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July 2012 Reader's Diesels

11 Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Text By Jason Thompson

Snow White
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Deiryk Schussler
Hometown: Burdett, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: AFE Stage 2, Banks intake horn and Techni-Cooler
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty S-06 POD TNT-R programmer
Injection modifications: Industrial Injection Dragonflow CP3 and dual-feed injection lines
Injectors: DDP 90hp
Lift pump: FASS 150-gph
Turbocharger: Industrial Injection 66mm Silver Bullet
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch
Suspension: 2-inch lift kit
Wheels and tires: 18x9-inch XD Spy rims and 35x12.50R18 Toyo Open Country M/Ts
Other: Deiryk says, “This is my second Cummins, and I’m addicted to the power and mileage that can be achieved. I also love beating $100,000 sports cars with a 1-ton truck.”

400,000 Miles Strong
Year/Make/Model: 1990 Dodge Ram W250
Owner: Randy Gessert
Hometown: Mishicot, Wisconsin
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Injection modifications: Denny T fuel pin and governor spring
Exhaust: 4-inch turbo-back
Transmission: 727 LoadFlite
Fuel economy: 20 to 23 mpg
Odometer: 400,000 miles
Other: Randy says, “I use my diesel every day, towing my 18-foot trailer and entering it in shows. The paintwork was done at Randy’s Autobody. I love when a car comes up next to me at a light, and I just blow it away.”

Diesel Addiction
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250
Owner: Joe McCarty
Hometown: Sullivan, Missouri
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Air Intake: Airaid filter and box with Banks Techni-Cooler and S&B intake elbow
Programmer/Chip/Box: SCT with DP-Tuner custom tunes and Edge Products Insight CTS
Injectables: Snow Performance Stage 3 water-methanol injection
Turbocharger: Garrett GT3788 VA
Exhaust: 4-inch straight pipe with 6-inch tip and EGR delete
Transmission: 5R110 with ATS Five Star torque converter
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Other: Joe also added ARP head studs and Black Onyx head gaskets. He’d like to thank his dad and everyone else who helped with the build.

Returned From Helmand Province
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Andrew Patten
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: AFE
Lift pump: FASS 200-gph pump with draw straw and Vulcan Diesel Performance big line kit
Injectors: New Era 435
Injection modifications: P-pump with full-cut delivery valves, 0 fuel plate, 22 degrees of timing, Mack Rack plug, and 4,000-rpm governor spring kit
Turbocharger: River City 64/71/14 from Enterprise Engine Performance
Exhaust: 5-inch exhaust
Performance modifications: Homemade water-methanol injection kit
Wheels and tires: 16x10-inch American Outlaw rims and 33x12.50R16 Mastercraft Courser MTs
Suspension: Homemade traction bars, DSS steering stabilizer kit, and third- generation Dodge track bar conversion
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual with billet input and fully splined output shaft and South Bend 3850 dual-disc clutch
Odometer: 167,000 miles
Other: This diesel also has ARP head studs, O-ringed heads, 60-pound valvesprings, titanium retainers, and the killer dowel pin fix.

Diesel Pack
Truck 1
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jake Hummel
Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 120,323 miles
Other: This truck was just purchased and is still a work in progress. It’s equipped with a Boss Power-V XT 8-foot, 2-inch snowplow.

Truck 2
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Justin Beck
Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Programmer: EFILive with DSP five-position switch and tunes by Husker Diesel
Intake: AFE Stage 2
Turbocharger: PPE boost valve upgrade
Fuel economy: 15 to 21 mpg
Odometer: 122,230 miles
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed
Suspension: 2½-inch torsion keys
Other: Western MVP 8-foot, 6-inch snowplow

Truck 3
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250
Owner: Zach Hoock
Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Programmer: Bully Dog Triple Dog with Power Pup
Intake: AEM Brute Force
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch with EGR delete
Suspension: Rancho rear Add-A-Leaf
Fuel economy: 13 to 16 mpg
Odometer: 124,679 miles
Other: This truck has ARP head studs and GlowShift EGT, fuel pressure, and boost gauges.

Truck 4
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: Zach Bogdanoff
Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Programmer/Chip/Box: TS Performance tuned with Tony Wildman six-position switch
Intake: AFE Stage 2 Pro-Dry
Turbocharger: Wicked Wheel upgrade
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch
Transmission: E40D four-speed automatic with Bully Dog Shift Enhancer
Suspension: Sinister 2½-inch leveling kit
Odometer: 103,467 miles
Fuel economy: 17 to 22 mpg
Other: Zach has Auto Meter gauges, which measure exhaust gas temperature (EGT), turbocharger boost pressure, and transmission temperature.

Diesel Farm Truck
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Tyler Burkett
Hometown: Bellevue, Michigan
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: K&N filter in the stock airbox
Exhaust: 4-inch turbo-back with AFE muffler and 5-inch tip
Wheels and tires: 16x8-inch American Racing rims and 285/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains
Suspension: Rear Firestone air springs
Fuel economy: 16 to 22 mpg
Odometer: 378,000 miles
Other: Tyler says, “I love this truck. I bought it two years ago with 338,000 miles on it. I went through it with a fine-tooth comb and replaced worn-out parts, including those for the front suspension, transfer case, power steering pump, and alternator just to name a few. I’ve mainly used it as a daily driver that hauls a 25-foot camper and any other towing required around the farm.”

Just An Ol’ Farm Truck
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Doug Yonkings
Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: Bank Ram-Air
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty TNT
Lift pump: FASS 150 Titanium
Turbocharger: HTT 62/65/13 stainless steel
Exhaust: Aero 4040XL
Wheels and tires: 17x9-inch Moto Metal rims and 285/70R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2s
Transmission: 48RE built by FTE Diesel
Other: Doug says, “I bought this truck from the original owner a few years back. He was a farmer and showed me the truck with its bed half full of chicken crap. Now, after I added some elbow grease, it’s just the way I want it.”

Tough For Towing
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Chevy 2500HD
Owner: Shaun Whitlock
Hometown: Bayview, Washington
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Programmer/Chip/Box: PPE Hot +2 ET
Lift pump: PPE with modified in-tank pickup
Exhaust: MBRP Cool Duals, frontpipe, and turbo downpipe
Injectables: Labonte water-methanol injection
Wheels and tires: 17x8½-inch H2 wheels and Cooper Discoverer STT 35x12.50R17s
Suspension: Cognito UCA, braces, and Kryptonite tie rods with airsprings
Transmission: Sun Coast Stage 4 Allison 1000 with ML Precision torque converter and Merchant transmission and transfer case brace
Odometer: 82,200 miles
Other: Shaun says, “I built the truck to be able to haul my travel trailer reliably anywhere the family and I wanted to go. So with that in mind, I concentrated on parts to make it more tough for towing. The color is called Light Autumnwood Metallic."

By Jason Thompson
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