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Readers’ Diesels

Readers of Diesel Power Magazine submit photos to their diesels

John Lehenbauer
Jun 8, 2018
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels Big Red

Big Red

Year/Make/Model: ’01 Ford F-350
Owner: Nick Henault
Hometown: Newport, New Hampshire
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 91,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: Spectra Performance cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust with 8-inch tip, Hypertech Max Energy programmer, 2-inch leveling kit, 35x12.50 Cooper Tires Discoverer A/T3 tires
Owner says: “I’ve always been a Chevy guy, yet I have the biggest soft spot for the power and sound of a 7.3L Power Stroke!”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels Beloved LB7

Beloved LB7

Year/Make/Model: ’03 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Nick Henry
Hometown: Monument, Kansas
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 257,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products Evolution CTS2 programmer, S&B Filters cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, Nicktane Diesel Caterpillar 2-micron fuel filter adapter, Banks Power Big Head wastegate, Pacific Performance Engineering downpipe and transmission pan, Pro Comp 2.5-inch lift and shocks, 315/70R17 Hankook Tire Dynapro ATM tires
Owner Says: ”I just wanted say thanks for the great magazine! I bought this truck in June 2016 with the injectors recently replaced by new Bosch units. I love the Duramax LB7’s sound and fuel economy. For me, it’s better than a new truck at a fraction of the cost. Future plans include adding an intercooler, a BorgWarner S366 turbocharger, traction bars, head gaskets, ARP cylinder-head studs, and a built transmission.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels Franken Truck

Franken Truck

Year/Make/Model: ’73 Chevrolet Silverado K30
Owner: Paul Houck
Hometown: Waynesville, North Carolina
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: N/A
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Modifications: 5.9L Cummins I-6, Holset HX40/35 hybrid turbocharger, 100hp injectors, 4,000-rpm governor spring, 60-pound valvesprings, new fuel plate
Owner’s wife Kitina says: “My husband has always wanted a new Chevy truck but really could not ever find the one we wanted in our price range. As the kids got older, it was harder for all of us to ride in a single cab. One day, he came up with the idea that he would just build the truck he wanted. So he stretched the frame and added the crew cab with a 454 big-block and a five-speed transmission, but he couldn’t get any mileage out of it. So it was decided to go with a 12-valve Cummins. Now, it can pull anything we need, everyone can fit, and it gets great fuel mileage. Out of the 20 years he has owned the truck, it has been this way for about 3 years. It rides great and we love it.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels Maggie

Maggie the Big Silver Cummins

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: John Anderson
Hometown: Richfield, Utah
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 255,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Modifications: Industrial Injection Diesel Performance crate street engine; Thunder 330 turbocharger; Dragonfire CP3 85-percent-over injection pump; 125 hp injectors; custom-painted green engine block; FASS Fuel Systems lift pump; EFILive programmer with tuning by Starlite Diesel; S&B Filters cold-air intake; SunCoast Diesel Stage 3 transmission built by Randy’s Transmission & Auto Repair; transmission cooler; transmission lockup switch; 5-inch turbocharger-back exhaust; 10-inch tip; BDS Suspension 10-inch lift kit; Fox Factory shocks; 22-inch KMC Wheels XD wheels; 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires; Mag-Hytec front differential cover; Fusion Bumpers HD front bumper with Rigid lightbar; color-matched rear bumper and tow mirrors; Royalty Core black grille; black halo projector headlights; HID foglights; Recon smoked LED cab lights, taillights, and third brake light; LED tailgate lightbar; Rock Tamers mudflaps; green LED underglow lights; black pocket-style fender flares; window tint; black wind deflectors; nerf bars; A-pillar gauge pod; Pioneer Electronics deck; Lightning Audio 1,000-watt amplifier; two 12-inch subwoofers; green LED interior lights
Owner says: “Sure, this isn’t the best looking truck around, but it definitely has come a long way since I have owned it. I am proud of this build and hope it gets liked for what it is and what it is capable of.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels Big Black

Big Black

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: George Sims
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 300,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Modifications: 6-inch lift, 20x10 Mayhem Wheels Monstir Dually wheels, 35x12.50R20 tires, billet grille, South Bend Clutch performance clutch, Bully Dog programmer, K&N Engineering cold-air intake, 5-inch cat-back exhaust, black LED cab lights
Owner says: “It is a work truck, but it runs well. A compound-turbocharger setup and fuel modifications are coming.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels 2008 Ford F250 Sinister

Sinister Six-Four

Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-250
Owner: Brad Bittinger
Hometown: Clinton, Tennessee
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110W five-speed automatic
Odometer: 117,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Modifications: 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, 5-inch tip, ARP cylinder-head studs, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake, H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer, Sinister Diesel cold-side pipe, dress-up kit, TurboSocks Performance heat wrap, 20x12 Fuel Off-Road Maverick wheels, 305/50R20 Toyo Tires Proxes tires, Fuel Off-Road grille, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Mag-Hytec high-capacity rear differential cover, Longhorn Fab Shop traction bars, WeatherTech floor mats
Owner says: “This is my first diesel truck, and it isn’t my daily driver. I bought it with a few small modifications, and it was instantly addicting. I have done most of the work myself and am looking forward to adding more mods in the near future.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 2014 Ram 1500

Work In Progress

Year/Make/Model: ’14 Ram 1500
Owner: Michael Gault
Hometown: Nantucket, Massachusetts
Engine: 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6
Transmission: ZF eight-speed automatic
Odometer: 40,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Modifications: Green Diesel Engineering hot tune and transmission tune, two-wheel-drive low-range switch
Owner says: “These Ram trucks are amazing. I have not had one issue with the truck, with the exception of experiencing a high number of DPF regenerations due to the short distance between my workplace, the lumberyard, and home. The truck has a perfect-size engine. It heats up twice as fast as my old 24-valve Cummins. This engine should be in a lot more vehicles. It’s not that wild, but the engine is pushing first-generation Duramax numbers and digs into the torque when hooked to an 8,000-pound trailer. It is just an amazing truck for medium-sized loads. And the air suspension is fun to play with.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels 2009 Ford F250

Throttled Up

Year/Make/Model: ’09 Ford F-250
Owner: Dusty Fennell
Hometown: Freeport, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 1,600 miles
Fuel Economy: 6 mpg on the throttle/20 mpg driving like grandpa on the highway
Modifications: Functional Cervini’s Auto Designs Ram Air hood, all emblems smoothed and shaved, Standox paint, shortened frame, custom 46-gallon fuel tank, lowered 3 inches, Hellwig Products front and rear sway bars, BD Diesel Performance charged-air cooler, custom air intake, 6.0L Power Stroke exhaust manifolds with custom up-pipes, H&S Motorsports wastegate kit, Bullseye Power BatMoWheels, SCT tuner, 20-inch Rolling Big Power 96R wheels, black leather interior, suede headliner, Kicker subwoofer, stock surround sound, painted undercarriage, Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust 5-inch straight-pipe exhaust, Calvert Racing Suspension CalTracs traction bars
Owner says: “This truck is a ton of fun to cruise or go fast in. It always turns heads and stands out. There are a lot more modifications to come in the future.”