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10 Best Diesel Project Trucks

Looking back at some of Diesel Power’s cool oil-burner builds.

Sep 1, 2020
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff
Boats, motorcycles, cars, and of course trucks. It doesn't matter what the vehicle platform is, they all have enthusiasts; men, women and even children, who are 100 percent passionate about them.
And, thanks to media as a whole, like-minded fans (of trucks for our discussion) have a variety of web sites, social media, television shows, and print publications they can turn to for information, networking opportunities, and just generally being "joined" as a collective group.
While we believe all truck content is great, reports about projects—better known today as "builds"—usually generate the biggest followings. Truck builds are awesome because in many instances they bring fantasy into existence, educate readers (and video viewers) and showcase new technologies, highlight builders' craftsmanship, and give enthusiasts an opportunity to vicariously become a part of the experience.
For many years, projects err builds took place regularly for MotorTrend Group's truck-enthusiast titles (Truckin, Diesel Power, 8-Lug, Mini Truck). Although a majority of those rigs are long gone from the fleets now, a few trucks remain in service (Truckin's 1997 Ford F-150, Diesel Power's 1995 Ford F-350, and Diesel Power's 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD) and actually are currently in the throes of extensive makeovers that are being chronicled here.
This is a gathering of reports covering different aspects of just some of the popular diesel-powered project rigs that the truck staff has worked on and/or covered over the years. Follow the links, and continue on through each build series by selecting and reading all of its other associated articles.
As they popular saying goes, "project vehicles are never really finished until they're sold." We think the jury is still out on that one.
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Doomsday Diesel

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Rust Bucket

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Triple Threat

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My Next Project

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Project 24-Valve

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Project 300

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Project KR

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Rescued Ranger

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Real-World Project Trucks

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500

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Godzilla

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