Reality Trucks

Published in the December 2008 Issue December 2008 Column

FREE SUBSCRIPTION: This is becoming one of our favorite sections. Real trucks, purpose-built on a paycheck budget. If you'd like to submit your truck for Reality Trucks, send your name, hometown and state and description of your truck, along with high-resolution photos, to dteditor@dieseltechmag.com. Remember, if your truck is published, you get a free one-year subscription to Diesel Tech.

 

BILLY FITZGERALD
TOOELE, UT

THIS DAILY DRIVEN 2001 F250 IS POWERED BY THE PROVEN 7.3L POWER STROKE. POWER IS IMPROVED OVER STOCK WITH AN AFE STAGE II INTAKE, 4-INCH STRAIGHT PIPED EXHAUST SYSTEM, BLACK WIDOW DIESEL CERAMIC COATED UP-PIPES, ATS SHIFT KIT, DP TUNER ADJUSTABLE CHIP, VAN TURBO WITH WICKED WHEEL, 08 ALUMINUM DIFFERENTIAL COVER, 6.0L POWER STROKE INTERCOOLER, ITP DIESEL REGULATED RETURN WITH FUEL BOWL DELETE AND A STEALTH DUAL HPOP SYSTEM. THE TRUCK IS SITTING ON A 4-INCH LIFT AND 315/75R16 TOYO MUDDERS.

 

JEREMIAH HERNANDEZ
IDAHO FALLS, ID

THE 1996 FORD CREW CAB LONG BED 7.3L POWER STROKE YOU SEE IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE NICER OLD BODY STYLED F350S WE'VE SEEN IN AWHILE. IT'S POWERED BY A SET OF STAGE 3 HYBRID INJECTORS AND FUEL SYSTEM, A HYBRID H2E TURBOCHARGER, TOTAL DIESEL PERFORMANCE CHIP, 4-INCH EXHAUST, COLD AIR INTAKE, STEALTH DUAL OIL PUMPS, ALL COOLED WITH A BANKS INTERCOOLER. IT'S SITTING ON A 4-INCH REVERSE SHACKLE LIFT KIT AND RIDE RITE AIR BAGS. A SET OF TOYO 35-INCH TIRES ARE MOUNTED ON 18-INCH MOTO METAL 950 WHEELS. BEST DYNO NUMBERS TO DATE ARE 515 HP WITH 1158 FT-LBS. OF TORQUE.

 

GARY NAYLOR
BROKEN ARROW, OK

TALK ABOUT A GOOD-LOOKING DODGE. THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST-LOOKING CUMMINS POWERED TRUCKS WE'VE HAD SUBMITTED. A BULLY DOG COLD AIR KIT ALONG WITH AN AFE INTAKE SUPPLY FRESH AIR TO THE COMMON RAIL THAT HAS BEEN ENHANCED WITH SMARTY BOX TUNING. A SOUTH BEND DOUBLE DISK CLUTCH SENDS POWER TO THE GROUND, HELPING THIS CUMMINS LAY DOWN AN IMPRESSIVE 429 HP. THE TRUCK IS ALSO EQUIPPED WITH AN ONBOARD COMPRESSOR AND REAR AIRBAGS, HID HEADLIGHTS, RECON TAILLIGHTS, AND 20-INCH MOTO METAL WHEELS WRAPPED IN TOYO OPEN COUNTRY M/T TREADS.

 

ZACH GRIMES
WEATHERFORD, TX

DUBBED THE `SLOW TOW PIG,' THIS 1997 FORD 7.3L POWER STROKE IS SITTING ON A 6-INCH LIFT AND SPORTING 35-INCH TOYO M/T TIRES WRAPPED AROUND 20-INCH WHEELS. PERFORMANCE MODS CONSIST OF A CUSTOM 5-INCH DUAL EXHAUST WITH 8-INCH TIPS, 6-POSITION TONY WILDMAN CHIP, BEANS DIESEL IDM, MIKES TRICK SHIFT TRANSMISSION, D66 TURBO, 17-DEGREE HIGH PRESSURE OIL PUMP, WILDMAN INJECTORS, DI-PRICOL GAUGES AND A SHIMMED FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR. GOTTA LOVE THOSE OLD BODY STYLE FORDS.

 

NICK LUSK
MITCHELLVILLE, IA

THIS TRUCK STARTED OUT LIFE AS A 1988 C30 CREW CAB DUALLY OUTFITTED WITH A 454 BIG BLOCK. SINCE LUSK PURCHASED THE TRUCK HE HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO A 12V CUMMINS. THE BUILD AND SWAP INCLUDED THE USE OF A ROTARY INJECTION PUMP FROM A CASE 5140, HX-35 TURBO, BANKS BIG HEAD WASTEGATE AND 190 HP EDM INJECTORS. AN NV4500 TRANSMISSION WITH AN AFTERMARKET CLUTCH SENDS POWER TO THE REAR END, WHICH WILL SOON BE UPDATED WITH A DETROIT TRUE-TRAC. JUST THIS PAST FALL LUSK CONVERTED BOTH FRONT AND REAR AXLES TO A SINGLE HUB SETUP AND PULLED THE DUALLY FENDERS OFF. DEFINITELY A ONE-OF-A-KIND BUILD; NICE JOB.

 

KYLE ENGEL
CARTERET, NJ

THIS 2005 CHEVROLET DURAMAX IS ROLLING IN STYLE ON A ONE-OFF 4-LINK AIR RIDE KIT REAR SUSPENSION AND AN AIR BAGGED FRONT END IN PLACE OF THE STOCK TORSION BAR SETUP. WITH FULL ADJUSTABILITY, THE TRUCK CAN GO FROM DRAGGING FRAME TO RIGHT AT 15-INCH RIDE HEIGHT. PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVED WITH AN EDGE JUICE WITH ATTITUDE STACKED OVER A QUADZILLA STEALTH TUNER, SNOW PERFORMANCE STAGE 2 WATER/METH KIT, BD EXHAUST MANIFOLD, CUSTOM MBRP AND SILVERLINE EXHAUST, PPE BOOST CONTROLLER AND EGR BLOCK OFF PLATE, PPE RACE VALVE AND AN AIRDOG FUEL SYSTEM. IT'S NICE TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT ON THE STREET.

 

KALEB MONEY
SALEM, UT

ROWING THE GEARS AT THE TRACK FOR THE 2008 EDGE EVENT IN SALT LAKE CITY, THIS 1994 12V DODGE CUMMINS IS IMPROVED WITH AN AFE STAGE II, STRAIGHT PIPED 4-INCH MBRP SINGLE EXHAUST, MARINE 370 INJECTORS, O-RINGED AND STUDDED HEAD, AND A FASS FUEL SYSTEM. IT'S SITTING ON A 3-INCH FRONT PUCK LIFT AND 35-INCH TIRES WRAPPED AROUND 18-INCH CHROME PLATED WHEELS. FOR A 15-YEAR-OLD TRUCK WITH 200,000 MILES ON IT, IT STILL PUTS ON A PRETTY GOOD SHOW AT THE TRACK.

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