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Readers’ Diesels: 1979 Ford F-150, 1996 Renault, 1999 Dodge Ram 2500, and more!

John Lehenbauer
Sep 1, 2016
Photographers: Readers
Something Completely Different
Year/Make/Model: ’79 Ford F-150
Owner: Colin Gleason
Hometown: Lake Villa, Illinois
Engine: 6.9L International IDI V-8
Transmission: BorgWarner T-19 four-speed manual
Odometer: 152,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Modifications: 6.9L IDI engine, BorgWarner T-19 four-speed manual transmission, body lift, suspension lift, larger brakes, and upgraded steering
Owner says: “We traded a running, driving truck for this ‘project basket case,’ our first diesel. With the help of the folks at OilBurners and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, we were able to turn it into a real conversation piece that can be driven anywhere. Though the old IDI is not the most powerful engine in the world, it moves this ½-ton along very well, in addition to getting great mileage. One of the real charms is the simplicity of these engines, as well as the wealth of parts available.”
Photo 2/8   |   1996 Renault Epace Mk2
The Egg
Year/Make/Model: ’96 Renault Espace MK2
Owner: Oliver Kuhns
Hometown: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Engine: 2.1L Renault I-4
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Odometer: 209,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 52 mpg
Modifications: Runs on 100 percent vegetable oil, converted to push-button start, fullsize bed, and toilet
Owner says: “I get 40 mpg in heavy traffic in the city and have driven across Europe on one tank of fuel, averaging 52 mpg on the motorways. She has never broken down and has towed a few broken-down taxis in Liverpool. She is one of the last all-plastic minivans still on the road. The unibody frame was made from hot-galvanized steel at the factory, so there is no rust. I call her the “Egg,” because the body is prone to crack, similar to Chevrolet Corvettes’ panels.”
Photo 3/8   |   Ram Front Driver Side Dyno
Big Fuel
Year/Make/Model: ’99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chris Krebs
Hometown: Coos Bay, Oregon
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: ATS Diesel Performance Stage 6 47RE five-speed automatic with Five-Star torque converter
Odometer: 210,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Standard output VP44 high-pressure injection pump, FASS Fuel Systems 150-lph lift pump, Scheid Diesel Service Lightning 3 injectors, 64mm BorgWarner S475 custom-compound turbochargers, 50mm JGS Precision Turbo external wastegate, Edge Products Drag Comp, ARP studs, Hamilton Camshafts valvesprings and push rods, Snow Performance water-methanol injection, ZEX nitrous-oxide system, Siskiyou Diesel Performance custom traction bars, 305/60R 18 Toyo Proxes S/T tires, and 18x10 Weld Rubicon wheels
Owner says: “I’ve built this all-around truck in my driveway with the help of Siskiyou Diesel Performance, JGS Precision Turbo, and AR Industries LLC. The truck went 11.557 seconds at 118.95 mph on fuel only. It made 718 hp on diesel and 876 hp with the nitrous (uncorrected), in 103 degree weather.”
Photo 4/8   |   Ford Crew Cab Driver Side
The Tank
Year/Make/Model: ’00 Ford F-350
Owner: Hunter Green
Hometown: Chillicothe, Illinois
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 12 to 16 mpg
Modifications: Banks Power Stinger Plus, upgraded turbocharger housing and turbo wheel, TransCommand, A-pillar gauges, S&B Filters cold-air-intake system with dry filter, dual-exit exhaust, ’13 Ford 8-foot bed, upgraded towing brakes, auxiliary 90-gallon fuel tank, intercooler-tube foil delete, Rancho Performance Suspension & Shocks dampers, Tough Country dual steering stabilizers, 18-inch XD wheels with 32-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires, Spyder Industries Halo headlights, 30-inch lightbar, and Add-a-Leaf front helper springs
Owner says: “The truck was bought brand-new in Arizona by my dad, and he passed it down to me when he got a new truck. It’s been mine ever since. The truck is really reliable, but it isn’t a showpiece. It is a great rig for everything from daily driving to pulling anything you put behind it.”
Photo 5/8   |   Gmc Front Passenger Side
Lower 50s
Year/Make/Model: ’52 GMC 9700
Owner: Bob Ward
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 7.3L International IDI V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 400 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Chevrolet S-10 front half, frame boxed, custom rear section, tubular A-arms, four-link rear suspension, airbags, ARP head studs, custom Holset HX35 turbocharger setup, 3-inch stainless exhaust into 6-inch tip, Dana 70HD dualie axle (shortened 21inches), locking differential, Wilwood Disc Brakes’ 12-inch front rotors with four-piston calipers, rear drum brakes, Hydroboost power-brake assist, US Shift Quick 1 automatic transmission controller, TransGo Tugger shift kit, ratchet shifter, 255/50R 16 Pro Comp front tires, and 205/55R 16 rear tires
Owner says: “I have spent every spare moment building the truck to what it is. I built it not to sit on the ground but to drive it everywhere. It’s the best thing ever. It pulls hard and does great burnouts!”
Photo 6/8   |   Ford Front Passenger Side
Whistlin’ Dixie
Year/Make/Model: ’96 Ford F-250
Owner: Jonathan Logsdon
Hometown: Georgetown, Indiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 240,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: KT Performance six-position programmer, custom leather captain’s chairs with console, 3.5-inch side-dump exhaust, 18x10 wheels, and a custom headache rack Owner says: “Whistlin’ Dixie is the second of three diesel-powered Ford trucks I have owned, and she’s my pride and joy. I’m only its second owner (it was bone-stock when I bought it), and I have a lot of plans for the build.”
Photo 7/8   |   Ram Front Passenger Side
Big Mike’s Ram
Year/Make/Model: ’12 Ram 2500
Owner: Michael Kent
Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 33,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer with Max Calibration Control software, South Bend Clutch 3250 dual disc, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Pusher Intakes intake horn, Glacier Diesel Power big fuel line and filter kits, Daystar 2-inch leveling kit, 35x12.50R 17 Toyo tires, 17x9 XD Addict wheels, Bilstein 5100 shocks, PSC Motorsports steering brace, Bushwacker flares, LED taillights, billet valve cover, and MBRP Performance 6-inch exhaust tip
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and it won’t be my last. Although this is my daily driver now, I hope to someday continue the powertrain modifications and really bring on the power.”
Photo 8/8   |   Chevy Front Driver Side
BlackMax
Year/Make/Model: ’04½ Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jarred Tolbert
Hometown: Mount Airy, North Carolina
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LLY V-8
Transmission: Allison five-speed automatic
Odometer: 155,365 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 to 22 mpg
Modifications: 63mm Fleece Performance Cheetah turbocharger, EFILive tuning, Banks Power cold-air intake, 4-inch MBRP Performance exhaust, Nitto NT420S tires, and 20x10 Fuel Hostage wheels
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and I’m very pleased with this truck. It makes great power and is very reliable. Future plans include HSP Diesel twin turbochargers, a built CP3 injection pump, and 60-percent-over injectors.”

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