Reality Trucks

Published in the July 2010 Issue July 2010

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Matt Handwork

New Plymouth, Ohio

If you are looking for speed, look no further than Handwork's 2003 Chevy Duramax LB7. The truck ran a best time of 11.02 seconds at 121 mph with stock internals, stock turbo and nitrous. He competed in the Midwest region in all National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) taking two first place wins in Super Street.

At a recent NADM race, he took first place with his QD win and second place in the Pro Street division. At Thunder in Muncie he landed a tasty second in Pro Street. He nabbed a first place in the 7.70 at Scheid's Pro Diesel challenge event. Oh, and he also got the 2009 Super Street Division 5 Winner at NHRDA.

The truck has been given some extra juice with EFI Live, Fass 150 lift pump, ATS dual CP3s, ATS trans, QA1 front shocks and MT Drag Radial mods.

James Davis

Albion, MI

Maintenance, Shmaintenance. Davis' 2007 LBZ 3500 cc/lb two-wheel drive was bought new back in May of '07. It had 210,000 miles on it, and he said his rig is "pretty much trouble free, as a matter of fact I just put on my third set of tires." The first set went to 72,000 miles and the second set ran from 72 to 210,000 miles.

The truck features a Banks intake and scoop, straight-piped exhaust, a Banks six-gun with speed loader that's made more interesting paired with EFI Live and Snow Performance Stage 3 MPG Max water-methanol injection. It also has fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches, a Bluetooth mp3 player with 12-disc changer and a Wilson wireless cell phone booster. The diamond-plate bed rails match the diamond-plate 115 gallon auxiliary fuel tank in the bed (with on-the-fly refueling) and diamond-plate over the wheel well tool boxes. It's all nicely covered with a Truxedo roll-up cover and, although he's not going to give us specifics, the truck also has "some other goodies."

Everett Miller

Lake Charles, LA

Miller has an `07 classic with 98,000 miles on it, which he uses for his daily work truck. Working truck or not, the list of mods start with TTS rods, cut and coated, and some LB7 pistons. Along with a hot cam and valve springs from DPR, he's got a Danville 68mm charger for air and he's done a little hand porting to the heads. In addition to ARP main and head studs, Miller's truck has been tricked out with all of the basic mods including intake, exhaust, lift pump and the list goes on...just the way we like it.

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