Readers' Diesel Rides - Issue 12. 2014

Nov 7, 2014
No Smoking

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 1993 Dodge Ram D250 Club Cab Super LE
OWNER: Joel Harpainter
HOMETOWN: Ceres, California
ODOMETER: 171,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 23 mpg
ENGINE: 5.9L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISION: Getrag G360 five-speed manual
MODS: Gillett Diesel H1 60mm compressor upgrade; BD Diesel 16cm turbine housing; Diesel Auto Power 5x0.012 injectors; Denny T Performance Stage 1 fuel pin; 3,200-rpm governor spring; injection pump tuning; M&H Dynamic Timing Advance spacer; Dia- mond Eye 4-inch straight pipe exhaust; AirDog 100-gph fuel pump; Big Honkin Air Filter; Moog heavy-duty coil springs; Bilstein front shocks; Auto Meter gauges for pyrometer, boost, and tachometer; 265/75R16 Cooper Discoverer ATP tires; 16x8-inch MB V-Drive wheels; and an older full chrome bumper
OWNER SAYS: “I purchased this truck from the original owner about a year ago with 160,000 miles. Since then, it’s been my goal to have a solid daily driver that has good, efficient power. I feel anyone can make a truck smoke like a train, but very few people can tune one down to pure smokeless power. I love the classic look of the old first-gens and the legendary 12-valve that comes under the hood. Future mods will include a killer dowel pin fix (I already have the KDP kit), a new high-performance clutch, and possibly an S300 turbo. This truck has been a huge learning experience for me, and I look forward to learning a lot more along my journey. Keep up the good work with the magazine, and thanks for the issues with first-gen articles. Keep it up!”


Photo 2/9   |   2002 Ford F 250 Front Three Quarter
300,000 Down And 300,000 To Go

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL:2002 Ford F-250
OWNER: Tyler Brown
HOMETOWN: Johns Creek, Georgia
ODOMETER: 312,150 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 to 20 mpg
ENGINE: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
TRANSMISSION: 4R100 four-speed automatic
MODS: 4-inch straight pipe exhaust and Tymar performance intake
OWNER SAYS: “I hope I can get 300,000 more miles out of this truck while I drive it anywhere and everywhere. It got a new transmis- sion 30,000 miles ago and new turbo pedestal O-rings but, other than that, no problems -- ever.”


Photo 3/9   |   2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Side View
Photo 4/9   |   2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Rear Side
Ramble Bee

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2010 Ram 3500
OWNER: Roger McIntyre
HOMETOWN: Singhampton, Ontario, Canada
ODOMETER: 125,000 kilometers (77,671 miles)
FUEL ECONOMY: 17 mpg
ENGINE: 6.7L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: 68RFE six-speed automatic
MODS: H&S Mini Maxx tuner with H&S transmission tuning, ATS compound turbo, MBRP 4-inch dual exhaust with 5-inch tips, ATS cold-air intake, FASS lift pump, ARP head studs, AFE transmission oil pan, AFE differential cover, LineX in the pickup bed and on the rocker panels and fenders, Vision 19.5-inch Heavy Hauler wheels, Her- cules H-803 19.5-inch tires, and “Ramble Bee” graphics by Stayner Custom Graphics
OWNER SAYS: “The Ramble Bee is a daily driver that’s used to haul fuel and buckets for my excavator. I was 58 years old when I caught the diesel bug in 2010. I thought muscle cars were good, but they don’t compare to diesels. Next up? A transmis- sion rebuild and injector upgrades.


Photo 5/9   |   2003 Ford F 350 Front Three Quarter
Not For Sale

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL:2003 Ford F-350
OWNER: Josh Copeland
HOMETOWN: Deputy, Indiana
ODOMETER: 134,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 mpg
ENGINE: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
TRANSMISSION: ZF six-speed manual
MODS: SCT Livewire programmer with custom tunes, ARP head studs, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust with a 6-inch tip, 4-inch suspension lift, 20-inch Fuel Off-Road Hostage wheels, and 33x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires
OWNER SAYS: “I just recently bought this truck after wanting it for a long time. My brother was the original owner, and I wanted it then. The truck went through two owners before my wife would let me get it. I love this truck and will never sell it! I am a huge fan of Diesel Power and love reading the Readers’ Diesels section!”


Photo 6/9   |   2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD Front Three Quarter
Duramax 2.0

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD
OWNER: Tanner Latham
HOMETOWN: Flemingsburg, Kentucky
ODOMETER: 153,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 16 to 18 mpg
ENGINE: 6.6L Duramax V-8 LLY
TRANSMISSION: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
MODS: EFILive with programming by Nate Stull, RevMax High Performance transmission build, 4-inch stainless steel exhaust, Mr. Gasket helper fuel pump, 18-inch Ultra wheels, and 305/60R18 Nitto Terra Grappler A/T tires
OWNER SAYS: “I bought this truck after I crashed my ’04 Duramax. I’ve used it for work, hauling cattle and hay, and more. My friend convinced me to sled pull with it this year, and I pulled two times. The first time did not go so well. The second time, I finished Second in the Street Stock Class.”


Photo 7/9   |   1994 Dodge Ram 2500 Front Three Quarter
Heavy Hitter

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL:1994 Dodge Ram 2500
OWNER: Zane Osgood
HOMETOWN: Isucha, New York
ODOMETER: 165,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 17 mpg
ENGINE: 5.9L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: NV4500 five-speed manual
MODS: Laser-cut delivery valves and oversized delivery valve holders by Scheid, plugged-off wastegate, Quick Fuel 175-gph electric fuel pump, ½-inch fuel lines, fuel plate delete, oversized overflow valve, custom pulling hitch, custom 6-inch hood exhaust stack, homemade traction bars, homemade bump- stops, Summit Racing gauges, Summit Racing seat, 285/75R16 tires on 16-inch Dodge wheels, and a custom DIY camouflage paintjob
OWNER SAYS: “I bought this truck when I was 17 years old. It was my daily driver for a couple of years, until I decided to build it into a puller for the 2.6 Class. The truck is mostly stock besides a few mods, but I have plans to upgrade the turbo and injectors, and I want to install a dual-disc clutch in the near future. In the upcoming years, I hope to be a heavy hitter in the pulling circuit with this truck. I’d like to thank my family and friends for all the support, and for their help with the painting of the truck.”


Photo 8/9   |   1989 Ford F 350 Front Three Quarter
OBS Cummins

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 1989 Ford F-350
OWNER: Charlie Bell
HOMETOWN: Franklin, North Carolina
ODOMETER: 135,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 24 mpg
ENGINE: 1992 5.9L Cummins 12-valve
TRANSMISSION: ZF five-speed manual
MODS: Holset HX55 turbo, CPP 5x0.014 injectors, AirDog 150- gph fuel pump, Alligator Performance fuel sump, Denny T Stage 2 fuel pin, AEM water-methanol injection, 4-inch downpipe, 5-inch exhaust, South Bend Clutch upgrade, Auto Meter gauges for EGT and boost pressure, homemade traction bars, 18x9-inch XXD Monster wheels, and 35-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires
OWNER SAYS: “My F-350 was originally a 460ci gas truck, and I completed the 12-valve conversion in 2012. It’s been dyno’d at 311 hp and 720 lb-ft of torque, and I’m still building!”


Photo 9/9   |   2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Front Three Quarter
Project Always

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2004½ Dodge Ram 2500
OWNER: Donte Waln
HOMETOWN: Hickory, North Carolina
ODOMETER: 215,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg
ENGINE: 5.9L Cummins I-6
TRANSMISSION: 48RE four-speed automatic
MODS: PPE Dual Fueler CP3 pump kit, F1 75-percent-over injector nozzles, Smarty TNT-R programmer, 66mm High Tech Turbo, ATS intake manifold, AirDog 165-gph fuel pump, Hellmann fuel tank sump, ARP head studs, Hamilton pushrods and valvesprings, Fluidampr harmonic balancer, Flex-a-lite electric fans, Banks Power intercooler, coolant bypass, 48RE by Sun Coast Diesel, Truetrac limited-slip differentials, CalTracs traction bars, Isspro EV2 gauges, and 20-inch American Eagle wheels with Nitto NT420S tires
OWNER SAYS: “I’ve made many changes to this truck. I use it for everything from daily driving to sled pulling and drag racing. This will always be a project and hobby for me because it’s what I enjoy doing.”


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