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2005 Cummins-Powered Ford F-250 - Too Cool For School

Dillon Carter’s 11-second Cummins-Powered ’05 Ford F-250

Jason Sands
Apr 11, 2014
Photographers: Jason Sands
The 2013 Shell Super Diesel Shootout came with a Hollywood ending, when 16-year-old Dillon Carter won the whole thing with his Cummins-powered 2005 Ford F-250. What makes his victory even more impressive is that he built the Ford truck over Spring Break, with the help of his dad, Brian Carter. Since Brian owns Cnsmoke Diesel Performance in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, helping build a do-it-all diesel for his son was a no-brainer.
Diesels are expensive, and Dillon was on, well, a high schooler’s budget. That meant buying a newer truck was out. So a plan was hatched: find one common-rail Cummins engine and one 6.0L Ford that needed some work -- and mate the two together. As it turned out, things moved quickly, because Brian soon found an 2005 Ford F-250 that had a blown head gasket and three bad injectors and needed an EGR cooler. Rather than spending thousands of dollars fixing the Ford truck, the owner made Brian and Dillon a good deal. The first thing they did was unceremoniously yank the 6.0L Power Stroke out of the engine bay.
Photo 2/14   |   Dillon Carter’s ’05 Ford F-250 has one of the cleanest common-rail swaps we’ve ever seen, especially for an engine that churns out 961 rwhp.
In place of the blown-up Ford engine would be a rebuilt (by Brian and Dillon) 5.9L Cummins packing some serious wallop. Cut and coated pistons dropped compression and were mated to a set of aftermarket connecting rods from TTS Power Systems. The cylinder head and block were both cut for fire-rings (by Dillon) and were secured together with ARP studs. The rest of the long-block consists of a 188/220 camshaft from Dynomite Diesel Performance and valvesprings from Shiver Diesel.
The power-producing top end of the engine is just as involved as the bottom end, with 100-percent-over injectors from Exergy Engineering, a twin CP3 kit from ATS, a 68mm S400 turbo from Fleece Performance Engineering, and a Hellmann Performance intercooler. Now the high-performance engine needed a home, and for the transmission and engine installation Brian and Dillon went a slightly different route.
"“Just because I knew how to do the work, didn’t mean I was going to build his truck for him…I helped, but he did the majority of the work himself.” — Dillon’s father"
Photo 6/14   |   It’s odd seeing a Dodge transmission in a Ford, but so far the 48RE has been extremely reliable, surviving hundreds of dragstrip launches.
While most swaps rely on engine-to-transmission adapters and some type of stand-alone computer system to run either the engine or transmission, the ’05 F-250 got its Cummins dropped in and mated to a 48RE Dodge transmission and installed along with the factory Ram ECM and PCM. Brian used his scan tool to shut off various parameters that the computer would look for, such as ABS signals, while a tach adapter and engine mounts from Destroked.com properly planted the engine in the chassis.
Since Brian knew the truck would be in the hands of a 16-year-old, a stout transmission had to back up the big-power Cummins engine. Fortunately, Sun Coast Diesel Transmissions came to the rescue, in the form of a prototype transmission built with a larger input shaft, custom valvebody, and 2,200-rpm-stall triple-disc converter. The transmission’s shifting is controlled by the stock Dodge computer and is mated to the transfer case with a small spacer, also from Sun Coast.
Because Ford trucks have a solid foundation, very little modifications were performed to the rest of the chassis and drivetrain. The axles and gears are stock 3.73 Ford units, with driveshaft loops and traction bars built by HD Fabrication in Oologah, Oklahoma, being the only other mods.
With some programming from a MADS Electronics Smarty, the ’05 Fummins turned out to be blazingly powerful, making 961 rwhp on fuel and running 11.12 at 126 mph in the quarter-mile with a 1.51-second 60-foot time. The fact that the Ford weighs 7,882 pounds with Dillon aboard makes its performance even more impressive. Dillon still drives the truck every day, and if this is what he and his dad have come up with for his high school ride, we can’t wait until he gets to college.
The 5.9L Cummins has plenty of fuel on tap, thanks to twin stock pumps that are mounted via an ATS Diesel twin CP3 kit. Exergy Engineering injectors round out the package.
Photo 10/14   |   2005 Ford F 250 Rear View
Photo 14/14   |   The 5.9L Cummins has plenty of fuel on tap, thanks to twin stock pumps that are mounted via an ATS Diesel twin CP3 kit. Exergy Engineering injectors round out the package.
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-250
Owner: Dillon Carter
Hometown: Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Odometer: 122,000 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins, cut and coated pistons, fire-rings, ARP studs, DDP 188/220 cam, TTS connecting rods, FPE coolant bypass
Air: FPE 68mm S400, Hellmann Performance intercooler, Steed Speed exhaust manifold
Fuel: ATS Dual CP3s, 100-percent-over Exergy Engineering injectors, AirDog 200-gph lift pump
Horsepower: 961 rwhp (dyno)
Torque: 1,700 lb-ft (est.)
Transmission: Prototype 48RE built with Sun Coast parts, 2,200-rpm-stall triple-disc converter
Tires: 305/50R20 Nitto 420
Wheels: “Whatever was on the truck when we bought it.”
Suspension: Overload springs removed, front limiting straps, HD Fabrication traction bars
Fun Fact: Dillon got the name Hot Dog not because he’s a showoff, but rather because he once ate 12 hot dogs at a barbecue. His response? “I was hungry.”



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