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Reader's Diesels - January 2014

Homegrown Diesel Rigs

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Head Turning
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Owner: Dan Burnham
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Odometer: 37,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 10 to 14 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: 10-inch Fabtech lift kit, Bilstein shocks, ProComp traction bars, 24x12-inch Fuel Hostage wheels, 38x14R24 Kumho Road Venture MT tires, 4-inch MBRP exhaust with 6-inch stacks, EGR delete, ARP head studs, Dorman oil cooler, and an SCT programmer with Extreme tune from Innovative Diesel
Owner says: “There are not too many Amarillo-edition trucks around, so it’s nice to have a truck that stands out from the rest. It has very low miles and has never seen a winter. I have put a lot of time and effort into this truck; it’s a real head turner.”

Just Broken In
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Jeremy Clair
Hometown: Greentown, Indiana
Odometer: 293,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Mods: Edge programmer; Bosch RV275 injectors; AirDog 150-gph lift pump; South Bend clutch; AEM Brute Force intake; MBRP 4-inch exhaust; Scangauge II; and boost, pyrometer, and fuel pressure gauges
Owner says: “The previous owner used this truck to pull his camper. Since purchasing it, I’ve been using it on the farm to transport cattle. It’s flirting with 300,000 miles and still running strong!”

Transformed
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Ford F-250
Owner: Missouri McCoy
Hometown: Zieglerville, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 217,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Mods: Six-position TS Performance chip custom tuned by Bean’s Diesel Performance, custom air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Dana 60 solid axle swap, 4-inch Rough Country lift kit, and 35x12.5R18 Toyo MT tires on 18x10-inch Diamo 17 Karat wheels
Owner says: “I always knew I wanted a 7.3L, since I grew up around them. My dad even still owns one. I bought this truck when I was 16 as an ugly-looking work truck. It has come a long way, and so have I!”

Work of Art
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Franco Radisi
Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Odometer: 98,900 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: AFE Mega Cannon Stage 2 intake, S&B intake horn, EFILive by On-Point Tuning, custom 4-inch exhaust, and a custom dualie conversion with Mega Cab fenders
Owner says: “It’s still a work in progress, but when you never get tired of looking at your own truck, you’re doing some- thing right.”

What Should Have Been
Year/Make/Model: 1971 International Harvester 1210
Owner: Randy Rice
Hometown: Crescent Valley, Nevada
Odometer: No
Fuel Economy: Yes
Engine: 5.9L International DT360 I-6
Transmission: Allison 545 four-speed automatic
Mods: 6-inch front end extension, four leafs added to the front spring pack and five added to the rear (or a 3-inch lift), oil pan clearance for the tie rod, custom flatbed, custom exhaust, new radiator with electric fans, and a transmission cooler mounted on the roof
Owner says: “I always wanted to build an International Harvester with an International engine. I decided to do this swap and built this truck over a two-year period. It was very challenging, but the truck is very popular wherever it stops. It really surprised me how many IH enthusiasts there are!”

Workhorse
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Jill Sites
Hometown: Front Royal, Virginia
Odometer: 264,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Mods: TransGo correction package, billet triple-disc torque converter, Edge Juice with Attitude, K&N air intake, custom straight pipe exhaust, 2.5-inch leveling kit, and 305/70/R16 Fierce Attitude MT tires
Owner says: “This truck has been my daily driver for four years, and I love it! I use it mostly to haul around horses and cattle.”

Pull Happy
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Ford F-250 Power Stroke
Owner: Dustin Bobowski
Hometown: Montrose, Pennsylvania
Odometer: 38,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 19 mpg
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic
Mods: BorgWarner S366 turbo from Confederate Diesel, H&S Mini Maxx tuner, custom 5-inch exhaust, 8-inch MBRP stack, custom traction bars, 20x10-inch Moto Metal wheels, and 35x12.5R20 ProComp Extreme A/T tires
Owner says: “I take my truck to the local sled pulls and cannot wait to see how the new turbo works this season. Ever since I got the truck, I have been slowly adding on and customizing. I have no idea where it will stop. Next up, I plan to install a custom four-link front suspension.”

IDIs Aren’t Bad
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Chevrolet K3500
Owner: John Fleischmann
Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Odometer: 260,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Engine: 6.5L Detroit Diesel V-8
Transmission: 4L80E four-speed automatic
Mods: AFE air intake kit, 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust, Walker J Designs A-Team turbocharger, Snow Performance water-methanol injection, Bosch high-output injectors, Heath Diesel ECM tuning, and a 21-inch-diameter Duramax fan with the severe-duty fan clutch
Owner says: “This truck is my first diesel; I bought it bone-stock in 2010. Not too long after I got the truck, I was involved in an accident that totaled the entire front end. Within two weeks—and with a lot of Craigslist help—I had it back together and looking better than ever!”

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