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Reader's Diesels of the Month - May 2014

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Family Wagon

Year/Make/Model: 2004 Ford Excursion
Owner: Matt Boyle
Hometown: King William, Virginia
Odometer: 76,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: K&N intake, Edge Evolution CS programmer, custom dual exhaust, 5-inch lift kit with Nitro shocks, 17x9-inch Ultra wheels, 35x12.5R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires, ’05 Harley-Davidson-edition headlights, and black Recon marker lights
Owner says: “I love seeing everyone’s creations each month and thought some might want to see my family truckster. This is the family ride as well as the weekend cruiser. There are more mods on the way; I’m always learning something new with each new issue of Diesel Power!”


Second Love

Year/Make/Model: 2013 GMC Sierra 2500
Owner: Matt Panowicz
Hometown: Cairo, Nebraska
Odometer: 6,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Mods: Diamond Eye Exhaust downpipe, MBRP 4-inch exhaust with a 5-inch tip, H&S Mini Maxx programmer, Edge CTS Insight, B&W gooseneck hitch, and Weather Guard toolbox
Owner says: “My first pickup was an ’05 Chevy 2500 with a Duramax, and I became fully attached to it. However, this ’13 Duramax has been by far the best pickup I have ever driven; the power difference is incredible compared to my ’05. It’s currently used for personal use and the occasional trip to haul farm equipment.”


The Cool Kid

Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Grant Dickinson
Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey
Odometer: 86,473 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: Banks intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust with an 8-inch tip, Glowshift boost and fuel pressure gauges, SCT X3 programmer with custom tuning from Gearhead Automotive Performance, and a Sinister Diesel coolant filtration system
Owner says: “Being a 17-year-old kid and having this beast as a daily driver is awesome!”


Clean and Simple

Year/Make/Model: 2002 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Luke Hodge
Hometown: Sweetser, Indiana
Odometer: 193,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Mods: Haisley Machine injectors, DiabloSport tuner, 5-inch custom exhaust with an 8-inch tip, and a 2-inch leveling kit
Owner says: “This is the first diesel truck I have owned, and I’ve put a lot of time into making it look nice. I plan to continue adding stuff as time goes on and money allows. The truck gets used as my daily driver to work and as a play toy on the weekends.”


Complete Package

Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Ryan Percivalle
Hometown: South Plainfield, New Jersey
Odometer: 167,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: Carli 2.5 suspension and control arms, Dynatrac ball joints, AFE intake, ATS intake and exhaust manifolds, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Engineered Diesel S363 turbo, Goerend-built transmission, Doghouse Diesel custom driveshaft, EFILive with tuning by Anarchy Diesel, and 35x12.5R18 Toyo Open Country M/T tires on 18x9-inch Method wheels
Owner says: “I am very happy with the plush suspension and 500 rwhp on this daily driver!”


All Jacked Up

Year/Make/Model: 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Owner: Tyler Small
Hometown: Eliot, Maine
Odometer: 120,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Mods: EFILive with tuning by Maine Turbo Diesel, Edge CTS Insight, Garrett PowerMax turbo, FASS 150-gph lift pump, All Season Diesel Performance EGR delete kit, AFE 3-inch hot- and cold-side intercooler pipes, K&N air filter, AFE Bladerunner, MBRP 3-inch downpipe, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust with an 8-inch tip, 6-inch Zone Offroad lift kit, 39.5x13.5R20 Super Swamper IROK tires, 20x12-inch KMC Hoss wheels, ’06 front end conversion, RBP grille, and Bushwhacker fender flares
Owner says: “I bought the truck with 100,000 miles and all stock. I have learned a lot by doing most of the work myself. With the help of friends and a patient girlfriend, I now have a truck I am proud of. I look forward to each month’s new issue of Diesel Power, and the inspiration it brings for my project!”


Free Diesel

Year/Make/Model: 2000 Ford E-350 Super Duty
Owner: Robert Ellis
Hometown: Creedmoor, North Carolina
Odometer: 444,574 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Mods: HPOP reservoir oil change, new batteries, engine oil and filter change, and a resonator delete
Owner says: “I have been a longtime subscriber to Diesel Power and recently acquired my first 7.3L Power Stroke. A friend asked me if I wanted a 15-passenger van. It was an E-350 with the Power Stroke engine, and best of all I could have it for free! He said he parked it in 2012 after having some driveability issues. So I towed it home, added 2 quarts of oil, installed new batteries, and it fired right up. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I can now check ‘own a 7.3L Power Stroke’ off the list.”


Diesel Addiction

Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Garrett House
Hometown: Smithville, Ontario, Canada
Odometer: 310,000 kilometers
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: ProComp 2-inch leveling kit, Skyjacker Nitro 8000 shocks and Hydro 7000 dual steering dampers, Edge programmer, S&B intake and intake elbow, and an MBRP 4-inch turbo-back exhaust with dual 8-inch tips
Owner says: “This is my third diesel truck, and I am hooked!”


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