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Diesel Power Readers’ Coolest Rides

Readers’ Diesels

Jun 27, 2015
Photographers: Readers
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 Performance six-position chip, Swamp’s Diesel Performance Baby Swamp injectors, Big Honkin’ Air Filter intake with custom pipe, 6.0L intercooler, Banks Power intercooler inlet spider, Valair single mass clutch kit, ’08 Ford rear differential cover, 4-inch Tuff Country suspension lift, 17x10 Weld Cheyenne wheels, and 35x12.50R17 Atturo Trail Blade M/T tires
Owner says: “My dad 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 fields on a weekly basis. The truck has been rock-solid reliable, and with its basic, well-rounded modifications, it has the fun-to-drive factor as well. This is the one truck I will never part with. My mom nicknamed it ‘Big Red.’ He is definitely part of the family!!!”
Photo 2/7   |   1995 Ford F 350 Front Diesel Albert Bitker Rides
Can’t Stop
Year/Make/Model: 1993 Dodge Ram D350 (4x4 conversion)
Owner: Dom Gauvin
Hometown: Carstairs, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 46RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 178,000 kilometers (110,604 miles)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Four-wheel-drive conversion; Colt Cams Stage 3 “The Big Stick” camshaft; 60-pound intake and exhaust valvesprings; BD Power three-piece exhaust manifold, Killer B turbocharger, and 60hp injectors; ARP head studs; M&H Dynamic Timing Advance spacer; Bully Dog fuel pin; 3,200-rpm governor spring; resealed, bench-tested, and “turned-up” injection pump; 3-inch Cooler Tubz intercooler pipes; 4-inch Flo-Pro exhaust; 46RH automatic transmission with low-stall torque converter, upgraded clutch discs and plates, and shift kit; Borgeson steering shaft; Pro Comp ES9000 front and rear shocks; Skyjacker 9000 dual steering stabilizers; Auto Meter Cobalt EGT, boost, and transmission temperature gauges; ASA Modifieds cold-air intake; 235/85/R16 Cooper ST Maxx LT tires; Kelderman rear air ride suspension; and Killer Dowel Pin kit
Owner says: “I bought this truck in 2007 with only 118,000 original kilometers (73,322 miles). Ever since then it’s been my project truck, and I haven't stopped tweaking it. The biggest modification was the task of converting it to four-wheel drive, and I have to say it’s my favorite modification to the truck. It’s a real head-turner since you don’t see a regular cab 4x4 dualie very often. The next thing on my list is to hit the dyno and see what kind of numbers can be made.”
Photo 3/7   |   1993 Dodge Ram D350 Cummins Diesel Front Dom Gauvin Rides
Knuckle Buster
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Keenan Nuckols
Hometown: Climax, Virginia
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 84,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 21 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by Anarchy Diesel, CSP5 switch, Optima RedTop batteries, AirDog 150-gph lift pump, Motorsports Diesel dual CP3 kit, 60-percent-over injectors, ARP head studs, HTT exhaust manifold, BorgWarner S464 turbocharger, Banks Super-Scoop intake, S&B air filter, Pusher Intakes manifold, Banks Power 4-inch exhaust, South Bend dual-disc ceramic clutch, and Auto Meter gauges
Owner says: “I would like to say thanks to Phil from Anarchy Diesel, Jevon and Kris from Compression Ignition, the guys from HTT, and especially my buddies Malcolm and Mike for all the long nights and busted knuckles they got while helping me build this truck at night after work.”
Photo 4/7   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel Side Keenan Nuckols Rides
Street-Legal Tank
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Ford F-350
Owner: Joey Zamora
Hometown: Concord, California
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift six-speed automatic
Odometer: 85,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 11 mpg
Modifications: 6-inch suspension lift, 20x10 KMC XD Series wheels, 37-inch Toyo M/T tires, custom bed by Royal Truck Body, Fab Fours rear bumper, Iron Bull front bumper, 70-gallon transfer tank/toolbox combo in the bed, and custom headache rack
Owner says: “The engine in my street-legal tank is all stock for now due to the warranty and the lovely California smog laws. I’m hoping to make some modifications once the warranty is up to get my 13,000-pound beast a few more mpg!”