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Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Oct 4, 2019
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Turtle Power
Year/Make/Model: '87 AM General M998 HMMWV (Humvee)
Owner: Justin Massey
Hometown: Monteagle, Tennessee
Engine: 6.5L General Motors V-8
Transmission: TH400 three-speed automatic
Odometer: 33,000 miles
Fuel Economy: Depends on whether you are going up the mountain or down.
Modifications: New soft top and doors; bedliner paint; LED turn signals; corner markers and taillights; new front, and rear light buckets, reflectors; new bucket seats, restraints; rails, bows and C-pillar; 37x12.50R16.5 Military OZ radial tires
Owner says: "This has been a fun project. My wife and I appreciate the truck's versatility. We can be seen at The Caverns (a venue for bluegrass underground) or riding trails at the Adventure Offroad Park."
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Never Finished
Year/Make/Model: '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Tanner Howard
Hometown: Bethel, Ohio
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 155,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Modifications: Kenwood double-DIN head unit, Kicker 600-watt door speakers, 5 percent tint, chrome headlight housings, Spyder LED taillights, Boost Auto Parts '15 Silverado tow mirrors, color-matched Cadillac Escalade door handles, color-matched front bumper,'07 Silverado grille, RPI Diesel Stage 2 5-inch intake, ARP cylinder-head studs, Duramax LBZ CP3 injection pump, -inch PPE fuel feed line kit, FASS Fuel Systems Titanium 165-gph lift pump, Beans Diesel Performance fuel tank sump kit, PCV reroute, MBRP 3-inch downpipe, MagnaFlow 5-inch exhaust, 22x10 Fuel Off-Road wheels, Nitto Tire Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: "When I first got this truck, it was nothing like it is today. With the help of some great friends (Craig Gardner), it's been transformed into the truck it is today. Working on it has given me the opportunity to learn more and more about the diesel industry and grow my passion for diesels. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the build!"
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Heavy Chevy
Year/Make/Model: '12 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Justin Nelson
Hometown: Durham, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 75,000 miles
Fuel Economy: Bad
Modifications: 6-inch lift, 35-inch Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, Mag-Hytec rear differential cover, Banks DPF-back exhaust, Go Rhino front bumper, Warn Industries 12,000-pound winch, Bradford Built flatbed
Owner says: "This Chevy has been a great pickup! I would love to do some more mods, but living in California kind of limits my options."
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Big Blue
Year/Make/Model: '17 Ford F-350
Owner: Mike Walker
Hometown: Edenton, North Carolina
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 30,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: Bully Dog programmer, Fox Factory shocks, LED headlight replacement, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Focal door speakers, Pioneer Electronics dual subwoofer box, amplifier, LED taillights and brake lights, 20x10 American Force Wheels, 37x12.50R20 Nitto Tire Ridge Grappler tires, 1-inch front bumper spacer, ReadyLift Suspensions 2.5-inch leveling kit, bedliner, floorboard interior LED lights, AMP Research PowerStep electric running boards
Owner says: "Big Blue is my daily driver and a work in progress!"
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Blue Angel
Year/Make/Model: '07 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Kevin Borough
Hometown: Stafford, Virginia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 78,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Modifications: BorgWarner S475 compound turbochargers prepared by Maximized Performance, Exergy 100-percent over injectors, 10mm CP3 injection pump, Glacier Diesel Performance Fuel Boss mechanical lift-pump system, Farmboys Diesel Performance 5-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, Calvert Racing CalTracs traction bars, CFM Plus intake manifold, ARP 425 cylinder-head studs, Hamilton Cams valvesprings and pushrods, EFILive programmer with tuning by Anarchy Diesel Performance, Retro Shop HID headlights, 2-micron filter/water separator, stock fuel-filter delete, Fleece Performance Engineering coolant bypass, sport bumper
Owner says: "My father and I bought this truck new in 2007, and it wasn't long before the power bug bit me. The next thing you know, we were taking the truck to dragstrips to see what she could do. Fast was never fast enough, and the old girl quickly turned into a track monster."
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Ole Girl
Year/Make/Model: '02 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Gary Neisen
Hometown: Clayton, Illinois
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 218,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 18 mpg
Modifications: S&B Filters cold-air intake, Silverline Stainless Steel Exhaust 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, Edge EZ tuner, third-generation Ram wheels, Nitto Tires, 4.10 gears
Owner says: "I love driving the Ole Girl. I would like to upgrade the turbo, injectors, and camshaft along with adding a TST Products PowerMax 3 turbo. Being married with children, let's be honest: This will only happen when my wife approves."
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Lovin' 6.0L Power Strokes
Year/Make/Model: '06 Ford F-250
Owner: Cody Bulifant
Hometown: Manchester, Michigan
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 170,000
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Frame cut 16 inches; River City Diesel Performance Stage 2 camshaft; high-rev valvesprings; Bullet Proof Diesel oil-cooler-delete plate; DIY remote oil filter; cooler; Mishimoto radiator, intercooler, boots, tubes; No Limit Fabrication cold-air intake; Odawgs Diesel Stage 3 intake manifold; log-style exhaust manifolds; Xtreme Diesel Performance regulated return; 6.7L fuel pump; Racer's Choice Inc racing fuel cell; Windrunner Performance Engineering one-piece up-pipes; Garrett Powermax turbocharger; KC Turbos compressor wheel; Fel-Pro cylinder-head gaskets; ARP 425 studs; DNR Customs traction bars; Yukon Gear & Axle Grizzly locker; DJM Suspension 3-to-5-inch lowering kit; QA1 double-adjustable rear shocks; 20x12 wheels; Nitto Tire NT420S tires
Owner says: "I built this truck from the ground up. Everything done was recorded on YouTube. Check out the channel 'Left Lane Diesels.' I love 6.0L Fords and know them very well. I'm here to help the diesel community."
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From Gasser to Oil-Burner
Year/Make/Model: '01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Isaac Glover
Hometown: Quesnel, British Columbia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 173,000 kilometers (107,000 miles)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: FASS Fuel Systems 165-gph lift pump, Deviant Race Parts fuel sump, Fox Factory 2.0-inch shocks, Edge Products Juice with Attitude Competition CTS2 monitor, Industrial Injection Silver Bullet Phatshaft 69 turbocharger, Stage 1 pushrods, Steed Speed exhaust manifold, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, 5-inch tip, Banks Monster Ram intake manifold, South Bend Clutch competition dual-disc clutch, Fleece Performance Engineering billet rocker arm bridges, coolant bypass, ARP 625+ cylinder-head studs, BD Diesel Performance killer dowel pin kit
Owner says: "This truck has come a long way since I purchased it. It originally had a 360ci V-8 before I swapped in the 24-valve Cummins. I've been hooked on the engine ever since. I have put so much time into this truck and can't wait to see where it takes me."

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