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Reader's Diesel Of The Month - September 2014

Sep 2, 2014
THE GOAT
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 (above)
OWNER: Travis Moorhead
HOMETOWN: Bell Buckle, Tennessee
ODOMETER: 178,680 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 mpg
ENGINE: 5.9L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: NV5600 six-speed manual
MODS: AFE intake, 50hp injectors, boost fooler, Smarty TNT programmer, custom 5-inch exhaust with a 6-inch tip, 20-inch Moto Metal Punisher wheels, 33x12.5R20 Federal tires, Ranch Hand bumper, Auto Meter gauges, and everything under the hood is painted lime green
OWNER SAYS: “I’ve spent my entire driving life behind the wheel of a Cummins. This truck is my daily driver and weekend tow rig. I plan to drive it until it falls apart!”
Photo 2/8   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Front Three Quarter
IN PROGRESS
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2007 Dodge Ram 3500
OWNER: Evan McCrillis
HOMETOWN: Palestine, Illinois
ODOMETER: 38,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 15 mpg
ENGINE: 6.7L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: 68RFE six-speed automatic
MODS: Flo-Pro 4-inch turboback exhaust with a 6-inch tip,H&S XRT programmer, Pro Comp leveling kit, 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and Recon cab lights
OWNER SAYS: “This is my first diesel, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a gas pickup. Next up for the truck is gauges, then an intake, head studs, and eventually a larger turbo.”
Photo 3/8   |   2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Front Three Quarter
KILLER CUMMINS
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
OWNER: Mike Schmidt
HOMETOWN: Windsor, Colorado
ODOMETER: 208,500 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg
ENGINE: 5.9L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: NV5600 six-speed manual
MODS: Industrial Injection R1 injector nozzles, 64mm Phatshaft turbo, ARP head studs, Smarty TNT-R programmer, Banks intake horn, XDP grid heater delete, TS Performance MP-8, Cooling Mist water-methanol injection, T&C Diesel CP3, FASS 150-gph lift pump, K&N intake, MBRP 5-inch exhaust, South Bend dualdisc clutch, 17-inch KMC Rockstar wheels, 325/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler tires, 4-inch Superlift lift kit, BDS adjustable track bar and steering stabilizer, custom traction bars, and a Mopar 2009+ steering upgrade
OWNER SAYS: “I bought the truck stock, and within one year it was making more than 600 hp.”
Photo 4/8   |   2007 GMC Sierra 2500 Classic Side View
HEARTBREAKER
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 Classic
OWNER: Matt Cambier
HOMETOWN: Quinlan, Texas
ODOMETER: 75,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 mpg
ENGINE: 6.6L Duramax V-8
TRANSMISSION: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
MODS: Danville Performance S480 turbo, EFILive tuning,60-percent-over injector nozzles, PPE Dual CP3 pumps, CalTracs traction bars, and Moto Metal wheels with M&H nostalgia slicks for the track
OWNER SAYS: “I still pull a fifth-wheel trailer, daily drive, and race on weekends. This truck has hurt a lot of feelings.”
Photo 5/8   |   2003 Ford F 250 Super Duty Front Three Quarter
BLOOD, SWEAT, AND BEERS
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
OWNER: Alex Laird
HOMETOWN: Arlington, Washington
ODOMETER: 67,880 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 15 mpg
ENGINE: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
TRANSMISSION: 4R100 four-speed automatic
MODS: S&B intake, 5-inch Flo-Pro exhaust, Beans Diesel six-position chip, and an AFE BladeRunner intake horn
OWNER SAYS: “I’ve grown up in a Ford family and have never owned anything else.”
Photo 6/8   |   2001 Ford F 250 Super Duty Front Three Quarter
FAMILY TRADITION
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
OWNER: Lonney Head
HOMETOWN: Grand Junction, Colorado
ODOMETER: 157,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg
ENGINE: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
TRANSMISSION: ZF-6 six-speed manual
MODS: Banks PowerPack system for the 7.3L, TruXedo tonneau cover, B&W gooseneck hitch, and Warn premium locking hubs
OWNER SAYS: “I have always been a Power Stroke diesel guy. My father still owns his 1999 F-250, and I love mine. The Banks PowerPack made a huge difference in overall performance!”
Photo 7/8   |   2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 Front Three Quarter
OLD FAITHFUL
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500
OWNER: Jeff Martel
HOMETOWN: St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada
ODOMETER: 145,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 mpg
ENGINE: 6.6L Duramax V-8
TRANSMISSION: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
MODS: BD Diesel Supermax turbo, intercooler, and flexplate; ATS exhaust manifolds and up-pipes; Flex-a-Lite electric fans; Fleece Performance TapShifter; BDS 4.5-inch lift kit; Cognito upper control arms and traction bars; Yukon Grizzly locker; custom 5-inch exhaust; 20x9-inch BMF Novakane wheels; and 35x12.5R20 Nitto Terra Grappler tires
OWNER SAYS: “The truck put down 547 hp and 1,047 lb-ft of torque on the dyno and has a lot left in it. It has been a very reliable daily driver with no major repairs in the 60,000 miles since the power was cranked up.”
Photo 8/8   |   2008 Ford F 250 Super Dury Front Three Quarter
BIG RED
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
OWNER: Collin Plante
HOMETOWN: Ellington, Connecticut
ODOMETER: 150,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 15 mpg
ENGINE: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
TRANSMISSION: 5R110 TorqShift fivespeed automatic
MODS: ARP head studs, mandrel-bent up-pipes, EGR delete, Spartan tuner, MBRP exhaust, AFE intake, Fox shocks, 20-inch XD Spy wheels, and 35x12.5R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
OWNER SAYS: “I set out to build a truck I knew would last me a long time. It’s been an all-around great truck!”

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