be for many more.”
Photo 4/9   |   1997 Ford F 350
Side Pipes
Year/Make/Model: 2007½ Chevy Silverado 3500
Owner: Ray Kaspar n Hometown: Buena Vista, Colorado
Odometer: 134,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 18 to 22 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8 n Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Mods: K&N air filter, AirDog II lift pump, Garrett PowerMax turbo, H&S Mini Maxx programmer, and a custom 5-inch exhaust with dual stacks
Owner says: “After working on heavy-duty and over-the-road diesel engines for 30 years, I finally bought one of my own. I didn’t really want to lose my shell or cut holes in it, so I opted to run 5-inch stacks on the outside of the bed.”
Photo 5/9   |   2007 Chevy Silverado 3500
I Drive Your Truck
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Bryan Giordano n Hometown: Riverview, Florida
Odometer: 220,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Mods: Custom exhaust with a bed-mounted stack, TS Performance six-position chip, 20x10-inch XD wheels, 35x12.5-inch Toyo M/T tires, and an upgraded stereo system
Other: Having already sold his old truck, Bryan Giordano found an ’02 Ford F-250 for sale on Craigslist for $5,000. After watching the ad for more than a month, Bryan talked the owner into selling him the Ford for less than his asking price by texting him a photo of cash fanned out on a table with the words “I’ll be there today.” The seller agreed, and Bryan and a friend headed down to Fort Myers, Florida, with a flatbed wrecker to collect the Ford. Bryan got a great deal because the engine was blown, the interior was in a sad state, and the bed was badly dented. Working at his friend Joe Lang’s shop, Big 3 Diesel Repair, Bryan quickly located a used, but running, 7.3L engine, and with a bit of trial and error and some help from Joe, he got the engine in and the truck running again. With the truck now a driver, his attention turned to the other issues. Bryan found and installed a full leather interior and new carpet, along with a new, straight bed. With the Ford now looking good, a TS Performance six-position chip and custom exhaust with a bed-mounted stack found their way onto the Super Duty. The truck was starting to really take shape. As a lover of mud bogs, Bryan was especially excited about a particular weekend outing. After getting home from work on Friday night, he grabbed his bags and ran out the door after saying a quick goodbye to his parents. The next day, Bryan’s parents received the news that nobody wants to hear. While at the event, Bryan was dancing with his friends when he fell off the stage, hit his head, and succumbed to those injuries. What happened that night was a tragedy nobody would have ever expected to befall such a loving young man.
Photo 6/9   |   2002 Ford F 250 Super Duty
A few months after Bryan’s passing, his father, Robert Giordano, decided to finish his son’s truck, knowing this is what his son would have wanted. Inspired by Lee Brice’s song, “I Drive Your Truck,” Robert finished the modifications his son had planned for the truck, installing new 20-inch XD wheels and 35-inch Toyo M/T tires, along with an upgraded stereo, LED front and rear lights, and a custom grille.
Bryan’s parents, Robert and Linda, miss their son very much, and it is through his truck that his memory remains.
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