1968 Corvette with a Diesel Inline-Six

1968 Corvette with a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six

Ryan Lusk decided to stuff a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six into his 1968 Corvette. Why did he do such a unique swap? The Corvette was purchased with severe damage in the rear from a collision. He rebuilt the back half of the chassis with a four-link suspension and Ford 9″ rear end. Ryan ran the Corvette with a 396 ci big-block V8 that produced 550 horsepower. However someone challenged him to install a diesel engine and after bouncing the idea around he decided to go for it.

1968 Corvette with a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six

1968 Corvette with a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six

1968 Corvette with a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six

1968 Corvette with a 5.9 L Cummins diesel inline-six

Full Stats
Engine:
1998 12V CTD Bored .030 over, Mahle Pistons, Balanced and Blue Printed, Viscous dampener, 60lb valve springs, ARP Head Studs, 64/65 S300 Turbo, LBDP Exhaust manifold, 215HP cam, 180HP P7100 480cc’s with .022 DV’s and 550 with Full Cut DV’s, 4k gsk, Mack Rack Plug, AFC mods, multiple fuel plates, Custom Revolution Diesel 370 Marine Injectors, IP Tuned by Smokem at Revolution Diesel in Hornick, Ia. IP assembled by Des Moines Diesel in Des moines, Ia. Aluminum Radiator, Huge Trans cooler, electric fans with electronic thermo coupling control.

Transmission:
1995 47RH Dodge Lock Up Overdrive with Goerend Triple Billet Torque Convertor, Sonnex Input shaft, Sonnex Billet Drum, Goerend Valve Body, Billet flexplate, Assembled by Gilmore Performance in Kingdom City, Mo. Hurst V-matic 2 shifter, Lokar throttle pressure cable, Lokar flexible dipstick, LBDP SFI Flex plate shield, LBDP SFI drum safety shield

Rear End:
Moser 35 Spline Axles, 35 spline Moser spool, Moser HRW Nodular case, Daytona Pinion Support, Pro Gear 3.25 gears, Billet Yoke, 1410/1350 Severe Duty U-joints, Heavy Duty 30 spline output yoke, Art Morrison Coil Over Shocks, 4-Link Suspension, Corvette 4 Piston Disc Brakes, Wheelie Bars.

Front Suspension:
1968 Corvette independent front with brand new Moroso BBC HD coil springs, polyurethane bushings and heavy duty steering components. Corvette 4 Piston Disc Brakes

Body:
1968 corvette with 1973 rear quarter panels, 1972 Front clip converted to one piece tilt by LBDP. 12pt roll cage, with door swing outs, summit racing seats with 5pt. harness, aluminum floors, firewall, trans tunnel, wheel tubs, dash, and door panels. Auto meter gauges, aftermarket wiring harness, S&W Race Cars steering column with quick connect hub.

Fuel System:
16 gallon TCI Fuel Cell, Air Dog 150 feeding a Raptor 150 Provided by Pure Flow Technologies.

Wheels and Tires:
Weld Pro Star 15×4’s in the front, Weld Pro Star 15×14’s in the rear with 31×18.5×15 Hoosier Quick Time DOT’s

Source: Low Budget Diesel Performance FB page via Jalopnik

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