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Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Jan 3, 2018
Photographers: Readers
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Sand-Dune Ford
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Ford F-350
Owner: Sefano Savastano
Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 210,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: SCT Livewire with Extreme Street tuning by Innovative Diesel Performance, Xtreme Diesel Performance coolant filter, ARP cylinder-head studs, MBRP Performance Exhaust 4-inch exhaust and Y-pipe, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Truxx 2.5-inch leveling kit, fuel-pressure regulator blue-spring upgrade kit, 35x12.50 R18 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires
Owner says: “I bought this truck in 2012 completely stock, with 155,000 miles on it. After I added the head studs and made necessary modifications, the truck has been reliable and fun. I use it for work and weekend trips to Silver Lake Sand Dunes.”
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Low-Mileage Super Duty
Year/Make/Model: ’99 Ford F-250
Owner: Peter Abraczinskas
Hometown: Catawissa, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Odometer: 90,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 to 21 mpg
Modifications: KT Performance programmer, K&N Engineering cold-air intake, MBRP Performance Exhaust 4-inch exhaust, Rough Country Suspension Systems 2.5-inch leveling kit and steering stabilizers, repositioned front bumper, Raptor-style grill, ’06 Ford Harley-Davidson–edition headlights, Go Rhino! Products roof rack, 17x9 Gear Alloy Wheels Manifold wheels, Innovative Creations Inc. Magnum steps, LED lighting
Owner Says: ”What started as $95 worth of paint transformed this ’99 Super Duty into what it is today. The clearcoat was flaking off with every wash, so we decided to paint it. The truck was super clean and straight with only 74,000 miles when we started. All the work was done in three months.”
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Iron 12-Valve
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Nicholas Jones
Hometown: Finleyville, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 194,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 17 mpg
Modifications: ARP cylinder-head studs, O-ringed head, 60-pound valvesprings, ISSPRO gauges, P-pump modifications, BD Diesel Performance intercooler, 4-inch exhaust into an 8-inch cat stack, Goerend Transmission custom valvebody, triple-disc torque converter, billet output shaft built by Brian Wilson, 2-inch leveling kit, custom Deep Blue Sapphire paint, Iron Cross Automotive front and back bumpers, 17-inch Rebel Racing wheels, Toyo Tires Open Country A/T tires
Owner says: “I bought the truck when I was 16 years old as an R-title (reconstructed title) vehicle. The truck was originally two-tone green with a typical Rust Belt body. I’m happy to say this 20-year-old truck is now rust-free and running like a champ. I have my eyes set on a compound-turbocharger setup next. The factory Holset Turbochargers HX35 turbo will look good as a garage ornament.”
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Daily Driven LBZ
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
Owner: Adam Alcorn
Hometown: West Elkton, Ohio
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 187,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 22.5 mpg
Modifications: TransGo SK Allison-Jr Shift Kit, EFILive DSP5 switch, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, cold-air intake, 20x12 wheels
Owner says: “I’m 22 years old and live on a small farm in West Elkton, Ohio. My truck is driven about 100 miles a day to work. I have owned it for about 2 years, and it is fully loaded. I plan to add a 6-inch lift and traction bars.”
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Home-Built Dodge Ram
Year/Make/Model: ’04 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Al Broker
Hometown: Woodville, Wisconsin
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 203,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 11 to 12 mpg
Modifications: Triple Holset Turbochargers HX35 turbo setup; Ducky Fuel Injection 5x016 injectors; modified P7100 injection pump with 191 delivery valves, rack plug, and 4,000-rpm governor-spring kit; Aeromotive A1000 lift pump; Beans Diesel Performance fuel sump; Hamilton Cams camshaft, tappets, and extreme-duty pushrods; ARP hardware throughout the engine; South Bend Clutch dual-disc clutch; cryogenic-treated transmission internals; 5-inch exhaust into a 6-inch shotgun stack; 60-inch traction bar; PSC Motorsports steering stabilizer; AutoMeter Competition Instruments gauges, Recon exterior lights
Owner says: “I bought this truck originally with a 5.7L Hemi (with a rod knocking) and automatic transmission. I got it home, started the engine swap, and two years later, I drove it out of the garage under its own power. I spent countless hours fabricating everything myself. I’m a heavy-duty diesel mechanic by trade, so I built the engine, transmission, and transfer case by myself, minus the machine work.”
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Year/Make/Model: ’98 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Eric Branham
Hometown: Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 421,000 kilometers (262,000 miles)
Fuel Economy: 7 mpg
Modifications: Trussed Ford kingpin Dana 60 front axle, 4.10 gears, front and rear lockers, 15-inch Ram SRT-10 brakes, NP271 transfer case, compound turbochargers (BorgWarner Turbo Systems S363SXE into a BorgWarner S478), steel wastegate manifold, 13mm P7100 injection pump, Dynomite Diesel Products Super Mental Injectors, ARP 425 cylinder-head studs, Mahle Industries big-bowl pistons, Turbosmart 44mm external wastegate, Manton Pushrods pushrods, Hamilton Cams beehive valvesprings, 5-inch dual exhaust, 5-inch aluminum driveshaft, Evolution Machining & Fabrication front-end components (including high-steer kit)
Owner says: “What originally started as swapping the front fenders out turned into much, much more. I couldn’t exactly go online and buy a kingpin Dana 60 swap kit, so everything had to be fabricated in my garage. That wasn’t nearly as hard as it could have been, thanks to the aid of a plasma table. It took about 6 months to get it all finished. I’ve replaced far more things than I should have. Ultimately, I built the truck to be fun, overbuilt, and as a test to show off my skills. There are all sorts of little additions that can’t be seen. I documented what I could on my Instagram account.”
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LML Love
Year/Make/Model: ’16 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali
Owner: John Gillinger
Hometown: Oxford, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 6,200 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Cognito Motorsports 4- to 6-inch lift; 22x12 Fuel Off-Road forged wheels; 35-inch Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires; PPEI EZ-Lynk programmer; MBRP Performance Exhaust 3-inch downpipe with Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust 5-inch exhaust tubing; FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump; Exergy Performance CP3 injection-pump conversion; Wehrli Custom Fabrication Y-bridge; cold-air intake, intercooler piping, and coolant tank all powdercoated Illusion Cherry to match the Garnet Red Metallic paint; color-matched fender flares and tailgate handle; ’17 Sierra-style hood
Owner says: “I have always been a Dodge person, but when I drove one of these LMLs, I had to have one. Of course, it had to be a Denali package. I have only had the truck for a year, so the list of modifications I will be doing goes on and on.”
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Continuing Upgrades
Year/Make/Model: ’04 GMC 2500HD
Owner: Eli Lawson
Hometown: Nitro, West Virginia
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 175,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 20 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by DuramaxTuner.com, S&B Filters cold-air intake, MBRP Performance Exhaust 3-inch downpipe and 4-inch exhaust tubing, Pacific Performance Engineering boost valve, Mag-Hytec differential cover and transmission pan, 18-inch Method Race Wheels wheels with 285/65 R18 Michelin LTX A/T2 tires, Ziebart International undercoating, PureFlow AirDog 100-gph lift pump, Cobra Classic CB radio
Owner says: “I bought this truck three years ago, and the injectors went out after a couple of months of owning it. Since then, I have been slowly adding things (bodywork and TLC). I pull my fifth-wheel camper and tractor with the truck, and it does an amazing job. The diesel bug has bit me hard. The only problem is money; I just don’t have enough of it to do what I really want to do. It’s been a big learning curve, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.”



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