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December 2012 Readers' Diesels

Eight Homegrown Diesel Rigs

Text By Jason Thompson

Big Duramax
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500
Owner: Mark Corey
Hometown: Bedford, Indiana
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Air Intake: Airaid
Programmer/Chip/Box: EFILive
Exhaust: 5-inch turbo-back with 7-inch tip powdercoated black
Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech with Dirt Logic shocks
Wheel and tires: 18x10 Moto Metal rims and 38x15.50R18 Nitto Mud Grapplers
Other: Mark’s company, Stone City Fabricating, made the bumpers, step bars, and traction bars after rebuilding this totaled truck. It also features Bushwacker fender flares and GlowShift gauges.

DT466 Power
Year/Make/Model: 1994 Ford F-150
Owner: Greg Westgate n Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Engine: International DT466 I-6
Injection pump: Bosch P7100
Exhaust: 5-inch turbo-back to 6-inch stacks
Suspension: From a ’52 M-135, custom leaf springs, and rear drag links
Wheel and tires: 16x26 rims and 18.4x26 R1 Goodyear Sure Grip tires (front) and 56-inch R2 (rear)
Suspension: Allison AT-545
Owner says: "This vehicle is built for off-roading in mud, dirt, water, and anything that is a challenge. It also has a rear-mounted radiator, transmission cooler, battery, and diesel tank all located in a box."

TopKick Takeover
Year/Make/Model: 1990 GMC TopKick
Owner: Gary Haack n Hometown: Denton, Texas
Engine: Caterpillar 3116 I-6
Injectables: Propane
Suspension: Rear axle from a Freightliner (air ride)
Transmission: Eaton Fuller six-speed
Fuel economy: 12 mpg
Owner says: "The fuel tanks were pulled off the side and put under the bed. The cab is from a ’99 Chevy crew cab pickup and the bed is from a shortbed GMC."

Blue Ox
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Dodge Ram W250
Owner: Tyler McCown
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Air Intake: Homemade from PVC with Spectra filter
Turbocharger: H1C
Injection modifications: Bosch VE with Denny T fuel pin, 3,200-rpm governor spring kit, and valet switch
Lift Pump: Raptor 150-gph with added water separator
Exhaust: 4-inch Diamond Eye with 6-inch stainless tip
Transmission: Three-speed automatic 727
Suspension: Heavy-duty springs with front 2-inch lift
Wheel and tires: ’02 second-generation steel wheels with 265/75R16 Kumho Road Venture ATs
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Odometer: More than 300,000 miles
Owner says: “I love this truck. I’ve had it since 2009, when I was 16. The old Cummins will pull and haul anything on the farm and is my daily driver. I’ll never own anything other than a Cummins. I eat, live, and sleep Cummins power. I also have a ’90 first-gen flatbed.”

Siskiyou Diesel Performance
Year/Make/Model: 2006 GMC Sierra 2500
Owner: Kat Ray
Hometown: Mt. Shasta, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Air Intake: AFE
Programmer/Chip/Box: EFILive tuned by Rob Coddens and Edge CTS
Injection modifications: Fuel rail shimmed
Lift Pump: AirDog II
Exhaust: 4-inch MBRP
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Transmission: Allison 1000 with TransGo Jr. shift kit
Wheel and tires: 20x10-inch Novakane Death Metal rims and 35x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/Ts
Owner says: "My husband is a diesel tech at Siskiyou Diesel Performance in Mt. Shasta, California. For Easter one year, he surprised me with this stock truck. It now runs in the mid-13-second quarter-mile range and made 515 hp and 1,017 lb-ft on the dyno.”

Cattle Hauler
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Dylan Manuello
Hometown: Atwood, Colorado
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Air Intake: S&B
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel Performance 90hp
Turbocharger: HX35 with BD boost elbow
Injection pump: Bosch P7100 with #100 fuel plate, 18 degrees of timing, 191 delivery valves, and 3,200-rpm governor spring kit
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch with 6-inch tip
Transmission: NV4500 with South Bend double-disc clutch
Odometer: 172,000 miles
Ring and pinion: 4.10
Owner says: "I’m 17 years old, and this is my first diesel pickup. I’ve owned it for two years now, and I love it. I use my truck to drive to and from school and also haul cattle and things on our farm."

Project Home Brew
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 250
Owner: Jose Miguel
Hometown: Logan, Utah
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Air Intake: S&B and Vulcan Performance intercooler boot kit
Programmer/Chip/Box: Smarty S-06 pod with TNT-R software (4,000-rpm fueling) and Edge CTS
Lift Pump: AirDog II
Injection modifications: Dual CP3 kit from Industrial Injection and T&C Diesel Performance upgraded rail
Valvetrain: Dual valvesprings with stainless steel retainers and billet pushrods
Turbocharger: Industrial Injection compound kit with S478, 1.32 A/R, 96mm exhaust wheel, and Bullseye Power 66/71/14 with cast exhaust housing
Head: A-1 head studs
Injectors: Industrial Injection Extrude-Honed Bosch R2 351 pm
Exhaust: BD manifold with 4-inch MBRP
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic rebuilt by RKL Diesel Performance with billet input and intermediate shafts, stock output shaft, and high-performance Red Eagle clutches with Kolene steels
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-inch lift
Odometer: 130,000 miles
Owner says: "My best horsepower number to date has been 871 on a non-loaded dyno, so I was only at 55 pounds of boost (my truck makes 75 pounds on the street). My best e.t. before compounds and dual fuelers was 12.7 seconds on a single and 100hp nozzles."

Winter Project
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: Chris Lougheed
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Air intake: Diesel Innovations
Programmer/Chip/Box: Power Hungry Performance
Injectors: Swamp’s Diesel 300cc 200-percent injectors
Turbocharger: Garrett GTP38R with 1.15 exhaust housing
Valvetrain: Comp Cams 910 valvesprings with Diesel Innovations pushrods and H11 head studs
Injection modifications: Billet Stage 1 Stealth high-pressure oil pump (HPOP) with four-line output kit
Injectables: Swamp’s Diesel water-injection system
Transmission: 4R100 rebuilt with BTS valvebody
Suspension: Pro Comp leveling kit
Wheel and tires: 20x10-inch Fuel Hostage rims and 35x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/Ts
Odometer: 174,605 miles
Owner says: "It’s used as my daily driver and to tow my 35-foot fifth-wheel travel trailer. It’s going under the knife this winter for a new motor with Crower rods, a girdle, and a partial fill. Hopefully, I’ll have finished the ’05 frontend conversion by then."

By Jason Thompson
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