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October 2012 Readers' Diesels

Homegrown Diesels

Text By Jason Thompson

6.0L Brotherhood
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250 (white)
Owner: Ryan Eichel
Hometown: West Salem, Ohio
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Programmer/Chip/Box: Edge
Exhaust: 4-inch
Suspension: 6½-inch lift
Tires: 325/80R16 Pro Comp Xterrain
Odometer: 220,000 miles
Other: Auto Meter gauges

Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-350 (red)
Owner: Josh Aramouni
Hometown: Medina, Ohio
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Exhaust: Sinister EGR delete and 5-inch turbo-back
Suspension: 2½-inch leveling kit
Wheels and tires: 16x10-inch Dick Cepek DC-2 and 33x12.50R16 Toyo Open Country A/T
Odometer: 265,000 miles
Other: Auto Meter gauges and Pioneer touch-screen radio

Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250 (black)
Owner: Wes Henry
Hometown: Lodi, Ohio
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Programmer/Chip/Box: Bully Dog
Intake: AFE
Exhaust: Sinister EGR delete and 4-inch turbo-back to 5-inch cat-back
Odometer: 144,000 miles
Other: Best quarter-mile time of 14.03 seconds at 94 mph

Year/Make/Model: 2011 Case IH 500
Owner: Dewey, Jeremy, and Jason Hall
Hometown: Lodi, Ohio
Engine: 12.9L Iveco
Weight: 39,000 pounds
Tires: 710/70R42
Transmission: 16 forward gears, and 2 reverse gears

Custom Cummins
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Todd Bailey
Hometown: Vichy, Missouri
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Injection modifications: AFC gutted, no fuel plate
Exhaust: 8-inch tip
Suspension: 2½-inch leveling kit
Wheels and tires: 20x10-inch American Racing rims with 35x12.50R20 Nitto Mud Grappler
Other: Todd added the Mercedes paintjob, emblems, LED taillights, chrome, custom hood, and rear roll pan bumper.

Converted to Cummins
Year/Make/Model: 2010 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Domenic Pirroncello
Hometown: Gormley, Ontario, Canada
Engine: 6.7L Cummins
Air Intake: AFE
Programmer/Chip/Box: H&S Performance XRT Pro
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp lift and Pro Comp steering stabilizers
Wheels and tires: 20x10 RBP rims and 35x12.5R20 Toyo Open Country M/T
Odometer: 62,137 miles
Other: Domenic’s truck also has Recon headlights, a Fab Fours front bumper, KC lamps, and an RBP mesh grille. Since he is in the construction industry, he’s always on different sites, which means lots of highway driving.

Work in Progress
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Chevy Silverado 3500
Owner: Joe DeMeyer
Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: Banks cold-air intake with Super-Scoop and Banks intercooler
Programmer/Chip/Box: EFILive with tunes from Idaho Rob
Lift pump: AirDog II 165-gph
Injectables: Snow Performance MPG-MAX water-methanol injection
Exhaust: Diamond Eye turbo downpipe, BD exhaust manifold, catalytic converter delete, and EGR blocked
Suspension: Cognito lift kit, dual shocks, and Cognito traction bars
Wheels and tires: 20x10-inch MHT Fuel rims and 325/60R20 Nitto Terra Grappler
Other: Joe’s truck also has a 62-gallon Titan fuel tank, Fitch fuel catalyst, and Mag-Hytec differential and transmission covers. He also added a BAKFlip aluminum tonneau cover.

-52 Degrees Fahrenheit: Still Starts
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Danielle Weber
Hometown: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Programmer/Chip/Box: Bully Dog GT
Exhaust: MBRP
Suspension: Revtek leveling kit
Wheels and tires: 17x8-inch rims and 265/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Other: The truck also has a diesel-powered Webasto coolant heater.

Age-Defying Ford
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: David Furr
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Air Intake: Big Honkin’ Air Filter (BHAF)
Programmer/Chip/Box: TS Performance six-position chip
Turbocharger: Dieselsite Boost Relief Valve Plus
Exhaust: 4-inch
Transmission: BTS valvebody
Wheels and tires: 18x10-inch XD Monster rims and 35x12.50R18 Nitto Mud Grappler
Other: David says, “I’m 21 years old, and I’ve been around diesels for at least 10 years now. My dad was a head diesel technician at a Ford dealership—so I’ve learned everything I can from him. I use my truck to pull a lawn care trailer and to have fun with. My favorite modification is the Rhino Lining down the side of the truck and the ’05 grille.”

Hollyrock Duramax
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500
Owner: J.R. Thompson
Hometown: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Engine: 6.6L Duramax
Air Intake: AFE
Programmer/Chip/Box: EFILive
Lift pump: Holly Red
Exhaust: 5-inch into 7-inch miter-cut tips
Transmission: Allison 1000 with deep-sump oil pan
Suspension: Custom tie-rod sleeves
Other: J.R. says, “All custom work was done by Mike Graves, owner of Hollyrock Customs in Hollywood, Maryland. I drive my truck to work daily and sometimes race it at the local track.”

15 Years and 13 Diesels
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 (black)
Owner: Dan Chaffee
Hometown: Columbus, Michigan
Engine: 5.9L Cummins

Year/Make/Model: 1991 Dodge D250 (red and white)
Engine: 5.9L Cummins

Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-450 (white)
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke
Other: Dan says, “I’ve been playing with diesels for 15 years. These are three of four that I currently own—I’ve had 13 so far. My other diesel is an ’86 Ford Ranger with a four-cylinder Mitsubishi engine (hard time finding parts, but I haven’t given up).”

By Jason Thompson
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