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August 2012 Readers' Diesels

Seven Trucks And A Car

Text By Jason Thompson

Fixed-Up Ford
Year/Make/Model: 1984 Ford F-250
Owner: Jacey Broome
Hometown: Moriarty, New Mexico
Engine: 6.9L International
Air Intake: Hypermax intake and intercooler
Injectors: Diesel Performance Specialists (DPS) Stage 1
Injection pump: Stanadyne DB2 built by DPS
Turbocharger: Hypermax turbo kit
Exhaust: 3½-inch Hypermax
Transmission: C6 automatic with DNE2 Overdrive kit
Odometer: 385,000 miles
Other: Jacey is 15 years old and did all the work himself. He added a new starter solenoid, glow plug relay, glow plugs, starter, and two new batteries. He also installed ARP head studs from DPS.

Diesel SRT-10
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Beau Friday
Hometown: Elkhart, Illinois
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: AFE cold-air intake with Banks intercooler
Programmer/Chip/Box: Edge Juice with Attitude
Exhaust: 5-inch turbo-back to 8-inch miter-cut stack
Wheels and tires: 22x12 Fuel Octanes with 36x15.50R20 Mickey Thompson ATZs
Suspension: Top Gun Customz 8-inch long-arm conversion
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Odometer: 82,000 miles
Fuel economy: 12 mpg
Other: This truck also has Recon smoked cab-over and rear taillights, Yukon Spin Free locking hub conversion, and a Carli Suspension track bar with a high-mount steering stabilizer. Last but not least is the SRT-10 hood.

Classic Texas Truck
Year/Make/Model: 1975 International 200
Owner: Jerry Putman
Hometown: Mineral Wells, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Exhaust: Built from 6-inch square tubing and then chromed
Lift pump: AirDog 100 gph
Wheels and tires: 16-inch Eagle Alloy rims and 265/75R16 Fierce Attitude M/Ts
Ring and pinion: 4.88
Transmission: Getrag 360 five-speed manual
Odometer: 60,000 miles
Other: This truck was originally built to fight brush fires—hence the low miles since it spent much of its time in the fire house. Jerry’s two sons help with the family business called JWS Fabrication. They are the ones who built the 10-foot bed with Rawson Koenig (RKI) boxes and LED lights.

Volvo Diesel Power
Year/Make/Model: 1984 Volvo 760 GLE
Owner: Jason Douglas
Hometown: Arnold, Missouri
Engine: D24T 2.4L
Air Intake: Dura-Lite filter and 3-inch tubing
Lift pump: Facet
Injectors: GTD nozzles recalibrated for 2,400-psi pop pressure
Injection modifications: VE pump turned all the way up, modified governor and AFC, ground fuel pin, raised internal pump pressure, and running 1.1mm timing
Turbocharger: Custom T3/T4 with 52mm compressor housing
Exhaust: 3-inch turbo-back
Wheels and tires: 15x6½-inch rims, 195/60R15 front and 205/65R15 rear tires
Suspension: Lowered 1½ inches
Transmission: Ford World Class T-5 manual with six-pack ceramic clutch
Ring and pinion: 3.73 with Eaton G80 limited-slip differential
Odometer: 190,000 miles
Fuel economy: 36 mpg (highway)
Other: This straight six-cylinder engine was completely rebuilt with ARP head studs, a multi-layer steel (MLS) head gasket, and ported and polished 12-valve heads. Its best time in the eighth-mile is 9.90 seconds with a 2.2-second 60-foot time.

My First Cummins
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Taylor Koller
Hometown: Bremerton, Washington
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Quadzilla
Air Intake: K&N cold-air intake and AFE intake manifold
Turbocharger: AFE wastegate actuator
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch turbo-back
Wheels and tires: 20x10-inch KMC XD778 Monster rims and 37x12.50R20 Nitto Trail Grappler M/Ts
Suspension: 6-inch (front) and 4-inch (rear) lift
Odometer: 45,000 miles
Other: Taylor says, “My wife thinks it’s a waste of money. I told her it’s quickly becoming my favorite hobby. I use the truck to haul my travel trailer and for work. I’m a DOD civilian employee and a journeyman electrician.”

Nick’s Dirty Daily Driver
Year/Make/Model: 2004 GMC Sierra 2500
Owner: Nick Hofius
Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: 5-inch with AFE filter
Lift pump: FASS 150 gph
Turbochargers: S366 with billet compressor wheel and S475 with billet compressor wheel
Exhaust: 4-inch to 6-inch miter-cut stack
Wheels & tires: 20x9-inch and 33x12.50R20 Nitto Mud Grapplers
Suspension: JDM 2-inch drop torsion keys (front), spring with 4-inch drop (rear), and Cognito tie rods with PPE centerlink
Transmission: ATS stage IV with ATS Five Star torque converter, and ATS Co-Pilot controller
Odometer: 82,173
Fuel economy: 18 mpg (city) and 22 mpg (highway)
Other: Nick says, “This truck has a custom-built twin-turbo system built by Underground Diesel Performance. Pro Powdercoating in Grand Junction, Colorado, did the powdercoating. The engine was bored 0.040 inch and Mike Meyers did the EFILive tuning.”

½-Ton Diesel Swap
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500
Owner: Dan Jarvi Hometown: Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
Engine: 3.9L 4BT Cummins
Air Intake: AEM filter into a second- generation tube with an LB7 intercooler
Lift pump: Holley Black
Injectors: Black Cloud Diesel 50hp POD
Injection modifications: The VE injection pump was turned up ½ turn, the AFC was deleted, and a 3,200-rpm governor spring was installed.
Turbocharger: HX35
Exhaust: 3-inch downpipe to 4-inch pipe to 5-inch stainless steel miter-cut stack
Transmission: Five-speed manual with South Bend clutch
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 20 to 26 mpg
Other: This truck also has a PDR camshaft, ARP head studs, and 60-pound valvesprings. The exhaust manifold is from a 5.9L Cummins and was chopped and welded. Dan did all this when he was 19 years old in college.

Clean First-Gen
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Dodge W250
Owner: Tayler LeMay
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air Intake: K&N
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch turbo-back
Tires: 265/75R16 Cooper Discoverer
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727
Odometer: 280,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Other: Tayler says, “I’m only 19 years old but have always been in love with diesels. My first two trucks were Power Strokes. This is my first Cummins, and it’s the cleanest first-gen I’ve ever seen. I plan on keeping it that way.”

By Jason Thompson
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