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Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
May 30, 2019
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Oregon Green
Year/Make/Model: '02 Ford F-250
Owner: Mark E. Walton
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 144,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 9 to 17.5 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products CTS monitor and Revolver six-position chip/switch; AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake and BladeRunner wastegate; Honda CRX 4-inch turbocharger air intake; 4-inch exhaust with 5-inch tip; Sinister Diesel high-temp intercooler boots, coolant filter, and thermostat housing; high-temp thermostat; upgraded 66/88mm turbocharger compressor wheel with new bearings; Supercell Turbos GTP38 exhaust pad (without exhaust-backpressure valve); stainless steel bellowed up-pipes; Rotomaster non-EBPV turbo pedestal; Bilstein 5160 shocks (front) and 5100 (rear); Firestone Ride-Rite rear air springs; Cree LED 50-inch lightbar; Thule roof rack with Curt Manufacturing basket; custom front grille; Skyjacker Suspensions 9299 dual steering stabilizers; Mag-Hytec transmission pan and rear differential cover; heavy-duty overdrive clutches and gears; OxGord pocket fender flares; 16-inch American Racing wheels; 315/75R16 Les Schwab Back Country A/T 10-ply tires; slotted and drilled rotors with ceramic pads; Pioneer Electronics head unit with Sirius satellite radio; PIAA headlights; Midland Radio CB radio with FireStik Antenna Company antenna; louvered fifth-wheel tailgate; new glow plugs
Owner says: "I purchased the truck used (second owner) because I had a travel trailer and was using my brother's '97 Ford F-250 to haul it. I wanted my own truck, so I did not have to rely on my brother. The truck only had 105,000 miles on it in 2011, and now it only has 144,000. I use the truck to haul my 33-foot fifth-wheel trailer and for daily driving. I could not be happier with the truck and have more modifications planned."
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Duramiss
Year/Make/Model: '16 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
Owner: Claudia Wasilewski
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 8,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: 22x10 Specialty Forged Wheels; 35-inch Nitto Tire Trail Grappler tires; Cognito Motorsports 6-inch lift; Fox Factory shocks; AMP Research PowerSteps; Royalty Core grille; Main Event emblem; custom head- and taillights paint matched with color-changing LEDs; color-matched mirrors, flares, handles, and grille trim
Owner says: "Since I was a little girl, I've always had a passion for trucks. Once I got this rig, I knew it wasn't going to stay stock for long—it was going to get fixed up and built big! I am blessed to have a boyfriend who has helped me every step of the way with my ideas and the build. A huge amount of hours have gone into this truck, and I'm proud of the results. Best of all, I get to call it mine.
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Black Beauty
Year/Make/Model: '96 Ford F-250
Owner: Kevin Lohr
Hometown: Bethesda, Ohio
Engine: 7.3L International V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
Odometer: 248,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: TS Performance six-position switch, AFE Power cold-air intake, Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch turbo-back exhaust system, Air Lift air springs, Backwoods Diesel clutch Heim-joint modification
Owner says: "Black Beauty is a decades-proven workhorse. I'm going to do some preventive maintenance work to her, like resealing the top end, installing new glow plugs, and changing the fuel tanks. She's a blast to drive around, because who doesn't like grabbing gears?"
 
Red Widow
Year/Make/Model: '14 Ford F-250
Owner: Kevin Lohr
Hometown: Bethesda, Ohio
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 Torqshift six-speed automatic
Odometer: 52,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 20 mpg
Modifications: Snyder Performance Engineering Stage 2 short-block, BorgWarner S366 turbocharger, SPE Full Lock Differential kit; Fuildampr balancer; Colt Cams Stage 1 camshaft; CP-Carrillo connecting rods; dyno tuned by Dan Snyder; Industrial Injection 33-percent-over CP4.2 injection pump; H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer; AFE Power Atlas 5-inch aluminized steel down-pipe back exhaust system with 6-inch powdercoated (Rudy Red) tip; Snow Performance MPG-Max water-methanol injection; Pro Comp ladder bars; Recon illuminated doorsills and side emblems; color-matched front and rear emblems
Owner says: "I got Red Widow brand-new and bone-stock, but it didn't take long for me to start satisfying my need for speed and more. After installing some go-fast parts myself, I knew it wasn't going to be long before new rods would be needed. I couldn't think of any other shop than Snyder Performance Engineering to trust with my truck. The crew exceeded my performance goal, laying down 734 hp and 1,328 lb-ft of torque on the dyno. I couldn't be happier with a single-turbocharged truck that drives and looks great. Each one of my rigs has its benefits, and I love them equally."
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Linus
Year/Make/Model: '07 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Tony Kruszynski
Hometown: Rock River, Wyoming
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed manual
Odometer: 210,000
Fuel Economy: 16.5 mpg
Modifications: EFILive tuning, TransGo shift kit, 5-inch exhaust system
Owner says: "For being my daily driver, this truck has plenty of power to turn some heads around my hometown. It makes about 500 hp. This is my dream truck. Since I was a young boy, I wanted a diesel pickup. So, when my grandpa bought an '06 GMC, I loved it. Following in his footsteps, I bought the '07 and couldn't be happier. This truck does everything from racing to pulling a 40-foot gooseneck flatbed trailer.
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Greene's 7.3L
Year/Make/Model: '00 Ford F-250
Owner: Brian Greene
Hometown: West Hurley, New York
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Odometer: 181,000
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: South Bend Clutch dual-disc clutch, 6-inch Rough Country Suspension system, 35x12.50R20 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, 20x12 Gear Off Road alloy wheels, DieselSite Wicked Wheel 2, BD Diesel Performance up-pipes
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Steven's F-250
Year/Make/Model: '10 Ford F-250 King Ranch
Owner: Steven Smith
Hometown: Covington, Georgia
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: Stock
Odometer: 89,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Modifications: H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer with tuning by KEM Performance South, Amsoil fluids, Banks cold-air intake, 5-inch turbo-back dual exhaust, 8-inch Pro Comp lift, Bushwacker fender flares, AMP Research PowerSteps, 38x12.50R20 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, 20-inch Fuel Off-Road Wheels Octane wheels, dual front Bilstein 5160 shocks, PMF LEDs, custom grille badge (college battle flag), HornBlasters four-horn kit
Owner says: "I bought this truck as a college graduation gift to myself in 2014 and daily drove it for three years. I regularly attend truck meets and car shows, earning titles such as Best in Class, Best Truck, Best Late Model, and Kids Choice multiple times, as well as many Top 25 trophies. Through dedication and two deployments to Afghanistan, I was recently able to pay it off early. Oddly enough, my second vehicle is an '03 Mini Cooper S."
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Rotten Pumpkin
Year/Make/Model: '94 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Samuel Miller
Hometown: Edinburg, Virginia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 287,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 24 mpg
Modifications: Custom-built transmission, 5x20 Bosch fuel injectors, 5-inch exhaust, maxed-out 215 P-pump, 64mm turbocharger, NP241DHD transfer case, AirDog II 165-gph lift pump
Owner says: "I bought this truck from the original owner back in 2009 with 115,000 miles on it. There isn't anything on this truck I haven't broken. But no matter what I do, the engine keeps on ticking—never missing a beat. From working it to death Monday through Friday to pulling/racing on Saturday and Sunday, it's been a really great rig."
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Dirty Eco
Year/Make/Model: '14 Ram 1500
Owner: Taylor Parham
Hometown: Little Suamico, Wisconsin
Engine: 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6
Transmission: ZF eight-speed automatic
Odometer: 78,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway
Modifications: Green Diesel Engineering super engine tune and transmission tune, AFE Power cold-air intake, MBRP exhaust, Diode Dynamics angle eye headlights with custom housings, leveling kit, Air Lift air springs
Owner says: "I bought the truck when it was still fairly new and there wasn't much aftermarket support. But, over the last couple of years, the aftermarket industry started to jump onboard, coming out with products to really wake these trucks up. The truck is a perfect daily driver that's still incredibly fun to play around with on the weekends. It has been extremely reliable. I've taken this truck on cross-country trips and wouldn't be afraid to do it again. The EcoDiesel engine is the best of both worlds, with its great fuel economy and plenty of power for towing. A huge shout-out goes to the guys over at Green Diesel Engineering for all the time and testing they put into this platform. Their tunes definitely make it a completely different truck."

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