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Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Indianapolis

Here’s what “Cummins Country” has to offer…

Oct 13, 2020
Just like household items, sporting goods, building materials, and pretty much anything else that is offered for sale on Craigslist, a quick search for "Diesel" in the Cars and Trucks section of the popular website presents requestors with an immediate rundown of rigs and rides that are powered by oil-burners.
Our series, The Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist, began in March 2020 with a story about a 1994 Ford E-350 that served in former President Bill Clinton's motor pool. With this rundown on Indianapolis, Indiana, we now have 12 stories covering our search for "diesels" being privately sold via Craigslist from coast to coast.
It's important to note that diesel-powered pickup trucks, while plentiful almost everywhere, are not the primary target of our searches. In an effort to have some fun with this project, we're looking for uncommon, unique, or even quirky diesel vehicles, equipment, parts, etc. However, there certainly are instances where the late-model pickups we're all familiar with receive their just praise.
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Entering "diesel" in the search box of Indy's list pulled up just over 50 diesel cars and trucks. This is a surprisingly low total. However, we understand the count probably increases if different search terms are used ("diesel" is our lone criteria). Being the home city of the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway (where the NHRA U.S. Nationals drag races are held), and many small dirt tracks in the surrounding area, we anticipated seeing race haulers in the majority of trucks being sold. That wasn't the case, as there were only two cool toterhome-style rigs, neither of which made it into our group.
Indiana is the home of Cummins, and as you'll see in our presentation, we found a good five-truck mix of early and late-model Dodge Ram and Ram pickups to show you. Report back to us, and share details if you follow up on one of these examples. Be sure to let us know about cool diesel deals that you come across on Craigslist, too. Send info and a link to: dieselpower@motortrend.com.

1990 Dodge Ram D250

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Every once in a while, the "perfect truck" comes along. This first-gen, being sold in the Albany, New York, area for $14,500 is that object of perfection. Per the seller, it's an Arizona truck that was maintained religiously. "I have a complete maintenance history from day one in a file, as well as early records kept in the owner's manual," which are shown in the photos that are part of the ad. A trailer brake, fifth-wheel hitch, and Prime Loc fuel system are the only modifications on this rig. We agree with the seller, but this is "probably one of the nicest first-gen Cummins-powered Dodges you'll ever find." (Note: We don't know whether this ad is incorrectly placed in Indianapolis, or if the seller is New York-based and has Indy ties. The truck is beyond just an "eye catcher." It's perfect, so we elected to keep it in this report).

2012 Ram 2500

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A 4x4 with only 78,000 original miles, this truck is super clean (garage-kept/no-rust) and has a bone-stock 6.7L Cummins engine under the hood (it has never been tuned) and automatic transmission. We dig the moderate lift and the wheels-and-tires setup. It's a good-looking and probably like-new-operating pickup that's in Bloomington for $32,500.

2001 Dodge Ram 2500

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The 24-valve 5.9L Cummins engine in this pickup is set up for performance. Its VP44 fueling is enhanced by a 150-gph lift pump and 150-hp injectors, and it's managed by an Edge Products Comp Box programmer. The rig also has a mildly built automatic transmission, a 4-inch leveling kit and new 35-inch BFGoodrich tires. We believe the truck is being sold in the Lafayette area (for $10,000 or best offer).

1993 Dodge Ram D350

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Although it is at the other end of the "niceness" spectrum when compared to the D250 listed earlier, this first-gen workhorse is a good deal at $6,500 or best offer. The dually has a 5.9L Cummins engine and automatic transmission, and it is upgraded with a new lift pump, injection pump, injectors, and complete front brake system.

2006 Dodge Ram 2500

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Apparently located in Indy proper for an asking price of $18,500, this is the epitome of a solid Diesel Power "street truck." Per the ad, this second-gen rig is loaded with good stuff that includes a Fleece Performance Engineering-prepped BorgWarner S463 turbocharger mounted on a Steed Speed T4 manifold with a Holset HX40 downpipe into a 5-inch exhaust. The engine is also upgraded with ARP 425 head studs, a bypass oil-filter system, Sinister Diesel coolant-filtration kit, a Banks Ram Air intake, and Fass Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump. Ben Shadday at Done Right Diesel did the ECM calibrating and Firepunk Diesel's street/track transmission completes the drivetrain mods. The seller posted an impressive list of additional upgrades, too. Those are modifications that lead us to believe our magazine might have had some influence on building this one.