BARN FIND

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - D - Max Fuel System Upgrade -

Yel­ton, of Wal­ton, Ken­tucky, was lucky enough to find a near-per­fect Dodge, which was bone stock and spent all of its life safe and sound in a garage. The el­derly owner made Logan a great deal, and with a lot of help from his friends, Yel­ton trans­formed the Dodge into a 14-sec­ond re­li­able daily driver any­one would be proud to own. He’s a Mopar guy at heart, hav­ing done a full body-off restoration on a 1972 Duster, so get­ting his hands dirty on the diesel was no big deal.

Since he’s also an avid diesel-rac­ing fan, Yel­ton wanted to pump up the 12-valve so it could reach its full power po­ten­tial. And the eas­i­est way to ac­com­plish that feat is with lots more fuel and air. In prepa­ra­tion for the up­grades, the 12-valve was fit­ted with a set of head studs be­fore the boost was cranked up to 50+psi cour­tesy of a com­pound turbo setup that uti­lizes an HX35 over a HT3B. A stock ported and pol­ished in­take, and cus­tom 3.5-inch ce­ramic-coated plumb­ing help guide the air into the en­gine. On the fuel side, a FASS fuel sys­tem helps push fuel up to a mod­i­fied in­jec­tion pump and DAP 5x18 in­jec­tors. Ex­haust is han­dled via a 4-inch setup. Back­ing up the 12-valve is a re­worked A518 au­to­matic with boosted line pres­sures.

Visu­ally, the thing that stands out the most on the Dodge is the cus­tom 4-inch cowl in­duc­tion hood that Yel­ton made. Grant’s Kustoms is cred­ited with the rear roll pan setup while just a tad of lift with up­graded leaf springs makes room for 33-inch Mickey Thomp­son Baja ATZ tires mounted on 18x12-inch chrome Fuel Hostage wheels.

On the in­side, you can tell that the truck was well cared for by the former owner and came fully loaded from the fac­tory with power mir­rors, win­dows and door locks. Yel­ton added a set of ISSPRO gauges in a cus­tom A-pil­lar mount and moved the over­drive switch.

Yel­ton says he drives his pride and joy reg­u­larly and re­ally en­joys it. Plus, the truck is no slouch at the drag strip, lay­ing down a best pass of 14.45 at 91 mph. Best of all, he had a pris­tine truck to start with, which helped the build a lot. He also cred­its friends An­drew Gor­don, Tim Wright and Logan Thomas for help­ing. UDBG

“With a lot of help from his friends, Yel­ton trans­formed the Dodge into a 14-sec­ond re­li­able daily driver any­one would be proud to own.”

Yel­ton’s ’93 12-valve is fit­ted with a com­pound turbo setup with cus­tom pow­der­coated plumb­ing, up­graded fuel sys­tem and 4-inch straight pipe ex­haust.

The com­pound setup uses cus­tom plumb­ing and an HX35 over a HT3B.

RIGHT: Pow­der­coated valve cov­ers add more color un­der the hood. BE­LOW: The W250 4x4 rolls on 33-inch Mickey Thomp­son Baja ATZ rub­ber wrapped around 18x12 chrome wheels.

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