Diesel World

ORANGE CRUSH

- Iowa · Cummins · Sioux City · Sioux City

Mitch Mein­hart is a diesel guy, there’s no doubt about it. While he doesn’t own his own diesel shop, he still de­cided to do a lit­tle sled pulling. Then he started to do a lot. Even­tu­ally, Mitch knew he needed a pur­pose-built truck in or­der to com­pete, so he re­tired his 80,000-mile Ram and bought a high-mileage ‘07 Ram 3500.

CUM­MINS POWER

Horse­power is on a puller’s short list, and here Mitch started with a fresh 5.9L Cum­mins in or­der to make sure there were no sur­prises that would leave him stranded. After hav­ing the block ma­chined and cam bush­ings in­stalled, Mitch did the assem­bly him­self, adding Carrillo con­nect­ing rods, fly­cut and coated cast pis­tons, and a 14mm main girdle from In­dus­trial In­jec­tion with ARP studs. A steel 207/220 camshaft from Hamil­ton Cams was added (for high-rpm safety and air­flow) along with Maxspool pushrods, springs, and re­tain­ers. A set of 12mm head studs from Ex­treme Studs ties ev­ery­thing to­gether.

Where Mitch re­ally got se­ri­ous, was in the air­flow and fuel de­part­ments on the up­per end. The head was fully ported and pol­ished by Harry’s Heads in Sioux City, Iowa, and fit­ted with in­conel ex­haust and in­take valves for heat pro­tec­tion. The big oxy­gen gen­er­a­tor on the truck is a S400-based 2.6 turbo, from JEB Mod­ern Ma­chine. Mitch and buddy Dan Bergman per­formed most of the fab­ri­ca­tion work them­selves, in­clud­ing de­sign­ing pip­ing to twin Frozen­boost in­ter­cool­ers, and build­ing a cus­tom in­take. The fuel sys­tem on Mitch’s Ram is equally se­ri­ous and starts off in a unique way with an Avi­aid oil pump that’s used to push fuel. The high pres­sure sys­tem con­sists of a stock Cp3 with an Ar­son kit, and T&C Diesel 11.2 CP3 mounted up top. The fi­nal step to an es­ti­mated 1,200 horse­power is a

 ??  ??  Mitch Mein­hart took great pains to en­sure that his 5.9L would per­form ex­tremely well, and also look the part. Although it’s never been on a dyno, Mitch es­ti­mates horse­power at about 1,200 hp.  One area where Mitch de­parted from the norm was the lift pump. In­stead of run­ning a tra­di­tional elec­tric pump, Mitch runs a belt driven Avi­aid pump that he uses as a lift pump. The sys­tem is set up at 17 psi, and has worked flaw­lessly so far.
 Mitch Mein­hart took great pains to en­sure that his 5.9L would per­form ex­tremely well, and also look the part. Although it’s never been on a dyno, Mitch es­ti­mates horse­power at about 1,200 hp.  One area where Mitch de­parted from the norm was the lift pump. In­stead of run­ning a tra­di­tional elec­tric pump, Mitch runs a belt driven Avi­aid pump that he uses as a lift pump. The sys­tem is set up at 17 psi, and has worked flaw­lessly so far.

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