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Reader's Diesels of the Month - June 2014

Jun 11, 2014
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Family Affair (Photo Above)
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Patrick Tyrrell
Hometown: Monkton, Maryland
Odometer: 99,821 miles
Fuel Economy: 9 to 19 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: FS-2500 bypass filters on both engine and transmission fluids, DieselSite coolant bypass filter, Bullet Proof Diesel EGR cooler, Ford fuel pressure regulator “blue spring” upgrade, Edge Insight CTS, custom straight-pipe exhaust, B&W gooseneck hitch, and 265/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires
Owner says: “This truck serves as my daily driver, toy, and weekend workhorse, so the modifications I’ve done have been for reliability and utility. My family has been Ford owners since my dad bought his first F-150 in 1985.”

Photo 2/10   |   2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Front View
Second Look
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Owner: Zach Gadwaw
Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Odometer: 57,450 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Mods: AFE Stage 2 intake, Sinister Diesel EGR delete, Garrett PowerMax turbo from Industrial Injection, EFILive tuning, 3-inch MBRP downpipe, custom exhaust with a 6-inch RBP tip, Edge CTS Insight, 6-inch Fabtech lift kit, 37-inch Interco M16 tires, Longhorn Fab Shop traction bars, McNeil Racing fiberglass fenders, and a Ranch Hand rear bumper
Owner says: “This truck is still my daily driver, but I also use it to sled pull and drag race on the weekends. It currently runs in the 13s, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming NHRDA Sportsman season.”

Photo 3/10   |   2000 Ford F 350 Super Duty
Pretty on the Inside
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Brad Conley
Hometown: Cobb, Wisconsin
Odometer: 277,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 17 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Mods: BD Diesel Performance muffler delete, Diablo Predator tuner, and 16x8-inch Eagle Alloy Series 101 wheels with 265/75R16 BFGoodrich All Terrain tires
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and I love it! I will never go back to a gasser, and I hope to have this truck for a very long time. She’s got a lot of miles, some dents and dings, and smashes and crashes, but what do you expect for only $4,000!?”

Photo 4/10   |   2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Front View
Rookie Racer
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Nathanael Snyder
Hometown: Reelsville, Indiana
Odometer: 150,422 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: S&B air intake, Sinister Diesel coolant filtration kit, 150hp Premco injectors, BD Diesel Super B turbo, FASS 150-gph lift pump, Smarty SSR UDC tuner, ProComp leveling kit, Bushwacker fender flares, custom 5-inch exhaust with an 8-inch stack, and Isspro gauges
Owner says: “I purchased this truck completely stock after my third deployment to Iraq. I started racing it last year at some local tracks and am completely hooked.”

Photo 5/10   |   2012 Ram 2500 Front View
All-points Bulletin
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Ram 2500
Owner: Myles Reichling
Hometown: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Odometer: 40,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Mods: H&S XRT Pro Race Tuner and EGR delete, 4-inch AFE turbo-back exhaust with a 6-inch MBRP tip, 20x8-inch Moto Metal 959 wheels, and 285/65R20 BFG AT tires
Owner says: “I get compliments all the time about this truck, but the state troopers in Wisconsin don’t seem to like it for some reason.”

Photo 6/10   |   2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Front View
Wife’s Love
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Pete Pennings
Hometown: Hanover, Ontario, Canada
Odometer: 300,000 kilometers
Fuel Economy: 17 to 18 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: BD Diesel R1000 compound turbos, intercooler, race transmission, and torque converter; BBI Stage 2 injectors; PPE Dual Fueler kit; Smarty UDC tuning; Fabtech 4.5-inch lift kit; Yukon Grizzly locker; 20x10-inch RBP 96R wheels; 35x12.5R20 Cooper STT tires; Flo-Pro 5-inch exhaust; and Superlift traction bars
Owner says: “I bought this truck as a bone-stock work truck five years ago and have since built it up to more than 800 hp. I use it as a daily driver, tow my camping trailer, and also do some sled pulling at the local track. My wife says I’m not allowed to sell this truck!”

Photo 7/10   |   2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Front View
Shorty
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ryan Acker
Hometown: Morganfield, Kentucky
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: Cruel Intentions Diesel–built transmission with billet shafts and front clutch drum, Pro Street Diesel valvebody, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter, Smarty UDC custom tuning by Cruel Intentions Diesel, Industrial Injection Silver Bullet turbo, Steed Speed exhaust manifold, AFE Blade Runner intake manifold, 18x9-inch XD Diesel wheels, 33x12.5R18 Mickey Thompson ATZ tires, ARP head studs, and F1 diesel injectors
Owner says: “I love this truck! It has run as fast as 8.19 seconds at 85.08 mph in the eighth-mile.”

Photo 8/10   |   2008 Ford F 250 Super Duty Side View
Ford Convert
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Sean Johnson
Hometown: Seneca, Illinois
Odometer: 25,300 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: Airaid air intake kit, MBRP 5-inch DPF-back exhaust with a 6-inch tip, 2-inch leveling kit, SCT Livewire programmer, Sinister Diesel EGR delete, 295/65R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires, and Firestone rear airbags
Owner says: “I got the diesel bug when I was a kid farming and working on tractors. Now that I’m older, I have a few play tractors of my own that I’ve modded up, along with my pickup. This is my first Power Stroke after a string of Duramaxes, and I couldn’t be happier!”

Photo 9/10   |   2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Side View
Bananas Foster
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Andrew Foster
Hometown: Salem, Illinois
Odometer: 105,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Mods: Smarty TNT Revo programmer, Dr. Performance race module 120hp chip, AFE Stage 2 Pro Guard 7 cold-air intake, AFE Blade Runner intake manifold, Dynomite Diesel 50hp injectors, ATS two-piece exhaust manifold, Industrial Injection Super PhatShaft turbo, MBRP 5-inch turbo-back exhaust, AirDog 150-gph lift pump, ATS Dual CP3 kit, ARP head studs, fire-ringed head, South Bend dual-disc clutch, Rough Country 5-inch lift kit, 20x10-inch KMC XD wheels, 37x13.5R20 Nitto Mud Grappler tires, and Auto Meter and Isspro gauges
Owner says: “I bought the truck when I was 18 and just out of high school. I don’t race or sled pull with it, but I do tow a boat every now and then.”

Photo 10/10   |   1966 Ford F 100 Front View
Never Ending
Year/Make/Model: 1966 Ford F-100
Owner: Jason Bickel
Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Odometer: 225,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G360 five-speed manual
Mods: 1993 12-valve Cummins, 2007 F-350 front and rear axles, ’98 NP241 transfer case, custom rear-mounted fuel tank, and a custom 4-inch exhaust
Owner says: “I bought this truck in 1996 while I was still in high school. I finally got it running in 2009 but didn’t like the way the 351W gasoline V-8 performed, so I found a ’93 Cummins and began the swap. The body and frame are pretty much the only parts left from the original truck. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s to the point where I can drive it at least!”

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