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Readers’ Diesels - Lists of Upgrades

Diesels From the Big 3

Jan 28, 2016
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   001 2012 Ford F 250 Super Duty 6 7L Power Stroke Diesel Harley Gray
Fascinating
Year/Make/Model: ’12 Ford F-250
Owner: Harley Gray
Hometown: Nokesville, Virginia
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic
Odometer: 23,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Precision Metal Fab 15-inch suspension lift kit, Pure Performance Suspension coilover shocks, Showtime Metal Works bumpers and grille, OLB LED lightbars, 22x12 Fuel Nutz wheels, 41x14.50R22 Interco Irok tires, Plain & Simple by Design headlights, and Oracle wheel lights
Owner says: “I’ve had a fascination with lifted pickups since I played with toy trucks as a kid. I built this one with my dad in his garage as a father-and-son project to take to shows, and now it’s a never-ending build. We already have plans for a custom 22-inch four-link suspension lift in the near future. I want to thank my dad, Dave, for letting me take up his garage space and for supporting me and this money-hungry addiction.”
Photo 3/9   |   002 1936 Dodge Flatbed Pickup With 5 9L Cummins 12 Valve Diesel Engine Swap Devon Morgan
Lizzie
Year/Make/Model: ’36 Dodge pickup
Owner: Devon Morgan
Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
Engine: 5.9L Cummins 12-valve I-6
Transmission: Getrag five-speed manual
Odometer: 600 miles (since engine swap)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Four-wheel-drive conversion, tuned injection pump, Denny T Performance Stage 2 fuel pin, 3,200-rpm governor spring, BorgWarner S300 turbocharger, 37-psi wastegate, custom exhaust, large intake, upgraded lift pump, M&H Inc. Dynamic Timing Advance spacer, 3-inch intake crossover tube, and gauges
Owner says: “This truck took a little more than two years from the start to where it is now. It was a blast to build! I couldn't have done it without my great friends who spent tons of time helping with this project. Special thanks go to Ethan Patterson and Zach Wetli at Wilson Patterson Diesel, Jeremiah Sibray at Addictive Rides, Ross Nicholes (glass work), Patrick Howard at S&P, and Todd Hodgin (welding and fabrication). I also want to thank my fiancée, Brooke, for understanding my passion and standing beside me along the way. I’m glad my friends and their businesses got a chance to help build this truck along with me. My truck was given the nickname Lizzie (from the movie Cars) by Ethan Patterson’s son, and it has stuck with the truck since then.”
Photo 4/9   |   003 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 24 Valve Cummins P Pump Swap Hogan Haeber
Farm Truck
Year/Make/Model: ’00 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Hogan Haeber
Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: ZF six-speed manual
Odometer: 240,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Modifications: P-pump injection pump benched at 12mm, 4,000-rpm governor spring kit, 100hp injectors, 17 degrees of timing, Holset HX40 turbocharger, S&B Filters cold-air intake, ZF six-speed manual transmission swap, South Bend Clutch double-disc clutch, Detroit Truetrac locking rear differential, 7-inch custom radius-arm suspension lift, custom rear traction bars, 20x12 Fuel Hostage wheels, and 40-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires
Owner says: “This is my first diesel. I picked it up when I was 18, and it was completely stock. I'll probably never get rid of her. I've been offered many times what it's worth, but I just can't let it go. I’ve put many hours into it, and it's my love. Plus, the flatbed makes a great dance floor!”
Photo 5/9   |   004 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 6 7L Cummins Diesel Noah Courvelle Additional Photo
Henrietta
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Noah Courvelle
Hometown: Shepherd, Texas
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 115,678 miles
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Modifications: H&S Performance XRT Pro programmer, BorgWarner S467.7 turbocharger, upgraded injectors, ARP head studs, ATS Diesel Performance intake manifold, Glacier Diesel Performance intake horn, 5-inch exhaust, Fass 150-gph lift pump, fully built transmission with ATS Diesel Performance internals, 3-inch suspension leveling kit, 22-inch Ballistic Off Road Jester wheels, and 33x12.50R22 tires
Owner says: “My truck is nicknamed Henrietta and was built by Daniel at East Texas Diesel Service. The Ram hasn't been on the dyno yet, but it has been my daily driver, and it’s slowly getting new parts. More upgrades are on the way to get the power I want!”
Photo 6/9   |   005 2005 Ford F 250 6 0L Power Stroke Diesel Anthony Atwell
Bulletproof
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Ford F-250
Owner: Anthony Atwell
Hometown: Dixon, Missouri
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 145,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: SCT programmer, custom tuning by Innovative Diesel, Garrett PowerMax turbocharger, Bullseye Power BatMoWheel compressor wheel, 6.4L banjo fuel bolts, “blue spring” fuel pressure regulator upgrade, 175cc injectors, 58-volt FICM, 6-inch Fabtech suspension lift, custom 2-inch Stahl Boys traction bars, 20x10 XD wheels, and 35x12.50R20 Federal Couragia M/T tires
Owner says: “I've loved Power Stroke engines ever since I was young. Even though the 6.0L isn't my favorite engine, I've enjoyed making this one bulletproof and transforming it into a fun daily driver.”
Photo 7/9   |   006 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel Josh Heasley
LB7 Hay Hauler
Year/Make/Model: ’02 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Josh Heasley
Hometown: Garrettsville, Ohio
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LB7 V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer and PPE Boost Increase Valve
Owner says: “This is my Duramax-powered truck that’s used for daily driving and to haul hay.”
Photo 8/9   |   007 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 5 9L Cummins Diesel Ryan Karbaum
Gorgeous Nightmare
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Ryan Karbaum
Hometown: Church Hill, Maryland
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 389,569 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 to 22 mpg
Modifications: MADS Electronics Smarty SSR programmer; custom tuning by Innovative Diesel; 62mm Industrial Injection PhaftShaft turbocharger; Quadzilla Boost Fooler; Exergy Performance 100hp injectors and Sportsman CP3 injection pump; Cummins Performance Parts 110-pound valvesprings and connecting rods; Hamilton Cams 188-intake/210-exhaust camshaft; ARP 625 head studs; S&B Filters cold-air intake; AFE Power BladeRunner intake elbow; BD Diesel Performance “Cool It” intercooler, two-piece exhaust manifold and 48RE transmission pressure switch; Industrial Injection fuel filter delete and 6.7L crossover tubes; Diamond Eye 4-inch exhaust; AirDog 150-gph lift pump; Auto Meter A-pillar pod with boost pressure, transmission temperature, and EGT gauges, and a fuel rail pressure gauge in a single pod on the steering wheel column; 18x9 Gear Alloy Wheels Backcountry wheels; and 305/60R18 Cooper Discovery STT Pro tires
Owner says: “Since the day when my father handed this truck down to me, I’ve been addicted to the diesel life. Even with all the ups and downs I’ve been through with this truck, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. When I hear this thing fire up in the morning or late at night, all the money spent and headaches to get this truck built are definitely worth it.”
Photo 9/9   |   008 2003 Ford F 250 6 0L Power Stroke Diesel Terry Echelard
Super Sweet
Year/Make/Model: ’03 Ford F-250
Owner: Terry Echelard
Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 209,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 10 to 13 mpg
Modifications: Edge Juice with Attitude programmer and CTS2 monitor, blue spring fuel pressure regulator upgrade, ARP head studs, 4-inch MBRP exhaust, Zone Offroad 2-inch Add-a-leaf springs in front with extended shackles and 5-inch lift blocks in rear, 16x8 American Racing wheels, and 315/75R16 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “Future plans for my Super Duty include an intercooler upgrade, a twin turbo kit, and new injectors.”

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