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Readers’ Diesels – March 2017

Mods and more.

John Lehenbauer
Dec 7, 2016
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Rides Gm Truck Passenger Side
GMC Truce
Year/Make/Model: ’39 GMC
Owner: David Hale
Hometown: Mancos, Colorado
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Mopar three-speed automatic with overdrive
Odometer: 200 miles
Fuel Economy: 23.5 mpg
Modifications: ’39 GMC truck cab on a ’90 Chevrolet 1-ton chassis, 5.9L Cummins 6BT engine mated to a Mopar three-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, custom engine and transmission mounts, narrower cab and chassis axle, and handmade bed
Owner says: “My son Dustin and I started this project in our shop. After long hours of welding, cutting, sanding, wrenching, and painting, we ended up with one of the sharpest-looking, nicest running ’39 GMC trucks in Southwest Colorado. After the truck was completed, it was entered into a couple of local car and truck shows, and it won First Place in its class. The engine, transmission, and differential combination make this truck drive almost as well as a new truck on the streets and highways.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Rides White Ford Rear Passenger Side
Vanilla Stroke
Year/Make/Model: ’95 Ford F-350
Owner: Chase Haring
Hometown: Brazil, Indiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 199,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Awful eBay headlights, LED light pods, K&N Engineering cold-air intake, Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch to 8-inch cat stack, TS Performance six-position chip, quad pod with glow shift gauges, Ford F-150 Lightning seats, 20x14 XD Riot wheels with 33x12.50R20 Federal M/T tires, 2.5-inch Super Duty springs, and tinted glass
Owner says: “I got this truck in bone-stock trim, with 173,000 miles on it. It’s my second 7.3L, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Future plans are to have 800 lb-ft of torque and replace the automatic transmission with a five-speed manual. I would like to have the paint and body redone, too.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Rides White Dodge Front Driver Side Trailer
No More Gas
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Paul H. Rodriguez
Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 79,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 23 mpg
Modifications: Hypertech programmer, Banks Power cold-air intake and DPF-back exhaust with 5-inch tip, Top Gun Customz 2.5-inch leveling spacer (front), Skyjacker Suspensions add-a-leaf in the rear, Bilstein 5100 shocks and dual stabilizers, BD Diesel Performance track bar and steering bracket, and 17x9 Pro Comp wheels with 285/75R17 Nitto Grabber A/T tires
Owner says: “This is my first time owning a diesel-powered Dodge, and I love it. I’m never going to do gas again. This truck gets me anywhere I want to go, and I hope to do more modifications.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Rides Black Ford Front Passenger Side
Black Out
Year/Make/Model: ’13 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Ryan Wagner
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic
Odometer: 40,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Engine: AFE Power Momentum HD cold-air intake system, Edge Products CTS programmer, GearHead Automotive Performance Street Tune, 4-inch straight pipe with Banks Power exhaust, 6-inch Zone Off-Road Products lift kit with dual steering stabilizers, 18-inch XD Revolver wheels, 37x13.50R18 Toyo Open Country tires, 20-inch Rigid Industries LED lightbar, and custom “Raptor” headlights
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Rides White Dodge Front Passenger Side Trailer
White Lightning
Year/Make/Model: ’07 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Lucas Garcia
Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE five-speed automatic
Odometer: 62,354 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Modifications: EFILive custom tuning; AFE Power exhaust manifold, 4-inch exhaust, and Stage 2 intake manifold; BD Diesel Performance X-Flow Power Intake Elbow, Killer B turbocharger, and exhaust brake; PureFlow AirDog Raptor 150-gph lift pump; Auto Meter Products Pro-Comp Ultralite gauges; triple-disc torque converter; custom valvebody with TransGo shift kit; billet input shaft; Derale Performance transmission pan and remote-mounted cooler with fan; 4-inch Pro Comp lift; Alcoa wheels; Double Coin 255/70R22.5 tires; ProLine Fabrication bumpers; ProTech headache rack
Owner says: “This truck will pull the whole farm, plus the barn, and it’s still very fun to drive. It is very reliable and is used daily to pull trailers and such. Future upgrades include a BorgWarner S480 compound-turbo upgrade, a set of 90hp nozzles, and a one- piece driveshaft.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Rides Gmc Passenger Side
Built, not Bought
Year/Make/Model: ’98 Chevrolet Silverado K3500
Owner: Jimmy Volz
Hometown: Milan, Indiana
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 4L80E four-speed automatic
Odometer: 62,000 miles
Fuel Economy: Up to 17 mpg
Modifications: 12-valve 5.9L Cummins conversion; built 4L80E transmission with an HGM Automotive Electronics Compushift II programmer; Derale Performance transmission pan and cooler; DeStroked adapter plate; Performance Automotive Transmission Center triple-disc billet torque converter; NP 205 transfer case; Dana 60 front axle; Offroad Design straight-axle conversion kit; Perma-Cool Products dual electric fans; Alcoa 22.5-inch wheels with low-profile tires; hybrid Holset turbochargers (HE351VGT with a custom controller and an HT60); 5-inch custom exhaust; 8-inch miter-cut stacks; four Optima RedTop batteries; 3,000-watt inverter; custom dual air intake horn; twin K&N Engineering air filters; twin pre-heater elements; Snow Performance Stage II water-methanol injection; custom Alcan Springs front spring packs; custom driveshafts; custom-made twin crankcase vents with K&N Engineering filters; Keating Machine billet tappet side cover; custom valve cover shroud; Pacbrake oil filter relocation kit; Pureflow Airdog II fuel system; dual-feed 12mm injection pump; Haisley Machine camshaft; Hamilton Cams valvesprings and keepers; O-ringed, ported cylinder head; ARP head studs; Auto Meter Products dual boost gauges and dual drive-pressure gauges; dual pyrometers; custom shock hoops; Skyjacker Suspensions gas shocks; custom-built crossmember and gooseneck hitch; additional fuse box for all electrical add-ons; Permatech spray-in bedliner; rear power sliding window; Diesel Power Source three-piece exhaust manifold; custom headliner; custom driveshaft cages; relocated air-conditioning condenser with twin electric fans; Mag-Hytec differential covers; and Iron Cross Automotive wheel-to-wheel steps
Owner says: “I bought this truck from a small, local dealer and drove it home. It was a perfectly good running truck, but I had every intention of buying it and tearing it completely apart to build it the way I wanted. I have more than 1,500 hours in this truck, and it still is not 100 percent complete. With all the additions I have made, this truck weighs in at more than 10,000 pounds. It is a head turner and attention getter.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Rides Gray Ford Front Driver Side
The Beast
Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford F-250
Owner: Vaughn McDaniel Jr.
Hometown: Covington, Louisiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 117,255 miles
Fuel Economy: 17.5 mpg
Modifications: Leveling kit, Edge Products programmer, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, intake heater delete, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake system, and 35-inch Nitto tires
Owner says: “This is my first personal 7.3L-powered truck. The others I’ve driven were work trucks with 300,000 to 400,000 miles on them. My 12-year-old son has helped me with the truck since we drove her 2,100 miles from California. We have towed anything that would fit on the ball. The only thing the truck misses out on is the mud, but my son promises it will be muddy one day very soon (he will clean it after). We love our truck and plan on keeping it for life.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Rides Black Gmc Passenger Side
Favorite Truck
Year/Make/Model: ’02 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Shaine Pearson
Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LB7 V-8
Transmission: Allison five-speed automatic
Odometer: 180,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: 3-inch downpipe, 4-inch full straight exhaust, boost valve, Banks Power Big Head wastegate actuator, AFE Power cold-air intake system, homemade intake horn, EFILive tuning, torsion keys, overload bags in the rear, 20-percent-over injectors, ATS Diesel Performance rear differential cover, Cat Filters oil-filter conversion, LED lights, and bigger spring in the EGR system
Owner says: “The truck is a daily driver and camper hauler. Anytime we go anywhere, we need to take the truck because it’s my 3-year-old’s favorite!”

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