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Jun 16, 2015
Never Again
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-350
Owner: Tyler Cowman
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 80,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: SCT programmer with MPT tuning, 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, 2-inch drop shackles in rear, 20x10 Fuel Hostage wheels, Nitto NT420S tires, HID headlamps, and HID foglights
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and I will never go back to a gas truck. I drive it 75 miles a day to work and it has not let me down. It’s not the fastest truck around, but it does turn heads. I think I’m done with the looks part of the truck and plan on building the motor now. I still have a lot more upgrades I plan to do in the future.”
Photo 2/9   |   2006 Ford F350 Diesel Front TylerCowman
Learning Experience
Year/Make/Model: 1998½ Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: John Wilcox
Hometown: Portland, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 193,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Edge Juice with Attitude with Hot Unlock tune; Mountaineer Diesel 125hp injectors; Switzer 62mm turbocharger; AirDog 100-gph lift pump; K&N intake; 2.5-inch leveling kit; 4-inch downpipe; 5-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip; and Goerend triple-disc torque converter manual valvebody, hardened shafts, and Redline clutches
Owner says: “I bought this truck three years ago, and it was mostly stock until I started working on the pipeline last year. Since then, with the help of some good friends of mine who are diesel mechanics, I’ve learned a lot about the truck and enjoy building it and passing the knowledge along to others.”
Photo 3/9   |   1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Diesel Side JohnWilcox
Watch Out, Bro
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Brandon Caputo
Hometown: East Hampton, New York
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 68,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with DSP5 tuning, AirDog II 165-gph lift pump, BD Diesel Performance wastegate, 3-inch downpipe, Banks Power 4-inch exhaust, AFE Stage 2 intake, Deviant Race Parts intake horn, 3-inch hot side intercooler piping, Rare Parts tie rods, 18x9 KMC XD Addict wheels, and 305/55R18 Falken Wildpeak tires
Owner says: “I got this truck from my father in August 2013. It has been my dream truck since he bought it new in 2004. I finally got my hands on it, and I can’t get enough. I haven’t had money to get it where I want it to be yet, but my plans include a transmission build and studs for the motor. Then, my goal is to smoke my brother at the track.”
Photo 4/9   |   2004 Chevrolet 2500HD Diesel Front BrandonCaputo
4BT Ford
Year/Make/Model: 1937 Ford Truck
Owner: Chase Hogeland
Hometown: Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4BT I-4
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: N/A
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Fully balanced engine, studded bottom end with block stiffener, head work by East Coast Diesel, Dynomite Diesel Products 5x14 injectors, 0.093-inch delivery lines, P-pump with laser-cut delivery valves, 4,500-rpm governor spring, 58mm and 66mm compound turbochargers, SunCoast transmission internals, Precision Industries torque converter, Ford 9-inch rear axle, 35-spline axleshafts, custom rear suspension by Blatt’s Fabrication, and Mustang II front suspension with rack and pinion steering
Owner says: “My truck took three years to build. I work on a vegetable farm and haven’t had the time to get it to the dyno or track yet, but I can't wait. I love driving the truck. It's so much fun to see the look on people's faces when you’re driving this thing around.”
Photo 5/9   |   1947 Ford Cummins Diesel Swap ChaseHogeland
Big Black
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250
Owner: Damon Logan
Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 90,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 to 26 mpg
Modifications: Tuning by Spartan Diesel, Banks Power Ram-Air intake, 5-inch straight-pipe exhaust, 22-inch wheels, and Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “I love my truck. I’ve had it for four years, and it’s still running like a champ! More modding coming up!”
Photo 6/9   |   2008 Ford F250 Diesel Front DamonLogan
Diesel Deployment
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ryan Wilson
Hometown: Moultrie, Georgia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 149,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by Anarchy Diesel, BorgWarner S467.7 turbo, PDI second-generation T-4 exhaust manifold, 150hp Extrude-Honed injector nozzles, Isspro gauges, South Bend dual-disc 3600 clutch, AirDog 150-gph lift pump, Industrial Injection Dual Fueler CP3 system with LBZ top pump, XDP fuel sump, ARP head studs, custom 6-inch intake pipe, 5-inch exhaust, and 35x12.50 Toyo M/T tires
Owner says: “I bought my truck back in 2011 after my first deployment and it was bone stock. I built it from the ground up and it dyno’d at 896 hp and 1,656 lb-ft. Now, it’s my daily driver and I’ll drive it anywhere.”
Photo 7/9   |   2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel RyanWilson
Quick Build
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Brandon Grapevine
Hometown: Ketchum, Oklahoma
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE/47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 127,536 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: BD Diesel Power R1000 64mm and 82.2mm compound turbochargers; Premier Transmission 47/48RE automatic; Valair triple-disc torque converter; P-pump conversion; 4,000-rpm governor springs; custom-cut delivery valves; 0.093-inch conversion lines; 0.093-inch connector tubes; 6x18 injectors; ARP head studs and rod bolts; Hamilton Cams 188/220 camshaft, 110-pound valvesprings, and lifters; BD Diesel Performance intercooler; custom intake horn; 5-inch Flo-Pro exhaust; Auto Meter gauges; 20-inch Raceline wheels; 305/50R20 Nitto NT420S tires; 4-inch suspension drop; and chromoly traction bars
Owner says: “I've had this truck for almost two years and it's been a long two years. It started out as a completely stock six-speed truck. The day I got it, I ordered a truck-load of parts, from a dual-disc clutch all the way to a single 64mm turbo. After several different combinations, I had it running a 13.47-second quarter-mile with the factory VP44 injection pump and the manual transmission when I realized it was time for more fuel and quicker times. I pulled the engine and rebuilt it, then went back with more supporting mods. I added a P7100 pump and converted the truck to an automatic, and then eventually went with the compound kit from BD Diesel Performance. It has run a best of 11.73 seconds at115 mph and pulled my 10,000-pound travel trailer the following week on the same setup, and it continues to be my daily driver.”
Photo 8/9   |   2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Front BrandonGrapevine
Big Red
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Ford F-350
Owner: Albert Bitker
Hometown: Afton, Wyoming
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF five-speed manual
Odometer: 360,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: TS Perfomance six-position chip, Swamp’s Diesel Baby Swamp injectors, Big Honkin’ Air Filter intake, 6.0L intercooler, Valair single mass clutch kit, ’08 rear differential cover, 17x10 Weld Cheyenne, 35x12.50R17 Atturo Trail blade M/T tires, and Tough Country 4-inch suspension lift
Owner says: “My old man and I originally bought this truck at a bank repo auction for $1,300. It was the very first diesel I ever bought. I currently use it for commuting to the oil field on a weekly basis. The truck has been rock-solid reliable, and with the basic well-rounded mods, it adds the fun-to-drive factor in as well. This is the one truck I will never part with. My mom nicknamed the truck ‘Big Red.’ He is definitely part of the family!”
Photo 9/9   |   1995 Ford F350 Diesel Front AlbertBitker