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Reader's Diesels of the Month - March 2015

Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Feb 27, 2015
Photographers: The Readers of Diesel Power
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Father and Son
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Walt Ripka ■ Hometown: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
Odometer: 65,000 miles ■ Fuel Economy: 25 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, Auto Meter gauges, Sinister Diesel coolant filtration system, side-exit exhaust, 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift, 35-inch Toyo Open Country tires, and Fuel “Hostage” wheels
Photo 2/8   |   1996 Dodge Ram 2500 And 1997 Ford F 250
Year/Make/Model: ’96 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Laramie
Owner: Mitchell Ripka
Hometown: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L 12-valve Cummins inline-six
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 203,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 11 mpg
Modifications: Industrial Injection Silver Bullet 64 PhatShaft turbo, AFE 5-inch intake, 3-inch intake horn, 7x0.125 200hp SAC injector nozzles, 0.024 delivery valves, FASS 125-gph lift pump kit, Auto Meter Cobalt gauges, 4-inch suspension lift, 33x12.50 Interco tires, and Death Proof Duck hood ornament
Owner says: “My name is Mitchell Ripka. My father is Walt Ripka, and these are photos of our diesel trucks (the Power Stroke is his, and the Cummins belongs to me). Both were bone-stock when we bought them, and we’ve put a ton of work into them together. We’ve done all the work ourselves except for building up the 47RE. I bought the 12-valve as my first diesel when I was 17 years old. Since then, we’ve replaced or rebuilt just about every component on it during the last three years. I ran it stock for a year before I gutted the fuel plate and haven’t been able to stop adding power since then!”
Photo 3/8   |   1997 Ford F 250
Longbed Looker
Year/Make/Model: ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
Owner: Caleb Vance ■ Hometown: Dupont, Indiana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 152,345 miles ■ Fuel Economy: 17.8 mpg
Modifications: 63mm Cheetah turbo from Fleece Performance Engineering, 5-inch MagnaFlow straight-pipe exhaust, suspension leveling kit, tie-rod sleeves, 20x10 Fuel “Hostage” wheels, Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and front clip converted to ’11 GMC Denali 3500HD
Owner says: “This is my second Duramax truck, and the looks it gets when the Cheetah whistles will never get old.”
Photo 4/8   |   2007 Chevy Silverado 3500hd
Cobra Combo
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-350 Harley-Davidson
Owner: Aaron Wilson
Hometown: Huntington, Indiana
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 78,700 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 17 mpg
Modifications: Spartan Diesel 275 tune, FloPro 5-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, S&B cold-air intake, Zone Offroad 6-inch radius arm suspension lift with dual front steering stabilizers, PMF Stage 2 traction bars, 22x12 KMC Rockstar wheels, 37x13.50R22 Nitto Trail Grappler tires, and R1 Concepts zinc-plated cross-drilled and slotted brake rotors
Owner says: “This is only my second diesel, and I’ve learned a lot from reading through the pages of Diesel Power. After my warranty on the truck was up, the mod list became a reality. I mainly use it as my weekend/pleasure truck and occasionally for towing my supercharged ’03 Cobra to the local dragstrip.”
Photo 5/8   |   2008 Ford F 350 Harley Edition
Gravel Grinder
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250
Owner: Tyson Meyer
Hometown: Hordville, Nebraska
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 205,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 10 mpg (towing) and 19 mpg (daily driving)
Modifications: DP-Tuner Infinity-DX programmer, Garrett GTP38R turbo, Terminator T500 high-pressure oil pump, AEM Brute Force intake, CFM Plus intake manifold, SunCoast transmission with Extreme Tow, TransGo Tugger kits, billet input shaft, Banks Power billet torque converter, 6.0L transmission cooler, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, Firestone airbag suspension
Owner says: “I’ve had the Gravel Grinder for 7 years now and finally have it just the way I want it. The truck only comes out of the shed when it’s hauling something, or occasionally on a Friday night cruise to pick on the gassers.”
Photo 6/8   |   2003 Ford F 250
Third Time’s the Charm
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Ford F-250
Owner: Ian Dorto ■ Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 85,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13.5 mpg
Modifications: 4.5-inch Rough Country lift with all brackets powdercoated Hustler Blue, 33x13.50 Mickey Thompson ATZ tires on 20x12 Pacer 185P wheels, 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust with 6-inch tip, Fabtech traction bars, 6.0L Power Stroke blue spring update, XDP coolant filter, Edge Insight CS monitor, PHP Atlas 40 FICM tune
Owner says: “I’ve owned this truck for 3 years and never had a single problem with it. The 6.0L is a great engine if you take care of it, and it does not have the expensive fuel system failures associated with newer common-rail engines.”
Photo 7/8   |   2007 Ford F 250
Diesel Power Challenger
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Evan Beech
Hometown: Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Engine: 5.9L Cummins inline-six
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 143,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: PPE programmer, S&B cold-air intake, South Bend double-disc clutch, MBRP 5-inch exhaust, 7-inch Pypes Performance Exhaust stack, custom-painted headlamps, Recon tinted cab lights
Owner says: “I mainly use my diesel on the farm and as a weekend truck, but now my dream is to build this truck to compete in the Diesel Power Challenge.”
Photo 8/8   |   2005 Dodge Ram 3500