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Reader's Diesels of the Month - April 2015

Homegrown Diesel Trucks

Mar 27, 2015
Photographers: The Readers of Diesel Power
Diesel Duo
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-250
Owner: Steven Wagner
Hometown: Kewanee, Illinois
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 11,525 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: Edge with Attitude programmer, S&B cold-air intake, Silverline 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, Banks Power High-Ram intake system, and Harley-Davidson edition headlamps
Owner says: “I bought this truck new to use as a daily driver but decided it was too nice to use every day, so now it’s only used as a weekend toy.”
Photo 2/9   |   2006 And 1997 Ford F 250s
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Steven Wagner
Hometown: Kewanee, Illinois
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 190,400 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Bully Dog six-position chip, S&B cold-air intake, Silverline 6-inch exhaust stacks, Auto Meter gauges, and Super Duty tow mirrors
Owner says: “I just got this truck back a few weeks ago after having it taken apart and repainted and would like to thank Lewis Auto Body for making it look like a brand-new truck!”
To the Limit
Year/Make/Model: ’99 Ford F-250
Owner: Gerry Hilder Hometown: Paw Paw, Michigan
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 180,279 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: 12-valve Cummins engine swap, Bullseye S363/S475 twin turbochargers, 5-inch exhaust stack, Columbus Diesel 12mm injection pump, dual-feed injectors, 23 degrees of timing, Hellmann Performance intake, ARP rod bolts, ARP head studs, full-billet ATS transmission, and one stage of nitrous
Owner says: “I’ve had my truck for six years and have a lot of fun sled pulling, drag racing, and playing on the dunes with it. I have learned a lot about the mechanics of diesels from years of pushing the limits of the 12-valve Cummins engine.”
Photo 3/9   |   1999 Ford F 250
Never Done
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jason Martinez
Hometown: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 88,000 miles
Modifications: DuramaxTuner.comSpade ACE programmer, Edge CTS Insight monitor, Garrett GT4094 turbo, Turbosmart blow-off valve, 40-percent-over injectors, ARP head studs, ADP fuel rail plug, ported fuel rails, MBRP intercooler pipe, Adrenaline Performance Y-bridge, MBRP downpipe, Magnaflow stainless steel 5-inch straight pipe exhaust with turndown, Flo-Pro 5x6-inch exhaust tip, Alligator Diesel Stage V transmission, ATS Five Star torque converter, PPE transmission cooler, ADP transmission lines, Fox Racing shocks, and AMP Research PowerSteps
Owner says: “My first venture into diesel power was with my friends during the early ’00s with a ’99 7.3L Power Stroke. We would go out on Friday and Saturday nights and beat up on the kids in Hondas. Eventually, I saved enough money to purchase my own first diesel, which was an ’01 Duramax LB7. This truck was fun to drive sitting at roughly 400 hp with basic mods, but I craved more power and ultimately a newer truck. That’s when I got the opportunity to trade up to my current ’06 LBZ Duramax. I read forums and Facebook groups, and I drove other trucks for countless hours trying to decide what my next upgrade would be. I settled on the GT4094 turbo and 40-percent-over injectors combo. I found this to be an incredibly fun setup to drive. Thanks to the tuning, the turbo will light almost instantly, and the sound that comes from the turbo is so good that I spend practically all my time driving with the windows down and radio off just to hear the sound of the turbo whistling away. I don’t know what the future holds for the truck, but if looking back at the past shows anything, you can count on it never being ‘done.’”
Photo 4/9   |   2006 Chevy Silverado 2500hd
Can’t Complain
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-350
Owner: Ricardo Esquivel Hometown: Tracy, California
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 393,000 miles Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Modifications: K&N cold-air intake, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust with 6-inch tip, and Rancho 9000 shocks
Owner says: “I have been a Ford guy all my life. I grew up with them and love them. I use this truck for everything from work to partying and vacationing. The only major problem I had was rebuilding the transmission. I fixed it up and now it’s running like new. I can’t complain about Power Strokes.”
Photo 5/9   |   1999 Ford F 350
First Diesel
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jesse Fox Hometown: Stonington, Connecticut
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic Odometer: 155,000 miles
Modifications: MADS Smarty S-06 PoD programmer, S&B cold-air intake, BD intake horn, AirDog II 165-gph fuel system, 4-inch downpipe with 8-inch single exhaust stack, Auto Meter gauges, 2-inch suspension lift, 17-inch Pro Comp wheels, and 35x12.50-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says:“She might not be my first truck, but she’s my first diesel—and let me tell you…I didn’t realize what an addiction it is. It’s like a whole different world having a Cummins underneath your right foot! The list of big plans I have for her just gets longer and longer and includes: twin turbos, injectors, and a monster transmission build.”
Photo 6/9   |   2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Planet Killer
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Eric Lynch Hometown: Aloha, Oregon
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 89,000 miles Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: Edge CTS with backup camera; Banks Power cold-air intake with Super-Scoop, Ram-Air intake, and 3.5-inch boost tubes; Diamond Eye stainless steel exhaust; Mopar 8.5 steering upgrade; Custom Diesel steering box brace; Tuff Country traction bars; Rancho steering stabilizer and shocks; Spohn Performance upper and lower control arms; BD sway bar endlinks; 295/70R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires; Auto Meter boost gauge in SRT-10 A-pillar mount
Owner says: “My diesel project has the nickname ‘Planet Killer,’ and I’m concentrating on breathability and strength first. I’m going for a stock-looking sleeper and hope to be at around 500 to 600 hp when I’m done. I want to compete in next year’s NHRDA Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals event. Diesel Power has been a great resource for my project and I look forward to each new issue.”
Photo 7/9   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Welcome Home!
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: SFC Michael F. Sass
Hometown: Streator, Illinois
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 184,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 16 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, K&N air filter, Garrett turbocharger upgrade, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, GlowShift gauges, MST chrome wheels, and 35-inch Bridgestone Dueler A/T tires
Owner says: “I recently returned from a combat tour in Ghazni, Afghanistan, and served proudly as a Sergeant First Class with the Illinois Army National Guard alongside our NATO Polish Army counterpart. I was in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and I was hooked on Mustangs and purchased an ’02 Mustang GT upon return (which I still have).  However, on this deployment (2012 to 2013), I consistently read Diesel Power cover to cover, and I picked up copies at Bagram Airfield or had them sent to me from Illinois. In Afghanistan everything is diesel. I drove a diesel Toyota Hilux from time to time and rode in various MRAP Army vehicles. When I returned home, I purchased this ’99 Ford F-250 with a 7.3L Power Stroke.”
Photo 8/9   |   1999 Ford F 250
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-250
Owner: Nathan Rushing
Hometown: Tupelo, Mississippi
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 205,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg (city) and 19 mpg (highway)
Modifications: SCT programmer, Garrett PowerMax turbo, S&B cold-air intake, MBRP 5-inch straight pipe exhaust with 7-inch tip, Bullet Proof Diesel auxiliary oil cooler, ARP head studs, Sportsman seat covers, smoked taillamps, 20-inch black powdercoated stock wheels, and 33-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “This is my first diesel truck. My dad had one similar to mine, and once I drove it I was hooked. Despite its reputation, I love my 6.0L. It’s a great truck. I occasionally pull an 18-foot trailer, but nothing really heavy. I just love the power that can be made with diesels without sacrificing driveability or dependability.”
Photo 9/9   |   2006 Ford F 250
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