Test N Tune
Once the truck was up and running, the camshaft had been broken in and everything was checked and re-checked, it was time for a test drive. After leaving the shop, it didn’t take long for Canale to realize the transmission was stuck in 3rd gear, so back to the shop it went. After some diagnostics they discovered the TCM flash hadn’t been completed, so Wilson Patterson Diesel emailed over a file to try out. Thankfully, this resolved the issues and now the truck was driving exceptionally well. To dial in that big fuel-andair combo, Calibrated Power Solutions put together some engine tuning with EFI Live. It keeps power and smoke output low for daily driving needs, but there are of course a few big tunes on tap via the CSP5 switch.
The truck sits on a Carli Suspensions lift kit with Fox 2.0 shocks all the way around. The big American Force 22x12 Evo 8 wheels are wrapped with 35-inch Toyo M/T tires. Calvert Racing Caltrac bars help plant the horsepower on the street, while Viair on-board airbags and a B&W gooseneck hitch still allow Canale to tow should he need to. Cosmetically, the truck was kept classy and simple with a paint-matched front grille and bumper, Bushwacker fender flares and blacked-out Anzo headlights to finish off the front end. The rear bumper is a paint-matched Fusion Bumper with Rigid back-up lights installed. In the cab, things are kept basic with nothing more than an Alpine stereo head unit, some LED lighting and factorymatched Autometer boost, pyrometer, trans temp and fuel pressure gauges on the pillar.
At the time of our photo shoot the truck had only been running a few weeks, so there were still some tuning adjustments to be
The freshly built 6.7L Cummins should handle 1,500 hp thanks to billet connecting rods, a Gorilla girdle, main studs, a 220/230 camshaft, fire-ringed, ported and polished cylinder heads, and all the other supporting mods. The Borgwarner 76mm SX-E is mounted on a wastegated T6 Steed Speed manifold and that custom-machined Alligator Performance billet valve cover tops it all off.
Looking up underneath, you’ll notice the original 68RFE transmission has been swapped out for the stronger 48RE version used in the earlier 5.9L trucks. The fully built competition transmission came from Suncoast Transmissions and is controlled by their TCM 2800 PCS controller.
The CSP5 switch controls custom tunes written by Calibrated Power Solutions and the extra switches control auxiliary lighting in the front and rear bumpers.
Autometer factory-match gauges fill the pillar pod so Canale can watch EGTS, boost, fuel pressure and rail pressure.