MEGA DISAS­TER

FROM BENT RODS TO HELL-BENT FOR 1,200 HP

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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 Swap

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

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