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Readers of Diesel Power submit photos of their diesels

John Lehenbauer
Aug 29, 2017
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels 2015 Ram 3500
Rachel
Year/Make/Model: ’15 Ram 3500
Owner: Frank Femling
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Aisin six-speed automatic
Odometer: 50,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Stretched frame 23 inches to fit a custom-made, 8-foot, 3-inch Ram box bed with step pockets; Kelderman air-ride suspension at all four corners; custom center console; debadged, aftermarket grille; Bushwacker fender flares; custom rear step; custom two-tone paint
Owner says: “I am a fruit grower, and this truck was last winter’s project. It took about three months to complete, and everything was done in our shop except the Kelderman suspension and the final painting. I really like the Ram box toolboxes in the wasted space over the dual wheels. Since I was customizing the bed, I made it 3 inches longer so two pallets of fertilizer or a unit of plywood would fit and still allow me to shut the tailgate (this is something that has upset me for more than 45 years). Being 66 years old, I needed an easier way to get into the bed, so I built steps into the sides and made a custom step for the rear. The rear step isn’t shown in the photos, as it was completed later in the summer.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels 2000 Ford F 250
Michigan Winters
Year/Make/Model: ’00 Ford F-250
Owner: Rodney Ellis
Hometown: Macomb, Michigan
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 753,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Single-tune Bully Dog programmer
Owner Says: “After 17 Michigan winters, this is the only good view of my truck. I have kept the air, fuel, and oil clean so it will run forever. This engine has never been apart, and I drive the truck every day.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels 2007 Silverado 2500HD
Sinful Duramax
Year/Make/Model: ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Travis Tokheim
Hometown: Eagle Grove, Iowa
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: N/A
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Modifications: AFE Power cold-air intake and 4-inch exhaust, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems Titanium 150-gph lift pump, Toyo Tires 33x12.50 R20 Open Country M/T, TransGo shift kit, EFILive programmer
Owner says: “I plan on installing a bigger turbocharger and parts from Industrial Injection Diesel Performance in the near future.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels 2016 Ram 3500
Factory Ordered
Year/Make/Model: ’16 Ram 3500
Owner: Brian Higgins
Hometown: Kings Park, New York
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Aisin six-speed automatic
Odometer: 9,700 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Modifications: Vision Wheel 715 Crazy Eightz wheels, Rigid Industries LED lights front and rear, aftermarket tow hooks, Whelen Engineering emergency lights, 9-foot Fisher Engineering HD2 plow, Torklift International 30,000-pound hitch (in addition to the factory hitch), 1,200-watt Pioneer Electronics stereo system
Owner says: “This was a ‘factory-order’ truck, so I ordered it exactly the way I wanted (my name was on the window sticker when it came in). It has factory air suspension, dual 220-amp alternators, the 900-lb-ft-of-torque 6.7L Cummins with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission, factory trailer brake, auxiliary switches, skidplates, the ‘snowplow package,’ the ‘cold weather package,’ and more. I have a plan to modify the engine, but 900 lb-ft is more than enough for now. Maybe when the warranty is up…”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels 2002 Ford F 350
Life of Riley
Year/Make/Model:’02 Ford F-350
Owner: Logan Metcalfe
Hometown: Plainfield, Indiana
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 214,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Smoked headlights, turn signals, and running lights; TS Performance six-position chip; BorgWarner Turbo Systems 89mm turbocharger; lockout hubs; BFGoodrich Tires A/T KO2 tires
Owner says: “I named her Riley because she’s pretty but mean as hell. For an ’02 in a state that dumps more salt on the roads than there is in the ocean, she’s in great shape. She is only just getting started. Once the wonderful paychecks of a Lance Corporal start rolling in, I will be able to really start working on her.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 Silverado 2500
My One & Only
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Bobby O’Neill
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 154,250 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/20 mpg highway/14 mpg towing
Modifications: AFE Power Momentum HD Stage 2 intake and stainless-steel, 5-inch downpipe-back exhaust; MBRP Performance Exhaust 3-inch downpipe and 6-inch tip; BD Diesel Performance driver-side exhaust manifold; Edge Products Evolution CTS monitor; Diesel Power Gear 30-inch DP curved LED lightbar and 8-inch LED foglights; Belltech Sport Trucks 3-inch lowering shackles; Anzo headlights, marker lights, and taillight housings; Xtreme Diesel Performance carbon-fiber door handles and tailgate handle cover; 275/65 R20 Toyo Tires Open Country A/T I and 20x9 Jesse James Widow Wheels
Owner says: “When I went to buy this truck, I was actually looking at a completely different one, and this truck just spoke to me. It is my first diesel truck, and I can’t imagine owning anything else. I hope to install injectors and a lift pump soon, then add a small turbocharger for daily driving and towing my 30-foot trailer.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 1998 Ram 2500
Ole Faithful
Year/Make/Model: ’98 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Paul Olsen
Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 219,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg unloaded/13 to 15 mpg towing/10 to 12 mpg camper and car trailer (24,000-pound GVW)
Modifications: Banks Power PowerPack, BD Diesel Performance Super B single turbocharger, Dynomite Diesel Products Stage 3 injectors, #10 fuel plate, 4-inch MBRP Performance Exhaust tubing, Pacbrake exhaust brake, Torklift International camper tie downs, aluminum bumper with Bocar winch bracket, Warn Industries 12,000-pound winch, killer dowel pin fix, front leveling kit, Toyo Tires M-55 tires, upgraded front and rear sway bars, airbags, Bilstein shocks
Owner says: “I bought this truck with a little more than 100,000 miles on it in 2004. I immediately installed the Banks Power PowerPack. This is my second Cummins-powered Dodge (the first being a ’93 two-wheel drive). I towed the ’98 home with the ’93 because it made more power than the stock ’98, and it was a 350-mile drive home. After reading your magazine for several years, I realized I could make a couple of modifications to get more power while maintaining reliability. It has been reliable for 140,000 miles so far. I recently sold my 6.6L Duramax-powered ’11 GMC Denali that I used as a daily driver. The decision was made to sell it due to the fact I enjoy the Dodge more on hard pulls, and the GMC has become unreliable. Don’t get me wrong, I sold the ’11 and now have a ’16 GMC Denali and enjoy it for different reasons. I really don’t know when and if I will sell the ’98, but I get offers to buy it regularly.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels 1957 Chevrolet
Old Girl
Year/Make/Model: ’57 Chevrolet Stepside
Owner: Keith Price
Hometown: Landenberg, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.5L GM V-8
Transmission: Chevrolet five-speed manual
Odometer: 1,120 miles
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg
Modifications: 6.5L diesel engine, Chevrolet transfer case, four-wheel drive, dual fuel tanks: 1 diesel and 1 used vegetable oil (heated, behind the seat), full leather interior, heated seats, power windows, Vintage Air, Kenwood in-dash touchscreen stereo with navigation and Apple CarPlay, power steering, all LED lighting, Meyers Products 8-foot plow, 2-inch lift, and a lot of little stuff
Owner says: “I started out wanting a beater truck for tending to my property but went a little off the rails. The ole girl is not doing much work these days. It took 10 years and way more money than I care to admit to build a ’57 4x4 Chevy pickup with a 6.5L diesel that runs on used sushi grease. The restoration was a total frame-off, with every bolt turned.”

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