There are a lot of nice diesel pickups in this country, but it seems a disproportionate amount are in California, Texas, and Florida—and take up all the space in national magazines. If you live in other states, your chances of getting your truck featured in a publication are much smaller. And if you live in a tiny town in a remote state, it’s darn near impossible to get the attention of a magazine editor.
Stan Jones of Emmett Diesel in Emmett, Idaho, knew it was an uphill battle to get anyone to pay attention to his OBS Ford. But it is such a nice OBS Ford that he had faith someone would take notice. Stan sent a photo of the ’90 1-ton to editor Bob Carpenter with a list of parts he had put on the truck.
Bingo! The timing turned out to be perfect, as Bob was going to be within 150 miles of Emmett, Idaho, while on a trip. Mr. 8-Lug pointed his rental car in the direction of Emmett and arrived to find the crew still working on the 1-ton. A second turbo was being installed, and the fitment wasn’t exactly what the boys were hoping for. On top of that, the local sign guy was late arriving with all the lettering. As the sun got lower and lower in the sky, the workers continued to speed up their efforts, and there was just barely enough time to get the photos done. Nevertheless, the photos turned out great—and now everyone in the country gets to see the handiwork of the Emmett Diesel brigade.
This crew cab pickup utilizes a 5.9L Cummins engine from a ’97. The pump was tweaked on a G56 transmission, a South Bend dual-disc clutch kit was installed, and Diesel Power Source D-Tech 62 and S480 turbos were installed. The 12-valve engine has a set of DDP 140hp injectors, a 140hp fuel plate, water-methanol injection, and a 5-inch exhaust. An electric fan keeps everything cool. Speaking of cool, the BD Cool Covers dress up the engine, but the machined-fin tops help dissipate some heat. A 6.0L Ford intercooler keeps the incoming air charge nice and cool.
When you arrive for a photo...
When you arrive for a photo shoot and the mechanic is still trimming tubing for the new turbo, you know it’s going to be cutting things a bit close!
The crew at Emmett Diesel...
The crew at Emmett Diesel Performance knew they could get the truck together and running before the sun went down. Well, they had to, as this was the only photo op available.
Sitting in front of the Emmett...
Sitting in front of the Emmett Diesel Performance shop in Emmet, Idaho, this ’90 Ford is a fine example of what an old-body-style truck can look like.