Without a doubt, the diesel drag race scene is chock-full of unique vehicles. From 1-ton trucks to Ford Rangers, rails to dragsters, and rat rods to collector cars, plenty of variety exists in our sport. The one consistency shared across the board is simple: eclipse the 660 or 1,320-foot mark as quickly (and as fast) as possible. How each driver chooses to get there is where things get interesting.
Starting with a salvaged 5.9L block from the junkyard, Bean assembled the bottom end with
In longtime sled-puller Ryan Bean’s case, his need for speed was quenched by hunting down the perfect rolling chassis. As fate would have it, he stumbled upon Ryan Tucker’s track-proven ’81 Chevy C-10. A major selling point for Bean was the fact that the chassis and soft suspension had already been fine-tuned to optimize hard launches, and the truck had a history of cutting 1.3-second 60-foot times. “It was too easy,” Bean told us. “He already had it set up about perfect.”
The engine’s first breath of oxygen comes from a Whiplash 66mm S300. Then a two-stage Nitr
Because Bean specializes in Cummins conversions (and because the truck previously housed a 12-valve Cummins), installing a common-rail Cummins and 4R100 automatic was a cinch. The 5.9L was put together in-house at Bean’s Diesel Performance and the transmission was sourced from Brian’s Truck Shop, along with a Powertrain Control Solutions transmission controller. Engine tuning comes in the form of a standalone Zeus ECM from Destroked. Right off the bat (around the 700-rwhp mark), Bean clicked off a low 10-second quarter-mile. Since then, he’s ramped up the power progressively and focused much of his attention on getting the flexible Chevy to launch as effectively as possible.
The combination of a soft suspension with a lot of pre-load, a three-link setup with ladde
At the 950hp level, Bean piloted his C-10 to a 6.24-second eighth-mile (roughly a 9.8-second quarter) and mustered a best 60-foot time of 1.34 seconds. Unfortunately, transferring nearly 1,000 hp to the ground ended up bending the stock frame. “Going for 5s [in the eighth-mile] was a bit too much for the current chassis,” Bean said. With plans to straighten the frame and reinforce the rest of the chassis this winter, we’re sure he’ll be looking to put the 1,272 hp the truck recently dyno’d to good use in 2012.
In many ways, Bean’s Chevy epitomizes the quintessential diesel drag truck. It’s lightweight, runs as well as it looks, and of course, it’s Cummins-powered.
Along the driver-side bottom of the block you can see the Zeus standalone ECM from Destrok
Backing up the Cummins’ power is a bulletproofed Ford 4R100 from Brian’s Truck Shop. Compl
Another rock-solid Ford component found under the C-10 is the legendary 9-inch rear axle,
For the 2012 race season, Bean’s plan for the tubbed C-10 entails straightening and bracin
Inside, the cockpit hardly resembles the factory hardware. Notice the lack of gauges aside
Back at the 700hp level, Bean’s little rocket ship clicked off a 10.1-second quarter-mile.