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Readers' Diesels - November 2015

Jul 19, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy of the Readers
Photo 2/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 Dodge Rams
Old Blue
Year/Make/Model: '04 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Johnnie Brantley Jr.
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 91,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: DV Mileage Booster and AirDog Raptor lift pump kit with 1/2-inch fuel lines
Owner says: "I bought this truck in 2012 with 48,000 original miles. I haven't started my major modifications yet, but they will be coming soon."
Gray Ghost
Year/Make/Model: '97 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Johnnie Brantley III
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV3500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 147,900 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modification: Custom 4-inch exhaust
Owner says: "I've only had this truck for a month. Upcoming improvements will include the fuel system, a high-performance clutch, and after that, we'll see..."
Big White Dodge
Year/Make/Model: '07 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Johnnie Brantley Jr.
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 240,000 miles (and climbing)
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg
Modifications: Predator programmer, custom exhaust, South Bend dual-disc clutch, and 22.5-inch wheels with 255/75R22.5 tires
Owner says: "This is my daily driver. I work for a construction company towing equipment all over the Southeast. Recently, I got more than 25 mpg on a trip from Louisiana to Georgia. This truck is still reliable and strong as ever. I would drive it anywhere."
Photo 3/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 2004 Ford F250 Diesel
All In One
Year/Make/Model: '04 Ford F-250
Owner: Clayton Carrier
Hometown: Jonesborough, Tennessee
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 220,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products Evolution programmer, S&B cold-air intake, "blue spring" fuel pressure regulator upgrade, Ford oil cooler, BD Diesel Performance coolant filter kit, custom exhaust with 8-inch tip, suspension leveling kit, and 295/75R16 Nitto Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: "I bought this truck when I was 15 years old with the money I saved by working with my dad. I do all my own work on it and pay for everything. I hope to become a diesel mechanic after I graduate. My dad and I have a mowing business, so my truck is a work truck, daily driver, and a date-night rig all in one. The truck is very reliable, and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Photo 4/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd
Stock to 12 Seconds
Year/Make/Model: '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Tyler Hill
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 288,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 22 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Kory Willis, PPE Dual Fueler CP3 kit, Exergy Engineering 40-percent-over injectors, Zex dry nitrous-oxide kit, Edge Performance CTS monitor, Auto Meter Factory Match gauges, FASS 150-gph lift pump, Bean's Diesel fuel sump, ARP 625 head studs, PPE Stage 5 transmission kit, Mishimoto intercooler, AFE hot-side intercooler pipe, K&N air filter, Diamond Eye 5-inch exhaust, Cognito pitman/idler braces, PPE centerlink/tie-rod sleeves, Rancho 9000 shocks, CalTracs traction bars, lowered suspension, and 20x10 Fuel Nutz wheels with 305/40R22 tires
Owner says: "I bought this truck bone stock from an older man two years ago. I started off with a programmer and exhaust and was instantly hooked. It's definitely something I love doing. This is my daily driver and weekend warrior! The truck has run as fast as 12.52 seconds at 108 mph in the quarter-mile, and I now have a set of drag radials for next season. The truck made 665 hp on the chassis dyno in 2014 on a smaller tune and is now turned up more. Future plans include a fully built motor, 150-percent-over injectors, and 68mm/84mm compound turbochargers."
Photo 5/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 2007 Gmc Sierra 2500hd Classic
Summer Truck
Year/Make/Model: '07 GMC Sierra 2500HD Classic
Owner: Dan Stump
Hometown: Lena, Illinois
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 105,567 miles
Modifications: EFILive programmer with DSP2 two-position switch controlling 60hp/120hp tunes, Edge Products Insight CTS monitor with dash pod, K&N intake, AFE hot-side intercooler tube, MagnaFlow downpipe, 4-inch Flo-Pro exhaust with 7-inch tip, Caterpillar fuel filter adapter, FASS 150-gph lift pump, AFE rear differential cover, Amsoil in differentials/transfer case, leveled suspension, and 16-inch American Outlaw wheels with 265/75R16 Cooper Discoverer S/T tires
Owner says: "I love this truck. It sits as much as possible in the winter, and all summer long it's hauling my Chevy pulling truck to local events or being put to use on the farm hauling hay and equipment. All my buddies have diesels, and the bug bit me, so I found a clean, one-owner, low-mile LBZ-equipped truck and didn't think twice! Future modifications planned are traction bars, front end upgrades, and a transmission shift kit."
Photo 6/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 00 Ford F250
Never Let Go!
Year/Make/Model: '00 Ford F-250
Owner: Andrew Robison
Hometown: Abbeville, South Carolina
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic transmission
Odometer: 200,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance 6-position chip with tuning by Tony Wildman, Garrett GTP38 turbocharger, Rosewood Premium 160cc/80-percent-over injectors, Riffraff Diesel Performance FRx fuel rail crossover with HPX stainless line, Riffraff Boost Fooler, Raptor 150-gpf lift pump, Edge Products CTS monitor, coolant filtration system, S&B cold-air intake, 5-inch exhaust, MBRP 6x18-inch tip, Dark Horse Diesel Stage 2 transmission, billet input shaft, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter, Rough Country 4-inch suspension lift, 17x9 XD Revolver wheels, 35x12.50R17 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires, 40-inch curved LED light bar, vertical bar grille, Harley-Davidson edition headlamps, blacked-out cab lights, and '08 color-matched mirrors.
Owner says: "In 2008 my father passed away due to complications from cancer. His Ford F-250 was soon sold to purchase my first truck a few years later (a '06 F-150). After six years of regretting getting rid of the truck, I came across it on Craigslist. I knew right then I had to get it back. After some persuading, I convinced the owner to trade for my F-150. It was definitely a great feeling have my Dad's old truck back in the family. Since that day, I've been building it in his memory. Never again will I let this truck go."
Photo 7/7   |   Readers Diesels November 2015 02 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd
Barn Find!?
Year/Make/Model: '02 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Clayton Grissom
Hometown: Salinas, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 171,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products CTS Evolution CTS programmer, Auto Meter gauges mounted on the A-pillar, PPE Boost Increase Valve, K&N air filter, AirDog II 165-gpf lift pump, Flo-Pro 5-inch exhaust, Pro Comp suspension leveling kit, Fox 2.0 shocks, Method Racing wheels, and BFGoodrich KM2 tires
Owner says: "When I found this truck it was on cinder blocks behind a barn. It's come a long way in the past few months. I'm building it on a budget and I'm happy with how it's turning out. Saving up for a new programmer and a bigger turbo for some more fun!"

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