Diesel World

ORANGE CRUSH

- Cars · Iowa

set of 350-per­cent-over in­jec­tors from Ex­ergy En­gi­neer­ing, and tun­ing from Fire­punk Diesel.

POWER TRANS­MIS­SION

While Mitch went fairly main­stream with the en­gine build, the trans­mis­sion was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. “Most peo­ple think I have a man­ual...but I don’t,” smiles Mitch. On tricky Iowa tracks, Mitch re­lies on a 48RE au­to­matic built by Chris Sch­mitt en­tirely with Go­erend Trans­mis­sion parts. The unique slush­box has Over­drive locked out and a full-man­ual valve­body, along with after­mar­ket in­put, in­ter­me­di­ate and out­put shafts, and a triple disc 2,800-stall con­verter--all from Go­erend. When pulling Mitch stalls the truck up and leaves in 3rd Gear, and doesn’t shift when headed down­track. This al­lows for a more con­trol­lable launch, and added con­verter mul­ti­pli­ca­tion at the start of the run.

CHAS­SIS

While the en­gine and trans­mis­sion was be­ing built, so was the chas­sis and driv­e­train. Mitch built a lad­der struc­ture around the rear frame, and added 4.88 gears front and rear, along with a rear Yukon spool, front E-locker from ARB, and 38-spline rear axles. The rear end was also fit­ted with a 1480-style rear drive­shaft, and a pin­ion brake, which helps the truck spool at the line with­out push­ing through the brakes. Mitch also spent his late nights sand­ing the truck down, be­fore it was sprayed a House of Kolor An­gelo Pearl by Jessie Thomp­son.

With all his hard work, it comes as no sur­prise that Mitch started do­ing quite well. With more than 40 hooks un­der his belt, Mitch’s Ram was enough to take the Eastern/cen­tral Iowa 2.6 points cham­pi­onship. Even after his win, Mitch still isn’t slack­ing off. He’s got a new RTC 3.0 smooth bore turbo for next year, has built a new stronger rear frame struc­ture, changed rear axles, and ex­tended the wheel­base up to the 158-inch class max­i­mum. Mitch says he can’t wait to get the new changes di­aled in, and we say that if you’re in Iowa, watch out for this tough un­con­ven­tional au­to­matic-equipped puller.

 ??  ??  From the camshaft on up, Mitch did all he could to im­prove air­flow through­out the en­gine. One of the most time-con­sum­ing but worth­while steps was build­ing the side-draft in­take for the 5.9L en­gine.  Mitch wasn’t tak­ing any chances and per­formed a full re­build on the Cum­mins, in­clud­ing a set of ul­tra-tough head studs from Ex­treme Studs.  Twin Frozen­boost in­ter­cooler cores were welded to­gether to make one sin­gle large unit. The pumps to cir­cu­late the wa­ter (as well as the fuel tank) are lo­cated in the weight box.
 From the camshaft on up, Mitch did all he could to im­prove air­flow through­out the en­gine. One of the most time-con­sum­ing but worth­while steps was build­ing the side-draft in­take for the 5.9L en­gine.  Mitch wasn’t tak­ing any chances and per­formed a full re­build on the Cum­mins, in­clud­ing a set of ul­tra-tough head studs from Ex­treme Studs.  Twin Frozen­boost in­ter­cooler cores were welded to­gether to make one sin­gle large unit. The pumps to cir­cu­late the wa­ter (as well as the fuel tank) are lo­cated in the weight box.
 ??  ??  Mitch put a lot of time and money into strength­en­ing and mod­i­fy­ing the rear axle of the truck, from the re­in­forced dif­fer­en­tial cover, to the 38 spline axles, to the pin­ion brake which you can see peek­ing out on the bot­tom right cor­ner.  It’s hard to know what trans­mis­sion is there un­der the RCI safety blan­ket. It’s ac­tu­ally a 48Re-based au­to­matic built by Chris Sch­mitt us­ing parts ex­clu­sively from Go­erend Trans­mis­sion Inc.  There’s no an­gle-iron job here, Mitch put some thought into re­in­forc­ing the frame on the truck, both with ma­te­ri­als and aes­thet­ics.
 Mitch put a lot of time and money into strength­en­ing and mod­i­fy­ing the rear axle of the truck, from the re­in­forced dif­fer­en­tial cover, to the 38 spline axles, to the pin­ion brake which you can see peek­ing out on the bot­tom right cor­ner.  It’s hard to know what trans­mis­sion is there un­der the RCI safety blan­ket. It’s ac­tu­ally a 48Re-based au­to­matic built by Chris Sch­mitt us­ing parts ex­clu­sively from Go­erend Trans­mis­sion Inc.  There’s no an­gle-iron job here, Mitch put some thought into re­in­forc­ing the frame on the truck, both with ma­te­ri­als and aes­thet­ics.

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