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Readers’ Diesel Trucks

Oct 25, 2015
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   001 1993 Dodge Ram Cummins Burnout Front View Weston Stahl
First-Gen Fun
Year/Make/Model: ’93 Dodge W250
Owner: Weston Stahl
Hometown: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 150,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: BorgWarner S366 turbo upgrade, 5x0.020-inch injectors, 14mm injection pump, and 30 degrees of timing
Owner says: “I bought the truck with 115,000 miles when I was 14 years old. I’ve had it four years now, and I’ve been modifying it ever since.”
Photo 3/9   |   002 2005 Ford F 250 Power Stroke Diesel Lambo Doors Cole Ridgway
6.0L Lambo
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Ford F-250
Owner: Cole Ridgway
Hometown: Centerview, Missouri
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 185,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 17 mpg
Modifications: SCT Livewire with tuning by River City Diesel, tuned FICM, DieselSite Wicked Wheel 2 compressor, up-pipe upgrade, auxiliary oil cooler, 175cc/75-percent-over injectors, AFE Stage 2 intake, 4-inch exhaust, “Lamborghini” door kit, Ranch Hand bumpers, Recon LED lighting, 2.5-inch ReadyLift suspension kit, 35x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country tires, and 20x10 Mazzi Hulk wheels
Owner says: “I never was a fan of the Power Stroke 6.0L engine after hearing countless horror stories, but after the write-up in the August 2013 issue, ‘Burnouts on a Budget,’ my interest was piqued. I sold my OBS 7.3L truck and decided to take a chance on a 6.0L. I had to drive seven hours to pick it up, but it's been a blast tuning and tweaking on this thing."
Photo 4/9   |   003 2008 Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel Snow Front View Ashton Gray
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ashton Gray
Hometown: Washburn, Wisconsin
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 68,900 miles
Fuel Economy: 18.4 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with CSP5 five-position switch and tuning by Anarchy Diesel, Recon LED cab lights, and Recon Xtreme LED lightbar
Owner says: “This is my fourth Ram. I’ve never claimed to be a Dodge man, but I love Cummins engines! They are definitely torque-makers. This is my first common-rail truck, and I'm shooting for 650 reliable horsepower. More mods are coming soon.”
Photo 5/9   |   004 1997 Ford F 250 7
She’s Mean!
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-250
Owner: Chase Rogers
Hometown: Ormond Beach, Florida
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 214,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Modifications: Bully Dog six-position chip, AFE Pro Dry Stage 2 intake, 3-inch downpipe, GearVendors Underdrive/Overdrive, D-Celerator exhaust brake, smoked headlamps, blacked-out grille, KC HiLites lamps, 2-inch leveling kit, 35-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and 18x9 KMC XD795 Hoss wheels
Owner says: "Ever since I was young, I’ve loved trucks, and I’ve always dreamed of owning a diesel. That dream came true when I turned 16. This truck has come a long way in the past few months, and many say it’s a different truck. I’m grateful to have the toughest motor and best-looking truck ever made."
Photo 6/9   |   005 2001 Ford F 250 Diesel White Front Driver Side View Adam Festa
Quick Build
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Ford F-250
Owner: Adam Festa
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: R4100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 175,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 12 to 15 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, AFE Stage 2 intake, DieselSite Wicked Wheel 2 compressor, ATS Diesel Performance ported compressor housing, BD Diesel Performance wastegate, 4-inch exhaust, 7-inch black exhaust stack, four-gauge A-pillar pod, 4-inch suspension lift, 35-inch tires, 20-inch wheels, custom ’05-to-’07 front end conversion, and ’08-to-’10 fender badges
Owner says: “I bought this truck last year when it was completely stock and have done a lot of work. Bigger injectors, a turbo, and a fully built transmission are all planned for the near future.”
Photo 7/9   |   006 1993 Ford F 250 Diesel Driver Side Brett Kernbach
Hard Work
Year/Make/Model: ’93 Ford F-250
Owner: Brett Kernbach
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3 L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 210,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg (with a tailwind!)
Modifications: Cold-air intake with cone filter, 3-inch suspension lift with F-350 suspension front and rear, Dana 60 axle swap, Rough Country dual steering stabilizer kit, 17-inch Eagle Alloy wheels, 35x12.50R17 Mud Dawg tires, Lund cab visor, clear headlamp assemblies with 8K HID lamps, clear cab lamps with amber LEDs, new carpet/Dynamat soundproofing throughout cabin, 4-inch exhaust to 8-inch stack, Dual head unit, and Kenwood speakers
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, but it was love at first sight. After a year of hard work, this is how she looks! It started as a bone-stock F-250, but with some long nights she got a new life with all the work performed by me. Diesel Power gives me the inspiration to build on!”
Photo 8/9   |   007 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Diesel Front View With Diesel Construction Vehicles
The Log Hauler
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: James Darrigan
Hometown: Niles, Michigan
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 140,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18.5 mpg city, 22.5 mpg highway, and 15 mpg towing
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by “Idaho” Rob Coddens, 4-inch exhaust with 5-inch tip, Sinister Diesel EGR cooler, and 285/75R16 Nitto Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: “This is a log-hauling truck, and it’s my third diesel truck in the past year. I've had them all: ’06 5.9L Cummins, ’01 7.3L Ford, and now, my 6.6L Chevy. By far, this Chevy takes the cake. With only EFILive, a 4-inch exhaust (with muffler), and stock intake, I'm putting down a little more than 400 hp to the wheels.”
Photo 9/9   |   008 1976 Ford F 250 Diesel Cummins Engine Swap Driver Side Front View Kaden Stouffer
Father/Son Fummins
Year/Make/Model: ’76 Ford F-250
Owner: Todd Stouffer
Hometown: Napoleon, Ohio
Engine: ’98 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 80,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 17 mpg
Modifications: Valvespring upgrades, 4,000-rpm governor spring, and a fuel plate upgrade
Owner says: “This was a father and son project!”