Every year at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza, truck owners from literally every corner of the United States roll into Terre Haute, Indiana. Whether that mean sled pulling, drag racing, truck show, or just plain spectating, the event brings in thousands of trucks. Big, small, short, or tall, doesn’t matter every kind of wheel and tire combo, exhaust setup, or power level, its here. So, after cruising through the Show-N-Shine for a few days, we hand selected what we think are the most deserving of the Diesel Army top trucks.
Before we begin, let it be known that nearly all of the trucks were deserving of being selected, but these five stood out among the sea of trucks.
Truck #1- Camden Holper’s 1950 Dodge
Mr. Holper’s 1950 Dodge takes the cake when it comes to different, but cool. This Dodge is powered by an intercooled 4BT Cummins engine out of a Vermeer Boring Machine. Backing this engine is a four-speed NP435 Transmission out of a 1984 Ford Cab & Chassis truck with a custom driveshaft leading back to the 3.00:1 ratioed Ford 9-inch rear differential.
This build also utilizes a custom straight exhaust with no mufflers, Wilwood braking system, Chevrolet S10 front suspension and lowering springs, and steering column out of a 1977 Chevrolet van. “This truck has taken parts from many to complete, but that’s what made it fun,” said Holper. “The truck started when my dad, Steve, sold his El Camino. He was tired of having something to nice to daily drive so he found this truck to fix up and drive in any driving conditions.”
Truck #2- LinCo Diesel Suburban
Riding high is a serious understatement when it comes to the John Eilermann owned 1972 Suburban built by LinCo Diesel Performance. According to LinCo Diesel, the build took nearly one and a half years to complete. It started as frame modifications after fitment tests of the engine and transmission. Once fitment was right, the body and interior followed.
A widened and boxed in frame from a 1972 Suburban was built in-house by LDP and a Yukon Grizzly built 11.5 AAM rear differential with 4.56 gear ratio. In the front, it’s riding on a 1989 Ford Dana 60 limited slip differential with ADS Racing coil over shocks with dual rate springs.
This monster truck is powered by a 6.6-Liter LBZ Duramax engine equipped with an LDP Stage 1 billet turbocharger and custom stainless exhaust. All tuning is controlled by EFILive using PPEI tuning. Behind this Duramax engine is an Allison 1000 transmission, custom driveshafts by Inland Truck Parts, Derale transmission cooler, and an NP261ND transfer case.
Truck #3- Seth Johnson’s Cummins-Powered C-10
Chevrolet C-10 trucks are very popular and you really do see a lot of them. What you don’t see is people turning a Dodge truck into one and repowering it with a Cummins engine. Seth Johnson’s C10 Chevrolet started as 1999 Ram, but after it was crashed and totaled, Johnson rebought the truck and began a dream build.
“I Stripped the Dodge down completely and started looking for a 1962 to 1972 Chevrolet body,” said Johnson. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do power wise, but I’m a Chevrolet guy at heart and I love that Cummins engine, so it was clear the engine was going to stay.” Well, the engine stayed and ended up being more than just a 24 valve Cummins.
This C-10 is powered by a P-Pumped 24-valve engine, oversize injection lines, port and polished cylinder head, and a 66-mm turbocharger. With all of these additional parts, this truck is much more than just show. It offers plenty of go you just put your foot into it.
The transmission is a manual valve body equipped 47RE automatic with billet input, intermediate, and output shafts. “I just didn’t want a computer at all o the truck,” said Johnson. “I wanted to keep it old school mechanical if possible.” All the exterior was done by a local shop owned by Josh Basham.
Truck #4-Kyle Tobias’ Cherry Second-Gen Ram
This 1995 Dodge RAM was absolutely immaculate. Although it was surrounded by equally nice vehicles, this truck stands out for obvious reasons. “I love bringing the truck out to shows like this, said Tobias. “My future for this truck is to make it perform as good as it looks.” After talking with Tobias, this ordinary Dodge RAM could have nearly 1,000 horsepower by the time this is all said and done.
This 95′ RAM has been family owned since it came off the showroom floor and still has all of the original interior pieces. Tobias upgraded a handful of items including a K & N Cold Air Intake, Haisley Machine 5 x 13 fuel injectors, and had the injection pump fooled with for additional power. Being cautious, Tobias upgraded the transmission with Dan’s Transmission, upgraded Fox Racing suspension, and a set of custom ladder bars to prevent axle wrap.
“I plan on taking this truck to the next level in the near future, said Tobias. “I’m going to have this cylinder head port and polished, even larger injectors, a much larger turbo, and a built engine using nothing but Haisley Machine parts.” We’re looking forward to seeing a truck like this put down the kind of power that Tobias has in mind.
As we wrap up this year’s Scheid Diesel event, we’re thankful for the number of people that come and support this great event. We look forward to many years to come and can’t wait to see what you guys bring to the table next year. For more information about next years event and to find out what Scheid Diesel can do for you, check out their website. Stay tuned to DieselArmy.com for the latest in the diesel industry.