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Custom Built Reader’s Sweet Diesels

June 2015

May 20, 2015
Photographers: Readers
The Mad Mack
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Mack R600
Owner: Seth Leasure
Hometown: Washington Court House, Ohio
Engine: 672ci (11.0L) Maxidyne ENDT 675 I-6
Transmission: Mack Duplex 10-speed manual
Modifications: Fuel pump “turned-up to the max”
Owner says: “This truck is built completely by myself using the stock 237hp engine along with the factory transmission and factory front and rear ends. She rides, steers, and stops terribly, but runs great, will roll coal, and is fun for cruising.”
Photo 2/9   |   1969 Mack R600
More Power
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Ford F-250
Owner: Ryan Hand
Hometown: Kankakee, Illinois
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 97,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: Bully Dog GT programmer, Airaid cold-air intake, 6-inch Rough County suspension lift, 20x10 Jesse James Lawless wheels, and 37x12.50R20 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 tires
Owner says: “This is my second diesel truck and I plan on putting more power into this one.”
Photo 3/9   |   2011 Ford F 250
700HP Daily Driver
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Cole Batt
Hometown: Defiance, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 98,000 miles
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by Firepunk Diesel; Billet compressor wheel inside stock HE351 turbo; transmission built by Firepunk Diesel; K&N cold-air intake; 3.5-inch AFE intake horn; intercooler tube upgrade; 4-inch turbo-back exhaust; 7-inch Flo-Pro exhaust stack; 2-inch suspension leveling kit; White Knuckle Speed & Fab traction bars; GlowShift gauges for boost, EGT, and common-rail pressure; smoked Recon LED taillamps and third brake light; FASS Titanium 150-gph lift pump; 17x9 Pro Comp wheels; and 315/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires
Owner says: “Special thanks to my friends Justin Pahl, Austin Copsey, and the team at White Knuckle Speed & Fab. This is a working project, but the goal is for it to be a 700hp, daily driven, track-ready truck.”
Photo 4/9   |   2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Cummins Harley-Davidson
Year/Make/Model: 1982 Dodge W350
Owner: Ashley Gyman
Hometown: Viceroy, Saskatchewan, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Odometer: 540,000 kilometers (335,540 miles)
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Imperial (22.5 mpg U.S.)
Modifications: ’92 5.9L Cummins 12-valve engine swap, ’06 Ford Harley-Davidson interior with powered heated seats, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, Dana 70 rear axle, South Bend clutch, 4-inch suspension lift, rear airbags, dual shocks, dual steering stabilizer shocks, American Racing AX181 ATX Artillery wheels, and 35-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires
Owner says: “I bought this truck in Kamloops, British Columbia, and brought it home to begin a full restoration. Now, everything is new or refurbished. I pull many trailers with it, from hay bins to my fifth-wheel camper and boat. We love it as a family vehicle and appreciate the great fuel economy.”
Photo 5/9   |   1982 Dodge W350
Year/Make/Model: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD
Owner: Austin Jessop
Hometown: Colorado City, Arizona
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 1,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg Modifications: 4- to 6-inch Cognito Stage 2 suspension lift set at 5 inches, custom powdercoating, 22x10 American Force Fallout FP5 wheels, and 325/50R22 Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires
Owner says: “I started out with a 24-valve Cummins-powered truck, then bought an ’03 Chevrolet diesel rig that dyno’d at 600 hp. Ever since then, I’ve been a Duramax guy. I bought this truck and it’s a real head-turner. It’s fun watching the reactions people have—especially those of my buddies.”
Photo 6/9   |   2015 Gmc Sierra Denali 2500hd
Can’t Wait!
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-250
Owner: Brian Lebowitz
Hometown: Willowick, Ohio
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 81,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: SCT programmer with tuning by Innovative Diesel, No Limit cold-air intake, 5-inch turbo-back exhaust with 7-inch tip, 20x10 XD Hoss wheels, and 325/60R20 Hankook DynaPro ATM tires
Owner says: “I love Diesel Power! I have every issue from April 2006 to the current one and have probably read each issue five times. I love the magazine so much that for 2007 I have doubles of every issue because I subscribed to it, but the local grocery store put it on the racks five days sooner than I received my subscription issue in the mail—so I bought it from the grocery store because I couldn’t wait! I love this truck and it is very reliable. I like how people are scared of the 6.0L, because it keeps the costs down for us guys who love them! Next, I will be installing head studs by Extreme Studs.”
Photo 7/9   |   2006 Ford F 250
First Truck
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Branden Buse
Hometown: Belvidere, Illinois
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 197,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 17 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with programming by Duramaxtuner.com, PPE boost increase valve, and upgraded exhaust
Owner says: “I got this as my first truck about two years ago and have loved the thing to death ever since! I’ve put almost 43,000 miles on it, and it’s still running strong!”
Photo 8/9   |   2003 Chevy Silverado 2500hd
Cobra Trade-In
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-250
Owner: John Sherburne
Hometown: Newark, Ohio
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 87,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Gearhead Automotive Performance Street Race Lite (SRL) tune, Ed’s FICM upgrade, fuel pressure regulator “blue spring” upgrade, ARP head studs, Sinister Diesel coolant filter, Mishimoto 220-degree thermostat, 4-inch turbo-back MBRP exhaust, 4.5-inch Rough Country suspension lift, dual Rancho steering stabilizer shocks, Flight Fabrications traction bars, 18-inch Moto Metal 950 wheels, and 35x12.50R18 Toyo Open Country AT2 tires
Owner says: “I traded in my ’03 Ford Mustang Cobra for this truck and I’m hooked on diesel. More upgrades are sure to come.”
Photo 9/9   |   2006 Ford F 250
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