Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Apr 11, 2018
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels Ruby

Ruby

Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: DJ Cox
Hometown: Lee County, Virginia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 330,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Modifications: 12-valve block bored 0.40 over; Mahle pistons, main bearings, and piston rings; 12-valve connecting rods and pushrods; upgraded valvesprings; custom camshaft; 250hp ported-and-polished injectors; chrome valve cover; Steed Speed exhaust manifold; 69mm BorgWarner Turbo Systems turbocharger; MBRP 4-inch exhaust; intake filter; 215hp P7100 injection pump; Scheid Diesel Service 0.93 fuel lines; 5,000-rpm governor spring; Fluidampr damper; Valair Diesel Performance Clutches triple-disc clutch; FASS Fuel Systems 220-gph lift pump; ½-inch fuel lines; sumped tank; GlowShift Gauges instruments; Snow Performance water-methanol injection; roll pan with hide-away hitch; LED head- and taillights
Owner says: “My buddy and I built this truck in my basement. It has all come together and fulfilled my hopes and dreams. There is still that feeling to strive for more, though! I hope to put compound turbochargers and nitrous oxide on this thing in the future. After I set the manual-six-speed record, a built automatic transmission will be going in. We call the truck Ruby, and the sky is the limit with this thing. Maybe one day you’ll see me at Diesel Power Challenge.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels Red Rocket

Red Rocket

Year/Make/Model: ’07½ GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Dante Delaney
Hometown: Essex, Maryland
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg (highway)
Modifications: Built transmission with SunCoast Diesel Transmissions internals and 1055 triple-disc torque converter, tuning by Diesels Unlimited, stock LLY turbocharger, Industrial Injection Diesel Performance 50-percent-over injectors, Pacific Performance Engineering Dual Fueler with stock CP3 injection pumps, Screamin Diesel Performance intercooler piping, torsion keys, 3-inch drop shackles with overloads removed, stock shocks, traction bars, tie-rod sleeves, Dirty Hooker Diesel centerlink steering-stabilizer brace, 20x10 Hostile Wheels Gauntlet wheels, 305/50R20 Nitto 420S tires
Owner Says: “The truck runs 11.9 seconds at 110 mph with fuel only. It has a 100-percent stock long-block with tons of abuse and is still daily driven more than 100 miles a day. I have done dozens and dozens of track passes and never had to tow the truck to or from. It’s a good-old daily driver/weekend warrior.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels Blackout

Blackout

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Tyler O’Brien
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 165,000 miles (266,000 kilometers)
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Modifications: AFE Power cold-air intake and front and rear differential covers, BD Diesel Performance intercooler and steering-box brace, Pro Comp 4-inch lift and 2-inch leveling kit, dual steering stabilizers, 20x14 Fuel Off-Road Wheels Maverick wheels, 35x12.50R20 Amp Tires, turbocharger silencer ring removed, Banks Power intake horn, Cummins exhaust brake, EFILive programmer with tuning by Motor OPS, CSP5 switch, 5-inch straight pipe to MBRP 8-inch stack, Industrial Injection Diesel Performance dual CP3 injection pumps
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and I knew specifically what I wanted. It took me nearly five years to find this truck. The modifications started shortly after I got it, and it has been a continuous process since. I plan on making this a (big) single-turbocharged truck that will have 1,000 hp.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels Clean Power

Operation: Clean Power

Year/Make/Model: ’11 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Cooper Link
Hometown: Fisherville, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 126,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Leveled suspension; 20x10 Helo wheels; 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires; Sinister Diesel intake bridge; CAT fuel-filter adapter; Snow Performance Power Max water-methanol injection; EGT, fuel pressure, and boost gauges; axle-dump exhaust with MBRP 6-inch tip; FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump
Owner says: “This is my second truck and my first diesel. Due to the strict enforcement of emissions laws in my area, I decided to keep all the smog equipment intact, because the truck is a daily driver. I’m aiming for 700 hp, but I know doing it won’t be cheap.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-350
Owner: Thomas Porter
Hometown: Temecula, California
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 183,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Garrett T38 ball-bearing turbocharger with a DieselSite Wicked Wheel 2 compressor wheel, 4-inch turbocharger-back straight pipe, Riffraff Diesel Performance bellowed up-pipes, 6.0L intercooler, AFE Power cold-air intake and filter, Dyno Proven six-position tuner, Jeff Cozy–built E4OD transmission and transfer case, Inland Empire Driveline Service upgraded driveshafts, ’14 Ford Super Duty front and rear axle swap with electric lockers, 1¼-inch Heim-joint steering and track bar, Deaver Spring leaf pack, Fabtech Motorsports 2-inch Dirt Logic bypass shocks in rear, 39x13.50R17 Toyo Tire Open Country M/T tires, 17-inch Ballistic Off-Road Jester wheels, Firestone Ride-Rite air-spring system, in-dash DVD player, Bose stereo system, AMP Research PowerSteps for Ford Super Duty, Rigid Industries LED foglights, HID headlights, AutoMeter Competition Instruments gauges
Owner says: “This truck has been in my family since it was new. My uncle bought it and then his son owned it for a little while. I bought the truck in 2005, and my dream started. This has been a one-of-a-kind project. I have been asked, ‘Would you sell it?’ a lot. This truck can never be replaced, so when I’m too old to climb in, I’ll give it to my son.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 Silverado 2500HD

A Girl’s Truck

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Kayla Daniels
Hometown: Allenton, Michigan
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 215,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: HSP Diesel 3-inch hot- and cold-side tubing, two-piece billet Y-bridge, 4-inch air intake and fabricated turbocharger mouthpiece, PCV reroute, racing fuel-rail plug, 3-inch stainless steel downpipe, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Stage 5 transmission built by HSP Diesel with parts from SunCoast Diesel Transmissions, FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, S&S Diesel Motorsports Supersport CP3 injection pump, EFILive tuning by Danville Performance, Edge Products Insight CTS monitor, 285/65R18 Toyo Tires Open Country R/T tires, Fuel Off-Road Wheels Krank wheels
Owner says: “I bought this truck completely stock and started the modification process as soon as I got it home. I do everything with this truck: haul trailers, play in the sand dunes, dirt drags, and my favorite—sled pull. This truck has been everything I hoped it would be, and I love driving it every day.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 2003 Ram

Work in Progress

Year/Make/Model: ’03 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Brandon Shaline
Hometown: Durango, Colorado
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 240,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: S&B Filters cold-air intake, frame-mounted CAT 2-micron fuel filter system, MBRP 4-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, 22x12 LRG Rims wheels, 33x12.50R22 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, tinted windows all the way around
Owner says: “My project’s name is Work in Progress, since I’m always improving her. It is by far the loudest, smoothest truck I’ve ever owned. I can’t wait to spend more money on her and start modifying the engine and transmission more. She is definitely worth the cash.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels Ford Girl

Ford Girl

Year/Make/Model: ’92 Ford F-150
Owner: Abbie Polivka
Hometown: East Haddam, Connecticut
Engine: 3.9L Cummins I-4
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 205,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: ’90 Cummins 4BT engine, intercooled Holset HX30W turbocharger with 44mm impeller, ARP cylinder-head studs, new head gasket, 3-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, 3-inch body lift, 6-inch suspension lift, Fuel Off-Road Wheels Krank wheels, 37-inch Pro Comp A/T tires, new interior carpet, custom interior lighting, fiberglass hood, heated leather seats, custom paintjob, one-of-a-kind headlights, underglow lighting, custom sound system
Owner says: “My dad built a beautiful ’75 Chevrolet K20 pickup that he bought new when he was 16. I remember always riding around with him as a little girl, dreaming of building a monster truck like his. I got this truck when I was 15 years old. It was in need of a lot of work. Being 15, all I could do was wash and wax it every day and stare at it in the front yard. I learned to drive in this truck, used it to work on the family farm, and drove it every day to high school and college. This truck became my life. Once I started learning more, I realized how rare an extended cab Flareside is. So I decided to make it even more unique and thought it would be a good father-daughter project. We started with a basic lift kit and cheap tire/wheel setup. Driving to college every day was so very expensive with poor mileage and the cost of gas, so I started looking into buying a diesel truck to get better fuel mileage. After shopping around, the more I thought about it, I couldn’t bear the thought of not driving my baby. Therefore, I decided to do a complete diesel motor swap/conversion, combining my two loves. After some research and comparing, I decided on a ’90 Cummins 4BT engine. Hardly anyone does this swap, and I wanted to take on the challenge. We kept the stock transmission, so it is unique. A lot of planning and customization went into the swap. It took many months of traveling to different scrapyards to hunt for parts, trial and error, and custom fabricating (adapters, plates, hoses, fans, and such). The swap alone took about three months.”

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