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Readers’ Diesels – Diesel Power Magazine

Nov 23, 2015
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Photo 2/9   |   001 1989 GMC K3500 Diesel Caterpillar Engine Swap Nathan Kennedy
GMC CAT
Year/Make/Model: ’89 GMC K3500
Owner: Nathan Kennedy
Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 6.6L Caterpillar 3116 I-6
Transmission: Eaton six-speed manual
Odometer: 128,698 miles (truck)/202,397 miles (engine)
Fuel Economy: 13 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Caterpillar engine swap, Holset HE351CW turbocharger, 4-inch intake, 3-inch intercooler pipes, 4-inch downpipe to 5-inch exhaust with 6-inch MBRP tip, modified fuel pump, custom steering setup, modified radiator, custom transmission crossmember, Eaton six-speed manual transmission, transmission spline adapter, Dana 60 front axle swap, boost gauge, pyrometer, transmission temperature gauge, and custom front bumper
Owner says: “I started with a four-wheel-drive ’89 GMC extended-cab pickup with a big-block 454 gas engine. I did some work with it, and then it blew up. While I was in college I was thinking of an engine swap (maybe a Cummins), but I looked around and got ahold of a Caterpillar 3116 I-6 engine and an Eaton six-speed manual transmission. I had to perform a Dana 60 front axle swap to clear the Cat engine, and all the work was done by me with grinders and a stick welder. I started the build when I was almost 20 years old. I'm 21 now, and I have lots of ideas for the Caterpillar engine.”
Photo 3/9   |   002 2002 Ford Excursion Diesel With Camper Trailer David Pyle
Family Hauler
Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford Excursion
Owner: David Pyle
Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 96,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg and 12 mpg (towing)
Modifications: TS Performance six-position chip, AFE dry filter air intake, Banks Power Techni-Cooler, CFM Plus Diesel Performance intake manifold, Banks Power 4-inch Monster Exhaust with Power Elbow, Ford F-550 transmission cooler, Auto Meter gauges, Hawk Performance brake rotors, Skyjacker Suspension Systems add-a-leaf front springs, Top Gun Customz 1.5-inch lift blocks in rear, Hellwig Products front and rear sway bars, Bilstein steering dampers, and Firestone rear air springs
Owner says: “This truck is great at towing my 10,000-pound toy hauler thanks to Diesel Power magazine. All the improvements I’ve made came from your articles or advertisers. The Excursion can haul the grandkids and my wife along with all our camping equipment. I plan to upgrade the turbo next.”
Photo 4/9   |   003 1960 Ford F100 Caterpillar Diesel Engine Swap Front Side View Matt Tucker
Photo 5/9   |   004 1960 Ford F100 Caterpillar Diesel Engine Swap Engine Bay Matt Tucker
Sweet Swap
Year/Make/Model: ’60 Ford F100
Owner: Matt Tucker
Hometown: Locust, North Carolina
Engine: Caterpillar 3044C I-4
Transmission: Muncie three-speed manual
Odometer: N/A
Fuel Economy: 30-plus mpg
Modifications: Caterpillar 3044C engine swap, Holset HE351 turbocharger, custom intercooler, log-style intake manifold, custom exhaust, custom Bosch VE injection pump, custom injectors, 140-gph lift pump, aluminum radiator, Mishimoto electric fans, Muncie three-speed transmission swap, full Painless Performance wiring harness kit, custom patina paint, and 18x8 Detroit Steel Wheel Co. Smoothie wheels
Owner says: “This truck was found in the woods, rusted out and literally broken in half. It’s been a lot of fun to build and is a real head-turner. The paint is original as the pickup was found and is just cleaned up and cleared over. The truck had only been finished for about one month when it won First Place at its first show.”
Photo 6/9   |   005 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Front Side View Valin Gates
Addictive
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Valin Gates
Hometown: Southampton, New York
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 330,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: Quadzilla Diesel Performance Adrenaline programmer, AFE Stage-2 cold-air intake, High Tech Turbo 62mm turbocharger, BD Diesel Performance stainless steel exhaust manifold, 4-inch downpipe into 5-inch exhaust, ARP 425 head studs, 125hp injectors, AirDog Raptor 150-gph lift pump with ½-inch lines, and RevMax Performance Torque Converters Signature Series 47RE four-speed automatic transmission
Owner says: “Adding power to a diesel truck is really addictive. My truck has 330,000 miles on the odometer, and it never, ever misses a beat. I love everything about diesels. They sound sweet and definitely stand out from everything else. This truck will do anything you ask it to do—and more.”
Photo 7/9   |   006 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel Front Side View Garrett Bagby
In Progress
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Garrett Bagby
Hometown: Vernal, Utah
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 143,100 miles
Fuel Economy: 23.5 mpg
Modifications: Edge Products CTS Evolution programmer, custom exhaust, ATS Diesel Performance Stage 4 transmission, 20x10 Ultra Goliath wheels, and 305/55/R20 tires
Owner says: “I’ve had this truck since April 2015, and it’s been a work in progress since then. Soon I hope to add head studs, 100hp injectors, and a new turbocharger.”
Photo 8/9   |   007 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel Front Side View Jeremy Maximini
Not Stock For Long
Year/Make/Model: ’12 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jeremy Maximini
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 73,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer with CSP5 five-position switch, Anarchy Diesel Tuning transmission tuner, Fleece Performance 63mm VGT Cheetah turbocharger, ARP head studs, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Mishimoto intercooler, MBRP intercooler pipes, AFE BladeRunner intake manifold, 4-inch exhaust with 5-inch rolled tip, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Evil Diesel Fabrication traction bars, Mag-Hytec rear differential cover, adjustable sway bar endlinks with Energy Suspension bushings, Rough Country dual steering stabilizers, Synergy Manufacturing steering box brace, Dynatrac ball joints, 2-inch lowered rear suspension, Retro Shop projector headlamps, Recon taillights and third brake light, Isspro factory-match gauges, smoked LED cab lights, LED bulbs throughout interior, carbon-fiber interior trim, black vinyl hood inserts, window visors, 20x12 Moto Metal MO962 wheels, and Nitto NT420S tires
Owner says: “I bought this truck in 2013, when it was totally stock. I had intentions of just adding new wheels and tires, but as you can see that didn't last very long. My fastest pass down a quarter-mile track is 13.89 seconds at 98 mph. I daily drive this truck everywhere, and it’s never let me down.”
Photo 9/9   |   008 2006 Ford F 250 Diesel Side View Ben Bailey
USAF Power Stroke
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Ford F-250
Owner: Ben Bailey
Hometown: Woodruff, South Carolina
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 104,800 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: SCT Performance Livewire TS programmer with SCT tunes, KC Turbos billet compressor wheel, ARP head studs, and full bulletproof kit by S.M.A. Diesel Service
Owner says: “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to have a big truck. I joined the U.S. Air Force in 2013 and by 2014 I was able to buy my own diesel. Now, it’s my tow rig for a Mustang, and I have plans to improve the looks and towing power.”

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