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Readers’ Diesels

Readers of Diesel Power Magazine submit photos and list upgrades.

John Lehenbauer
Oct 6, 2017
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels 2008 Ford F350
White Lightning
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-350
Owner: Andrew Dorgan
Hometown: McKinleyville, California
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF six-speed manual
Odometer: 72,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 19 mpg
Modifications: AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch downpipe into a custom 4-inch straight pipe with stainless 6-inch tip, H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer, South Bend Clutch dual-disc clutch, Reunel front and rear bumpers with Warn Industries 16.5ti winch and 54-inch curved lightbar, Fox Factory 2.0 shocks and steering stabilizer, Carli Suspension 2.5-inch-lift front springs
Owner says: “This is my first diesel truck, and I absolutely love it. I’ve only had it for a year, so I haven’t had a chance or the money to do everything I want to it yet. But I’m going to keep chipping away at the list and make this thing a monster.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels 2005 Ram 2500
Cummins for You
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ryan McCarthy
Hometown: Vernon, Connecticut
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 201,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: MBRP 5-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, Pro Comp 6-inch lift, 37x13.50 R17 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, Fuel Off-Road Hostage wheels, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, Smarty Diesel Tuner programmer, Fleece Performance Engineering Cheetah turbocharger, Auto Meter Competition Instruments gauges, Airaid cold-air intake, CFM Plus Diesel Performance intake horn
Owner Says: “The sky is the limit for future modifications like twin turbochargers, twin CP3 injection pumps, and a built bottom end. I’m just waiting for the funds.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels 1999 Ram
First Oil-Burner
Year/Make/Model: ’99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Grant Hampson
Hometown: Central Point, Oregon
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV 4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 145,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 19 mpg
Modifications: Banks Power Monster-Ram intake elbow, 4-inch turbocharger-back straight pipe, exhaust brake, Edge Juice with Attitude CS2 programmer, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, K&N Engineering cold-air intake, Valair Performance Diesel Clutches dual-disc clutch, leveling kit, 33-inch Toyo Tires Open Country A/T tires, Spyder Auto headlights, GlowShift Gauges with an A-pillar mounting pod, Rhino Linings–treated bottom half of body, painted grille and bumper
Owner says: “This is the first diesel truck I’ve ever had. It took me about a year and a half to find it, because I wanted a longbed with a manual transmission that had less than 150,000 miles on it. When I got the truck, it was completely bone-stock and looked like a grandpa rig. I still have more modifications to make, but for now I’m happy with it.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels Ram 2500
Once Wrecked, Now Right
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: Firepunk Diesel Comp 2 48RE automatic transmission with forward-pattern, manual valvebody and ratchet shifter, S&S Diesel Motorsports 65-percent-over injectors, dual CP3 injection pumps, Pusher Intakes intake manifold, Fleece Performance Engineering–prepped BorgWarner S468 turbocharger, ARP 625 cylinder-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: “This truck was wrecked when I bought it in 2012, and I have been working on it ever since. In the future, I plan to build the engine and reach my goal of making 1,000 hp with a street truck.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels 1994 F350
Pride and Joy
Year/Make/Model: ’94 Ford F-350
Owner: Lawrence Moya
Hometown: Castle Rock, Colorado
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF five-speed manual
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: Converted to four-wheel drive (’94 dualies did not come in four-wheel drive), four captain’s chairs, Pioneer stereo with flip-up screen and two amplifiers, two cameras (one for the bed and one for the bumper), custom chrome diamond-plate running boards, cab extender, four-link, air-ride suspension, custom LED running board and parking lights, LED headlights, chrome Alcoa wheels, Rhino Linings bed liner, Dynamat sound deadener, custom gauges, diamond-plate toolbox, engine bored .30 over and rebuilt by ATS Diesel Performance, Stage 1 injectors, intercooler, fire-ringed cylinder heads, performance chip, Garrett turbocharger
Owner says: “The truck has almost enough horsepower. I use it to tow a 38-foot living-quarters horse trailer and a 35-foot flatbed with 15 tons of hay on it.
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels Heavy Chevy
Heavy Chevy
Year/Make/Model: ’12 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Robert Kleinnfelter Jr
Hometown: Lake Village, Indiana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 77,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Rough Country Suspension 2.5-inch leveling kit, Banks Power Ram-Air intake system, 20-inch stock wheels, 265/65 R20 Cooper Tires Discoverer A/T3 tires
Owner says: “This truck is my daily driver and my first 2500HD. Even though I drive diesel rigs for a living, this is my first Duramax-powered pickup, and it will not be my last.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 1966 Ford
Khaki Green Ford
Year/Make/Model: ’66 Ford F-100
Owner: Martin Boissinot
Hometown: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 1,000 miles (since rebuild)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Holset HX35/40 and HX60 turbochargers, twin CP3 injection pumps, twin fuel rails, 265-percent-over fuel injectors, dual valvesprings, balanced rods, 4-inch air-to-air intercooler, ARP studs, Fuelab 250-gph lift pump, EFILive calibrations with a five-position switch
Owner says: “I bought this truck completely dismantled. The previous owner got tired of building the project. I got the frame, cab, hood, and doors—nothing else. Then I purchased a diesel-powered ’07 Dodge Ram as a donor for the mechanical parts. It is a street-legal truck that I drag race. I guess it makes around 1,000 hp and weighs 4,200 pounds, which gives it a great power-to-weight ratio.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels White Silverado
Year/Make/Model: ’03 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Brice Rekeweg
Hometown: Woodburn, Indiana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 217,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Modifications: Banks Power Ram-Air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, AirDog PF-150 lift pump, tie-rod sleeves, Pacific Performance Engineering boost valve, Dirty Hooker Diesel transmission and power-steering lines, Merchant Automotive transfer case pump upgrade and welded water pump, custom traction bars, 20x12 KMC Wheels XD Series Riot wheels, 305/55 R20 Falken Wildpeak A/T tires, Bilstein 5100 shocks, 5 percent window tint, HID headlights and cab lights
Owner says: “This truck was originally a plow truck, so while it had really bad rust, the interior looked new. I started by replacing the rocker panels and bed, and then I sandblasted and painted the whole frame. Everything was color-matched. Next, I replaced the injectors, fuel-pressure regulator, water pump, front-suspension components, shocks, starter, and rear-axle seal, along with the power-steering and transmission lines. All this was done within one year of buying the truck with 187,000 miles on it. My future plans are to install a built transmission and a BorgWarner S468 turbocharger.”



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