The SEMA Show is almost over and it feels like it just began. With so much to see, the days pass by in the blink of an eye. Thanks for directing your attention our way and joining us for another installment. Today’s photographs will be a little different than yesterday. Just about everything you’ll see below is ready to get dirty. There are a couple exceptions, but we didn’t want to leave them out of the party.
Our curiosity over the color orange continued throughout the day running into even more fruit flavored rides. Somewhere around 60 vehicles in total so far. We’re not hating on the color. In fact, we are ecstatic to see a wider range of colors across projects than in the past few years. Far less, “Just paint it matte black and we’re good to go!” It’s also worth noting how few sticker wrapped vehicles are here. There must have been 100+ last year alone. So far this week we can count them on both hands.
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Doing it big, doing it loud. Thats how American Force does their work.
This F100 built by Griffen Fab Works out of Byron Center, Michigan, is our favorite Pre Runner of the show. Under all that delicious black licorice paint is an Auto Fab suspension setup running King Shocks and a 427 LS motor with a Whipple 4.0 Supercharger pushing out 900 HP. We spotted a Tubeworks full-floating 9-inch rear end packed with 10-inch gearing and 36TT axles as well.
Van life for lowriders?
One of the most sought after, classic adventure mobiles on the planet. This 1967 Toyota FJ45LV Land Cruiser has been carefully restored with pride. Only 1,000 of these ever made it into the United States. To see one in person is a treat. This model built by The FJ Company took over 10 years of tracking down all the original parts from the wheels to the dash knobs. Beautiful.
Well that’s not something you see everyday. I wonder how well he gets around the worksite?
BFGoodrich brought out a pair of legends that we hope people stop to appreciate. On the left is the 1969 Baja Winning Ford Bronco driven by Rod Hall and Larry Minor. The vehicle was recently rebuilt for the 2015 NORRA 1000 race in Mexico. To the right is the 1972 Ford F100 that was driven to BFG’s first Baja victories. Driven by Frank “Scoop” Vessels, the vehicle went on to win the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000.
Hey Potts, thanks for not painting your TT orange!
Adventure time anyone?
There is no better name for this Jeep Willy’s.
Our favorite full-size truck of the show is this Dodge Power Wagon in the Nitto Tire booth. We’ll take two to go, thank you very much.
Jeep always finds a way to shake things up just enough to keep fans wondering if what they see at SEMA will ever show up at dealerships. They do it better than anyone else. Sadly, you’ll never take this Jeep Crew Chief 715 home. It was built as a concept to salute the legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. Jeep service vehicles were originally built to usher troops over rugged terrain, which inspired the design of this CC715. Built the handle anything in its path, it’s loaded up with steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels, 40-inch NDT Military tires, Dana 60 axles, and a wealth of Jeep Performance parts.
What happens when you slam together a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, add a 1966 Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body, mix in some Wrangler JK elements and power it with Mopar? You get the Jeep CJ66. No, you won’t be able to drive this one to your favorite OHV park either. The Copper Canyon color first drew our attention, then we noticed the subtle vintage emblems surrounding the build, which got our minds running. Where had we seen this before? That’s right, the Moab Easter Jeep Safari where it was first unveiled.
Don’t mind Doc Brown in the middle there, he’s just trying to jam a flux capacitor in the dash to take this Jeep back to 1966.
SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without a vehicle driven by a famous person in a movie somewhere in the show. This is the Ice Ram driven by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in FAST 8. We’d still choose the Batmobile.
It looks like Scott Brady of Overland Journal got his G Wagon done just in time for the show. Knowing Scott’s worldwide travels, we have no doubt this Mercedes will go places no other Mercedes will ever go.
If you plan on building a late model Dodge Ram and AEV products aren’t on your list of possible modifications, you’re doing it wrong. The guys at AEV are consistently putting out some of the best aftermarket off-road mods you can buy. We’ve wheeled with them in the past so you can take our word for it when we say their products are good because they are proven.
What’s that they say about business in the front and party in the back? Don’t tell the Ringbrothers that. Their 1971 Winnebago RV is party all the time, all around. Originally purchased at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, this one-of-a-kind family fun time machine is unlike anything you’ve seen before. In fact, you may not even get a chance to see it if you temp fate by racing it. It may be big, bold and brash, but it’s also loaded with a supercharged Wegner Automotive 408 LS pushing out almost 900 HP. We hear it’ll reach 60 MPH in around 4 seconds. We think a race with the infamous “Farm Truck” is in order.
Our favorite entry into this years SEMA Battle of the Builders Contest didn’t make the Finals, but we still think it deserves honorable mention. Kenny Hauk and his 1948 Kaiser Willys Pickup dubbed Hauk .45, did make it into the Top 21. The vehicle was built to honor historic guns of the Old West. Hauk stuffed a 12-valve Cummins Diesel into an 11-inch stretch engine bay to give it roar. Gold hand-filigree panels surround the vehicle with a faux aged finished to give it that generational heritage ambiance. Circling it we also spotted an antique walnut bed, Colt .45 Peacemaker handles, shell casing lug nuts, machine gun cylinder bed rails, and the baddest rear shock tower in the business.
You’ve probably seen quite a few Jeep Wagoneer’s running around lately, they seem to be almost as hip as 80’s Land Cruisers. Nearly zero are going to be pulling a 1964 Fireball Friendship 11 trailer. These little guys were affectionately known as “Canned Hams” due to the aluminum exterior. Large enough to sleep two, complete with drop-down bunk, propane appliances and a 110 volt AC electrical system.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has definitely arrived at SEMA. There is no finer specimen than this one from DeBerti Design out of Pismo Beach, California. This is much more than a typical Pre Runner. Behind all that 3M vinyl wrap (one of the few) are custom designed DeBerti front and rear fenders, FiberwerX fiberglass parts, Linson signs and a row of KC HiLITES LED lights up top. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine wasn’t modified much, they simply added a K&N Cold Air Kit and Gibson cat-back exhaust to make it purr.
DeBerti swapped out the already stout Raptor suspension in favor of a Foutz Motorsports setup running Fox Racing 4.0 Bypass shocks and coilovers. Together, they help push the Ford’s travel to 19-inches in front and 25-inches in the rear. All that travel is going to inspire drivers to stomp the gas pedal hard. That meant it needed a complete roll cage, front to back. DeBerti called on Foutz yet again for that with PRP seats and belts to keep everyone safely in place. Innov8 Racing forged 17×9 wheels and BFG Baja T/A 39/13.5R17 Project tires will take anything this Raptor can dish out.
Every year DeMello Off-Road shows us some of the best Toyota projects going. Jason DeMello has been wheeling and building Toyota Trucks for more than 20 years. His latest partnership with Eibach Springs produced this super clean Tacoma running his front bumper, rock sliders and custom bed cage.
Making its debut at the show is the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. This fuel cell-powered truck is being tasked to the U.S. Army in 2017 to begin testing how well it works in the field. Fuel cell technology has tremendous benefits that include low heat signatures and stealth quietness. The base Colorado ZR2 model truck had to be modified to accommodate 37-inch tires, the fuel cell stack and its EPTO (Exportable Power Take-Off Unit). If the technology is proven reliable and safe, you’ll be seeing much more ahead.
Making our way back outside we ran into Derrick, a local drawing trucks from the show. He was doing a fantastic job with this Toyota Tacoma that was driven to SEMA via off-road trails by Bilstein and our friends at Four Wheeler.
Today we are going to leave you with this guy. Don’t be this guy. Point that camera at the vehicle or at least grab a friend and get a nice group shot. See you next time…