2017 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders Preview

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2017 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders Preview

By Clint Simone and Alex Perez

The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, now in its fourth year, has become more expansive than ever. With hundreds of applicants, spanning seven countries and 38 states, building custom masterpieces from more than 30 different manufacturers, this year’s Battle is shaping up to be a truly epic contest and a showcase for all SEMA Show attendees to enjoy.

Also back for a fourth season is the hour-long television special based on the competition. This year it will highlight the final 12 builders and document the crowning of the winner at the SEMA Ignited event. It will air on the Velocity network in 2018.

The following pages offer a glimpse of the Battle of the Builders vehicles that had confirmed placement at the SEMA Show as of our press deadline.

Jon Nyberg, ’62 Cadillac Roadster
Booth: AccuAir Suspension, #21313

Rides by Jon refurbished this ’62 Cadillac roadster for inclusion in the AccuAir exhibit. It features a Chevy LS2 engine, a ZL1 LSA supercharger, a Vadder Performance heat exchanger and lid, a Scat crank and forged rods, Flowmaster long-tube headers, an Aeromotive fuel system, a Flex-a-lite cooling system, a B&M transmission and Amsoil fluids. Chassis modifications include a Rides by Jon front and rear tubular suspension kit; a Diff Works-built Ford 9-in. rearend; an Accuair E-Level air suspension; a Classic Performance Products big-brake kit; Raceline 22-in. Charger wheels; and Continental front DWS06 265/30/22 and rear 285/30/22 tires. The Cadillac is a roadster conversion, with capped windows and pillars, a chopped windshield, molded fender trim and taillights, a shaved antenna, and fender lights. It also has smooth door jams as well as a custom firewall and engine bay.

Jon Nyberg, ’62 Cadillac Roadster

Jody Mollet, ’68 Dodge D200
Booth: IceBox Performance, #24293

Jody Mollet will present a ’68 Dodge D200 as his entry in the Battle of the Builders, and Icebox Performance will display it. They equipped the vehicle with two 5.9L Cummins diesels featuring O-ringed heads, 60-lb. BD Diesel valve springs, with 57mm and 66mm BorgWarner compound turbo setups on each. The powertrain also features Area Diesel P7100 injection pumps and injectors, with fuel supplied by two AirDog 165 lift pumps, custom charge coolers built by IceBox Performance, two radiators and a custom Modern Machine gearbox. The driveshaft is a 5-in. aluminum unit produced by Driveshaft Specialty. The truck has Yokohama Parda 325/50/22 rear and 275/55/20 front tires wrapped around American Force Burnout wheels. The interior includes a Summit tilt steering column, five custom SpeedHut gauges that monitor 18 functions, custom aluminum seat mounts for the racing seats, and a reshaped floorboard.

Jody Mollet, ’68 Dodge D200

Casey Currie, ’17 Jeep JK Wrangler Truck
Booth: Baja Designs, #24325

Baja Designs will present this ’17 Jeep JK Wrangler at the 2017 SEMA Show. It features rear Rock Jock 70 and front Rock Jock 60 axles with e-lockers and Spicer driveshafts. The chassis has a custom Bruiser truck conversion with an Overland custom rack. Other exterior mods include CRC’s hood, fenders, rock rails and front bumper, a Warn winch, an ARB tent and awning, and Baja Designs lights. Inside, the Jeep sports a full custom interior with Sparco seats and an in-dash iPad.

Casey Currie, ’17 Jeep JK Wrangler Truck

Dave Doetsch, ’17 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon
Booth: BOLT Lock, #33169

Builder Dave Doetsch designed a ’17 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon with a 3.6L V6 featuring a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system. Chassis upgrades include a TeraFlex 6-in. long-arm suspension system, Falcon 3.3-series fully adjustable piggyback reservoir shocks and an Artec Industries front axle truss kit. Exterior modifications include Bushwacker aluminum flat fender flares; Go Rhino modular front and rear bumpers; Grid Offroad 20-in. wheels that are custom color-matched; a KC HiLites LED lighting package; and a BOLT Lock package consisting of various cable locks, padlocks, a hood lock and a receiver hitch lock—each of which utilize the OEM ignition key. Interior design highlights include Katzkin custom two-tone leather, a Rugged Ridge interior accent trim kit, a Drake Off-road pistol-grip shifter handle, and a billet 4WD shift knob.

Dave Doetsch, ’17 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon

EJ and Amy Fitzgerald, ’55 Dodge Job Rated Pickup Truck
Booth: E3 Sparkplugs, #71000

The ’55 Dodge Job Rated pickup was upgraded with a 383 stroker engine from Blue Print, a 700-R4 B&M street/strip transmission, and a Corvette rearend with modified gearing. It includes a FlowMaster 2.5-in. stainless exhaust wrapped with Thermotec platinum wrap, a BeCool aluminum radiator, wires and ignition system, an 1,800-rpm-stall converter, and a custom aluminum driveshaft. Chassis modifications include an S-10 frame with a C4 Corvette suspension and crossmember, all rust protected with a KBS rust seal system. Inside, the build team installed a custom headliner, Vintage USA gauges, a Classic Performance steering column and a Painless Performance 21-circuit wiring harness.

EJ and Amy Fitzgerald, ’55 Dodge Job Rated Pickup Truck

Bobby Alloway, ’55 Plymouth Savoy
Booth: PPG, #24601

Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop refurbished this ’55 Plymouth Savoy, which will find a home with PPG during the SEMA Show. Alloway’s modifications include a 520ci full aluminum Indy Cylinder Head Hemi engine, an American Powertrain five-speed transmission and a Currie 9-in. rear. The chassis came from Art Morrison Enterprise, and the custom Alloway ET-style wheels by Billet Specialties are wrapped in BFGoodrich tires. The brakes feature Wilwood 13-in. rotors with six-piston calipers, and the suspension includes Strange coil-over shocks. The rear wheel openings were stretched, the bumpers were tucked, and the body carries’56 Chevy chrome.

Bobby Alloway, ’55 Plymouth Savoy

Neil Tjin, ’17 Ford Focus RS
Booth: Ford Motor Co., #22200

This modified ’17 Ford Focus RS is fitted with a full-race intercooler, including the piping and intake. A Motiv downpipe has been added, along with Ford Racing exhaust, a short shifter and an Optima battery. The major exterior mods include a custom Axalta paint job, Lightwurkz lights, a lip kit and a Ford Racing wing. Chassis improvements include BG coil-overs, Baer brakes, custom Rotiform wheels and Falken tires. Inside, the RS comes with a custom gray suede interior with blue stitching, Recaro seats and a Kicker audio system.

Neil Tjin, ’17 Ford Focus RS

Wes Adkins, ’32 Ford Coupe
Booth: ChemSpec USA Inc., #10677

This Wes Adkins ’32 Ford Coupe—complete with a Twin TorqStorm supercharged 5.3L LS engine, a Holley Sniper intake, Dual 650 AED carburetors, a custom scoop and induction tubing, and Trick Flow heads with a roller cam and rockers—will appear in the ChemSpec USA display. The engine is mated to a Cyclone 4L60E transmission, and the rear differential is from Heidts. The chassis includes a Roadster Shop Chassis, four-wheel independent suspension and Wilwood disc brakes. Outside details include smoothed body lines, a 4-in. chopped top, flush-mount LED taillights, a smoothed firewall and custom Metalux Paint by Wild Wes Paintworks. The interior contains a modified Tea’s Design bench seat frame and twin bolstered, sculpted panels featuring Classic Instruments bomber-series gauges, a Flaming River column, and wheel upholstery by JE Enterprises.

Wes Adkins, ’32 Ford Coupe

Brian Alvarado, ’12 VW Golf R
Booth: Street Legal Products, #13127

Builder Brian Alvarado put together a ’12 Volkswagen Golf R that will be on display with Street Legal Products. It features a 2.0L inline-four engine, all-wheel drive, Audi R8 coils, Mabotuning Stage 3 software, a cold-air intake, a BT kit and Integrated Engineer pistons. Also included in the extensive powertrain overhaul were a Neuspeed lightweight pulley and a front-mounted intercooler and a Southbend Stage 3 clutch kit. Chassis upgrades include Neuspeed front and rear swaybars, a Scale suspension with adjustable dampening and camber, and R1 concepts green bog brake kits in the front and rear. The exterior features a Pandem retro wide-body kit, an ED vented rear bumper and side skirts, and a Seibon carbon-fiber spoiler, front lip and vented hood. The interior is fitted with Autopreme custom leather floor mats, LED interior lights, heated Recaro CS Sportster seats with Alcantara and complete Rogelio’s upholstery with an Alcantara headliner, door panels, shift boot, arm rest and steering wheel.

Brian Alvarado, ’12 VW Golf R

Steve Burkett, ’15 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Sport 4x4
Booth: Pilot Automotive, #20113

Steve Burkett modified a ’15 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Sport 4x4 that will be sponsored by Pilot Automotive and Rolling Big Power. Burkett gave the truck a 5.7L Hemi engine, complete with a K&N intake, a MagnaFlow exhaust and a 315-amp alternator by Ohio Generators. Underneath is a Bulletproof 12-in. suspension lift, an engraved chrome Hellwig sway bar, Sik Fabrications custom lower control arms and custom-engraved aluminum drivelines by Inland Empire Drivelines. The exterior modifications include paint-matched Magnum front and rear bumpers, off-road lighting by RBP, and light mounts by Zroadz. The tonneau cover is by Leer, and the RBP forged 20x12 wheels are wrapped in 38x15.50-20 Mickey Thompson tires and stopped with R1Concepts Brakes. The interior comes with a competition sound system by Orion Car Audio and a sound processor by Audio Control. Ridin’ Dirty Upholstery gave the car a complete custom interior with off-road lighting controls by sPOD.

Steve Burkett, ’15 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Sport 4x4

Parke Bishop, ’68 Chevrolet Nova
Booth: HushMat & Zycoat, #23297

This ’68 Chevy Nova is powered by a 5.3L V8 mounting an Edelbrock supercharger with FAST fuel management, a COMP Cams valvetrain and TCI custom-built converter and transmission controller. The 13/4-in. mild steel round-tube chassis includes an exoskeleton transmission tunnel built by Bishop Built Rides, as well as modified DSE upper and lower control arms, sway bar and uprights. Toyo Proxes R888 335/30/18 front and 275/40/17 rear tires are wrapped around Bishop Built Rides M-One wheels. The exterior features an all-steel body with a custom Sunoco hood and a channeled roof and deck lid, Ring Brothers mirrors and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler. The paint is PPG sunset orange with metallic white pearl and an Aztec metallic gray strip. The interior is fitted with reshaped bucket seats from a Mitsubishi Eclipse and a Dodge Neon. The chassis is visible through the transmission tunnel, and the black leather and suede were done at Smith Custom Seats.

Parke Bishop, ’68 Chevrolet Nova

Austin O’Krinsky, ’17 Ford F-250
Booth: Bodyguard Bumpers, #35215

Bodyguard Truck Accessories will be showcasing a modified ’17 Ford F-250 this year. With the help of Extreme Off-Road and Performance, Austin O’Krinsky installed a 12-in. Kelderman air-ride suspension with a Hadley air control system and Fox shocks. Exterior upgrades include Specialty Forged 26x16 wheels as well as an Extreme Series grille, headlights and painted trim. Under the hood, the 6.7 Powerstroke diesel engine breathes through a No Limit Fabrication cold-air intake and turns custom extended driveshafts. The interior features custom leather to complement the uniquely painted dash and interior panels as well as a Kicker custom sound system.

Austin O’Krinsky, ’17 Ford F-250

Abelardo Armendariz, ’76 Chevrolet Camaro Spartan 01
Booth: SRmotors Mexico, #51827

Abelardo Armendariz altered a ’76 Chevy Camaro with a 6.2L 426hp engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Underpinning the Camaro is an Art Morrison custom chassis, Brembo four-piston ventilated disk brakes and Forged LC101 wheels with Pzero Nero tires. A take on the original second-generation Camaro, the Spartan integrates a ’15 Camaro’s modern technology, including a Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-in. touchscreen color heads-up display, adjustable head restraints and custom upholstery, a rear-vision camera and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors. The car will be shown by SRmotors Mexico.

Abelardo Armendariz, ’76 Chevrolet Camaro Spartan 01

Bobby Alloway, ’40 Ford Coupe
Booth: ARMO/HRIA, #23395

Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop built a ’40 Ford Coupe with a Jon Kasse Boss 429 engine and an American Powertrain five-speed transmission. They included an Alloway chassis with an Art Morrison front clip and Alloway custom ET-style wheels by Billet Specialties. The front is equipped with 17x7 wheels, and the rear rolls on 20x10s. The hood is pie cut 1½ in., the wheelbase is stretched 3 in., and the doors extend to cover the rockers. The interior was customized by Steve Holcomb and is fitted with a Vintage Air A/C system. The coupe will be featured in the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) booth.

Bobby Alloway, ’40 Ford Coupe

Chris Payne, ’16 Chevy Colorado
Booth: Raceline Wheels, #62111

The Raceline Wheels booth will showcase this ’16 Chevy Colorado, which makes reference to Disney’s Lightning McQueen. The Colorado is powered by a 700hp 6.2L LS3 engine with a Magnuson supercharger, 55-lb. injectors, a Borla exhaust and ARH headers, and the transmission is a 6L90E. The engine compartment also boasts a CBR radiator with dual electric fans and a custom ECM, wiring harness and computer. For handling and braking duties, the build features Currie 35-spline racing axles, Spider Traxx race hubs and an upgraded Chevy braking system with R1 Concepts brakes and slotted rotors. The firewall has been trimmed, and the exterior modifications include McNeil Racing fiberglass flares, a custom suspension in the rear, a Jaz 32-gallon fuel cell, custom bumpers, off-road LED lighting, custom headlights and taillights that house Rydeen mobile flush-mount keyhole high-definition cameras. Interior upgrades include a full rollcage, trim work, a custom sound system, four-point harnesses with Beard custom racing bucket seats, LineX, Husky Liner all-weather mats and GPS.

Chris Payne, ’16 Chevy Colorado

Jake McKiddie, ’17 Ford F-350
Booth: Truck Hero, International, Lower South Hall lobby, SL05

Jake McKiddie’s ’17 Ford F-350 is fitted with a 6.7L Powerstroke engine with a PPEI tune and powder-coated accents and will join the Undercover Truck Beds exhibit. The chassis rides on a custom frame by Phat Phabz with bags at all four corners, and it features a dropped body. Other exterior modifications include raised bed sides, shaved handles replaced with Kindig handles, and a custom paint job. The interior features new Roadwire leather work, a Kicker audio system, and painted accents.

Jake McKiddie, ’17 Ford F-350

Darin Smith, ’64 Chevrolet C10 Shortbed
Booth: Engaged Media, #23097

Darin Smith’s restored ’64 C10 Chevrolet shortbed Fleetside features a ’64 ’Vette fuelie motor with Hilborn electronic fuel injection, a Hurst driveline, a six-speed Tremec manual transmission and a 12-bolt Eaton rear differential. CPP provided four-wheel disc brakes, with support coming from Viking shocks controlling Falken tires. A full custom red interior rounds out the C10’s custom touches. It will be sponsored at the SEMA Show by Engaged Media.

Darin Smith, ’64 Chevrolet C10 Shortbed

Dionne Mascunana, ’07 Porsche Cayman S
Booth: Spyder Auto, #21615

Dionne Mascunana built a custom ’07 Porsche Cayman S equipped with RSS engine and transmission mounts, CSF radiators, a homemade radiator relocation kit, a GT3 throttle body and a Sachs Performance sport clutch. The suspension is a KW V3 Clubsports with Tarett front and rear control arms, tow arms, caster arms, top hats, a bladed swaybar and extended end links. The wheels are equipped with Tarett competition wheel studs and RSS spacers. Homemade parts for the exterior include a swan-neck spoiler, side extensions, side air guides, a diffuser, a front splitter and a custom front bumper. The exterior modifications include a Pandem wide-body kit, a Battle Aero spoiler, and Spyder Auto headlights and taillights. The interior features a Rennline aluminum mat and pedal set, Recaro P 1300 GT seats, a CAE shifter, SS shifter cables and CF center trim. A GM rollcage completes the Cayman’s upgrades. Check it out at the Spyder Auto booth.

Dionne Mascunana, ’07 Porsche Cayman S

Jan Marshall, ’68 Ford Mustang
Booth: Dynacorn, #22891

Jan Marshall’s modified ’68 Ford Mustang is equipped with a Roush Coyote 5.0L RSC engine and a Tremec close-ratio T56 Magnum Roush transmission. The chassis rolls on Foose Design custom wheels, with Wilwood six-piston brakes and 13-in. rotors. The Mustang also has a Total Control Products front subframe clip and connector as well as a TCP rear pushrod coil-over suspension. It is finished in a paint base clearcoat and OEM ’68 Ford Highland Green. Interior upgrades include a custom steering column and floor pan, handmade leather bucket seats and custom trim. It will be seen in the Dynacorn display.

Jan Marshall, ’68 Ford Mustang

Eddie Pettus, ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Booth: Billet Specialties Inc./B-Forged, #21359

Builder Eddie Pettus created this ’63 Corvette coupe, which is powered by a custom fuel-injected 500hp 327 small-block engine. The engine is mated to a Tremec six-speed transmission, and the 14-in. carbon-ceramic brakes feature six-piston calipers for stopping power. Exterior modifications include shaved window trim, flush-mounted windows and removed vent windows, and custom rocker panels, rocker spears, tail pan and floor pans. The Corvette is painted a custom Glasurit 90-line color, and the interior uses modified Audi R8 seats with an in-dash iPad mini that controls the windows, locks, climate controls and stereo. Billet Specialties Inc. and B-Forged will display the Corvette.

Eddie Pettus, ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

J.R. Granatelli, ’17 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
Booth: Granatelli Motor Sports Inc., #22618

Granatelli Motor Sports Inc. will present a ’17 Chevy Silverado with a 6.8L Chevrolet LS engine mated to a TCI six-speed transmission. The engine also features twin Turbonetics turbochargers, Trick Flow Specialties cylinder heads, and JBA 2-in. custom headers. Underneath is a Currie 9-in. Trophy Truck racing rearend with Currie chromoly axles and hubs and Brembo 14-in. brakes. King 4.5 shocks with quadruple bypasses and King hydraulic bump stops work with Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ desert racing tires on Method Racing beadlock wheels. The exterior is hand-fabricated carbon-fiber and reinforced lightweight fiberglass with louvered body panels from Granatelli Motor Sports and Fiberwerks. Interior modifications include a Holley standalone digital and analog monitoring dashboard with separate passenger navigation systems and a Granatelli-designed air conditioning system. Leather and suede material cover the custom carbon-fiber seats from Impact Racing and Mastercraft.

J.R. Granatelli, ’17 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab

Jeff Page, ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 6
Booth: Griffin Thermal Products, #24415

Jeff Page built a ’63 Corvette Grand Sport 6 with help from Heartland Customs, and it will be featured in the Griffin Radiator booth. The ’Vette includes a Brian Thompson-built LS7 with an LS9 supercharger, and it’s fitted with custom stainless-steel headers, a T56 six-speed transmission, a McLeod dual-disk clutch, a custom driveshaft and a Strange Engineering IRS 9-in.with 35-spline axles. The vehicle features a Roadster Shop Fast-Track chassis, Heartland Customs coil-overs by AFCO, Forgeline wheels with custom paint and center caps, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The interior features Relicate European leather and Daytona carpet, with modifications done by Kutting Edge Interiors. The build team gave the car custom seats with headrest embroidery, modern custom-faced gauges with a matching clock, and a modern stereo featuring Bluetooth Y56.

Jeff Page, ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 6

Jesse Matlock, ’71 Plymouth Barracuda
Booth: VDO Instrumentation & Accessories, #22693

Jesse Matlock equipped this ’Cuda with a 6.1L SRT engine mated to a Magnuson supercharger and a Nag 1 ’09 Challenger transmission. The exhaust passes through the frame and exits through openings in the rockers ahead of the rear tires. A RideTech air-ride suspension system was added by Art Morrison. The car includes RideTech ShockWaves and a Level Pro system with AirPod runs by digital control. The front and rear bumpers are tucked, smoothed and welded to the body. The front wheels are 18x7 Foose Nitrous IIs with 26x8 Mickey Thompson tires and rear 20x15s with 29x18 tires. The interior has a full Kicker audio system grafted into a red and black custom-designed interior that extends across the panels seats, carpet, headliner and sail panels. The interior was designed by Aaron Lawrence at Fast Al’s Upholstery.

Jesse Matlock, ’71 Plymouth Barracuda

Jeff Page, ’72 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Menace
Booth: Covercraft Industries LLC, #23343

Brian Thompson built the Corvette convertible Menace and included custom stainless-steel headers, a T56 six-speed transmission, a McLeod dual-disk clutch, a custom driveshaft, and a Strange Engineering IRS 9-in. rear with 35-spline axles. Other exterior modifications include CNC-machined LED headlights, fender grilles with integrated cutout exhaust tips, custom bumpers, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, LED taillights, an active speed-controlled rear spoiler, a carbon-fiber front spoiler, carbon-fiber rocker panels, and custom-machined emblems. The interior was designed by Sculpt Garage and was fabricated using European leather. It contains a touchscreen Kenwood stereo/nav, carbon-fiber McLaren air vents, and machined pedals with custom pads, horn button and steering wheel.

Jeff Page, ’72 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Menace

Jordan Henke, ’65 Oldsmobile 442
Booth: HRIA/ARMO, #23395

JH Restorations built this ’65 Oldsmobile 442, two-door post car with a 6.0L Chevy LS engine that has been modified to resemble a factory ’65 Olds 400 engine. The powertrain uses an Edelbrock intake, Hooker exhaust manifolds and a MagnaFlow stainless-steel exhaust system. The wheels have 14- and 13-in. Wilwood brakes, and the car rides on a boxed convertible frame from a ’67 Buick GS 400. It uses Detroit Speed tubular control arms, front and rear Viking coil-over shocks and springs as well as 18-in. Diamond Black classic redline tires. The body has been lowered 2 in., and the side chrome has been removed in favor of a sleeker side profile. JRD glass provided the tinted glass with power lifts provided by Nu-Relics. A set of Dakota Digital gauges blends into a custom aluminum gauge bezel, and the seats are from a ’15 Camaro, modified and covered in leather and Alcantara. The A/C unit is a Vintage Air Gen IV Sure Fit with controls from Dakota Digital.

Jordan Henke, ’65 Oldsmobile 442

Sam Piazza, ’16 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Booth: CarCapsule USA, #20137

Sam Piazza’s ’16 Chevy Camaro is equipped with a Vortech supercharger kit, an MSD Atomic Airforce intake manifold, a .660-in.-lift valve-spring kit, a Nitrous Express LT1 nitrous system, Kooks long-tube headers and catback exhaust. Chassis modifications include an R1 Concepts forged big-brake kit, a VeraAir Elite digital air-management kit, Universal Air custom airbag suspension with Megan Racing coil-overs, a Studio RSR rollcage, a BMR chassis brace and strut tower brace. The wheels are custom three-piece Infinitewerks DX-7s wrapped in Toyo tires. Inside is a full audio system by Image Dynamics, an SQ800.44 amp, a powdercoated seamless air tank, AutoPreme diamond-stitched floor mats, Braum Elite-X racing seats and five-point harnesses, and Studio RSR seat brackets. The car also features a custom carbon-fiber steering wheel, taillight covers and a Nitrous Express dual-bottle setup.

Sam Piazza, ’16 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Loren Rickabaugh, ’51 Chevrolet Pickup
Booth: ChemSpec USA Inc., #10677

ChemSpec USA is exhibiting this ’51 Chevy pickup built by Loren Rickabaugh. The truck uses a 427ci L88 engine on a ’57 Corvette frame with rack-and-pinion steering and disk brakes. The custom front bumper, the front roll pan and the front fenders have been widened 2 in. while retaining the original look. The engine compartment contains a custom firewall and inner fenders. The quarter panels, fenders and rear doors were taken from a Suburban, while the tonneau top is comprised of aluminum framing and skin. The center top opens like a trunk lid, revealing storage and speakers. A Nexus TV lift raises the rear top and reveals a flat-screen TV. Inside the galley lies an infrared grill and a refrigerator, which moves in and out. The door panels, seats and center console are from a ’14 Ford Escape.

Loren Rickabaugh, ’51 Chevrolet Pickup

Michael Hunt, ’39 Chevrolet Coupe
Booth: TredWear, #61019

Michael Hunt’s Chevy Coupe features a four-bolt-main Chevy block by Brodix. The naturally aspirated engine has NASCAR Pontiac-style 867 23-degree aluminum ported and matched heads and 2.10 intake and 1.65 exhaust valves. Adding to the power is an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, Wiseco flat-top pistons, a COMP Cams 288-R10 roller cam and a big-block oil pump, and fuel delivery comes via a Demon 750-cfm double-pumper. The front crossmember was rebuilt with a water jet trellis designed to house a Hella lighting system. The exterior is a gutted, all-steel ’39 Chevy body with special door cuts to ease driver entry. The all-new interior features BMW 635CSI leather rear buckets, an aircraft-inspired switch panel, and five-point driver safety harnesses.

Michael Hunt, ’39 Chevrolet Coupe

Alan Yee, ’48 Ford F-6
Booth: Maxxsonics, #60012

Alan Yee’s ’48 Ford F-6 cabover features a Cadillac 500ci engine with COMP Cams forged pistons and a BDS 671 supercharger. The automatic transmission is fitted with a manual valve body and a 2,800-rpm-stall converter. The truck rides on air bags done by AccuAir, with dual compressors. The roof has been chopped 3 in. and fitted with custom glass. PPG black and orange pearl paint and added pinstriping coat the exterior. Inside, a Maxxsonics audio system and custom upholstery are a couple of the interior highlights rounding out the F-6.

Alan Yee, ’48 Ford F-6

Tim Allen, ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Booth: Taylor Vertex, #23631

Tim Allen’s ’69 Camaro uses a 440ci LS dry-sump engine with an Ozmo intake manifold, a Nick Williams 102mm throttle body, a ZR1 clutch, a Concept One eight-rib pulley system and custom stainless-steel headers. The exterior upgrades include a Roadster Shop fast-track chassis, a narrowed Ford 9-in. rearend, a Penske
double-adjustable coil-over suspension, ADV1 10 wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup-2 tires, Wilwood W6A/W4A brakes with 14-in. two-piece rotors, and splined sway bars. Also included are flush-mounted front and rear glass, shaved bumpers, a fabricated engine bay, a custom rear spoiler, shaved drip rails, modern door latches, fabricated rocker panel extensions and a unique machined exhaust. The paint and bodywork were done by The Refinery using PPG products.

Tim Allen, ’69 Chevrolet Camaro

David Walden, ’70 Four-Door Plymouth Barracuda
Booth: ECS Automotive Concepts LLC, #23997

Builder David Walden started from scratch with his custom ’70 Barracuda. His goal was to create a car that emulated an OEM vehicle of the era. Every part of the ’Cuda was custom fitted. Each body panel was altered, and many of the pieces were fabricated from flat metal stock using body hammers. The door hinges were altered to work with the custom doors, and all exterior trim was transformed to fit the four-door Barracuda design. The door panels, rear package tray, rear arm rest fillers, carpet, headliner, tilt telescopic steering column, A-pillar trim and windshield trim were all custom-built parts.

David Walden, ’70 Four-Door Plymouth Barracuda

Alan Johnson, ’54 Chevrolet Pickup
Booth: TBD

Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop built a ’54 Chevrolet Pickup with a GM Duramax engine that features a quad compound of turbos. The engine is mated to a seven-speed transmission that transfers power to a custom-fabricated rearend. The truck’s body is all steel and was restored to stock factory GM specifications and covered in PPG black paint. Inside, the Chevy has a rollcage, custom-machined and bracket-mounted fire bottles, fabricated ice-water tanks and a dry-sump oil tank. The dash is custom and uses an S&S Diesel Motorsport digital dash and data logger, monitoring the vitals of the truck.

Alan Johnson, ’54 Chevrolet Pickup

Alan Johnson, ’32 Ford Tudor
Booth: Ford Motor Company, #22200

This ’32 Ford Tudor is fitted with an engine that started as a Ford 312 Y-block and was bored to 339ci. It is good for 412 hp and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. Other powertrain highlights include a five-speed Tremec TKO 600 transmission, upgraded to a stage-one performance by Bowler Performance. The wheels are magnesium Real Rodder’s Halibrand Indy Roadster units, detailed with Dow 7 aircraft coated centers with show-polished rim lips and wrapped in Coker tires. A complete steel surround was hand formed and structurally welded into the interior of the car. The interior floor is laser-cut aircraft-quality plywood, with 47 total pieces bonded together to make one. Finishing off the bespoke interior is custom upholstery work, done in-house at Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop.

Alan Johnson, ’32 Ford Tudor

Dominic Le, ’71 Datsun 240Z
Booth: Toyo Tires Treadpass

Included in this ’71 Datsun 240Z restoration is a fully built Nissan SR20det turbo engine, Super Tech valves, Port and Polish headers, a forged block, a Borg Warner EFR 7163 turbo, a GReddy intake manifold, a custom fuel rail and ID 1,000cc injectors. Additional powertrain mods include a Rywire custom engine and chassis wiring harness, a Nuke Performance fuel system as well as custom titanium piping and exhaust. Chassis and suspension upgrades are plentiful, with a full welded body and frame, custom 32-way adjustable coil-overs and Work Wheels three-piece wheels wrapped in Toyo tires. The paint is custom-mixed PPG red, and the body features shaved lights, shortened bumpers, Japanese fender flares, custom front and rear spoilers and a titanium front splitter. Inside are a custom carbon-fiber dash, center console, door panels and seats along with Takata racing five-point harnesses, an ATP custom short-throw shifter and an Adaptronic digital display.

Dominic Le, ’71 Datsun 240Z

Randy Weaver, ’68 Chevrolet Caprice
Booth: Axalta Coating Systems, #61032

Randy Weaver built this ’68 Chevrolet Caprice, which utilizes a 6.2L supercharged LSA engine and a 4L85E transmission. He gave the Caprice RideTech front and rear adjustable coil-overs, 14-in. Baer Brakes with six-/four-piston calipers, Boze forged V12 wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires. The rearend is a 9-in. Ford with 3.70:1 gears. The body also features tucked and shaved bumpers, a custom hood and a hand-built all-steel engine bay. The car came together with Axalta custom-mixed paint, and the interior upgrades include a custom waterfall console and dash, which is all steel and was hand fabricated, and Hydes leather seats by JS Custom Interiors.

Randy Weaver, ’68 Chevrolet Caprice

Robby Woods, ’16 Chevrolet HD 2500
Booth: KC HiLites, #23835

Robby Woods’ custom ’16 Chevrolet is fitted with a Wagler Competition Products 1,700hp Duramax diesel engine with three turbochargers. It’s backed by an Allison six-speed transmission, a Battleborn Engineering D9 transfer case with a torque management system, and 11-in. front and rear differentials. A Battleborn Engineering 4130 chromoly tube and plate chassis has been added along with an A-arm front suspension, a reverse four-link rear suspension and a 100-gal. fuel cell. The cab was widened 8 in. to accommodate 42-in. tires. The inside of the vehicle features a hand-formed dash and center console as well as carbon-fiber, suede and leather accents.

Robby Woods, ’16 Chevrolet HD 2500

Ronnie Sipps, ’16 Ford F-150
Booth: Pilot Automotive, #20113

This ’16 Ford F-150 is equipped with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust, a Turbo Smart blow-off valve and a Bully Dog intake with a programmer. The chassis has been outfitted with a Rolling Big Power 6-in. lift and Silencer copper powdercoated wheels with 35-in. mud tires and a suspension lift. Exterior modifications include a Rolling Big Power vinyl wrap with an RX-2-series grille, RX-3 side steps and an RX-2 fuel door. The interior includes Katzkin saddle leather to go with the copper theme of the truck.

Ronnie Sipps, ’16 Ford F-150

Ross Logsdon, ’57 Chevrolet Pickup
Booth: E-Stopp, #23289

Ross Logsdon’s ’57 Chevrolet features a 427ci LS3 engine with Sanderson headers and MagnaFlow mufflers. It also includes a full Holley fuel system with a mid-rise intake. The engine passes the power to a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed transmission with a McLeod twin-disc clutch and a lightweight flywheel. The chassis is fitted with Wilwood 14-in. brakes with six-piston calipers and an E-Stopp emergency brake system. Also included is a narrowed rearend, a custom IFS front suspension, RideTech ShockWaves and Budnik Spyder wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo tires. Interior modifications include a restomod Bluetooth A/C system, pushbutton start and a full custom leather interior from Ron Magnus.

Ross Logsdon, ’57 Chevrolet Pickup

Roger Burman, ’66 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup
Booth: Prestone Products Corp., #30321

Roger Burman of Lakeside Rods and Rides customized this ’66 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup. The modifications include a Bowler 4L80E transmission with a Kenne Bell 3.2L supercharger on an LS7 engine that’s fitted with SST headers, a 3-in. Flowmaster exhaust and a Holley fuel-management system. Chassis modifications include Schott wheels, Michelin tires and 14-in. Wilwoood brakes. Also included in the truck’s build are custom Camaro bumpers, a redesigned front fascia and sized-down bumpers along with custom grille inserts, trim bezels and emblems, smoothed drip rails and a tailgate spoiler. The interior features Cadillac Escalade door panels cut to fit, Dodge Intrepid seats, a ’16 Chevy Silverado center console and leatherwork by Dan Weber Interiors.

Roger Burman, ’66 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup

Ryan Gruba, ’56 Chevrolet Nomad
Booth: SATA Spray Equipment, #10609

Ryan Gruba’s ’56 Chevrolet Nomad carries an aluminum BMP 409 block, a COMP Cams custom-ground cam and valvetrain, a Hogan custom-built cross ram intake, Inglese eight-stack fuel injection, 2-in. custom-built polished stainless headers, a 3-in. Flowmaster custom stainless exhaust and a Gearstar 4L65E transmission. Body modifications include an Art Morrison GT sport chassis, Wilwood six-piston 13-in. brakes, Billet Specialties Grinder Extreme wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires. The exterior has a custom front grille, wheel openings and flared fenders with matching drip rails, shaved handles and cowl vents. The body was finished with all BASF Glasurit base coat clear-coat products. Inside, the Nomad has a custom-built dash to house the Dakota Digital gauges. Four Corbeau bucket seats, a full-length center console and JS Custom Interiors leather work complete the look.

Ryan Gruba, ’56 Chevrolet Nomad

Sam Lee, ’18 Ford Focus ST
Booth: Ford Motor Co., #22200

Sam Lee built this ’18 Ford Focus ST with a 2.0 Ford EcoBoost engine using a Ford Performance intake, Borla exhaust and a Ford Performance ECU reflash. Chassis modifications include an Air Lift Performance air suspension kit, a Wilwood big-brake kit, custom B-Forged wheels and Toyo Tires. Exterior upgrades consist of custom SoCal Garage wide-body flares, custom midnight purple paint, a Rally Innovations spoiler and lip kit, an Aerotek custom rear splitter, a roof rack with a custom drone landing pad, Diode Dynamic custom headlights and LED taillights. The interior features Sabelt carbon-fiber racing seats and harnesses, an Autopower rollbar, a SoCal Garage carbon-fiber steering wheel, a rear-seat projector screen, and custom organization storage for camera equipment and projectors in the trunk.

Sam Lee, ’18 Ford Focus ST

Sam Lee, ’18 Elantra Sport
Booth: Hyundai Motor America, #24387

Sam Lee modified a ’18 Elantra Sport equipped with a Hyundai Gamma 1.6L engine with a Veloster turbo upgrade, Blood Type Racing Inc. Flashpak ECU tuning, a Torco cold-air intake system, and a Pierce Motorsports exhaust. Chassis modifications include HSD coil-overs, a Pierce Motorsports lower front tie bar, upper-strut brace and rear sway bar, a Fella big brake kit, SSR GTX01 wheels and Toyo Tires. The exterior is fitted with a custom AutoArt wide-body flare kit and BASF orange paint as well as an Aerotek front splitter, side splitters and rear splitter. The interior of the vehicle has custom-stitched seats and a custom-stitched carbon-fiber steering wheel and Diode Dynamics interior lighting.

Sam Lee, ’18 Elantra Sport

Tim Palazzolo, ’67 Chevrolet Camaro
Booth: Royal Purple, #23543

Tim Palazzolo built a ’67 Camaro powered by a Chevy Performance LT4 engine with a custom exhaust system. It is mated to a Bowler manual transmission and a narrowed 9-in. rearend. Palazzolo included a Roadster Shop spec chassis, HRE wheels, Baer brakes and Michelin tires. Exterior upgrades include custom-machined taillights, a rear valance with exhaust openings and a custom hood and grille. He also included new mirrors and refined the body lines and gaps. Inside are a custom CNC gauge cluster, Dakota Digital gauges, Recaro seats and an iPad to control all car functions.

Tim Palazzolo, ’67 Chevrolet Camaro

Shaun Lewis, ’17 Jeep Wrangler
Booth: Rhino Linings Corp., #34059

Shaun Lewis’ ’17 Jeep Wrangler is fitted with an Edelbrock supercharger, JE Reel front and rear driveshafts, and a powdercoated frame and axles. The Jeep has a Rhino Linings custom paint job, Rebel Off-Road dual-shock setups front and rear, and FOA 2½-in. coil-overs with reservoirs and triple-bypass shocks. Other modifications include a Readylift long-arm kit, Rugged Ridge front and rear bumpers, tire carrier, hood, rock sliders and fenders, and a custom SR Designs grille. The Jeep rides on powdercoated Centerline wheels with saw-blade beadlocks wrapped in 37-in. Federal tires. Inside is a leather interior from Roadwire, a Rockhard 4x4 rollcage, a custom-built amp rack and sub enclosure for the PowerBass audio system and a custom-fabricated in-dash iPad mount.

Shaun Lewis, ’17 Jeep Wrangler

Troy Spackman, ’54 Chevrolet 5700 COE
Booth: Toyo Tires Treadpass

Troy Spackman presents a ’54 Chevrolet 5700 COE. Included in the vehicle is an LBZ Duramax engine mated to an Allison six-speed transmission. Other powertrain enhancements include a Garrett Powermax turbo, an air-to-water intercooler and a Driveshaft Shop driveshaft. The Chevy has a fully boxed, shortened and narrowed GMC 3500 chassis with a four-link air ride dually rearend, Wilwood disc brakes and Toyo tires. The interior was customized by Stitch & Stereo and Mikey Seats and features a Sony navigation and sound system, Classic Instruments gauges and 4x4 controls.

Troy Spackman, ’54 Chevrolet 5700 COE

Troy Trepanier, ’29 Model A Sedan
Booth: Flowmaster, #22351

Troy Trepanier’s ’29 Model A uses an all-aluminum small-block with a five-speed transmission and a modified original Halibrand quick-change rear axle. The chassis rides on a modified ’32 Ford boxed-in frame with a custom crossmember and an internal torsion bar suspension with RideTech shocks at the front and rear. The body was primarily hand built using some original Model A components. The Model A features Rad Rides customized paint and a full custom interior.

Troy Trepanier, ’29 Model A Sedan

Bobby Alloway, ’65 Ford Mustang Fastback
Booth: Taylor/Vertex, #23631

Bobby Alloway’s third vehicle submission is a ’65 Ford Mustang Fastback with a Robert Yates Trans Am engine, an American Powertrain six-speed transmission, a Taylor/Vertex distributor, an MSD ignition and a Ford 9-in. rear axle. It was built using the original Ford unibody and Detroit Speed front and rear suspensions. The wheels are custom one-off Billet Specialties 18x10 front and 20x12 rear units wrapped with Michelin tires. Alloway gave the car a Shelby Mustang hood and tucked in the front and rear bumpers. The interior was customized by Steve Holcomb. It utilizes Classic Instruments custom gauges and Vintage Air A/C.

Bobby Alloway, ’65 Ford Mustang Fastback

Ernie Manansala, ’17 Ford Raptor
Booth: Volant Performance, #24929

Ernie Manansala’s entry into the 2017 Battle of the Builders is a modified ’17 Ford Raptor that has a one-off design and 600 hp. A custom sliding bike rack, proprietary storage for water jerry cans, exterior grab handles and integrated side steps and storage drawers adorn the rear. Other exterior highlights include unique LED lights, a detachable wind power generator and a non-tubular cage.

Ernie Manansala, ’17 Ford Raptor

Ravi Dolwani, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Booth: CSF Cooling, #21549

Sheepey Built, Rywire, MotoIQ, ASC Speed Metal and LTMW designed this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X for the 2017 SEMA Show. The car was modified with a 2.0L turbocharged engine, including a custom Sheepey Built turbo kit with titanium up pipes and a hood-exit exhaust. Mitsubishi contains a full custom wide-body kit by LTMW/StreetfighterLA that was designed by Jon Sibal. Also included are a carbon-fiber hood and trunk, Lamborghini white paint, custom monoblock Rotiform wheels, and Pirelli tires. Interior upgrades include a Sparco Evo X harness and Evo I racing seat, an ASC Speed Metal custom interior, and custom Alcantara upholstery done by Rojelio’s Auto Upholstery.

Ravi Dolwani, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Ryan Basseri, ’01 Honda S2000
Booth: Toyo Tires Treadpass

With help from Toyo Tires, Ryan Basseri is showing his ’01 Honda S2000 with a 2.5L stroked F22c engine that includes ported heads as well as custom pistons, rods, cams, crankshaft and valvetrain. Basseri included a Kinsler ITB intake system, eight I.D. 1,000cc staged injectors, a custom race header and titanium exhaust, an AEM Infinity ECU and fuel pumps, a Rywire Motorsport wire loom and XRP Motorsport plumbing, along with a Nuke Performance fuel rail, regulator and filters. The vehicle sports a custom carbon roof, widened fenders, side skirts and a Wisefab tubular suspension, and it sits on Rays Ze40 wheels wrapped in Toyo tires. The S2000 is finished in Grand Prix Honda white and Porsche 4.0 RS livery.

Ryan Basseri, ’01 Honda S2000

Roger Tessman, ’18 Hyundai Elantra Sport
Booth: Covercraft, #23343

One of Roger Tessman’s entries into the Battle of the Builders is this ’18 Hyundai Elantra Sport. Modification parts were provided by Prescott Auto Body, Tire Pros, Hydrographics, Wasp Cams, Vettesthetics and Premier Tint. Tessman’s Elantra rides on Vossen wheels wrapped in Continental tires. The interior features parts from Corbeau, Covercraft and LED Underglow.

Roger Tessman, ’18 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Ringbrothers, ’71 AMX Javelin
Booth: Prestone Products Corp., #30321

The Ringbrothers built this ’71 Javelin AMX and will present it in the Prestone booth. The car is complete with a Wegner Motorsports 6.2L Hemi Hellcat MOPAR crate motor that carries a Whipple 4.5L supercharger. The team also added a Holley Dominator fuel-management system, a Bowler Transmission 4L80E automatic and a QA1 carbon-fiber driveshaft. They also moved the front wheels forward 6.5 in. and included a Flowmaster 44 stainless-steel exhaust system with side exits. The interior was customized by Upholstery Unlimited and features a Kicker audio system.

Ringbrothers, ’71 AMX Javelin
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