Quick Hit: Owen Stanford’s Mean Green Cummins Machine

With social networks becoming more and more popular, here at Diesel Army, we find ourselves scrolling through pictures and forums and sometimes we find some really beautiful builds. Whether it be someone’s project that has been going on for years or just someone looking to upgrade and they luck into something immaculate.

That was the case for our friend from Winter Park, Colorado, Owen Stanford. Stanford is no stranger to diesel trucks as previous trucks led to the purchase of this dime. Stanford sold his previous truck in hopes to start on something else. He wanted a new project to keep things different, but after finding this truck, he couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

No matter the day or terrain, the dog’s are always ready to ride.

The Truck

The truck is a 2004 Dodge Ram that’s still equipped with the 5.9-liter Cummins engine. The previous owner, knowing that this truck was going to capable of making some steam, went through the engine with the necessary insurance mods to ensure that this engine was going to be able to withstand the amount of horsepower and torque it would be capable of.

Once the air enters an AFE Air Intake, the extra air that is forced into the engine is credited by the Maximized Performance Inc. twin turbo kit. This twin kit is a combination of a 64/73/13 turbocharger on the manifold, an S480 larger charger feeding into it, and a 40mm SmartGate wastegate to relieve boost pressure. With correct fueling parts, this setup is capable of over 1,000 horsepower.

Stanford found a great truck to purchase because even under the hood is freaky clean.

Paired with the compound turbos is a Fleece Performance Engineering dual CP3 kit, that feed S & S Diesel Motorsports bodied Flux 5 injectors. With this amount of fuel combined with twin turbos, it’s capable of roughly 900 horsepower. Feeding the twin CP3 pumps is a FASS Fuel Systems lift pump mounted near the fuel tank.

The truck’s tuning is taken care of by a SMARTY MADS unit. With that being said, this day in age custom tuning is on the rise, which means Stanford is leaving a lot on the table when it comes to performance. “I purchased the truck as is,” said Stanford. “I’ve changed some things around, but I have more plans for it come spring.”

Of course, to polish off any great build you have to use the SRT-10 style hood.

Keeping the cylinder head tight onto the block’s surface is done with the help of Automotive Racing Products 625 New Age Head Stud Kit. To warrant this ported head would stay secure, Stanford retorqued the studs to 160 ft-lbs. Inside the cylinder head rests a set of  110-pound valve springs and a fire-ringed bottom surface.

This color matched Ram is riding on Moto Metal 962 wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grapplers.

The cylinder block has been prepped with 0.20 over pistons, shot peened and hardened 12-valve Cummins connecting rods, 188/210 Hamilton Cams camshaft and has also been fire-ringed to match the cylinder head. Between the head and block rests a Haisley Machine head gasket for leak prevention.

Keeping this engine cool out on the road is a pair of Flex-A-Lite dual electric fans.

Backing this high-horsepower Ram is a Browns/Georend built 48RE transmission. Inside the shell of this 48 is a Goerend triple disc torque converter, billet drums, and alto clutches. Dressing up the outside is done with Mag-HyTec extra deep pan. With a larger pan, you’re allowed to run more fluid to keep things at the desired temperature.

It’s the custom stitched green and black interior that comforts Stanford and his passengers while listening to the 12-inch sub in the center console. Combined with the added bass, the truck contains Alpine speakers and tweeters that are powered by a Pioneer 4300 double din head unit.

This just goes to show you that smoking hot deals are out there if you just take the time to look. Be sure and check out Stanford on Instagram to keep up with his build as he continues to customize his new ride.

About the author

Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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