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September 2012 Readers Diesels

Nine Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Text By Jason Thompson

Direct Injection Ford
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Ford F-350
Owner: Carter Jones
Hometown: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Air intake: AFE Stage 2
Programmer/chip/box: TS Performance six-position chip
Turbocharger: Stock with BD Diesel GTP38 wheel and BD Diesel wastegate
Exhaust: 5-inch turbo-back with 8-inch tip
Transmission: ZF six-speed
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Odometer: 73,000 miles
Fuel economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Other: Carter says, “The truck also has a set of GlowShift gauges (measuring boost, fuel pressure, and EGT). When I’m not on the railroad riding around on GM V-16 locomotives, I enjoy customizing and working on this truck. It tows my three farm tractors and other odds and ends. I love this truck— it’s my first diesel, and I’ll never part with it.”

First Diesel
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Ford F-250
Owner: Sean Petersen
Hometown: Draper, Utah
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Air intake: K&N
Transmission: ZF five-speed
Exhaust: 3-inch downpipe
Odometer: 138,000 miles
Fuel economy: 16 mpg
Other: Sean says, “I’ve had several gas F-250 and F-350 trucks. This is my first diesel, and there is no way I could go back to gas!”

My Truck
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250
Owner: Daryl Andrews
Hometown: Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke
Air intake: Airaid
Programmer/chip/box: Edge Evolution
Exhaust: DPF and EGR delete
Fuel economy: 14 mpg
Other: Daryl added a trifold tonneau cover and Kenwood entertainment system.

Year/Make/Model: 2004 Ford F-250
Owner: Josh Allen
Hometown: Georgetown, Kentucky
Engine: 12-valve 5.9L Cummins
Air intake: K&N
Injection modifications: #0 fuel plate and 18½ degrees of timing
Lift pump: From a 6.0L
Turbocharger: HX35
Exhaust: 3½-inch straight pipe to 6-inch MBRP rolled tip
Suspension: 2-inch leveling kit
Wheels and tires: 16x9-inch stock rims and 315/75R16 Wild Country Radial XTX
Fuel economy: 18 to 24 mpg
Odometer: 176,914 (truck), 142,654 (engine) miles
Other: Josh said most of the parts were custom made.

Performance IDI
Year/Make/Model: 1988 GMC Sierra 3500
Owner: Matthew Boggs
Hometown: Warsaw, Indiana
Engine: 6.2L
Air Intake: 6.5L intake manifold with cone filter
Injection modifications: Stanadyne DB2 injection pump turned up
Turbocharger: 6.5L turbocharger
Exhaust: 4-inch stainless steel with 5-inch tip
Transmission: SM465 four-speed manual
Ring and pinion: 4.10
Other: This truck also has an upgraded radiator, thermostat, and water pump. It once had a performance camshaft and decked heads. A Cummins swap is in the works.

Sterling Diesel
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jon McCormick
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Engine: 6.7L Cummins
Exhaust: 5-inch with RBP 6-inch tip
Suspension: 8-inch lift
Wheels and tires: 20x14 Fuel Hostage rims and 38/15.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/Ts
Other: Jon says, “I have had experience working with diesels at a diesel performance shop and in my spare time. I use my Cummins as a daily driver. I enjoy working on my truck and hanging out with my friends and family.”

King Max
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Chevy Silverado 3500
Owner: John Lowery Jr.
Hometown: Florala, Alabama
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air intake: AFE stage 2
Programmer/chip/box: Edge Evolution
Exhaust: EGR blocker, ATS exhaust manifolds and up-pipes, 4-inch turbo-back, and 7-inch stacks
Suspension: Four-link wishbone with antisway bars built by Ken Wing Sr., four coilover shocks with 2-inch-diameter shafts, Daystar bumpstops, and tubing by Overtime Performance
Transfer case: 24-inch SCS Monster Truck quick-change gear transfer case (4:1 low and 2:1 high)
Wheels and tires: Rims built by Ken Wing Sr. from ½-inch steel and 23.1-26 R2 Rice and Canes by Titan
Axles: 5-ton Rockwells n Steering: PSC hydraulic n Brakes: SSBC fixed four-piston caliper pinion brake with custom-cut rotors
Other: John says, “The truck runs and drives excellent. It has plenty of power on demand. Growing up mud bogging through the years, I always wanted a truck that would be strong yet comfortable.”

New Lease on Life
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Ford F-350
Owner: Casey Hotchkiss
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Exhaust: 4-inch turbo-back with 5-inch MagnaFlow tip
Wheels and tires: 16x10-inch Ultra rims and 315/75R16 Toyo Open Country A/Ts (36-inch Super Swamper TSLs are run in the summer)
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Suspension: 8-inch lift
Ring and pinion: 3.73
Fuel economy: 12 mpg
Odometer: 181,500 miles
Other: Casey says, “I got into trouble at age 18. I spent 33 months in the state correctional facility. I have a subscription to Diesel Power and read it cover to cover every month. I always dreamed of owning a truck worthy of being in this magazine, and now I finally have one. This is one of my motivations to stay out of trouble.”

Bad Dodge
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Jarod Brown
Hometown: Henderson, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Air intake: AFE cold-air intake and CFM intake manifold
Programmer/chip/box: Smarty and Edge Juice with Attitude
Lift pump: FASS 150-gph
Exhaust: 5-inch straight pipe with 8-inch tip
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp with 2-inch leveling kit
Transmission: G56 with South Bend dual-disc clutch
Ring and pinion: 4.10
Fuel economy: 13.8 mpg
Odometer: 84,276 miles
Other: Jarod says, “The truck has a billet grille, 2-inch cowl hood, Halo projector headlights, and a CM flatbed. I use this truck to take me back and forth to school and also to have a little fun. It’s my first truck because I’m only 16 years old, and I put every penny I earn into it. I haul cattle, tractors, and backhoes.”

By Jason Thompson
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