Readers’ Rides

October 4th, 2010

American Dream
Travis Newhart submitted photos of his ’04 F-350 all the way from Iraq. The staff sergeant in the United States Air Force wanted to show off the truck he calls “American Dream.” Travis worked with a company out of Madison, Ohio, to design the custom graphics running down the sides of the Ford, making it a one-of-a-kind scheme honoring the country he serves.

Along with the graphics, Travis has installed airbags to help when he’s towing. The rolling stock was upgraded to 16-inch Dick Cepek, and he’s running Mickey Thompson Baja Radial MTX tires size 33×12.50. For performance, the Power Stroke’s breathing was improved with an aFe Stage II intake and 6-inch single stack from Grand Rock. Innovative Diesel wrote Travis a custom tune that was put into the computer via an SCT downloader. On the inside, Auto Meter gauges track exhaust temperature, fuel pressure and boost.

When he returns from his deployment in Iraq, Travis has a laundry list of parts he’ll be ordering. Among the modification, the turbo will be upgraded to a hybrid from Industrial Injection, and the injectors will also be replaced. He’s already pulled in the 2.6 Turbo Class, and out of 40 trucks, he took 10th Place with stock injectors and turbo. Stay safe Travis. We want to see your truck after you get home and finish it.

Lady In Red
Randee Fisher’s truck has graced our pages on a couple separate occasions. It wasn’t until now that we looked into exactly what the young lady from Santa Rosa, Calif., has done to her ’05 Dodge. Oh yeah, she has also done everything herself with the occasional helping hand from her boyfriend Drake Swett, the owner of Total Performance Diesel in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The 4X4 2500 standard cab is running a PPD transmission with a Suncoast torque converter. The 4-inch turbo-back exhaust attached to a custom Super Stocker Turbo dumps into a 7-inch tip. Programming is handled by a Predator stacked with a Smarty, and Auto Meter Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite gauges keep tabs on the Common Rail. A leveling kit makes way for 35-inch tall Pro Comp Xtreme MT tires. So far, Randee has made it down the quarter-mile in a personal best 13.4 seconds, and she has First and Second Place trophies to show for the few times she has hooked up to the sled.
HD Beast
Craig Hurd has run the gamut with his 2500HD, bolting on products to chance appearance, performance and off-road ability. The 6-inch lift from Cognito has been powdercoated and chromed, utilizing Cognito’s upper control arms, dual-shock hoops and idler and pitman support brackets. Helping keep the 35×12.5 Cooper tires mounted on 17×10 Diamo wheels from toeing in under a load, Craig upgraded the tie rod ends with Fabtech units while Pro Comp traction bars keep the tires planted.

The Duramax gets fuel through a dual-filter FASS 150 system and Industrial Injection dual CP3s. PPE’s Hot +2 tuner is set to the 425hp level, while air is sucked through an S&B intake. The MBRP 5-inch exhaust has a 6-inch tip and a mixture of water and methanol is injected into the intake stream with Snow Performance’s Stage 2 kit. Mike at Inglewood Transmission installed a fully built Suncoast Stage 5 Allison connected to an ATS Five-Star billet converter.

Craig has also added PPE gauges to the interior along with replacing the factory Bose system with a Pioneer deck, two Rockford Fosgate amplifers, a pair of 10-inch Kicker subwoofers and Alpine mids and highs. He added some style to the exterior with chrome grille inserts, Chevy emblem and bug guard. Built as his play toy, Craig enjoys the Chevy on a daily basis, as well.
Husky Hauler
We’re not American Kennel Club members, but it appears that Thomas Meisel has a pair of Huskies that enjoy riding in his Ford F-250 as much as he enjoys driving it, since the dogs can be seen in the bed of every photo he sent us. The pups and Thomas both have a lot to enjoy, like the 271 RWHP and 560 lb-ft of rear-wheel torque the truck has produced on a dyno.

The Power Stroke modifications are simple and effective. Thomas installed an aFe Stage 2 intake and aFe turbo-back exhaust. Morgan Berario at Ultimate Truck Performance wrote a custom Sniper Tuning program for the 7.3L, something Thomas wanted to be kept mild in order to keep from stretching the head bolts. Drowning out the noise of the cat-less diesel engine is the stereo system featuring a 400-watt amplifier, Blaupunkt receiver, 10-inch subwoofer and 6×9 speakers.

Thomas says he doesn’t have as much time as he’d like to enjoy the suspension modifications, but when a free day pops up, he puts the Fabtech 8-inch radius arm lift kit to good use. The 37×13.5 Toyo Open Country MT tires are mounted on 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels and the gearing has been changed to 4.88s in the front and rear differentials. Both diffs are fitted with ARB lockers and if for some reason he does get stuck, a Warn 15,000-pound winch housed in an ARB Deluxe front bumper is there to save the day. Between the fun in the Southern California sun, Thomas drives the truck two and from work six days a week.

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