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Connor Stewart’s sweet first-gen, Cumminspowered Dodge
Connor Stewart is a 28-year-old factory worker in the breakfast cereal industry who has a deep love for diesel trucks and diesel performance. He has owned several competition and show trucks through the years and his latest creation was a first-generation Cummins Dodge that he had tried unsuccessfully to purchase several times over the past few years, but the owner did not want to sell. Then out of the blue the owner of the 1992 Dodge called Stewart to see if he was still interested. He bought the truck on the spot and took it directly to Creston, Ohio, where Damon Hart and Adam Kisilewicz at Underground Customs went to work transforming the standard cab 4X4.
Stewart knew he wanted the truck to stand out in the sea of customized trucks at events like the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza that he regularly attends. So he had the team at Underground Customs repair the body panels before spraying the truck with a two-tone combination featuring custom Harley-davidson Tequila Sunrise orange pearl and Billet Metallic Grey paint that is offset with fine metallic purple pinstripes. Before laying down the new color they removed the rear bumper and welded in a steel roll pan with an angled license plate insert for some extra style. Up front they replaced the grille and bumper with new chrome pieces to dress up the old truck. New LED headlights were installed to improve nighttime visibility and project light a little further down the road.
Cool paint alone wouldn’t be enough to satisfy Stewart, so he and the UC team also installed a 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit on the truck to fit larger tires under the rig. Rather than just bolt on the lift kit, the UC crew painted the lift components with matching orange accents to really make it pop. Then they installed a set of highly polished American Force 22x14-inch Flex wheels that were wrapped in 35x12.5/22 Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger tires on all four corners of the truck. The wheels and tires are bolted to the factory Dana 60 front and Dana 70 rear axles that are stuffed with 3.73 gears. To help slow the truck down Stewart installed drilled and slotted brake rotors and performance pads up front and rebuilt the rear drum brakes. To help control the ride he installed Bilstein remote reservoir shocks on each side up front and Fox shocks in the rear.
The 12-valve Cummins engine under the hood is mostly stock with upgraded injectors and injection pump tuning from Buck Stoneburner at Make It Nasty Diesel Performance in Crooksville, Ohio. An Airdog 4G 165 pump and
filter system feeds plenty of fuel to the P-pump while a 4-inch Diamond Eye stainless steel exhaust system connects directly to the original turbo and then dumps spent gasses at the axle with a 6-inch polished stainless steel MBRP exhaust tip.
Of course diesel trucks—even a customized show truck—can benefit from a good interior and more power under the hood. Stewart began to work on these areas, getting the most out of the original interior by installing a Pioneer CD receiver and new Pioneer door speakers as well as simple fuel system upgrades. But before he could fully customize the interior and engine bay as well as build some more power with turbo upgrades he received an offer on the truck that he just couldn’t refuse… so he sold it off and is now on the lookout for his next project. We’re sure it will be something cool and we look forward to seeing it. UDBG
TOP LEFT: The 6-inch Skyjacker suspension lift is a key component in giving the 1st Gen Dodge its unique look. Notice that the leaf spring pack is painted with the individual leafs alternating between color-matched orange and black. BOTTOM LEFT: The lift enabled Stewart to install the meaty 35-inch Boggers he wanted for the truck. The 35x12.5/22 Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers are wrapped around highly polished 22x14-inch American Force Flex wheels. You can also see the remote reservoir Bilstein shocks hiding behind the big tires. TOP RIGHT: When we shot the truck the custom front driveshaft was not back from the shop yet, but that didn’t stop Stewart from enjoying the truck at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza. Also visible in the shot is the 4-inch turbo-back stainless steel Diamond Eye exhaust system used to channel spent gasses out of the engine. MIDDLE RIGHT: Looking to the rear you can see that the Skyjacker lift included lift blocks and new springs that were also painted to match the front. BOTTOM RIGHT: Looking under the rear roll pan you can see the Fox shocks that tame the ride in the rear along with the axle dump polished stainless steel 6-inch diameter MBRP exhaust tip.
Connor Stewart’s ’92 looks great from any angle thanks to its 6-inch Skyjacker lift, cool wheel and tire combination, and the custom Harley-davidson Tequila Sunrise orange pearl and Billet Metallic Grey paint that is offset with fine metallic purple pinstripes.
The welded-in steel rear roll pan features an offset license plate recess to add a little more flair to the rear of Stewart’s Dodge.
The inside of the bed is treated to a rugged sprayed-in bedliner to protect it when tools and gear are tossed in the rear.
Matching Flex wheels and Bogger tires are used in the rear to complete the look that Stewart was going after with his 1st Gen.
Stewart chose to retain the old-school sliding rear window rather than swap it out for a more modern one-piece. Also notice that the swatch of Billet Metallic Grey paint spills over the top edge of the bed and onto the rear of the cab with purple accents on the top and bottom of the grey.