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Readers’ Rigs - April 2015

Sweet Work Trucks

Mar 20, 2015
Photographers: Readers
Arduous Journey
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Gage Wells
Hometown: El Campo, Texas
Odometer: 277,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6 24-valve
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Mods: 5-inch turbo-back exhaust, AirDog fuel system, Valair clutch, 17-inch fourth-generation Alcoa dualie wheels
Owner Says: “This was and still is my first and only truck, which I purchased when I was 16. I am about to be 21 and still drive the truck every day. My long-term plans are to convert it to four-wheel drive and replace my VP-powered 24-valve with an ’06 to ’07 5.9L common-rail. I know it will be a very long, difficult, and expensive process, but the results will be worth every dime and drop of sweat put into building my dream truck.”
Photo 2/4   |   2001 Dodge Ram 3500
Lil Pete
Year/Make/Model: Peterbilt pickup built on an ’11 Dodge 3500 1-ton frame
Owner: Dick & Marilyn Wester
Hometown: Newport, New York
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6 moved back 10 inches
Transmission: Six-speed with 3.35 gears
Mods: Hand-fabricated cab, hood, box, and front fenders from flat sheets of aluminum; fiberglass top of cab, dash, cowl, and rear ’56 Ford fenders; whole truck has been downsized 10 percent; 19.5-inch wheels; H&S programmer; 165-gph FASS fuel system
Owner Says: “George Sprowl of Antique Express Inc. (Searsmont, Maine), with the help of his son and grandson, built this entire truck. Lil Pete has been to 23 shows and has brought home 25 trophies.”
Photo 3/4   |   2011 Peterbilt Dodge 3500
Half-Million-Mile Marvel
Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford F-250
Owner: Tyler Brown
Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia
Odometer: 312,150 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 20 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Mods: 4-inch straight pipe exhaust and Tymar performance intake
Owner Says: “I hope I can get 300,000 more miles out of this truck while I drive it anywhere and everywhere. It got a new transmission 30,000 miles ago and new turbo pedestal O-rings but, other than that, no problems—ever.”
Photo 4/4   |   2002 Ford F 250
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