FROM BENT RODS TO HELL-BENT FOR 1,200 HP
We’ve all been there, right? We’ve taken our current daily driver one step further than we probably should have and it’s not real practical anymore. Or maybe you’ve had your truck so long and made so many changes over the years that you’re just ready for something new. For Trevor Canale of Coeur D’alene, Idaho, both statements were true concerning a 2006 5.9L Cummins he’d been building. As a sales tech at Alligator Performance, Canale knows his stuff when it comes to diesel power, and his 5.9L was pushing that stock engine to its max. At the point of either building the motor or backing things back down a bit to keep it alive and streetable, his decision was to move on to a new project altogether.
The 2006 was toned down a bit and sold and the hunt for something new turned up this 2011 Ram Mega Cab with the 6.7L Cummins. Already outfitted with a host of aftermarket goodies like a 2nd Gen S475 turbocharger swap and a 48RE transmission conversion, this truck was the perfect platform for Canale’s goals. His hope was to make it not only fun on the street and track but to make it reliable too. Having no time to fly to New Jersey where the truck was, Canale bought it sight unseen and reached out to a transport company to haul it the 2,500 miles home. After he waited weeks for the transport company to pick it up, they broke the news that they’d damaged a couple of the 22-inch wheels while loading it on the trailer—disaster number one. Grateful that the truck was