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Readers' Diesels - January 2016

Oct 11, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy of the Readers
Photo 2/8   |   2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Front Side View John Richey
Diesel Power Wagon
Year/Make/Model: '00 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: John Richey
Hometown: Jeffersonville, Indiana
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 271,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Mads Smarty S-03 programmer, Airaid MXP intake, BD Diesel Performance X-Flow Power intake elbow, 4-inch exhaust, Carli Suspension lift kit, CPP traction bars, BD Diesel Performance track bar and steering stabilizer bar, South Bend dual-disc clutch, Viar compressed air system, Ranch Hand bumper and headache rack, 315/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, and American Eagle Alloy Series 186 wheels
Owner says: "I've always had a fascination with the old Dodge Power Wagons. I wanted something more refined than the '40s style, yet cheaper and less refined than the new ones. Solution: build my own version."
Photo 3/8   |   2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab Diesel Front View John Michael Jennings
Mega Diesel
Year/Make/Model: '06 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab
Owner: John Michael Jennings
Hometown: Snead, Alabama
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 194,450 miles
Fuel Economy: 18.6 mpg city and 19.4 mpg highway
Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Kory Willis, BD Diesel Performance Super B turbocharger and Stage 4 transmission, ARP head studs, 125hp injectors, Ranch Hand Legend Series front bumper, and 5-inch exhaust
Owner says: "Ain't nothin' better than a Mega Cab with a Cummins. The end."
Photo 4/8   |   2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Front Snow Ashton Gray
Fourth Ram
Year/Make/Model: '08 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ashton Gray
Hometown: Washburn, Tennessee
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 68,900 miles
Fuel Economy: 18.4 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Anarchy Diesel and CSP5 five-position switch, and Recon Accessories Extreme LED taillight bar and LED cab lights
Owner says: "This is my fourth Ram, and even though I've never claimed to be a Dodge man, I love Cummins engines. They are definitely torque-makers. This is my first common-rail-powered truck, and I'm shooting for 650 reliable horsepower. More modifications are coming soon."
Photo 5/8   |   2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Cummins Diesel Engine Swap Front View Rich Bosch
Photo 6/8   |   2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Cummins Diesel Engine Swap Under Hood Rich Bosch
Year/Make/Model: '04 Chevrolet Tahoe
Owner: Rich Bosch
Hometown: Dunnville, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4BTA I-4
Transmission: 4L60E four-speed automatic
Odometer: 243,350 kilometers (151,211 miles)
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg
Modifications: 3.9L Cummins 4BTA engine swap; Holeset HX30 turbocharger; large air-to-air intercooler; EFILive programmer; new brakes, brake lines, cooler lines, and wiring for the engine; Baumann Electronic Controls stand-alone shift controller; Diesel Conversion Specialists transmission adapter and flywheel; larger transmission cooler; front clip swap from a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD; dual headrest-mounted TV screens; three gauges mounted in the A-pillar; blue dash lights; smoked fender flares, mirror caps, step bars, and grille; and LT285/65R16 BFGoodrich tires
Owner says: "This diesel-powered Tahoe is my daily driver and was built on a budget. I bought the truck for $1,600 with a blown 5.3L V-8 gas engine. Then I bought two Cummins 4BTs with transmissions, sold both transmissions, and sold one 4BT to cover the cost of building up the other 4BT. I spent about 120 hours including conversion and bodywork getting this old girl to better-than-new condition. All the gauges work as original along with all options except cruise control (I'm working on it). The total cost of the build is a little less than $7,500, but it turns heads everywhere!"
Photo 7/8   |   1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel Long Bed Rear View Dalton Zellers
Year/Make/Model: '99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Dalton Zellers
Hometown: Warsaw, Indiana
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 203,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products Comp box with Hot Unlock tune, AirDog Raptor 150-gph lift pump, VP44 "big line" kit, K&N cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust with 7-inch tip, and custom-built traction bars
Owner says: "This is the first truck I have ever owned. I will never own a gas truck after feeling the power behind this diesel. I look forward to doing more performance upgrades to this truck as I get more into drag racing."
Photo 8/8   |   2002 Ford F 350 Diesel Front View LED Lightbar Shayne Albarado
Partner in Crime
Year/Make/Model: '02 Ford F-350
Owner: Shayne Albarado
Hometown: Sabinal, Texas
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 181,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 15 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, S&B cold-air intake, custom exhaust, 8-inch axle dump, 6-inch suspension lift, 50-inch LED lightbar, owner-made front and rear bumpers, '05 Ford Super Duty front-clip swap, '08 Ford Super Duty rear end and mirrors, 20x12 Moto Metal 962 wheels, and 37-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: "This is my first diesel, and I think of it as my partner in crime. She's helped me get a lot of jobs done, and we've turned a lot of heads while doing it. I love the 7.3L engine, and it's still got plenty of miles to go. Future mods will be a fuel-rail crossover, train horns, '10-and-up Ford Super Duty door panels and seats, and a Wicked Wheel2 turbocharger upgrade."