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Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Jan 30, 2017
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Chevrolet Colorado White Driver Side

Snow White Colorado

Year/Make/Model: ’16 Chevrolet Colorado
Owner: Jay Newhoff
Hometown: Milford, Pennsylvania
Engine: 2.8L Duramax LWN I-4
Transmission: 6L50 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 18,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined
Modifications: Zone Off-Road Products 6-inch lift, 33x11.5 BFGoodrich M/T tires, custom rollbar with four KC HiLites 6-inch LED Daylighters, LED reverse lights Frenched into rear bumper, AFE Power 3.5-inch exhaust and cold-air-intake system
Owner says: “I still have a long wish list of modifications for the truck. I’m just waiting for the aftermarket companies to come up with more options. If any company needs a test truck for its products, I am willing to let it use mine.”
Photo 3/9   |   Dodge Front Driver Side

The Biscuit

Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chris Cumberland
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 251,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Modifications: 2-inch leveling springs, Bilstein shocks, Volant Performance cold-air intake system, Edge Products Juice with Attitude programmer, 75hp injectors, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, ARP head studs, third-generation Ram factory wheels, Iron Bull Bumpers front bumper with Rigid lights, rockers sprayed with Line-X
Owner says: “I love this truck! It has been my daily driver for 10 years and makes one heck of a work truck. I would never buy anything but a Cummins!”
Photo 4/9   |   Ford Green Bus

The Football Bus

Year/Make/Model: ’70 Ford 600 Bus
Owner: Derek Purdue
Hometown: Raymore, Saskatchewan, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 727 three-speed automatic
Modifications: Tuned injection pump, custom exhaust, upgraded front and rear axles and brakes
Owner says: “I built the bus for going to football games. When the original gasoline engine blew on us coming home from a game, I knew exactly what I was going to do: a simple 5.9L Cummins swap. But I kept adding things to the build. Now it is mechanically sound and has a fully customized interior for passengers to enjoy a great football experience.”
Photo 5/9   |   Ford Gray Passenger Side

Resurrection

Year/Make/Model: ’03 Ford F-250
Owner: Frank Chavarria
Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 216,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg
Modifications: Flyin’ Diesel Performance–built transmission, Holders Diesel Performance 180cc/80-percent-over injectors, Garrett 38R turbocharger, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems fuel system
Owner says: “I bought this truck with one thing in mind, and that was to bring it back to life and throw a modern twist on it. Instead of leaving it as a work truck, I repainted the entire rig and installed the interior, tailgate, and badges off a ’15 Platinum Edition Super Duty. After that was done, I thought she needed a lift, so I went with an 8-inch BDS Suspension system with Fox Racing shocks all around. The tires and wheels are 24x14 American Force Octanes wrapped with 375/14.50R 24 Nitto Grapplers. After that, I dropped her off at Flyin’ Diesel Performance, where Ross Dunagan and his crew did all the performance work. It was a long process, but it was well worth it!
Photo 6/9   |   Dodge Ram Silver Front Passenger

Shooting for a Thousand

Year/Make/Model: ’07½ Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Austin Myers
Hometown: Shoals, Indiana
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 120,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Modifications: S&S Diesel Motorsport 65-percent-over injectors, dual CP3 high-pressure injection pumps, Pusher Intakes intake manifold, Fleece Performance Engineering–prepared BorgWarner S468 turbocharger, ARP 625 head studs, Wagler Competition Products O-ringed cylinder head, On3 Performance intercooler, Turbosmart blow-off valve, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 220-gph lift pump, heavy-duty pushrods and valvesprings
Owner says: “I bought this truck wrecked in 2012 when I was 17 and have been working on it ever since. I plan to build the motor and hit my goal of owning a 1,000hp street truck.
Photo 7/9   |   Ford Blue Light Blue Passenger Side

Blue Mule

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-350
Owner: Reece Costain
Hometown: Beaumont, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
Odometer: 255,735 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Full Force Diesel Performance 300cc/200-percent-over injectors; Irate Diesel Performance T4 mounting kit with BorgWarner S468 turbocharger; electric fuel system with Aeromotive A1000 pump; Stealth Pumps high-pressure oil pump; DieselSite high-volume, low-pressure oil pump; ARP head studs; Stage 2 pushrods and valvesprings; Ford 6.0L intercooler; 35-inch tires on Weld Typhoon wheels; custom ladder bars
Owner says: “The truck is a work in progress. Also on the build list is a custom compound-turbocharger setup, a fresh engine, and an ’06 Super Duty coil-spring suspension conversion.”
Photo 8/9   |   Gmc White Front Passenger Side

White Whale

Year/Make/Model: ’06 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Adam Helton
Hometown: North Vernon, Indiana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison six-speed automatic
Odometer: 115,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 city, 18 highway
Modifications: Mahle pistons, CP Carrillo rods, ARP head studs and main studs, Trend Performance pushrods, custom valvesprings, ATI Performance Products damper, Danville Performance 68mm Stage 2 turbocharger, MBRP 3-inch downpipe, 5-inch Magnaflow exhaust with 7-inch tip, Screamin’ Diesel Performance 3-inch intercooler pipes and Y-bridge, Exergy Performance Sportsman CP3 high-pressure pump, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems lift pump, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Allison six-speed automatic with billet internals and triple-disc torque converter, Pacific Performance Engineering deep transmission pan, custom 5-inch driveshaft, custom-built traction bars, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Fabtech Motorsports 6-inch lift, Moto Metal 970 20x10 wheels, 35x12.50R20 Cooper Discover Maxx tires
Owner says: “After a lot of time, work, and money, this truck has turned into something I can be proud to say I have modified and made my own. I love the magazine—keep up the good work.”
Photo 9/9   |   Dodge Ram Red Front Passenger Side

Flossy

Year/Make/Model: ’05 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jamie Renfro
Hometown: Hanson, Kentucky
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 183,487 miles
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg
Modifications: Stainless Diesel compound-turbocharger kit, ATS Diesel Performance Dual Fueler with upgraded CP3 injection pumps, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions billet shafts, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter, ARP 425 head studs, fire-ringed block and head, Industrial Injection 180hp injectors, 12-valve connecting rods and crankshaft, custom intercooler system, UDC tune by Diesel Doctor, heavy-duty pushrods and valvesprings, Industrial Injection Gorilla Girdle, AirDog 150-gph lift pump, BD Diesel Performance flexplate, Fleece Performance Engineering coolant bypass, custom traction bars, Edge Products Insight CTS programmer, Auto Meter Competition Instruments gauges, relocated transmission cooler with fan, SkyJacker Suspension 5-inch lift, 5-inch exhaust, 22x14 Moto Metal 962 wheels, 35x12.50R 22 Toyo Open Country tires, Moog front end components, custom grille and headlights, Recon LED lights
Owner says: “I’ve had this truck for six years, and it’s been a heck of a ride. There has been a lot of effort put in this rig. It’s my daily driver, and I wouldn’t trade it for a brand-new one. She runs like a top, thanks to Mike Quartermous at Diesel Doctor!”

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