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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 03, 2019 at 06:30. 11 comments

This Ram 3500 In A Whataburger Parking Lot Is The Most 'Texas' Truck I've Ever Seen

This Ram 3500 In A Whataburger Parking Lot Is The Most 'Texas' Truck I've Ever Seen

This past weekend, I drove from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I spotted the most “Texas” truck I’ve ever laid eyes upon. Sitting in the parking lot of the most Texas fast-food joint I know of, Whataburger, was a red Ram 3500 diesel armored with what I assume are standard automobile accessories sold at every AutoZone in The Lone Star State. Except this truck may have...

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David Tracy David Tracy Oct 26, 2019. 11 comments

What It Was Like Driving The Last Full-Size Pickup Truck With A Manual Transmission

What It Was Like Driving The Last Full-Size Pickup Truck With A Manual Transmission
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The Ram 2500 represents the end of an era in which farmers, construction workers, and even suburbanites could shift their own gears in a brand-new full-size pickup. That’s right, the Cummins diesel-powered heavy-duty Ram was the U.S.’s final full-size truck with a manual transmission, and after having driven it,...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jun 14, 2019. 24 comments

Here's the Last 1 Ton Luxury Truck You Can Buy New With a Manual Transmission

Here's the Last 1 Ton Luxury Truck You Can Buy New With a Manual Transmission
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

What appears to be the last remaining 2018 Ram 3500 Laramie that you can buy brand new with a manual transmission has apparently been languishing on a dealer’s lot in Pennsylvania for more than six months. Folks, I am crestfallen.

I’ve been tearfully rocking myself to sleep every night since we heard America’s last-ever brand-new stick-shift Cummins diesel...

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Practical Enthusiast Practical Enthusiast Jan 15, 2019. 22 comments

How This Small Piece of Metal Can Destroy the Invincible 5.9l Cummins Turbo Diesel

How This Small Piece of Metal Can Destroy the Invincible 5.9l Cummins Turbo Diesel

Let’s talk about an engine that has earned the reputation of invincibility - the Cummins 5.9L Turbo Diesel. It’s a powerplant that has gained notoriety among the auto community unlike any other engine from its category. Quite frankly, it maintains one hell of a cult following. I’ve even taken a few sips of the holy water.

But one little part can make it all go wrong.

I Just Bought The Cheap...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jan 15, 2019. 22 comments

This is the Last Year You Can Buy a New Full-Sized Pickup Truck With a Manual Transmission

This is the Last Year You Can Buy a New Full-Sized Pickup Truck With a Manual Transmission
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

The 2018 Ram 2500 will be the last big truck you can buy with a manual transmission. Ram’s three-pedal option is going away for 2019, and every other brand abandoned stick shift for its full-sized trucks a long time ago. It’s not surprising, but it’s still sad.

As of right now, you can order a new Ram 2500 with a 6.7-liter inline six-cylinder Cummins diesel...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 08, 2018. 23 comments

Watch a Diesel Dodge Ram Blow Up and Spew Its Guts In Spectacular Fashion

Watch a Diesel Dodge Ram Blow Up and Spew Its Guts In Spectacular Fashion

A Cummins-based diesel engine in a second-generation Dodge Ram race truck blew up in a major way in Utah on Saturday, sending pistons flying all over the drag strip, and leaving a camshaft poking up from the engine bay. Just look at this incredible carnage.

Diesel performance parts retailer Power Driven Diesel brought its 1998 Dodge Ram to a Salt Lake City drag strip as part of an event called...

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Practical Enthusiast Practical Enthusiast Jan 11, 2018. 22 comments

My Dodge Ram Gave Me A Subtle Reminder I Haven't Fixed Everything Yet

My Dodge Ram Gave Me A Subtle Reminder I Haven't Fixed Everything Yet

My Dodge Ram 2500 drove quietly and comfortably on my recent excursion out to the Radwood 2 car show in Anaheim, California. The same couldn’t be said for the return venture back to Kansas. Somewhere near Flagstaff, Arizona, a low -pitched growling began emanating from within the steel beast - the 3,400 mile trip had uncovered another fault in the truck’s armor.

It was a sound that began so...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 11, 2017. 15 comments

I Want To Love This Jeep Wrangler-Ram 2500 Hybrid But It's Just So Hideous

I Want To Love This Jeep Wrangler-Ram 2500 Hybrid But It's Just So Hideous

Combining the versatile body of a Jeep Wrangler with the beefy, Cummins-powered chassis of a Ram 2500 sounds like a brilliant idea. Maybe. But someone in New Jersey did just that, and the result is one of the strangest looking Jeeps I’ve ever seen.

A number of readers have sent me this Craigslist listing and this eBay post, and I’ll admit, upon reading the title “1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ w...

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Practical Enthusiast Practical Enthusiast Nov 27, 2017. 9 comments

How To Make An Old Dodge Ram As Good As Its Cummins Diesel Engine

How To Make An Old Dodge Ram As Good As Its Cummins Diesel Engine

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the saying that “you’re only as strong as your weakest link.” It’s a cliché that can be applied to nearly anything: Sports teams, office environments, school group projects, and, you guessed it, vehicles.

The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins turbo diesel pickup truck that I bought a few months ago is a perfect example of an automobile that is only as good as its...

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Practical Enthusiast Practical Enthusiast Nov 15, 2017. 20 comments

Here's How To Replace The Worst Type Of Ball Joints In The Automotive World

Here's How To Replace The Worst Type Of Ball Joints In The Automotive World

If ball joints are allowed to degrade to the point of failure, it can lead to a wheel separating from the vehicle while driving. That is... not good. The Dodge Ram that I bought a few months back ended up having some loose joints up front, and I certainly didn’t want a nightmarish scenario like that to unfold. Here’s how I fixed it.

I Just Bought The Cheap Diesel Truck Of My Dreams

Call it a...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Oct 27, 2017. 20 comments

Here’s What Happens When ICON Restores A Ratty Pickup Truck With An Unlimited Budget

Here’s What Happens When ICON Restores A Ratty Pickup Truck With An Unlimited Budget

Jonathan Ward has made quite a name for himself turning old utility vehicles into art on wheels at his shop Icon 4x4. The Toyota FJs and Ford Broncos he’s reimagined are already famous, but his Dodge F-250 is one of the wildest work rigs you’ll ever see. And as beautiful as it is outside, you have to look close to see the most impressive parts.

Before you race to the comments to explain that,...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Oct 02, 2017. 23 comments

Watch Engineers Beat The Bejesus Out Of A 2016 Nissan Titan Diesel

Watch Engineers Beat The Bejesus Out Of A 2016 Nissan Titan Diesel

Here's how the Cummins-diesel powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD was bumped, shaken, and slammed all over America to simulate about 350,000 miles of regular use, work, and off-road driving.

2016 Nissan Titan: This Is It

The 2016 Nissan Titan is an American-built truck with an American-built turbodiesel Cummins…

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Video's heavy on marketing rhetoric (and goofy iMovie title...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Sep 28, 2017. 22 comments

2016 Nissan Titan Cummins Diesel: Everything We Know

2016 Nissan Titan Cummins Diesel: Everything We Know

A Japanese automaker taking on The Big Three wouldn't be a big story in any market, except trucks. The completely redesigned Cummins-diesel powered 2016 Nissan Titan is posturing to really shake up the American truck market. Here's everything we know about it so far.

Quick And Dirty:

First redesign since vehicle's introduction in 2003Unveil date: 1/12/15Cummins turbo diesel V8Gooseneck-hitch...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Sep 18, 2017. 19 comments

Cool Animation Explains How The Nissan Titan Diesel Has So Much Torque

Cool Animation Explains How The Nissan Titan Diesel Has So Much Torque

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD 's 5.0 Cummins diesel V8 is designed for longevity and low-noise output. But the M² "two-stage" two-turbo setup is where that beastly 555 lb-ft of torque figure, and theoretically robust powerband, come from. Here's how it works.

2016 Nissan Titan: This Is It

The 2016 Nissan Titan is an American-built truck with an American-built turbodiesel Cummins…

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Freddy Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez Sep 10, 2017. 22 comments

The Nissan Titan XD Is The Best Ford F-150 You Can Buy 

The Nissan Titan XD Is The Best Ford F-150 You Can Buy 

In the pickup truck world, one thing is certain: there’s the Ford F-150, standing head and shoulders above the rest in sales, marketing, and good old American heritage, and then there’s every other truck on the market. That’s the rule. Now let me introduce you to the diesel-chugging, earth-moving, miniature American flag-waving exception: the new Nissan Titan XD .

(Full disclosure: Nissan...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Sep 05, 2017. 23 comments

Looks Like Nissan Will Encourage You Modifying The 2016 Titan Diesel

Looks Like Nissan Will Encourage You Modifying The 2016 Titan Diesel

Nissan invited some big names from the pickup truck aftermarket to climb all over the Cummins diesel-powered 2016 Titan XD and measure it for their various accessories. Looks like Nissan’s going to support of you modifying your new truck if you buy it from them. Interesting.

Nice that you’ll be able to buy bed caps and bumpers for the new Titan right away, but you should be especially excited...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Sep 01, 2017. 24 comments

Cummins Beats Tesla To The Punch And Introduces An All-Electric Heavy-Duty Truck

Cummins Beats Tesla To The Punch And Introduces An All-Electric Heavy-Duty Truck

With Tesla purportedly gearing up to introduce an all-electric semi next month, diesel engine supplier Cummins took some of the automaker’s buzz away on Tuesday, revealed an all-electric prototype truck of its own.

Here’s A Huge Reason Why We Need Electric Trucks

While we can all extol the economic and environmental virtues of electricity over diesel, just look …

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 31, 2017. 15 comments

This 1925 Tow Truck Deserves A Free Pass To Roll Coal

This 1925 Tow Truck Deserves A Free Pass To Roll Coal

It’s shameful, really, how excited I am about ten-seconds of grainy vertical video. But sweet crusty rusty goodness check out this Cummins-swapped 1925 tow truck!

I still think the whole smoke-bellowing coal-rolling phenomenon is gross, but this little caricature of a car is so wacky I’m basically ready to give it a pass.

Watch the volume on your headphones before pushing play, because the...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 31, 2017. 22 comments

Duramax Camaro And Cummins Charger Are Coal-Rolling Muscle Cars

Duramax Camaro And Cummins Charger Are Coal-Rolling Muscle Cars

Diesel-powered pony cars—so perverse and unnecessary that I have to admit I’m intrigued. The real question is, what’s filthier: the fumes pluming out of these exhaust pipes or the grandiloquence coming out of this narrator’s mouth?

A custom car shop in Minnesota called One Of Won customs has pulled off two fairly spectacular engine swaps: a 5.9-liter 12-valve Cummins into a Charger...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 21, 2017. 20 comments

Nissan Will Try To Set A Speed Record With The New Cummins Diesel Titan

Nissan Will Try To Set A Speed Record With The New Cummins Diesel Titan

This stripped and slammed 2016 Nissan Titan XD was just unveiled at the SEMA aftermarket show and will be making a run for two land speed records. Now, what you should be asking yourself is; “why not?”

The Titan, codenamed “Triple Nickel” for the stock truck’s 555 lb-ft torque rating, also probably because it sounds cool, is packing lowered suspension, an aggressive air dam, and a...

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