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April 2012 Readers' Diesels

Homegrown Diesels

Text By Jason Thompson

Australian Allison Swap
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-350
Owner: Ivan Curmi
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Injection Modifications: Stage 2 injectors
Wheels: 22x10-inch Incubus
Tires: 305/45R22 Kumho Ecsta STX
Transmission: Allison 1000 with Destroked standalone transmission controller
Turbocharger: H2E upgrades
Other: This truck has leather seats from an ’04 Ford and a steel cowl induction hood.

4BT Jeep (Option 1)
Year/Make/Model: 1989 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Loren Ulrich
Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Engine: 3.9L Cummins
Air Intake: Cxracing intercooler
Injection modifications: P7100 injection pump turned up
Turbocharger: HX30
Lift pump: AirDog 150-gph
Wheels and tires: 15x10-inch American Racing Baja rims and 31x11R15 BFGoodrich All-Terrains
Transmission: T-19 four-speed manual
Fuel economy: 27 mpg
Other: This Jeep has an NP205 transfer case and the turbo, radiator, valve covers, and front cover plate were all polished. This was a frame-off restoration, engine rebuild, and swap project.

4BT Jeep (Option 2)
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Owner: Aaron Antonucci
Hometown: Huntington, New York
Engine: 3.9L Cummins
Air Intake: K&N with stainless-steel piping
Turbocharger: H1C
Exhaust: 3-inch turbo-back to 4-inch tip
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker lift
Transmission: AX-15 five-speed
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 23 to 26 mpg
Odometer: 155,000 miles (15,000 on conversion)
Other: Aaron says, “The Jeep has an NP231 transfer case with a slip-yoke eliminator and custom CV driveshaft. I built the truck in front of my house on the street. Future upgrades include: an intercooler, 12cm exhaust housing, pyrometer, and injection pump adjustments. I have about one year of diesel experience, and I use my Jeep as a daily driver, commuting to Manhattan every day.”

First Love
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-350
Owner: Kyle Hoeft
Hometown: Manito, Illinios
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Programmer/Chip/Box: SCT X3 programmer with tunes from River City Diesel
Air intake: AFE Stage II
Exhaust: EGR delete and MagnaFlow 4-inch turbo-back with muffler delete
Suspension: 4-inch Rancho lift
Wheels and tires: 20x10-inch KMC XD Revolvers and 35x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/Ts
Other: Kyle says, “I’m only 16 years old and this is my first diesel. Love it. I’ll never buy a gasser!”

Long Live the First-Gen
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Dodge Ram W250
Owner: Brandon Cross
Hometown: Pennsville, New Jersey
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: Big Honkin’ Air Filter (BHAF)
Injection modifications: Power screw turned in two turns, timing advanced 3⁄16-inch past stock, Denny T fuel pin, and 3,200-rpm governor spring
Injectors: DDP 60hp
Exhaust: Diamond Eye 4-inch turbo-back
Wheels and tires: 16x8-inch American Racing AR23 rims and 35x12.50R16 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs
Transmission: Five-speed Getrag manual
Suspension: 2-inch Skyjacker in front, block and add-a-leaf in the rear with air springs
Ring and pinion: 3.54 gears
Odometer: 280,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 18 mpg
Other: Brandon says, “I’m 17 years old, and I plan to keep my truck forever. It’s pretty quick for an old truck, and I’ve even drag raced it. Long live the first- gen Cummins!”

Cummins 4x4 Special Forces
Year/Make/Model: 1993 Ford E-350
Owner: Aaron Van Hoven
Hometown: Fort Pierce, Florida
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: Intercooler from a 1999 F-350
Injection modification: #5 fuel plate
Exhaust: 3½-inch downpipe to 4-inch muffler and tailpipe
Wheels and tires: 16½-in. Stockton wheels and 37x12.50R16.5 Goodyear Wrangler MTs
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Ring and pinion: 3.54 gears
Fuel economy: 22 to 25 mpg
Odometer: 150,000 miles
Other: This van also has an NP205 transfer case, front and rear Dana 60 axles, and a U.S. Gear overdrive. The Dodge instrument panel was integrated into the Ford dash.

Diesel Young Guns
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-250
Owner: Nicholas Sutton
Hometown: Lumberton, North Carolina
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Programmer/Chip/Box: Bank Six-Gun Tuner and Banks iQ
Air intake: Banks Ram-Air and Bullet Proof Diesel EGR cooler
Exhaust: 4-inch turbo-back Silverline duals
Suspension: Rough Country 6-inch lift and 3-inch coil spacer in the front
Wheels and tires: 22x11-inch KMC XD Badlands and 40x15.50R22 Nitto Mud Grapplers
Fuel economy: 13 mpg
Odometer: 123,675 miles
Other: Nicholas says, “I love my diesel and wouldn’t take anything for it. I’m proud to say two of my buddies, Frank and Shawn, and I have done all the modifications ourselves.”

Brazilian Diesel
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Alex Neves
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Engine: 2.8L MWM (owned by Navistar)
Exhaust: 3-inch
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Odometer: 30,000 miles
Fuel economy: 35 mpg
Other: Alex says, “For several years, I had a garage that specialized in diesel engines, and I’m proud to say we built some of the fastest diesel trucks in Brazil. The garage was fun, but diesel performance is in the beginning stages down here, so I closed it. The engine originally made 128 hp, but we changed the turbo, exhaust manifold, cylinder head, and achieved 330 hp.”

By Jason Thompson
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