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Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Mar 15, 2019
Photographers: Readers
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Greg’s GMC

Year/Make/Model: ’03 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Greg Gerken
Hometown: Granada Hills, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 153,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg empty/9 to 12 mpg towing
Modifications: FASS Fuel Systems 95-gph lift pump, PPE fuel pickup, EFILive with tuning from ATP Trucks, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Titan Fuel Tanks 52-gallon tank
Owner says: “I’m keeping this truck for a long time. I bought this from the dealership as the original owner. The truck tows my 29-foot fifth-wheel trailer and boat, goes four-wheeling, and drag races. After having my fourth set of injectors start to go bad, I had an ’06 6.6L Duramax LLY engine from RPM Motorsports transplanted. The power is much better than the LB7’s was.”
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Ole Blue

Year/Make/Model: ’99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Cody Wright
Hometown: Centerburg, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 240,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: AirDog 150-gph lift pump, 5-inch exhaust, 150hp injectors, 110-pound valvesprings, titanium pushrods, Valair Performance Diesel Clutches ceramic clutch, BorgWarner S366 turbocharger, S&B Filters cold-air intake, 60-inch track bars, Rough Country Suspension Systems suspension, Mag-Hytec differential cover, 16x10 Eagle Alloy wheels
Owner Says: “This is my second Dodge Ram 2500. I’ve grown up with these trucks, and as far back as I can remember my father has had a ’97 Dodge with a 12-valve Cummins engine. I was about 11 years old when I fell in love with them. I am currently 18 and planning on going to college at UNOH in Lima, Ohio, to become a diesel mechanic/engineer.”
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Red Bull Nose

Year/Make/Model: ’95 Ford F-250
Owner: Austin Piper
Hometown: Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 151,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 15 mpg
Modifications: ’86 bull-nose Ford F-Series body swap, Super Duty intercooler and piping, custom intake-plenum Y-pipe and turbocharger compressor outlet, AFE Power cold-air intake, Power Hungry Performance Hydra Chip with tuning by 1023 Diesel, twin-disc torque converter, Diamond Eye Performance 3-inch downpipe, custom 6-inch stack, GlowShift Gauges pillar- and column-mounted gauges, Super Duty bucket seats, custom center console, Chevrolet Tahoe overhead console, late-model Chevrolet pickup tow mirrors, 16x10 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Classic II wheels, 285/75R16 Nitto Tire tires, Rockford Fosgate speakers, 10-inch subwoofer, and amplifier
Owner says: “My truck is a ’95 Ford F-250 I bought from my uncle for only $250. When I got the truck, it was only a drivetrain and cab, so a lot of work was required to get it done. The truck was mainly used for snowplowing, so the frame was replaced with a sandblasted and painted chassis. Since it needed a body, I decided to go a different route. I always liked the ’95 body style, but it wasn’t my favorite. I decided to use an ’86 bull-nose body. The swap draws a lot of interest, because the only diesel Ford offered in ’86 was a nonturbo IDI. Some people don’t believe it has a 7.3L Power Stroke engine until I pop the hood or they hear the exhaust. I did all the work on the truck myself, from the engine to the paint and body. I have about two years into building it. All the work was done in a one-car garage, so it made some things difficult, but now that it’s done it was definitely worth the hard work. I couldn’t have done it without help from some great friends and family.”
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Monty the Ram

Year/Make/Model: ’03 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Michaela Gulczynski
Hometown: East Troy, Wisconsin
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 200,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 22 mpg
Modifications: Smarty Performance King Smarty programmer, 5-inch straight pipe exhaust to 8-inch stack, 6-inch lift, 35-inch Nitto Tire Mud Grappler tires, 17x12.5 Fuel Off-Road wheels, GlowShift Gauges pillar-mounted gauges, K&N Engineering cold-air intake
Owner says: “As a little girl, I always dreamed of having a dark blue, jacked-up truck with a stack. This truck truly is a dream that came true. Some may think nothing of it, but to me it is a reflection of hard work, persistence, and patience. It is my first vehicle and also my daily driver. His name is Montgomery (Monty). I hope to pull with him after I install a new turbocharger, fuel injectors, and a custom traction bar.”
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Dream Truck

Year/Make/Model: ’12 Ford F-250
Owner: Cody Amspacher
Hometown: Glenville, Pennsylvania
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: N/A
Odometer: 106,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/20 mpg hwy
Modifications: No Limit Fabrication Stage 2 cold-air intake, SCT Livewire TS+ programmer/monitor, AFE Power BladeRunner cold-side intercooler pipe, XDP 6.7L coolant filtration system, Magnaflow filter-back exhaust pipe with muffler, Mag-Hytec oil pan, BDS Suspension 2.5-inch radius arm leveling kit, 18x9 Anthem Off-Road Enforcer wheels, 35x12.50R18 Toyo Tire Open Country R/T tires
Owner says: “I bought my dream truck after returning home from a deployment. It was completely bone stock, and I began upgrading it not long after buying it. The truck is a daily driven work rig that gets the job done with no problem—it’s also fun for just driving on and off the street. I’ve had a few performance upgrades done, but there still is more to do to get it to the power level I want. The stock turbocharger has been problem-free (knocking on wood), but the next upgrade is going to be a Maryland Performance Diesel “budget” turbo kit with the BorgWarner 364.5 SX-E turbo and MPD’s intercooler piping.”
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Rocky Mountain Outlaw

Year/Make/Model: ’07 Ford F-250
Owner: Bartolomeo Panella
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 128,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 12 mpg
Modifications: Carli Suspension 4.5-inch Pintop 2.5 lift kit, 20x9 Fuel Off-Road Vapor wheels, 37x12.50R20 Cooper Tires STT Pro tires, Garrett PowerMax turbocharger with a DieselSite Wicked Wheel, 4-inch MBRP cat-back exhaust, Bullet Proof Diesel EGR, ARP cylinder-head studs, SCT programmer with Gearhead Tuning SRL+, Edge Products Insight CTS2 monitor, Baja Designs 30-inch high-power lightbar, 10-inch Pioneer Electronics subwoofers and five-channel amplifier
Owner says: “I dreamed of building this truck since I was a kid, and it is still surreal when I see it in the parking lot and realize it’s mine. The ride is incredible with the Carli suspension, and it definitely moves down the road when I ask it to. The 6.0L Ford Power Stroke engine often gets a bad rap, but those who own and properly maintain them know how awesome they can be. I meticulously researched for four years prior to doing all the upgrades—so watching the transformation was extremely gratifying. The truck is a blast to drive, and I’m always grinning ear to ear when I’m behind the wheel.”
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Work in Progress

Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Josh Gisiger
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 25 mpg
Modifications: EFILive with tuning by Danville Performance; Garrett 4094 turbocharger; Screamin Diesel Performance billet Y-bridge; Limitless Diesel–built transmission; SunCoast Diesel Transmissions 1078 torque converter; PPE up-pipes, manifolds, and front end; AirDog II 165-gph lift pump; 5-inch MBRP stainless exhaust; Reaper Performance Diesel traction bars; Rancho Performance Suspension & Shocks 9000XL shocks; 20x9 SOTA Offroad Novakane wheels with Nitto Tire NT420S tires
Owner says: “I bought this truck bone-stock when I was 18 years old. After saving the money and making the purchase, I told myself I wouldn’t put another dime into it, as it was the largest purchase I had ever made. Boy, was I wrong in thinking I would keep it stock! When the stock turbocharger malfunctioned, I looked at prices of direct replacements and that’s when I decided to just upgrade. I do all the work on my truck, so I save money that way. One thing led to another and the next thing you know, I was buying a built transmission and custom tuning to accommodate the added air. It really just got addicting, like buying pieces to a puzzle. I’m not sure how much maximum horsepower my truck puts out with the fifth ECM tune, but Tune 4 resulted in 617 hp and 1,033 lb-ft of torque.
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Baby Blue

Year/Make/Model: ’00 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Isaac Glover
Hometown: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 100,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 22 mpg
Modifications: Fox Factory 2.0 shocks, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake, Banks Power Monster Ram, Edge Products Competition Juice with Attitude CS2 monitor, BD Diesel Performance Stealth Plate, 4-inch MBRP exhaust, 50hp injectors, FASS Fuel Systems 165-gph lift pump, 17-inch Fuel Off-Road Octane wheels, 35-inch Ironman tires, aftermarket headlights and taillights
Owner says: “This truck originally had a gas V-8 engine I swapped with a rebuilt 24-valve 5.9L Cummins. I have been hooked ever since. It has taken a lot of work to bring this truck to its present level, but I hope to improve it more and eventually add compound turbochargers.”



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