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Reader’s Diesels Of The Month - January 2015

Homegrown Diesel Trucks

Nov 26, 2014
Photographers: The Readers of Diesel Power
Reborn Ram
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Wes Butcher
Hometown: Red Hill, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 86,000 miles (7,000 miles on engine)
Fuel Economy: 17 to 20 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins inline-six
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Modifications: 5.9L engine bored-over 0.020 inches, Mahle pistons and rings, 12-valve shot-peened and polished connecting rods, Hamilton 188/220 Street camshaft, billet pushrods, 110-pound valvesprings, ARP head studs and main studs, Industrial Injection 85-percent-over Dragon Fire CP3 injection pump, Exergy Engineering 50-percent-over injectors, Steed Speed exhaust manifold, BorgWarner S363 turbo, Engineered Diesel 50mm external wastegate, Stainless Diesel cold-air intake, S&B air filter, CFM intake elbow, BD intercooler boots, MBRP 5-inch exhaust, AirDog II 150-gph lift pump, XDP grid heater delete and fuel filter delete kit, EFILive custom-tuned by Anarchy Diesel Tuning, ISSPRO gauges, 20x10-inch Ballistic Off-Road Jester wheels, 305/50R20 Toyo Proxes S/T tires, 1-inch suspension leveling kit, and custom-built traction bars
Owner says: “I bought the truck in Texas and drove it 2,000 miles home. At the time, it was also running nitrous and making 829 hp. Three weeks later, I had a valve in the head crack, which sent pieces of it into cylinders #5 and #6, taking out those pistons and my S464 turbo. Then, the engine was rebuilt by my friend, Dale Peters, using new pistons and rings, a brand-new cylinder head, and a quicker-spooling S363 turbo. Future plans include an S363/S475 twin-turbo setup and a new intercooler.”
Photo 2/10   |   2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Rich Man’s Truck
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Aaron Fouse
Hometown: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Odometer: 162,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 22 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Modifications: Peterbilt intake, 5-inch exhaust, and an upgraded torque converter
Owner says: “I originally bought this pickup for work, but now it’s my big baby. It embodies what a real truck is and should look like. This truck is as reliable as the sun, and if I got a dollar every time someone asked to buy it, I’d be rich.”
Photo 3/10   |   1997 Ford F 250
Signing Bonus
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Paul LaFond
Hometown: Schuylerville, New York
Odometer: 47,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 22 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins inline-six
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Modifications: Smarty S06-POD programmer, ARP 425 head studs, K&N cold-air intake, Raptor 150-gph lift pump, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, 2-inch Tuff Country suspension leveling kit, 17-inch KMC XD Hoss wheels, 35x12.50R17 Goodyear Fierce Attitude MT tires
Owner says: “I finally bought this truck with part of my National Guard signing bonus from my dad’s buddy…after bugging him about it for about five years. It has really low miles and was never driven in the winter. I’m slowly trying to build it up based off the 5.9L common-rail Cummins $5,000 = 600hp truck you guys showed (“On A Budget,” August 2013), but it’s a slow process for a 19-year-old college kid.”
Photo 4/10   |   2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Project Overkill
Year/Make/Model: 2010 Ford F-350 XLT
Owner: Aaron Adrian
Hometown: Salina, Kansas
Odometer: 45,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Modifications: Flatbed conversion by Ford, headache rack with KC spot lamps, bull bar front push bumper, Flo-Pro 4-inch exhaust, and Sinister Diesel coolant filter
Owner says: “I had Ford build this flatbed truck as a present to myself for getting my house paid off. I figured I’d get a truck that is total overkill for any of my uses. The biggest thing I had at the time was a 22-foot-long boat, but a couple of years later I married into ranching. I’m a huge fan of the 6.4L Power Stroke engine. My only complaint is the fuel usage when I’m hauling.”
Photo 5/10   |   2010 Ford F 350 Xlt
Rodeo Pro
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Ford F-350 King Ranch
Owner: John Fellin
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Odometer: 74,486 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg (while towing)
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Modifications: Edge programmer, exhaust turn-down tip, running boards, bedliner, billet grille, and custom paint on truck and trailer
Owner says: “My truck is used to pull a 27-foot-long horse trailer with living quarters for the professional rodeo circuit during four months of the year. This truck was purchased with factory paint that was two-tone white over tan. I had the tan covered with white, and a graphic was made to run from the front of the truck all the way to the back of the trailer.”
Photo 6/10   |   2004 Ford F 350 King Ranch
Self-Propelled
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Owner: Chase Shrum
Hometown: Merritt Island, Florida
Odometer: 170,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins inline-six
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Modifications: Smarty TNT programmer, S&B cold-air intake, Flo-Pro 5-inch exhaust, Flex-a-lite electric fans, AirDog II 165-gph lift pump, Sun Coast full-billet transmission, Mag-Hytec Double-Deep transmission pan, 12-inch Top Gun Customz long-arm suspension lift, Dirt Logic 2.5 shocks, ’09 Dodge Ram steering upgrade, 24x12-inch American Force Recon wheels, 38-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires, custom headlamps, shaved tailgate, and matching teal painted parts throughout
Owner says: “All the performance work was done by Central Florida Diesel Performance. This truck now runs 14.3 seconds in the quarter-mile. I drive it every day and use it to pull a trailer—not ride on one. This is no trailer queen.”
Photo 7/10   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Lone Star Super Duty
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch
Owner: Ab Eskander
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Odometer: 103,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Modifications: SCT Livewire programmer, Bully Dog monitor, ARP head studs, Black Diamond head gaskets, oil cooler upgrade with screen, water pump upgrade, Ford intake and exhaust gaskets, Ford turbo bolt and O-ring kit, Sinister Diesel coolant filter, AFE Stage 2 cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, 10-inch Fabtech suspension lift, Fox Racing shocks, 37x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires, custom-painted 20x12-inch Fuel Nutz D541 wheels, custom-painted Ranch Hand front and rear bumpers, LED spot lamps and fog lamps, Rigid Industries A-Series LED lamps in the wheelwells and bed, custom-painted headlamps and taillamps, Recon LED lightbar and cab lights, custom-painted fender flares, AMP Research powered side steps, Cobra CB radio, and Omega train horns
Owner says: “Next, I want to install an ’08 tailgate as well as ’08 tow mirrors. For more performance, I want to add a PowerMax turbo, an intake elbow from Sinister Diesel, bigger injectors, and many more upgrades.”
Photo 8/10   |   2005 Ford F 250 King Ranch
Diesel Dedication
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT
Owner: Josiah Swim
Hometown: Theresa, New York
Odometer: 142,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 21 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Modifications: Airaid cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust and Quiet Tone high-flow muffler, Merchant Automotive transfer case upgrade pump rub kit, Cardone hydroboost upgrade, Rancho RS5000 shocks, 16-inch KMC XD Enduro black wheels, 265/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, Line-X on the rocker panels, and a Daws Better Built toolbox
Owner says: “I’ve had a lot of fun reading your magazine and working on my last two diesel trucks: a Ford 7.3L and now a Duramax LBZ. I went from knowing nothing about diesel trucks three years ago to being a dedicated fan and amateur driveway tinkerer thanks to Diesel Power. I picked up this truck when it was used and abused, just before a military move. It towed my family’s goods through the entire Appalachian highway route from Georgia to Fort Drum in upstate New York—steep grades and all. It did great despite a lack of maintenance by the previous owner. Now, she’s all fixed up and making entry-level performance with work done by myself and the folks at Flyin’ Ryan’s Diesel Performance shop.”
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