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Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Apr 1, 2019
Photographers: Readers
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My Ride

Year/Make/Model: ’02 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Raphael Dionne
Hometown: Quebec, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 388,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Built P-pump, HE351 VGT turbocharger, Fleece Performance Engineering standalone VGT controller, ARP cylinder-head studs, S&B Filters cold-air intake, 4-inch straight pipe, built transmission with lockup, low-stall torque converter, B&M shifter, 16x9 wheels, 265/75R16 tires, 2-inch leveling kit, triple-gauge A-pillar pod
Owner says: “I am 16 years old. My father bought this truck for me as a gift for getting an 85 percent final grade-point average for all of my classes at school.”
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Florida Big Horn

Year/Make/Model: ’11 Ram 2500 Big Horn
Owner: Kevin Hutchinson
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 113,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 16 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with custom tuning by Hardway Performance, S&B Filters cold-air intake, 5-inch turbocharger-back exhaust into 7-inch polished axle dump tip, dark window tint, leveling kit, polished 20x12 SOTA Offroad wheels, 305/50R20 Toyo Tires Proxes tires, smoked taillights with LED brake light strip, WeatherTech floor mats, Edge Products Insight CTS2 monitor
Owner says: “This is my third diesel truck (only type I’ve ever owned), and it seems to be the best one so far. I drive about an hour every day to work, and the truck just doesn’t skip a beat.”
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Mega Madness

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie
Owner: Tommy Langas
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 108,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Modifications: Red Devil Transmission Stage 4 billet transmission, long-box conversion, Carli Suspension Backcountry 2.0 suspension, control arms, airbags, 22-inch Alcoa Wheels shaved with big holes machined, 35x12.50R22 Toyo Tires M/T tires, Mag-Hytec front and rear differential covers, Source Automotive 63/68/14 over S400 compound turbochargers, Big Bang Injection Stage 1 injectors, ARP cylinder-head studs, custom coolant bypass, AirDog 165-gph lift pump, Retro Shop true HID headlight and LED fog lights, Duraflap mudflaps, Go Rhino six-step nerf bars, mesh grille, Mopar Ram SRT10 hood, windows tinted, painted last year with antenna shaved and Cummins logo ghosted on the hood, tuned by Gordon Lindamood at Innovative Diesel
Owner says: “I would like to thank Source Automotive, Red Devil Transmission, and the Retro Shop. I also want to dedicate this to Garret Stephans, who painted my truck and passed away in December 2018. He will surely be missed.”
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@02_7point3

Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford F-250
Owner: Kyle Jones
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 312,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: 7-inch lift, 37-inch military tires, 16.5x10 aluminum wheels, 10-inch exhausts tip, TS Performance six-position chip, Memphis Audio 10-inch subwoofers, 22-inch lightbar
Owner says: “Never enough throttle.”
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The Goat

Year/Make/Model: ’69 International Scout 800
Owner: Matt Moe
Hometown: Happy Jack, Arizona
Engine: 2.4L Mercedes-Benz I-4
Transmission: BorgWarner T18 four-speed manual
Odometer: N/A
Fuel Economy: 25-plus mpg
Modifications: Diesel-engine swap, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, 3.15 gears in the transfer case, Mercedes-Benz seats and gauges, 2.5-inch lift, bumpers, roof rack, 16-inch wheels
Owner says: “It was named ‘The Goat’ because of the gearing it has. It will pretty much climb like a mountain goat.”
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Black Pearl

Year/Make/Model: ’12 Ford F-350
Owner: Dillon Peterson
Hometown: Rogersville, Missouri
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 220,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: SCT GTX Performance programmer with custom tunes, Diamond Eye 5-inch straight pipe exhaust, Sinister Diesel turbocharger coolant feed line, S&S Diesel Motorsports CP4 injection-pump failsafe kit
Owner says: “I have gone through a lot of different trucks, mostly Dodge and Ford. I can say without a doubt, this is the best truck I have owned. Having more than 10 different trucks, I started to run out of names for my new ones. I had this truck for over a year before I finally came up with the name Black Pearl. This name is mostly for the metallic black paint Ford calls Tuxedo Black in those body styles. Not only does it look good, but it has 220,000 miles and still runs like new. It hasn’t ever left me stranded. Plus, I’ve beaten some sports cars out there that didn’t expect to be beaten by a truck.”
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Chummins

Year/Make/Model: ’02 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jason Hough
Hometown: Valdosta, Georgia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Gas-to-diesel-engine swap, automatic-to-manual-transmission, leather seats, Edge Products programmer, 100hp injectors, larger exhaust
Owner says: “I built this truck because my kids needed legroom and we are fans of the GMT 800 platform. (We also have a four-wheel-drive ’02 Chevy Suburban 2500.) So I talked to my wife and told her I wanted to build a perfect truck. I used my then daily driven ’99 Dodge Ram as a donor. It was hard to part out a good truck, but sometimes you have to sacrifice to succeed. When I return from my latest deployment, I will finish the air conditioning and perhaps lift it, but overall I feel its perfect. She is a blast to drive, gets a ton of attention, and will be with me for a long time to come.”
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Stunning Sierra

Year/Make/Model: ’07 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Evan Bryson
Hometown: Independence, Kentucky
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 76,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Modifications: K&N Engineering cold-air intake; Edge Products Insight CTS2 monitor; 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust; Rolling Big Power 4- to 6-inch exhaust tip; EFILive tuning by Danville Performance; Pro Comp 6-inch lift; 22x12 American Force Wheels Independence SS8 wheels; 35x12.50R22 Toyo Tires M/T tires; Fox Factory shocks; SpyderAuto taillights, cab lights, third brake light; color-matched mirrors; OPT7 LED lights
Owner says: “The truck has never let me down. It put down 438 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque. I have bigger plans for it over time. I would like to thank Rick Wesley for all the work performed on the truck.”

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