Welcome to The Mason-Dixon Turbo Diesel Club
Mason-Dixon TDC is a chapter of TDR (Turbo Diesel Register),
known all 'round the world for its online Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel community.
The club was established in 2001 to organize the
local community of Dodge/Cummins diesel pickup truck enthusiasts.
MDTDC later extended its charter to include other light-duty diesel vehicles,
including popular light truck diesels such as the Ford Power Stroke and the
Chevy/GM Duramax. MDTDC currently encompasses a six state area commonly known
as the Mid Atlantic; it includes MD, PA, VA, WV, DE and NJ. We encourage all
car and light truck diesel enthusiasts who reside in these
states to join our chapter and become part of this growing local
diesel enthusiast club. Click the Registration button in the navigation panel
for membership details or to join the Club.
Dodge was well behind the curve in introducing a diesel-powered pickup
truck. But in 1989, they indroduced the Dodge Ram with an
available Cummins B-Series inline-6 in their 2500 & 3500 models.
- 1989-1993 (1st Gen.)—12v 5.9L B series w/VE pump
- 1994-1998 (2st Gen.)—12v 5.9L B series w/P7100 pump
- 1998.5-2002 (2st Gen.)—24v 5.9L ISB w/VP44 pump
- 2003-2007 (3rd Gen.)—Common Rail 5.9L 24v
- 2007-pres. (3rd Gen.)—Common Rail 6.7L 24v.
The Cummins B-series and its descendants have proved themselves to be
top contenders in numerous categories. Click the Cummins logo to
visit the Cummins website for Dodge applications.
As pickup trucks rapidly began to be used to haul heavier loads, Ford
began producing pickup trucks with diesel engines in the early 1980's.
- 1983—Ford introduces the Internation 6.9L IDI (indirect injection,
non-turbocharged diesel engine) in its heavy-duty pickups and vans.
- 1988—The 7.3L IDI becomes available in Ford vans and pickups.
- 1994.5—Ford introduces the new 7.3L direct injection Powerstroke
turbodiesel in its vans and pickups.
- 2003—Ford's Super Duty F-Series pickups begin shipping with the
6.0L Powerstroke turbodiesel.
- 2008-2010—The new compound-turbo 6.4L Powerstroke becomes available in
- 2011—The new 6.7L Powerstroke becomes available in
the 2011 model year F-Series pickups.
Click the Powerstroke logo to visit the Powerstroke website.
GM has had a long history with trucks and diesels. Alas, their reputation with
their early years of diesel pickups was far from stellar; however, the 6.2L and 6.5L
diesels were known to run for many years. Several versions of the 6.6L Duramax
have been available: LB7, LLY, LLY (2006), the hot rod LBZ, and the LMM.
- 1978—GM introduces the Olds V8 diesel engine in 1/2-ton pickups. Poor
performance and reliability caused early cancellation of these engines.
- 1982—Chevy's 6.2L diesel becomes available in most full-size light trucks.
- 1990—The 6.5L turbo diesel replaces the 6.2L diesel in 1991.
- 2000—The 6.6L Duramax is introduced, although
the 6.5L continues to be supplied in other products.
Click the logo to visit GM's website about the Duramax.