Diesel engines have experienced something of a revival in the past five years as various automakers pursue these high-torque, fuel efficient mills as an alternative to hybrid or electric cars. Yet by far the most popular diesel vehicles in America remain heavy duty pickup trucks who primarily haul trailers and equipment, as opposed to haulin’ ass as it were.
But every so often an old diesel truck sneaks off the farm to find a second life as a high-powerd, smoke-spewing hot rod, which is precisely what we have here today. This 1997 Dodge Ram Dually may not look like much on the outside, but it can scoot down the quarter-mile in less than 11 seconds, giving sports cars half its size and weight a run for their money.
The ‘97 12-valve Cummins diesel sports a 12 mm injection pump, a Borg Warner S475 turbocharger, and all sorts of supporting hardware and software. This includes a manual valvebody automatic transmission that’s been beefed up to handle all that extra torque the Cummins is tossing out. Chris, the owner/driver, claims the best time he’s had was a 10.2 at 140 MPH, though he mentions some issues like input shafts that have kept them from breaking into the single digits.
On this day at the National Hot Rod Diesel Association Nationals the registered farm truck’s best run was a 10.98 at about 122 MPH. Keep in mind this is hardly some dedicated rag truck, but rather one that spends most days doing legitimate farm work, if Chris is to be believed. But nobody ever said farm trucks can’t have some fun when the work day is done, and this is one old Dodge that still knows how get the job done, whether it be for work or play.