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Readers’ Rides

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Jan 31, 2019
Photographers: Readers
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Betty White

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-250
Owner: David Keyser
Hometown: Roxboro, North Carolina
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 162,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 city/21 highway mpg
Modifications: TS Performance 6-position chip, custom S&B Filters cold-air intake, 3-inch downpipe to 4-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, custom traction bars, E-fuel
Owner says: “It is my first truck and I got it from an older man in Florida that took amazing care of it. I worked hard all through school trying to make it reflect more of myself. I put Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Classic III wheels on it with 305/70R16 Nitto Tire Terra Grappler tires. The traction bars are from an ’06 GM pickup that I reworked to fit my truck. I installed new headlights, grille, bed cover, tinted the windows, and replaced every light with LEDs. My future plans are to add Stage 1.5 injectors and a DieselSite Wicked Wheel in the turbocharger, while continuing to drive it everyday.”
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Lemon Drop

Year/Make/Model: ’83 Mercedes-Benz 240D
Owner: Alex Arellano
Hometown: Show Low, Arizona
Engine: 2.4L OM616 I-4
Transmission: 722.4 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 215,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg
Modifications: None
Owner Says: “I love these old Mercedes diesels. My grandpa gave me this car and I thought it would be cool to put it in a magazine. It makes 71 hp and about 100 lb-ft of torque. These cars are used all over the world as taxis, and the 240D holds the world record for the most miles on a passenger car at 3 million miles. The car that made this record is a 240D taxi in Pakistan.”
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White Lightning

Year/Make/Model: ’00 Ford F-250
Owner: Thomas Duran
Hometown: Bernalillo, New Mexico
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 159,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 19 mpg
Modifications: Pro Comp 2-inch lift in the front; Rancho Performance Suspension & Shocks RS9000 shocks; Fox Factory ATS steering stabilizer; 315/75R16 Pro Comp A/T Sport tires; CFM Motorsports carbon-fiber intake; Banks Power BigHead wastegate; Edge Products Juice with Attitude CTS monitor; AFE Power transmission and rear differential cover; 4-inch straight exhaust; ’10 Ford Super Duty rear tailgate, rear bumper, and mirrors
Owner says: “This is my third 7.3L-powered truck. I enjoy the third generation of the 7.3L family. My first was an ’88 Ford F-250. I use my truck to pull large 15,000-plus-pound loads. I haven’t had to replace or rebuild anything major on it so far. I’m working on an ’81 Ford F-150 that will have a 3.8L Cummins engine.”
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Black OBS

Year/Make/Model: ’96 Ford F-350
Owner: Nels Woods
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
Odometer: 125,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway
Modifications: GlowShift Gauges boost, EGT, oil-pressure, and fuel-pressure gauges; blue LED dash lights; smoked cab-, third-brake, and taillights; S&B Filters cold-air intake; 3-inch downpipe to 4-inch MBRP exhaust into 7-inch tip; ceramic-coated heavy-duty clutch; 16-inch Moto Metal MO951 wheels; 35-inch Ironman Tires All Country M/T tires; suspension leveling kit
Owner says: “I always love seeing other people’s rides in Diesel Power’s Readers’ Diesels section. When I purchased the truck, it was bone stock, and I have since added aftermarket parts to wake the old girl up but kept it extremely reliable. It has every maintenance record in a book since it was purchased new on March 22, 1996. It routinely gets me back and forth from Texas every month. Minnesota snow is not a problem for this truck, and the neighbors love the exhaust. I don’t drive the truck hard, but it’s not a trailer queen. When put to work, it gets the job done.”
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The Beast

Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Seth Smith
Hometown: Bolivar, Missouri
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 202,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: 175hp injectors, 5-inch AFE Power exhaust into 10-inch axle-dump tip, cold-air intake, custom-painted valve cover, Edge Products Juice with Attitude and Insight CTS2 monitor, FASS Fuel Systems, 5-inch Superlift Suspension lift kit, 22x12 Vision Wheels Rocker wheels custom painted blue and black, chrome spiked lug nuts, 35x12.50R22 Gladiator Tires X-Comp M/T tires, Overkill Fabrication mesh grille, fourth-generation bumper, RGB Lights rock and wheel lights, custom headlights, four-horn train horn
Owner says: “It was my dad’s work truck before it got badly beat up with lots of rust, and he bought a new one. He gave me the truck and we spent a lot of time out in the driveway building this thing. We did everything ourselves other than the paint. It’s been a long adventure, but I still plan on doing more. I can’t wait to see how it eventually turns out when it’s exactly how I want it. I’m more than pleased with it.”
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Black Betty

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Larry Mize
Hometown: Clemmons, North Carolina
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 185,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Modifications: Pioneer Electronics 4800 head unit; Alpine Electronics component amplifier; JBL 6.5-inch speakers all around; Dynamic Control Dynamat insulation in all doors; 10-inch Kicker Comp subwoofer with 200-watt amp; AutoMeter Competition Instruments gauges; AFE Power intake; MBRP exhaust system; Diamond Eye Performance downpipe; Pro Fabrication up-pipes, 3-inch cold- and hot-side piping, and Y-bridge; BD Diesel Performance high-idle and driver-side exhaust manifold; Danville Performance–prepared BMW 3794 Stg2R Garrett turbocharger; ARP cylinder-head studs; PVC reroute; AirDog 150-gph Raptor lift pump; 6-inch lift; Bilstein 5100 shocks; Kryptonite Products tie rods; Moog XD pitman and idler arms; Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings; Cognito Motorsports sway bar links; EFILive with tuning by Mark Broviak at Danville Performance; paint by Scott Winfield at The Paint Shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; headlights retrofitted with Morimoto H1 projectors by Jeremy at The Retroshop
Owner says: “I bought the truck several years ago and love driving it every day. After blowing a head gasket, my brother-in-law (Rob Smith) and I tore the engine out of the truck, replaced a few things, and had a great time working on it. It is a continual project, but I hope one day I can hand this truck down to my son.”
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Work in Progress

Year/Make/Model: ’93 Dodge W250
Owner: Lane Younker
Hometown: Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 200,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: 6-inch custom hood stack, 4-inch intake, homemade traction bars and mounts
Owner says: “Surprisingly, the truck has no rust. It runs great and I’ve been trying to take it to some sled pulls, but not sure how the hood stack will fly. I definitely want to see what she will do!”
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Pride of Idaho

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Remington Beus
Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 175,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: 90hp Diesel Auto Power injectors, zero fuel plate, 4,000-rpm governor spring, 18 degrees of timing, 4-inch straight pipe, 63mm turbocharger, Bilstein 5100 shocks, LT275/70R18 Mastercraft Tires Courser AXT tires, Incubus Wheels
Owner says: “It has been a very reliable old 12-valve 5.9L Cummins engine. It is a fun street and track truck.”