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Readers' Rides - Issue 10. 2014

Oct 8, 2014
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Year/Make/Model: 1993 Dodge Ram W250
Owner: Weston Stahl
Hometown: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 150,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins 12-valve
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed
Mods: S366 turbo, 5x20 injectors, 14mm pump, 30-degree timing
Owner Says: “I bought the truck with 115,000 miles when I was 14. I’ve had it for four years now, and I have been modifying it ever since.”

Photo 2/10   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Nick Fitzgerald
Hometown: Alberta, Canada
Odometer: 83,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Mods: AFE turbo-back exhaust; AFE air intake; Nitto Trail Grappler tires; front leveling kit; Recon marker lights; Bull Dog protective coating on box, bumpers, and lower body; Bushwacker fender flares; RBP side steps
Owner Says: “My daughter nicknamed it Optimus Prime -- we’ll see if she still calls it that when I give it to her in about eight years!”

Photo 3/10   |   2008 Ford F 350 Super Duty Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Justin Blinkey
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 80,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 22 mpg
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift, Sun Coast Triple Disk, Sun Coast billet input shaft
Mods: 4,800-pound coils with no rear blocks, Flight Fabrication traction bars, custom headlights by Levi Fenner, 20x12 Fuel Octanes, 305/50/R20 Nitto NT420S tires, H&S race Mini Maxx, ARP head studs, JGS400V regulated wastegate with atmospheric dump, Maryland Performance Diesel regulated-return and EGR delete, 3-inch MBRP CAC pipe, Flo-Pro intake elbow, S&B intake, Diamond Eye 5-inch exhaust, 7-inch MBRP single stack
Owner Says: “I believe the 6.4L is greatly underestimated and, after owning several diesels, this truck has been my favorite by far. Although now it’s just a Sunday ‘funday’ truck, I still have big plans. You can expect to see me at many upcoming test-’n’-tune days at the strip!”

Photo 4/10   |   2003 Ford Excursion Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model:2003 Ford Excursion
Owner: Kevin Schinella
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 18 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Transmission: Stage 2 ATS 4R100 automatic
Mods: CFM intake, Banks Ram-Air, ATS turbo with 4-inch MBRP turbo-back exhaust to RBP 5-inch tip, Industrial Injection Stage 1 injectors, TS Performance six-position performance chip, 4-inch Pro Comp lift, Bilstein shocks, 35-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires, ARB front bumper, Surco roof rack, Hella/KC driving lights, N-Fab running boards, high lift jack, onboard air compressor
Owner Says: “I bought the truck from a dealership as a leftover in 2004; everything works great. The front locker is next -- and NO, it’s not for sale!! P.S. I love the magazine and have all issues from #1.”

Photo 5/10   |   2008 Ford F 250 FX4 Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model:2008 Ford F-250 FX4
Owner: Jason Janak
Hometown: Port Lavaca, Texas
Odometer:100,900 miles
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke
Transmission:Stock 5R110
Mods: Spartan tuned, No Limits intake elbow/CAC pipe, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, S&B intake, 37x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 17x9 XD Addicts, ARP head studs, Rudy’s Diesel Stage 1 valvesprings and pushrods, 1-inch front lift, Max Loader springs and 1-inch blocks in back, homemade traction bars, Fox Racing shocks, Mishimoto intercooler, Mishimoto radiator, 20-inch LED lightbar, dual steering stabilizer, Amp Research power steps, B&W gooseneck hitch
Owner Says: “This is my first diesel, and I love it. It is my daily driver and toy. It will tow anything I need it to. I hope to one day have it built up to compete in Diesel Power Challenge.”

Photo 6/10   |   2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model: 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Cole Beck
Hometown:Edmond, Oklahoma
Fuel Economy:15 to 20 mpg
Engine:6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Mods: Silverline 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, Edge programmer, boost and pyrometer gauges, KC off-road lights, Hunter bull bar, 285/75/R16 Maxxis Big Horn tires, 5-inch Silverline Performance exhaust tip
Owner Says: “My dad bought it new, and then he gave it to my grandpa. He kept it until he passed away, and now the keys have fallen into my hands. I guess you can say it’s a family tradition.”

Photo 7/10   |   2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model: 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner:Jason Bemis
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg (highway)
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LLY
Transmission:1,000hp tranny
Mods: EFILive by Duramax Tuners; AirDog 150-gph lift pump; Edge Insight CTS; LBZ updated intake horn; K&N cold-air intake; upgraded ARP head studs; MBRP dual exhaust; smoked Spyder headlights, fog lights, running lights, taillights, and third brake light; 20-inch KMC XD series wheels; 3-inch leveling kit; Go Rhino push bar; Superwinch LP8500 winch; four 7-inch 6,000k Anzo HID driving lights; HID high, low, and fog lamps; Recon smoked cab lights; Kenwood DDX370 touchscreen; JL Audio Stealthbox with 10-inch JL10W3 sub; JL Audio amp; Python auto start
Owner Says: “Bought this truck when I returned from Afghanistan in April 2013 with 88k on it and now have 130k on it! Love it!”

Photo 8/10   |   2002 Toyota Tacoma Side View

Year/Make/Model: 2002 Toyota Tacoma
Owner:Steed Dolan
Hometown:Colorado Springs, Colorado
Odometer: 135,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg
Engine:Cummins 3.9L, 4BT with P7100
Transmission:Getrag 360, NP205
Mods: M122 supercharger, HE351VE turbo with a HE341VE compressor wheel and housing, custom VGT standalone controller, rear Alcan 6-inch springs, front 10-inch King coilovers with Battlement Fab radius arms, Dana 60 front axle, Dana 70 rear axle, AirDog 2 100-gph fuel pump, 7x0.010 fuel injectors, #10 fuel plate, wide bowl pistons, head studs, ACD Engines Stage 3 Cam, 3-inch exhaust system.
Owner Says: “I had a lot of help from friends to get it together. It took more than three years to get it built, with one our in Iraq and another in Afghanistan, but I finally got it on the road last year. I still have a lot more work I want to do to it.”

Photo 9/10   |   1985 Toyota Four Wheel Drive Pickup Front Three Quarter

Year/Make/Model:1985 Toyota four-wheel-drive pickup
Owner:Cary Therriault
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 16 mpg typical around town to a maximum recorded 26 mpg on the highway
Engine: Factory 2LT, four-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission: Factory five-speed
Mods: Cylinder head from All Head Service, in Melbourne, Australia, with exterior water jacket cooling feature; 3-inch turboback exhaust; 2-inch soft-ride lift; tube bumpers with winch mount front/rear; 35-gallon B100 auxiliary fueling tank; factory fuel filter heater with six other biodiesel fuel and engine heating features; upgraded front disc brakes; AC; Hella headlamps and factory dual batteries
Owner Says: “Most everything has been rebuilt on this truck. It is Toyota tough and a reliable daily driver. The truck is very speed-challenged, but with a little bit of time, you get used to being passed by everything else on the road. However, with enough time and patience, it gets me where I need to be.”

Photo 10/10   |   1985 Toyota Four Wheel Drive Pickup Front Three Quarter 001



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