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Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Jan 6, 2017
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels Gmc Sierra

Iridium Smoke

Year/Make/Model: ’15 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Richard Proffitt II
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LML V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 26,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: Rough Country 2-inch leveling kit, Banks Power cold-air kit, 20-inch RBP wheels, and Nitto Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: “This is my daily driver and once the factory warranty expires, I would like to add an exhaust system and Hypertech’s Max Energy 2.0 programmer.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels Dodge Ram

The Green Lantern

Year/Make/Model: ’95 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ryan Lovelace
Hometown: Xenia, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 127,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Killer dowel pin; Auto Meter Competition Instruments boost, pyrometer, transmission temperature, and fuel pressure gauges; AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake system; Turbonetics Spearco intercooler; BD Diesel Performance intercooler hose and clamp kit; Alligator Performance T/Rex Dual Ram intake manifold; ATS Diesel Performance Aurora 5000 turbocharger kit and three-piece exhaust manifold; Flex-a-Lite dual electric fans; 4-inch downpipe into a custom 5-inch exhaust stack; Fluidampr harmonic balancer; 60-pound valvesprings with titanium keepers and retainers; Industrial Injection Diesel Performance billet tappet cover with vent; Pureflow AirDog II 200-gph lift pump with Hellman Performance fuel sump; Ducky Fuel Injection 5x.016 injectors; Farrell Diesel Service Stage 4 215hp p7100 injection pump set for 600cc of fuel (.035 delivery valves, #0 fuel plate, 5,000-rpm governor-spring kit, 2095 rack cap, 22-degree advanced timing); stock suspension with Bilstein 5100 shocks; Calvert Racing Suspension CalTracs traction bars; Fleece Performance Engineering low-profile shock mounts; Kore Performance heavy-duty bumpstops, Redhead Steering Gears steering box; Dodge Off Road steering brace; front locking-hub conversion using OBS Ford parts; and 20x12 American Force Wheels Independence wheels with 305/50R 20 Nitto NT420S tires
Owner says: “I’ve owned this truck for 12 years. A lot of time and effort was put into it to make it what it is. Special thanks to all my friends and family who have helped me along the way.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels 2005 Dodge Ram

Not a Gasser

Year/Make/Model: ’05 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Weston Killian
Hometown: Abilene, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 city/19 highway
Modifications: South Bend Clutch clutch kit, MADS Electronics Smarty Jr programmer, Edge Products CTS programmer, K&N Engineering cold-air intake system, custom 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, Ranch Hand bumpers, Custom Diesel Inc. steering stabilizer, Rancho Performance shocks, and 305/70R 17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires on stock rims
Owner says: “I am an F-16 instructor pilot in the United States Air Force and have been driving diesel trucks for 10 years. I will never go back to a gasser. My wife bought this truck for me when I was deployed to Iraq, because I sold my Power Stroke-powered Ford before I left. She picked me up in the Ram when I came home. It was the best welcome-home present I could ever ask for. I pull our 26-foot travel trailer for family camping trips with ease.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels Enthusiastic Youth

Enthusiastic Youth

Year/Make/Model: ’01 Ford F-250
Owner: Tim J. Zimmerman
Hometown: Toronto, Ohio
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 161,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Modifications: 2.5-inch leveling kit, 3-inch lift blocks (rear), custom tuning, custom cold-air intake system, and 4-inch exhaust with 6-inch MBRP tip
Year/Make/Model: ’92 Dodge W-250
Owner: Tim J. Zimmerman
Hometown: Toronto, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Getrag five-speed manual
Odometer: 230,000 miles
Fuel Economy: n/a
Modifications: Flatbed
Year/Make/Model: ’93 Dodge W-350
Owner: Tim J. Zimmerman
Hometown: Toronto, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: A518 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 188,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Dynomite Diesel Products 100hp injectors, BorgWarner Turbo Systems S366 turbocharger, 4,200-rpm governor spring, M5 fuel pin, modified full-fuel screw, 17 degrees of timing, transmission built by Snook’s Transmissions Service, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Extreme rebuild kit, TransGo shift kit, billet input shaft and torque converter, and steel planetary gears
Owner says: “When I was 12 years old, I wanted an ATV, but my parents thought they were too dangerous. So I bought a ’94 Ford F-150 (with a five-speed manual transmission) to use around the farm. Then I started fixing up vehicles and selling them. The first diesel I bought (for $4,000) was a ’90 first-generation Dodge Ram, which I sold for $7,500. I am 18 years old, and the three trucks described above are my 11th, 12th, and 13th vehicles. I love working on first-gen rigs, and the dualie is my fun truck. I did all the work myself, including the bodywork and paintjob. My dream is to start my own diesel-performance shop.
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels 97 Ford

First Oil-Burner

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-250
Owner: Conley Hoover
Hometown: Arcadia, Indiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 113,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: S&B Filters cold-air intake system; 4-inch straight pipe into a 6-inch miter-cut MBRP exhaust stack; TS Performance six-position chip with tuning by Tony Wildman; Auto Meter Competition Instruments Phantom II boost, transmission temperature, and EGT gauges; smoked headlights, running lights, Super Duty cab lights and rear brake lights; 8,000K HID headlights; and Recon LED tailgate lightbar
Owner says: “This is my first diesel-powered truck, and it won’t be my last. It is also used as my daily driver.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels Chevrolet Silverado

Rally Provenance

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
Owner: Alex Cummings
Hometown: Billings, Montana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LBZ V-8
Transmission: Allison six-speed automatic
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 17 mpg
Modifications: Hypertech tuner, 4-inch downpipe-back exhaust, lightbar, LED clearance lights, smoked headlights and turn signals, and TransGo SK Allison Jr. shift kit
Owner says: “The truck played ‘sports car’ in the 2014 Dustball Rally 2000 from Austin, Texas, to Chicago, Illinois. It ran a hard 4,500 miles round trip from Montana and back with zero issues and received some well-deserved praise for running with Porsches and a Ferrari F430 in the group and holding its own. Rumor has it that the truck may have hit 130 mph on the trip. It was a blast of a trip. Additional upgrades for the engine include injectors and a lift pump.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels Ford F350

Farm Money

Year/Make/Model: ’95 Ford F-350
Owner: Geoffrey Roelkey
Hometown: Knoxville, Maryland
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
Odometer: 130,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: Rosewood Diesel Shop 160cc injectors, Marty’s Diesel Performance electronic fuel system, STR Diesel traction bars, LED lights all around, 285/70R 17 Toyo Open Country AT2 tires, 17x10 Fuel Maverick wheels, 5-inch exhaust into 8-inch single stack, AFE Power Big Boost air filter, and color-matched grille and bezels with Riffraff Diesel Performance International emblem
Owner says: “This truck has been in my family since 1998. My dad used it to haul hay and cattle. He passed it down to me, and since then it has been my pride and joy. I wouldn’t trade anything for the hours spent in the garage wrenching on this thing with my dad. We even pulled the factory E4OD automatic transmission out and swapped it with a ZF5 five-speed manual. Dad says it has more power than it ever has, and sometimes I feel he regrets giving it up.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd

Sled Hauler

Year/Make/Model: ’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Mitch Andrews
Hometown: Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LB7 V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Odometer: 227,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg (15 mpg with sled deck)
Modifications: AFE Power cold-air intake system, 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, EFILive DSP5 programmer with tuning by Duramaxtuner.com (tweaked by Mitch), Valair Performance Diesel Clutches dual-disc clutch, and custom sled deck
Owner says: “My dad and I found this rare gem listed online from a dealer in Texas and had it back to Ohio in less than a week. The ZF6 behind a Duramax isn’t something you find very often, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! My smaller, faster toy is a fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS, which shares a matching license plate with the Silverado: “6SPD LB7” and “6SPD LS3.” The sled deck was custom designed and fabricated by yours truly and makes 4,000-mile road trips to Colorado and Utah much simpler without the hassle of a trailer. They are rather common out west, but there are a lot of turned heads and fingers pointed back in Ohio. I am saving money for a full-forged bottom end and a couple of big turbochargers for the engine!”

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