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Reader's Diesels - March 2014

Homegrown diesel rigs

Feb 21, 2014
Photographers: Readers
Friendly Competition
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chris Houchins
Hometown: Napoleon, Ohio
Odometer: 185,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Mods: Fleece Performance HE351 Cheetah turbo, Flux 4.5 injectors, T&C Diesel CP3 injection pump, ARP 625 head studs, O-ringed head with a port and polish, third-gen Steed Speed exhaust manifold, 12-valve connecting rods, Haisley DD Comp Puller clutch, and 4.56:1 axle gears
Owner says: “Back in high school, I bought my first Cummins with a 12-valve engine because it was all I could afford. After graduation, when everyone started getting real jobs, they all started buying Duramax trucks, but I decided to be different and stick with the Cummins. I bought this truck in 2010; it started out as a ¾-ton automatic. I knew I would be pulling with it, so I did the dualie conversion, and after tearing three automatics out of it in one season I did a five-speed swap. This truck is still my daily driver and will be getting pulled by a few good friends of mine this upcoming season while I am deployed overseas with the Air Force.”
Photo 2/9   |   2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Jurassic Excursion
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford Excursion
Owner: Kaytee Fisher
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
Odometer: 83,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: Bully Dog Triple Dog GT tuner, EGR delete, Sinister Diesel coolant filter system, 4-inch Magnaflow exhaust, K&N intake, 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit, shaved door handles, ostrich leather seats, and a custom paintjob
Owner says: “Nothing beats this beast for long road trips and towing the quads around Alaska!”
Photo 3/9   |   2003 Ford Excursion
Daily Dualie
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Ram 3500
Owner: Clint Young
Hometown: Bristol, Texas
Odometer: 30,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 17 mpg
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Mods: H&S Mini Maxx tuner, AFE cold-air intake, custom 5-inch exhaust, Kore Racing leveling kit, Tough Country side steps, and 35x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “This truck is my daily driver and tow rig. I did all the mods with only 5,000 miles on the truck and plan to someday install a built Sun Coast transmission, head studs, and new wheels.”
Photo 4/9   |   2012 Ram 3500
Father Son Bonding
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Riley Nairn
Hometown: Summerland, British Columbia, Canada
Odometer: 215,000 kilometers n Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF-6 six-speed manual
Mods: BD Diesel exhaust brake, Banks cold-air intake, Banks turbo kit, Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust with a 4-inch downpipe fitted to a 5-inch pipe back to a 6-inch tip, DP-Tuner chip, 6.5-inch ProComp lift kit, 18-inch Eagle Alloy wheels, and 35x12.5R18 Toyo Open Country M/T tires
Owner says: “I am 21 years old, and this is my first diesel. I use it to haul my 11-second Nova to and from the dragstrip. The blue and white F-350 in the background is my dad’s ’95 7.3L that he has owned since it was new.”
Photo 5/9   |   1999 Ford F 250
Second Life
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Dallas Roberts n Hometown: Elmburg, Kentucky
Odometer: 110,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF-6 six-speed manual
Mods: ARP head studs; EGR delete; updated oil cooler; 6.4L banjo bolts; Zoodad mod; custom tuning by Eric at Innovative Diesel; Auto Meter factory-matched boost, pyrometer, and oil pressure gauges; custom straight pipe exhaust with a 6-inch tip; and Recon smoked LED taillights
Owner says: “I purchased this truck about two years ago from its original owner. It is my weekend cruiser and is also used to haul my pulling tractor to and from the pulls. Future plans include fuel system upgrades, injectors, and a new turbo. My daughter loves to ride in the back seat in her little pink car seat. I want to send a special thank you to my wife for letting me buy the things I do for the truck. She is amazing!”
Photo 6/9   |   2003 Ford F 250 Super Duty
Crude Hunter
Year/Make/Model: 2013 GMC Sierra 2500
Owner: Shawn Yeske
Hometown: Saint Albert, Alberta, Canada
Odometer: 36,000 kilometers
Fuel Economy: 25.1 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Mods: AMP Research power steps, 6-inch BDS lift kit, Viper Smart Start system, Recon headlights, LED taillights, LED third brake light, LED cab lights, Easy Loader tonneau cover, 20-inch Misfit wheels, and 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “This is my dream truck. I love off-roading, but this is my work truck so it goes all over Western Canada to all types of oilfield sites—whether it’s a large gas plant or up the side of a mountain to a small oil battery. I tow all types of trailers on my farm and for work. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”
Photo 7/9   |   2013 Gmc Sierra 2500
Sleeper In Training
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500
Owner: Aurelio Velez
Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas
Odometer: 175,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000
Mods: Goerand-built Allison transmission, PPE programmer, Magnaflow 5-inch turbo-back exhaust, 6-inch exhaust tip, Volant intake, AirDog 150-gph lift pump, ARP head studs, AFE turbo mouthpiece, Sinister Diesel EGR delete, AFE intercooler tubes, boost and EGT gauges, Edge Insight CTS monitor, 2.5-inch leveling kit, Bilstein 5100 shocks, and 305/55R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “I’m looking to make it a 550hp daily driver, but for now it takes me from working in the South Texas oilfields to moving hay around for my animals on my days off.”
Photo 8/9   |   2005 Chevy Silverado 2500
Lady Like
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Kaitlyn Ludwig n Hometown: Reinholds, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 167,000 miles n Fuel Economy: 18 to 24 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Mods: 125hp BD Diesel injectors, Smarty programmer, FASS 150-gph lift pump, Schwitzer (now BorgWarner) turbo, S&B intake kit, Mag-Hytec diff cover, custom 4-inch exhaust to an 8-inch pink stack, fabricated steel bumper with pink D-rings, Skyjacker shocks, Glowshift gauges, 17-inch American Racing wheels, and 33x12.5R17 Mud Claw tires
Owner says: “When I first bought the truck, it had a camper shell on it and was considered a ‘grandpa truck.’ I immediately got rid of the shell and since then have been working on building it up the way I’ve always wanted. Touches of pink here, a little more power there. She’s transformed into somewhat of my dream truck and reflects my personality through and through.”
Photo 9/9   |   2000 Dodge Ram 2500
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