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2002 Chevy Avalanche 2500 - Awesome Avalanche

Posted in Project Vehicles on March 1, 2008
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Shoehorning a Cummins engine into a Chevy Avalanche isn't easy. Getting it to run isn't, either. Nonetheless, Jeremy Mathews of New Paris, Indiana, was up to the task. Over the course of five months, he spent afternoons and evenings pursuing his goal, and in the end he accomplished what he set out to do. The result is an ultra-unique rig that even makes us drool.

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Backing up the Cummins engine is an Allison 643 transmission that was sourced from a Ford dump truck. The trans rests on a custom mount and feeds a divorce-mounted NP205 transfer case.

Owner: Jeremy Mathews/New Paris, Indiana
Vehicle/Model: '02 Chevy Avalanche 2500
Estimated Value: $50,000

Type: Cummins 5.9L 12-valve turbodiesel
Aspiration: Turbocharger, intercooler, 4-inch-diameter exhaust
Output, hp/torque (estimated): 500/1,000

Transmission: Allison 643
Transfer case: Divorced NP205

Front: ORU 8-inch-lift leaf springs, dual Rancho shocks
Rear: Custom Atlas 12-inch-lift springs, Rancho shocks

Front: Dana 60/Open
Rear: GM 14-bolt/Limited-slip
Ring-and-pinion: 4.10:1

Wheels: 16.5x14 Weld Outback
Tires: 39.5x18.0-16.5 Bogger

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