Kenny Castro, the owner of this ’06 Dodge Ram 2500, got into diesels nine years ago because his gas-powered V-10 pickup wasn’t cutting it. His next truck was a diesel, but it was also a dualie—which was a little more heavy-duty than Kenny needed. His current ’06 Quad Cab, shortbed, single-rear-wheel truck, however, has proven to be just right. He’s satisfied with the truck’s simple yet sharp looks, and the 5.9L Cummins powerplant does everything Kenny asks it to—and more. He told us about the time he was catching flack from his fireball sister and his mom for putting money into a big, heavy, smoky truck. After giving his family their first ride—they understood why Kenny wanted a hot rod diesel truck instead of a mundane sports car. Anatomy of a Speed Demon People in the diesel community know building a strong engine is only half the battle. Kenny also has a built ATS Diesel 48RE transmission with a billet-steel flexplate and Five Star torque converter, as well as billet-steel input, intermediate, and output shafts. A Mag-Hytec deep transmission pan keeps the fluid temperatures in check, while a custom valvebody controls the shifts. Frank Lane at Fastlane Racing Transmissions in Littleton, Colorado, did all the transmission work. The Cummins is tuned by Bully Dog and Smarty TNT R programmers. Kenny plans on switching to the 6.7L Cummins intake to get his big single to light faster. No stranger to the track, Kenny’s truck has run a best of 12.1 seconds in the quarter-mile. While that time may not sound super fast to those who’ve become jaded by 10-second diesels, keep in mind Kenny races at Bandimere Speedway, which is 5,800 feet above sea level! Plus, there’s only one turbo on Kenny’s engine. The Cummins has had compound turbochargers in the past, but Kenny prefers the rush that lighting the big single brings. No stranger to the track, Kenny’s truck has run a best of 12.1 seconds in the quarter-mile The 5.9L Cummins is equipped with a Hamilton Big Stick 181/210 cam, Hamilton pushrods, and 120-pound valvesprings. The engine currently uses a Glacier Diesel Power Air Boss intake plenum, although it will be coming off in favor of the 6.7L intake setup. Filtering duties were left up to the AFE Stage 2 intake with a Pro-Dry filter and prefilter. The 5.9L Cummins is equipped with a Hamilton Big Stick 181/210 cam, Hamilton pushrods, and Kenny is from Littleton, Colorado, and is a vehicle salesman. His diesel background provides him with the insight he needs to win over truck customers. When they ask him what he drives, he points to his Ram sitting pretty in the lot. The Night Runner headlights and de-badged, smooth paint is subtle yet impressive. Kenny is from Littleton, Colorado, and is a vehicle salesman. His diesel background provid Kenny’s Cummins has a little room to grow into his big Aurora 6000 turbo. Although it’s not ideal for heavy towing and street applications, he has found a way to make it work for him—even while pulling snowmobiles up a mountain. The ATS third-generation two-piece exhaust manifold and Banks intercooler handle the air and ARP head studs keep it all together. Kenny’s Cummins has a little room to grow into his big Aurora 6000 turbo. Although it’s no Under the truck, there’s a Mag-Hytec rear differential cover and a Diamond Eye 5-inch turbo-back exhaust to 4-inch duals with 5-inch MBRP black tips. Glacier Diesel Power provided the Double X Ladder Bars, which provide traction to the tires. Under the truck, there’s a Mag-Hytec rear differential cover and a Diamond Eye 5-inch turb Fueling the demon are six Flux 3.5 (175hp) injectors, an ATS Twin CP3 kit, and an AirDog 150-gph lift pump. Fueling the demon are six Flux 3.5 (175hp) injectors, an ATS Twin CP3 kit, and an AirDog 1 The SRT-10 hood, Power Wagon fender flares, Laramie front bumper, and sport grille (he painted the grille inserts gloss black) make for one great-looking ride. Kenny’s truck is an example of today’s tastes. In the past, truck owners were jacking up their trucks and laying fancy paintjobs—those days of excess are becoming relics of the past. The SRT-10 hood, Power Wagon fender flares, Laramie front bumper, and sport grille (he pai Superlift leveling coils and shocks take care of suspension duty. The rolling stock is 20x9 Fuel Octane wheels with LTZ 305/55R20 Cooper Zeon tires. Superlift leveling coils and shocks take care of suspension duty. The rolling stock is 20x The interior is more like a luxury car than a truck of the past, too. A touch-screen Kenwood deck and Infinity Kappa stereo system crank out the tunes. The occupants also get to relax in the Katzkin-covered two-tone leather interior with heated seats up front. Auto Meter factory-matched gauges measure EGT and transmission temperatures. There is also a DiPricol rail pressure gauge. The interior is more like a luxury car than a truck of the past, too. A touch-screen Kenwo By Jason Thompson Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!