Readers' Custom Diesel Rides

Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Jun 5, 2015
Photographers: Readers
The Red Baron
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Ram 3500
Owner: Matthew “Ike” Eichenfels
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 9,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Edge Juice with Attitude programmer, CTS Insight, S&B cold-air intake, MBRP exhaust, 6.5-inch Zone Offroad radius arm suspension lift, 22x12 Fuel Maverick D260 wheels, 37x13.50R22 Toyo Open Country MT tires, Spyder Halo LED headlamps, and Smittybilt M1 grille
Owner says: “It took many years, but I finally have my dream truck! The Red Baron is a work in progress, and I have plans for more cosmetic and performance upgrades.”
Photo 2/9   |   2014 Ram 3500
Triple Threat Years/Makes/Models: 2011 Ford F-250, ’13 John Deere 5075E, and ’06 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: John Cotton
Hometown: McConnelsville, Ohio
Engines: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, 2.9L 3029H PowerTech I-3, and 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmissions: TorqShift 6R140 six-speed automatic, PowerReverser 12 forward/reverse, and NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometers/Hours meter: 85,000 miles, 220 hours, and 78,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg, N/A, and 17 to 19 mpg
Modifications: Ford F-250 has a B&W gooseneck hitch and Rhino Liner bed protection; John Deere 5075E is stock; and Ram 2500 has a B&W gooseneck hitch, S&B cold-air intake, custom 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, AirDog lift pump, and GlowShift gauges
Owner says: “My F-250 is used for daily driving. The John Deere is used for farm work and land maintenance. The Ram 2500 is mainly for farm use hauling cattle, bales, tractors, and water.”
Photo 3/9   |   2011 Ford F 250 2013 John Deere 5075E 2006 Dodge Ram 250
True Original
Year/Make/Model: ’93 Dodge W250
Owners: Benjamin Janusey and Ashley Abercrombie
Hometown: Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L Cummins 12-valve I-6
Transmission: Getrag five-speed manual
Odometer: 175,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Modifications: None
Owner says: “This diesel is an original first-gen ’93 Dodge W250 Club Cab Super LE. The truck is owned by and has been completely restored by Ashley and Ben of Benzy's Diesel Performance LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is an original, unmolested, first-gen truck from California. It has every available factory option, is completely stock, and is an original piece of history. The engine and running gear have never been rebuilt, and the paintwork was done by Matt Gaisbacher of Russell’s Body and Frame Service. This truck turns more heads than new and modified trucks, and I would venture to say it is one the finest trucks of its vintage.”
Photo 4/9   |   1993 Dodge W250
Miner Changes
Year/Make/Model: ’05 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Joey Enterline
Hometown: Ford City, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 150,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19.5 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with programming by Blackout Performance and DSP5 switch; LLY turbocharger with BatMoWheel compressor, upgraded finger vanes, and 10-blade turbine by Blackout Performance; PPE race manifolds and up-pipes; Allison 1000 transmission built by Blackout Performance; 40-percent-over injectors; PPE Dual Fueler with a modified LBZ CP3 pump by Danville Performance mounted in the engine valley and another LBZ pump above; Pro Fab 3-inch intake Y-bridge; 3-inch hot- and cold-side piping; 4-inch downpipe to 5-inch exhaust with 7-inch stack; electric fans; 1480 driveshafts; Eaton E-Locker in the front differential; 35-inch TrXus STS tires; and Flight Fabrications traction bars
Owner says: “I’m a 22-year-old coal miner and my passion is trucks. When I bought this truck, it was all stock and had 136,000 miles on the odometer. In a little more than a year, it has really changed and now makes 650 hp with the stock engine. I also have an ’07 with the LBZ Duramax and a 30-foot gooseneck trailer that I use to haul my truck to the sled pulls.”
Photo 5/9   |   2005 Gmc Sierra 2500hd
Unfinished OBS
Year/Make/Model:1995 Ford F-250
Owner: Sal Barragan
Hometown: Somis, California
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF five-speed manual
Odometer: 249,384 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 15 mpg
Modifications: Beans Diesel six-position chip, 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, compressor wheel and intake by Riff Raff Diesel, Kingpin Dana 60 axle swap, Stancor glow plug relay, 37x12.50R16.5 BFGoodrich Baja T/A military tires
Owner says: “I got this truck six months ago. It was stock and I got to work on it right away. It’s come a long way and still has a ways to go until I’m done modifying it. My next upgrades will be an intercooler, high-pressure oil pump, and bigger injectors.”
Photo 6/9   |   1995 Ford F 250
No Rust Allowed
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Nick St. Pierre
Hometown: North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Engine: 5.9L Cummins 12-valve I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 174,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: BD Power Super B Special turbo, 7x0.012 injectors, 191 delivery valves, #100 fuel plate, 20 degrees of timing, 60-pound valvesprings, ARP head studs, 4,000-rpm governor springs, ATS intake manifold, S&B cold-air intake, South Bend dual-disc clutch, input shaft upgrade, Mag-Hytec differential covers, 6-foot traction bars, 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust, Borgeson steering shaft, and third-generation Dodge traction bar conversion
Owner says: “I bought this truck when I was 21 and a sophomore in college. While going to school fulltime I worked as much as possible to modify my truck and have it painted. There is not a single spot of rust on the entire truck. Now, I’m 24 and have just graduated. The truck is about where I want it now. I have dyno’d it quite a few times and I’m just shy of 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Now that I have built this truck, I am focusing on fixing and modifying a ’92 Dodge D250 I bought last winter for $1,650.”
Photo 7/9   |   1995 Dodge Ram 2500
Old Body Baby
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Conley Hoover
Hometown: Arcadia, Indiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 116,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 18 mpg
Modifications: TS six-position chip tuned by Tony Wildman, Edge CTS monitor, S&B cold-air intake, MBRP 3-inch downpipe to 4-inch straight pipe with 6-inch tip, Auto Meter Phantom 2 gauges, 16x8 Eagle Alloy wheels, 285/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A tires, 55-watt HID headlamps, and LED upgrades for all exterior lights
Owner says: “This truck is my baby and I love driving it every chance I get.”
Photo 8/9   |   1997 Ford F 250
Weekend Warriors
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Nick Elkins
Hometown: Temecula, California
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 122,240 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 23 mpg
Modifications: Wicked Wheel 2 turbo compressor, tuning by Anarchy Diesel, S&B cold-air intake, 5-inch turbo-back exhaust, TransGo shift kit, upgraded servos, custom transmission cooler mounted behind the bumper, AirDog 165-gph lift pump, Crazy Carls tunnel ram, homemade intake horn, homemade traction bars, Hellwig air springs, and Auto Meter Factory Match gauges
Owner says: “My wife and I use the truck to tow our 17,200-pound 33-foot weekend warrior to Glamis, Ocotillo Wells, and Lucerne Valley, California; Fillmore, Utah; and Lake Havasu, Arizona. I bought the truck completely stock and do all my own work, including fabrication and powdercoating. I've been working on diesel and gas engines my whole life, ranging from mechanic work to cutting hot rod parts on a water jet to machining heads and cylinders and rebuilding Fairbanks Morse and MTU ship engines.”
Photo 9/9   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500

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