At 18 years old, Wade Dillow sold his common rail and purchased his friend’s truck with aspirations of a race build. The ’97 Dodge 1500 single cab was in pretty bad shape, but thanks to Dillow’s hard work and a newly built compound turbo 12-valve 5.9L Cummins, the ODSS 5.90 index class is now in sight.
To show off the diesel capabilities of the shop, Dallaire’s Diesel Performance built a shop truck to serve as a rolling business card, but to also hurt some feelings on the track. Check out this compound turbo 5.9L Cummins build in this Diesel of the Week.
Sick and tired of increasing horsepower only to have another cast iron block blow up, Richard Mead of RPS Diesel, went looking for a solution. He helped design a billet 5.9L block that would do the trick, and built this triple turbo billet 5.9L 12-valve Cummins engine, which is one of the fastest diesels in the Northern Hemisphere.
When Jason Bliesner drives around, he has a tendency to get pulled over. Most of the time it’s not because he’s speeding or doing anything wrong, it’s because certain cops are car guys and they can’t help but want to know more about Jason’s 1941 Chevy school bus that’s powered by a P-pumped 12-valve 5.9L compound turbo Cummins engine. You have to see this!
When the Engine Builder team traveled to Indianapolis to take in the 2021 Ultimate Callout Challenge, we also got to walk around the DPI Expo where, tucked away in the last row of exhibitors, was one of the coolest trucks at the entire show – Hauk Designs’ 1946 Chevy Cabover beer tanker complete with a 5.9L Cummins engine and Allison transmission. Check out this one-of-a-kind, custom truck.
Having been introduced to diesel motorsports at just two weeks old, Justina Reusch, owner of Reusch Diesel, has always had an affinity for diesel performance. Her handy work can be seen on her 2006 Ford F350 where the shop did a Ford Cummins conversion from a 6.0L Powerstroke to a 5.9L Cummins. Check it out.
This oil pan fits 2500 ‘03-’10, 3500 ‘03-’12, 4500 ’08-’12 and 5500 ’08-’12 Dodge Cummins trucks.
The oil pan is stamped out 16 gauge steel and has a gloss black epoxy powder coat finish.
Ethan Powell of Freedom Diesel Performance has a 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville he wants to turn into a fun street vehicle he can bring to car shows. So what did he put under the hood? This 24-valve 5.9L Cummins engine of course! Find out what went into the build.
In the early 2000s, as diesel performance was coming into its own, Gomer’s Diesel Inc. and US Diesel Parts was also making the transition to more diesel repair and performance work. It did so by cutting its teeth on a white 2004 Dodge with a 5.9L Cummins engine. Today, this truck makes 1,800 hp! Find out what went into the build.
Engine Builder editors Greg Jones and Brendan Baker take a trip to Canton, OH to visit Justin Zeigler and the guys at Zeigler Diesel Performance. Why? To discuss building up a pair of Gen 3 5.9L Cummins engines on both a mild budget and a wild budget. What build has more bang for the buck?
With fewer open class pulling events occurring due to COVID, Tim Richardson decided to change his 12-valve 5.9L Cummins engine to fit the sanctioned 2.6 class pulling rules. Find out what went into the rebuild.