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Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Feb 6, 2018
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels 2003 Silverado 2500HD
Durable Duramax
Year/Make/Model: ’03 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Anthony Baggiano
Hometown: Rocky Point, New York
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 145,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Rough Country Suspension Systems 6-inch lift, 20x12 Fuel Offroad Maverick wheels, 35-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires, MBRP 5-inch exhaust, Pacific Performance Engineering Hot +2 programmer, K&N Engineering cold-air intake, Bilstein 5700 shocks, custom rear bumper with LED lights, 2.5-inch steel cowl hood, color-matched everything
Owner says: “I have owned this truck for five years, and it has never given me a problem or left me stranded. Whether hauling my trailer or racing down the track, it has always been reliable at getting the job done and taking me where I need to go. I have always had a love for the Duramax engine. So when I saw the truck for sale, I instantly knew I had to have it. I have put in a lot of time, work, and care into this truck, and I’m confident it shows.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels 1999 Ram 2500
Financial Mistake
Year/Make/Model: ’99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Justin Lindeman
Hometown: Lindsay, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 58,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 1,000 smiles per gallon
Modifications: Ferrell Diesel Service Stage 3 P7100 injection pump (450cc); 5,000-rpm governor spring kit; 7mm delivery valves; 27-degrees timing; Vulcan Diesel Performance P-pump dual-feed hose; JP Diesel .078-inch conversion fuel lines; Haisley Machine billet cam-gear retainer; BD Diesel Performance killer dowel pin retainer; Hamilton Cams 110-pound valvesprings; Maxspool Engineering pushrods; ported, polished, O-ringed cylinder head; three-angle valve job; Ducky Fuel Injection 7x0.012 injectors, Beans Diesel Performance fuel-tank sump; FASS Fuel Systems Titanium 240-gph lift pump; Snow Performance Stage 2 water-methanol injection; Stainless Diesel exhaust manifold; Billet Turbochargers compound turbochargers 62/68/14 over 475/96/1.32; 5-inch exhaust into SoFlo Diesel 7-inch miter-cut stack; BD Diesel Performance intercooler; Vulcan Diesel Performance VPMax intercooler boots; Derale Performance dual 14-inch electric fans; passenger battery delete; grid-heater delete; Edge Products CTS2 with EAS boost, pyro, fuel pressure, drive pressure, and primary turbo-boost sensors; Valair Performance Diesel Clutches Quiet Ceramic dual-disc clutch and 1 3/8-inch input shaft; lowered 3 inches in the rear; Calvert Racing Suspension CalTracs traction bars; 20x10 Fuel Offroad Revolver wheels; 305/50 R20 Nitto 420S tires; Ram Sport front-clip conversion
Owner Says: “This truck was bone-stock when I bought it from the 78-year-old original owner for $5,500. It still had the factory exhaust. The head gasket let go, and while the head was off, I decided it was time to do a P7100 injection-pump conversion. Then one thing led to another, and thanks to a lot of peer pressure, I decided to empty all my pockets and build a solid 750hp daily-driven street fighter. An automatic transmission swap with billet shafts, a manual valvebody, and a stock-stall, billet, triple-disc torque converter are on the list, since the NV4500 manual gearbox is on borrowed time with this much power on tap. Also, some good drag radials will help with traction on the track.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 Ram 3500
Big Horn
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 3500 Big Horn
Owner: Brian Beck
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 184,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14.5 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Custom front bumper and cowl hood; Recon headlights, cab lights, and third brake light; flatbed by SilverLake Manufacturing; AutoMeter Competition Instruments C2 pyrometer, boost, and transmission gauges; Dropstar Wheels 645B wheels; 245/65R20 Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels Fun Country tires; ProComp traction bars; Mag-Hytec front and rear differential covers; one-piece 5-inch driveshaft; Sulastic rear shackles; BD Diesel Performance upper and lower control arms; track bar; sway bar; Borgeson steering box with stabilizer; Dynatrac HD ball joints; South Bend Clutch dual-disc clutch; Banks Power cold-air charger with piping; Monster-Ram intake; ATS Diesel Performance Twin Fueler CP3 injection-pump kit; Aurora Plus 5000 compound-turbocharger system; EFILive programmer; ARP cylinder-head studs; Dynomite Diesel Products injectors with 90hp nozzles; FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump with dual heating elements; Beans Diesel Performance fuel-tank sump; Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust turbo-back 5-inch exhaust; Twister race muffler; Pacbrake PRXB exhaust brake; Filtration Solutions Worldwide FS-2500 oil-filter-bypass system; Sinister Diesel coolant-filtration system
Owner says: “I ordered this truck in 2006 after owning three diesel-powered Fords. This one felt like a sports car compared to the others. So, I added the Banks Power Big Hoss bundle after engine break-in. And then, at 137,000 miles, I took it to ATS Diesel Performance for some major upgrades. It pulls my gooseneck like a freight train and can blow the doors off an Audi. When I get too old to push the clutch in, I will convert it to an automatic. I plan on driving this truck until the day I die.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels 1997 Ram 2500
Pride and Joy
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Mark Miller
Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 286,000 miles (460,000 kilometers)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: BD Diesel Performance twin R650 turbochargers, 60hp injectors, FASS Fuel Systems lift pump, Banks Power Twin-Ram intake, short shift kit, intercooler, stainless steel exhaust manifold, 4-inch downpipe, 5-inch exhaust, Carli Suspension 3-inch lift, crossover T-style steering linkage, fuel plate
Owner’s wife says (information submitted by Mark’s wife, Shereen): “My father-in-law rolled this truck off the lot in 1997. When he decided to buy a new truck and sell the 12-valve, my husband couldn’t let him. My husband sold his absolutely cherry first-generation ’93 Dodge to buy his old man’s truck. To make a long story short, this truck went from an all-stock, thumb-sucking, grocery-gettin’, manure-treading farm truck, to a mean, green killing machine. Every part of this truck has been looked over, upgraded, boosted, and caressed ever so gently by Mark Miller.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels 2001 Sierra 2500HD
The Unnamed Truck
Year/Make/Model: ’01 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Kevin Radigan
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 130,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 to 24 mpg
Modifications: ProComp leveling kit, gas-adjustable shocks, 17x9 Fuel Offroad Hostage wheels, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch straight pipe, EFILive programmer with tuning by Idaho Rob at Adrenaline Truck Performance, Edge Products Insight CTS2, FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, various cosmetic upgrades
Owner says: “What I have done so far is just the beginning. I’m saving money for some transmission work and cylinder-head studs, so I will be able to push more horsepower safely. She’s my baby and my daily driver, so I can’t go and blow her up.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels 1991 D250
One of Two
Year/Make/Model: ’91 Dodge D250
Owner: Jim Jackson
Hometown: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: A-727 three-speed automatic
Odometer: 250,000 kilometers (156,000 miles)
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: Carpet removed, cab floor sprayed with bedliner, new paint
Owner says: “I bought this truck new in 1991 to work on my greenhouse farm. It had a cargo cap on it, and I would ship flower baskets and bedding plants to garden centers. After I retired from farming, I gave the truck a high-quality paintjob. I only use it for cruising and local car shows now. I own two of these trucks; both were used on the farm. When I retired, the white truck got the detailing and the other truck got the hot-rod mods. I think I have the best of both worlds.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 2002 F350
Blue Streak
Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford F-350
Owner: William Garing
Hometown: Butler, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Odometer: 98,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, pyrometer, Mishimoto intercooler, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake, Diamond Eye Performance stainless steel 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust with MBRP 6-inch tip, intercooler-pipe foil delete, Spyder halo headlights and foglights, cowl-induction hood, T-Rex Grilles X-metal grille.
Owner says: “I have always wanted a first-generation Ford Super Duty and especially a 7.3L-powered rig. I found this one, all stock and in beautiful shape, with a manual transmission. I only had it 6 months when it caught on fire due to an extension-cord fault. Since then, I have had the glow plugs fixed so it doesn’t need to be plugged in anymore. Needless to say, the fire did not discourage me from keeping such a great truck.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels 2016 F250
Big Red
Year/Make/Model: ’16 Ford F-250
Owner: Mike Walker
Hometown: Hayes, Virginia
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 20,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 18 mpg
Modifications: ReadyLift SST lift kit, 20x10 Fuel Offroad Moab wheels, 34-inch Toyo Tires AT2 tires, HID headlights, LED lighting, Rigid Industries 20-inch lightbar, Kicker door speakers
Owner says: “This is my dream truck. It is a constant work in progress, and I haven’t even touched the engine yet. Mods, mods, and more mods on the way.”



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