2018 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders Vehicles

SEMA News—November 2018


By Grant Walter and Jackson Codiga

2018 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders Vehicles

Now in its fifth year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition has grown again. The competition presents a rare opportunity for builders to judge and be judged by the greatest names in the industry, and it has attracted passionate builders from nearly every continent. The vehicles present will be among the highest quality in the world. They come from seasoned teams of professionals as well as one-man shops with small budgets. All feature immense creative power and passion.

The winners will be announced on Friday, November 2, at SEMA Ignited. The Velocity Channel will tape this special award ceremony live, and it will air in 2019.

The vehicles featured in these pages will be in booths and outdoor displays. All of them can be seen in person at the Show.

Phil and Jeremy Gerber, ’71 GTO
Booth: HP Tuners LLC, #23629

The GTO is undoubtedly a classic. The people at Roadster Shop decided to offer a level of fit and finish that would have been unavailable in the car’s native decade. The nose parts, factory rear wing and bumpers were rebuilt in sheetmetal. Powered by a supercharged LS engine and riding on a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis, this build follows up the look with performance.

Gerber GTO

Billy Bibb, ’73 Scout II
Booth: Lund International, #31017

This ’73 Scout II, entered by customizer Billy Bibb from Castle Rock, Colorado, features extensive restoration and upgraded equipment. Among the upgrades are a custom four-link chassis and Radflo coil-over shocks locating Dana 60 axles with ARB lockers front and rear. The powertrain consists of a 376ci supercharged LSA V8 good for 556 hp and backed by a 4L80 transmission. With MagnaFlow 3-in. exhausts, the setup is said to yield 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The Scout also features PPG Atomic Blast paint, a custom rollcage, dash, console, bumpers, seat bases and a number of other touches. It rides on 34-in. BFG All-Terrain tires mounted on 18-in. Fuel Beast wheels housed under Bushwhacker fender flares. Other key equipment includes Corbeau front seats, HID projector lights, an Amp Powerstep and more.

Billy Bibb Scout II

Mitch Kelly, ’69 Chevelle
Booth: ididit LLC, #22989

This classic Chevelle was built by an experienced SEMA Show builder. It features a Pace Performance engine atop a Roadster Shop frame. A QA1 driveshaft powers American Racing wheels with Toyo tires and Wilwood brakes. On the exterior, the windows are flush, the bumpers are tucked and narrowed, the rocker panels are lowered and the front spoiler is custom. Inside, Vintage Air provided the HVAC system and Dakota Digital provided the gauges. Elegance Interior was responsible for the custom interior finish.

Mitch Kelly Chevelle

Edwin Caballero, ’14 Subaru STI
Booth: Feature Vehicle

Built by Young Gun Edwin Caballero, this Subaru STI features an ETS front-mount intercooler and cold-air intake, a Grimmspeed EBC, an IAG AOS, a Tomei downpipe, an Ark Performance quad exhaust, an aluminum radiator and a Yimisport tune. The exterior features a full color change to millenium jade green, a Mnt Rider wide-body kit, a Cusco eight-point rollcage and rear lower control arms, headlights from Circuit Demon, an APR foglight delete, a BTA Double Decker wing with a carbon blade, an Aeroflow front splitter and side skirts, as well as Whiteline front and rear sway bars, toe arms and bushings. The interior features Sparco Pro 2000 bucket seats and harnesses and Visual Autowerks window vents.

Edwin Caballero Subaru STI

Frederick Simmons Jr., ’35 Truck
Booth: Factory Five Racing, #23229

SMG Motoring is bringing this fully custom hot-rod pickup to the Factory Five Racing booth. It’s name is “Pressurized,” and it features a ProCharger P1X supercharger kit, custom Speedhut gauges, an LS1 engine built in-house, a DRT 4L65 transmission, Vintage Air A/C, electric-assist power steering, LED headlights/taillights, a PSI Conversion engine harness, a Lokar shifter and an Aeromotive 340 Stealth fuel pump.

Frederick Simmons Truck

Bryce Thompson, ’14 Jeep Wrangler
Booth: Rock Slide Engineering, #34199

Bryce Thompson grew up in the small town of St. George, Utah. His parents opened a local 4WD shop called Dixie 4x4 when Bryce was four years old. He grew up in the shop and started off-roading at the age of eight. This Wrangler rocks an ’18 Bruiser GM 6.2L LS3 that puts out 500 hp. The Jeep is full of off-road-ready accents such as the Rock Slide Engineering bumpers, aluminum half doors and Rock Hard 4x4 rollcage. The chassis is equipped with Terraflex 60 axles, Z-Bros coil-over shocks and BFG KM3 39-in. Krawler tires. It may be a Jeep, but it doesn’t skimp on creature comforts. It’s loaded with Kicker Audio amps and speakers, a custom backseat/cargo area and an ARB refrigerator.

Bryce Thompson Jeep Wrangler

Dustin Hacker, ’63 Corvette
Booth: Douglass Interior Products, #24597

Dustin Hacker owns a custom hot-rod shop in Las Vegas, where this Corvette was built completely in-house. The American classic features many carbon-fiber parts, including the engine bay, bumpers, rocker panels, hood inserts, center console and more. The drivetrain features an LS3 engine that makes 650 hp and a Tremec T56 magnum transmission helps sort the power. The exhaust exits in the center through the rear valance. The drivetrain features Wilwood brakes paired with Budnik custom wheels and steering. In the interior, the front and rear glass was flush-mounted by AM Hot Rod Glass.

Dustin Hacker Corvette

Paul VanNus, ’69 Camaro
Booth: Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)/Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) #23395

Paul VanNus has been working on cars with his father since he was a kid. A self-taught TIG welder and fabricator, he is the co-owner of Dutchboy’s Hotrods in Vicksburg, Michigan. This Chevy is powered by a Wagner LS7 engine that is set back 6 in. and is mated to a Bowler T56 Magnum transmission. The Camaro features extensive fabrication throughout as well as a BASF custom-mix paint job, air jacks, carbon-fiber Forgeline wheels, carbon brakes, modified wheelwells and custom carbon work throughout.

Paul VanNus Camaro

Jeremiah Proffitt, ’70 Toyota FJ40
Booth: Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, #23043

This ’70 FJ40 is the product of a no-expense-spared body-off restoration by Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers. The owner, who lives in Las Vegas, made it clear that the cruiser was to be as nice as possible with no fear of going over budget. The combination of Toyota DNA and aftermarket accessories balances the vehicle.

Jeremiah Proffitt Toyota FJ40

Blake Boatwright, ’18 Toyota Tundra
Booth: Pilot Inc./Rolling Big Power, #20113

This truck was built to show off multiple sides of the aftermarket. A lifted show vehicle at its core, it will also be on display towing a slammed trailer carrying a custom golf cart. Sporting a 12-in. suspension lift by Bulletproof, the Tundra has a cantilevered rearend, 40x15.5 tires and 20-in. wheels matching the paint job. The rig is slammed all the way to the ground. To be consistent with the design theme, the golf cart will have a 17-in. air-ride suspension as well as wheels that match both the trailer and Tundra.

Blake Boatwright Toyota Tundra

John Muratori Jr., ’76 Celica GT Liftback
Booth: Swag Custom Rides, #61020

John Muratori Jr. leads a group of young guns called Swag—a nonprofit restoration shop that gives young inner-city men oppressed by drugs, alcohol or a lack of opportunity a shot at building cool vehicles. The Swag team is coming to the SEMA Show this year to compete in BOTB. This sleek Celica runs on a Ford 2.3L EcoBoost engine that puts out 600 hp to a Ford MT-82 manual transmission. Much of the powertrain and chassis is customized as well, from the custom suspension and Wilwood brakes to the reinforced connecting braces. Inside, the one-off metal dash has custom controls, and the exterior artwork was designed in-house.

John Muratori Jr. Celica GT Liftback

Shawn Bassett, ’72 Datsun 240Z
Booth: Toyo Tires Treadpass

This vehicle was built from scratch. Every aspect of its fabrication, from the welding to the carbon-fiber body and the engine build, was done by Shawn Bassett, with the exception of the powdercoating. This Datsun was purpose-built to take on Pike’s Peak and time-attack events. Its LSX engine puts out 450 hp. The custom wheels are from BC Forged, as are the racing coil-overs. The suspension and aero package are all aftermarket.

Shawn Bassett Datsun 240Z

Nicholas Butts, ’15 Ford F-250
Booth: Fury Offroad Tire, #43251

This truck has been taken all the way down to the frame to be powdercoated along with the axles. The rear doors have been made into suicide doors, and the vehicle is suspended with Ultimate Air Ride, which airs down to 10 in. and up to 19 in. The tire dimensions are 42x16 in. on 28x16-in. gold wheels. The interior is all custom, from the seats to the speakers. The truck has a gold turbo kit to match all of the other gold accents.

Nicholas Butts Ford F-250

Talbert Goldman, ’64 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Booth: C&R Advanced Cooling Technology, #23423

This coupe was built by Goldman and his crew in Meridian, Mississippi. The LT1 Corvette engine puts out 500 hp to a Tremec T56 transmission by Bowler Performance. It also features Ultimate Headers 3-in. custom stainless exhaust and mufflers. On the exterior, the tucked bumpers are painted with Axalta dark gray matte paint. The leather interior is fully custom, done by Paul Atkins Interiors in Hanceville, Alabama, with Clayton Machine Works accents.

Talbert Goldman Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Craig Piggott, Ford B-100
Booth: Energy Suspension, #23267

Named “El Chapo,” this Ford B-100 was designed specifically for the Mexican market, based on the F-100 platform. The powertrain includes billet valve covers and custom dual-quad fuel injection by Holley, and it ends with MagnaFlow exhaust. Fuel pressure is created by an Aeromotive fuel pump, and the engine is cooled by a GC Cooling and C&R Racing radiator and fans. This cool cruiser features a Currie rearend and Billet Specialties wheels, and Energy Suspension-supplied suspension upgrade pieces. Restomod Air keeps the interior cool, along with Precision Replacement Parts weatherstripping and Thermotec insulation. Inside, Dakota Digital provided the gauges, with Wilwood pedals and an ididit steering column. The exterior sports a PPG paint job.

Craig Piggott, Ford B-100 

Jordan Henke, ’66 Ford Mustang Coupe
Booth: Edelbrock LLC, #22643

The Coyote engine in this classic Mustang is connected to a Bowler Stage II-modified Tremec T-56 six-speed Magnum performance transmission with a Ram dual-disc clutch and a Tilton throwout bearing. Next in line is a QA1 carbon-fiber driveshaft, finished off by a John’s Industries third member. All driveline lubrication comes from Driven Oil. The suspension is set up in a Pro-Touring style and utilizes a Detroit Speed Mustang aluma frame front suspension as well as a DSE rear quadralink suspension. It rolls on 18-in. Forgeline wheels in the front and 19-in. in the rear, fitted with 14-in. Baer brakes. Inside the cockpit, the dashboard has been shifted closer to the driver, with a 3D-printed gauge housing, an ididit steering column and retrofitted seats. Relicate supplied the leather and other premium interior materials. Monitoring the Edelbrock mill is a set of custom Dakota Digital HDX instruments. The coupe features a Vintage Air A/C system, a Bowler Performance keyless entry system, an American Autowire harness, power windows from Nu-Relics, a Lokar billet drive-by-wire throttle pedal, a Tilton pedal box and a Detroit Speed Selecta Speed wiper kit.

 Jordan Henke Ford Mustang Coupe

Classic Recreations, ’69 429 Mustang
Booth: Centerforce Clutches, #23813

The “Boss 9” is built from an original ’69 or ’70 Mustang body and equipped with a custom-built Boss 429 514ci stroker engine featuring updated valvetrain and cutting-edge EFI and engine-management systems. Like all vehicles built by Classic Recreations, the Boss 429 Mustang will feature a DYAD twin-disc clutch and flywheel kit from Centerforce Clutches inside a Tremec manual transmission. The multi-disc DYAD clutch is capable of supporting torque levels reaching 1,300 lb.-ft. The interior features Scat Elite seats and five-point Camlock seatbelts.

Classic Recreations 429 Mustang 

Justin Nichols, ’63 Buick Riviera
Booth: Motive Gear/Richmond, #23661

This year’s vehicle from Nichols Paint and Fab is a red ’63 Buick Riviera. Under the hood is an LS3 engine with Borla injection and a 4L70 Flowmaster transmission. The vehicle has been chopped 1.5 in., and every panel on the car has been chopped, shortened or modified in some way. The ’63 Thunderbird dash is fitted with Dakota Digital gauges, and the Buick has new A/C and heat installed as well. With new Wilwood brakes as well as power steering and windows rounding out the additions, this two-door classic American car is road-ready.

Justin Nichols, ’63 Buick Riviera

Mike Thomas, ’64 Ford Falcon
Booth: Derale Performance, #22335

This ’64 Falcon would be at home in its own decade. The steel body actually has fiberglass fenders, front bumper and hood. The rear wheelwells were moved forward 3 in. from stock. The Ford 427 FR High Riser has dual Holley 750s, Crites headers and an MSD ignition system. The engine is followed up by a Dana Sniff-prepared C-4 automatic three-speed transmission, outputting to a Ford 9-in. with 4.11 gears. It features a factory Ford unibody chassis with subframe connectors and Cal-Tracs suspension. Mickey Thompson tires put rubber to the ground. The rear tires are 29.5x9-in. items on 15x8 steel wheels, and the fronts are 29x5 rubber on 15x4.5 steel wheels. The interior features a single Kirkey low-back racing seat, with everything else having been deleted and filled in or left stock.

Mike Thomas Ford Falcon

Dylan Goacher, ’68 Chevrolet Nova
Booth: Gear Vendors Overdrive, #22475

This ’68 Chevrolet Nova comes to the Show from Wathena, Kansas, where it was built by Dylan Goacher and his team at Goacher Street Legends. Sporting a 632ci engine with Big Chief heads, a Pro Mod by Gear Vendors, an Aeromotive fuel system, GRP rods and Bullet Racing cams, the powerplant has a peak power output of about 3,000 hp. The tucked front and rear fiberglass bumpers have a chrome coating, and the custom PPG black/candy paint from GSL finishes off the look. Stop by the booth for more tech specs.

Dylan Goacher Chevrolet Nova

Daniel Dent, ’72 Chevrolet C10
Booth: Feature Vehicle

This entry into the Battle of the Builders competition is a winner from one of the regional Young Gun competitions—a ’72 Chevrolet C10 built by Daniel Dent. The vehicle is built on the original GM frame and suspension with Classic Performance 2.5-/3-in. lowering springs, and the engine is a 400ci Chevrolet small-block with tuned-port fuel injection, Trick Flow heads, TRE roller rockers, a COMP cam and a Vintage Air FrontRunner pulley system. The wheels are 20x10 Boss motorsports wheels with General Grabber UHP tires, and the body has a new LMC trim kit with deep-impact blue paint. The sleek trim of the outside is matched with a modern interior, including an updated Kenwood stereo system, a new LMC headliner, a seat cover, carpet, door panels, an ididit steering column with a billet steering wheel and Vintage Air A/C.

Daniel Dent Chevrolet C10

Chris Mills, ’64 Chevrolet Impala
Booth: CFR Performance, #20004

This ’64 Impala, nicknamed “Battleship,” comes to the SEMA Show courtesy of CFR Performance and Stealth Motor Works. The Impala’s small-block Chevy 400ci motor is fitted with a Roots-style blower driven by a CFR Performance serpentine kit and CFR Performance accessories that include the valve covers, wire looms, headers, timing cover and oil pan. The car is painted in a high-gloss piano black with some high-gloss red on the trim. Other details include TMI Products Pro Series low-back front seats, a Builders Series front door and rear quarter panels and Builders Series rear seat upholstery done in red with black contrast stitching and matching inserts, along with extensive use of CFR Performance accessories.

Chris Mills Chevrolet Impala

John Cole, ’69 Ford Bronco
Booth: Federal Tire, #40186

This build aims to buck tradition. It features a 289 V8 engine with FiTech fuel injection, James Duff headers, a PerTronix ignition, a Champion radiator and MagnaFlow mufflers on a unique outside frame exhaust. From there the power moves through an overdrive transmission, a B&M P/S cooler, Inland Empire driveshafts and a RuffStuff Specialties rearend. The fabrication was done by TB Metal Worx, and the chassis sports a powdercoated frame with a TIG-welded cage attached to it. The long-travel suspension, Bilstein coil-overs and bypass shocks rest on 17-in. Fuel beadlock wheels clad with 35-in. Federal tires. In the passenger cabin, the heated seats and harnesses were made by Simpson Racing. The custom dash has a touchscreen stereo and fuel injection controller. On the exterior, the uniquely cut body is complemented by modified doors, a modified fuel filler, custom bumpers with J.W. Speaker lights, custom rock sliders with nerf bars and a fiberglass hood. The bright-red paint job was done by Brain Wester.

John Cole Ford Bronco

Todd Budde, ’65 VW Single Cab
Booth: Vintage Air Inc., #22579

This VW was originally meant to be Budde’s daughter’s first vehicle, but he was able to salvage less than 5% of the original hardworking German truck after it was pulled from the bank of the Missouri River three years ago, and the entire reconstruction was done by Budde. The engine and transmission are both modified Subaru structures. The entire air system is custom, ending with Borla mufflers. The cooling (an important issue on vintage VWs) was achieved with dual Bell intercoolers, a custom aluminum coolant surge tank and a Flex-a-Lite radiator with triple fans. The chassis features a custom TIG-welded steel 2x3-in. frame, a custom tubular double-wishbone suspension, a custom front swaybar, QA1 shocks and Empi Raider 17x7 Wide 5 wheels with Dunlop Direzza tires. The ’65 has an all-steel body with KlassicFab reproduction body panels, a custom rear steel bumper and PPG paint. The interior is cooled by a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum HVAC. Stop by the Vintage Air booth in Central Hall for a more extensive rundown.

Todd Budde VW Single Cab

Rick Fragnoli, ’69 Dodge Charger
Booth: Kooks Headers & Exhaust, #24849

Despite appearances, this ’69 Dodge Charger is actually a full-body swap with a ’16 Hellcat chassis. The engine is a 700hp 6.2L Hellcat Hemi with a factory eight-speed automatic transmission, a full Kooks exhaust and a pulley-swapped blower. The Hellcat late-model independent suspension has been retained with added KW adjustable coil-overs. The vehicle is painted in a custom-mixed PPG green with black accents, with black-chrome bumpers and outside trim by Ogden Chrome. In addition to the Hellcat frame and engine, all interior tech and comfort has been retained from a late-model Hellcat, including the heated steering wheel, 8.4-in. touchscreen navigation, a functional launch control and even custom-upholstered heated and cooled Hellcat seats with six-point racing harnesses.

Rick Fragnoli Dodge Charger

Steve Eisenach, ’67 Ford Mustang
Booth: TredWear, #61019

Inspired by vintage racing tradition, this ’67 Ford Mustang called “Lucky 11” comes courtesy of GasKings LLC. The vehicle has a remarkable number of authentic era-correct details, including Shelby race valve covers, a ’66/’67 Shelby Trans Am suspension and even a beautiful survived-condition Wimbledon White paint job. The engine is a Ford HiPo 289 block with Pro Comp 289 aluminum heads and an Edelbrock 600 carburetor, and it’s fitted to a T-10 four-speed transmission. The Skepple design studio wrapped the weathered Gulf Racing livery stripes, and the vintage low-back race buckets are covered in tan leather.

Steve Eisenach Ford Mustang

Al Yarusinsky, ’68 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Booth: Feature Vehicle

Al Yarusinsky has been hard at work on this ’68 Camaro SS for 18 months. This classic musclecar was built on a custom chrome-moly round-tube chassis with a ladder-bar suspension. It features QA1 shocks in the front and Strange shocks in the rear with US Mags Grand Prix wheels. The 18x7 fronts are clad with Nitto New Gen tires, while the 18x10 rears are clad with Nitto drag radials. The all-steel body has been restored with Auto Metal Direct panels and a PPG Electric Spice paint job. Under the hood, the Camaro features a Holley Aluminum Ultra XP-series carb, CVF Racing pulleys and brackets, a Turbo 400 transmission (with a trans brake) and a custom-built Flowmaster Outlaw race muffler.

Al Yarusinsky Chevrolet Camaro SS

Dave Salvaggio, ’70 Dodge Charger
Booth: Meguiar’s, #23643

This build from SpeedKore is aptly dubbed “Evolution.” The entire body is constructed from 100%-aerospace-grade carbon fiber that was molded to maintain the original lines of the vehicle. The body sits on a 2x3-in. box frame that was designed and fabricated in-house, along with the 14-point rollcage. While much of the vehicle was custom designed and manufactured in-house by SpeedKore, the group also included parts from other suppliers, such as a Dodge Demon engine and a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed transmission with a Bad Boyz Garage triple-disc clutch and a carbon-fiber driveshaft from FCA. Inside the car, the Recaro seats have been reupholstered with Italian leather. That leather was also used by Gabe’s Custom Interiors to trim the interior.

Dave Salvaggio  Dodge Charger

Steve Keefer, ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle
Booth: Odyssey Battery, #24875

This ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible comes courtesy of East Bay Muscle Cars, with an initial design from Hermance Design. The vehicle was built on an Art Morrison chassis with JRI shocks and Forgeline 20x12 and 19x10 wheels. The ground effects and external body fabrication were done by EBMC. In the interior, the dash has been outfitted with touchscreen controls designed and fabricated by DJ Design.

Steve Keefer Chevrolet Chevelle

Sam Sanchez, ’04 Subaru STI
Booth: Spec-D Tuning, #20659

From the builders at Awdsome Lifestyles, this ’04 Subaru STI is built to impress. The engine is equipped with 1,300cc injectors, a Mishimoto oil cooler, ancillary hoses, stainless-steel braided fuel rails by Outfront Motorsports and a Tomei 20g turbo. The exterior features a Seibon carbon-fiber hood, lip and rear roof spoiler and as well as a two-tone yellow and black paint job wrapped in honeycomb vinyl.

Sam Sanchez, ’04 Subaru STI

Scott McMurry, ’70 Ford Mustang
Booth: Classic Instruments, #22583

This entry is a creative take by McMurry. The engine is a modified Ford Gen 2 Aluminator with Stage 3 COMP Cams. Moving along the powertrain, upgrades include a Gen 3 VMP TVS 2650 supercharger, a built Tremec Magnum transmission, a Strange ProHD Ford 9-in. differential with TrueTrac and a cambered full-floating rearend. The exterior features Maier Racing fender flares front and rear, a carbon-fiber hood and trunk lid and a unique Agent 47 chin spoiler.

Scott McMurry Ford Mustang

Alan Yee, ’48 Ford F-6
Booth: Blower Drive Service/Jamar #21216

If you stop by the Blower Drive Services booth, you’ll see this custom ’48 Ford F-6 from Alan’s Auto Body & Paint. The F-6 is powered by a 500ci Cadillac motor with double-stack 8-71 superchargers, and the engine is backed by a Turbo 400 transmission. There’s also a six-speed Gear Vendor overdrive unit and a 14-bolt dually rearend with a Detroit locker. The engine is centrally mounted on an Air Ride chassis with a four-link system in the rear and a drop spindle in the front. With a 3-in. chop top on the roof, PPG black and orange pearl paint, and a custom-built truck bed among the exterior details, this rig is designed to make a big impression on the Show floor.

Alan Yee Ford F-6

Garrett Kitchen, ’66 Dodge Charger
Booth: Mothers Polish, #61008

This Dodge Charger aims to present a fresh look on a classic. Highlighted by the orange Hemi decal, the powerplant is a Gen III 6.4L Hemi punched out to 440 ci. It includes a Kenne Bell supercharger with intercooler and outputs 702 hp. The exterior look was accomplished by keeping the stock headlights and grille while redesigning the front fenders and hood by hand. The car is rounded out with a custom leather interior from Tracy Weaver’s Recovery Room, a custom console and a Kenwood stereo.

Garrett Kitchen Dodge Charger

Gary Hagar, ’60 Biscayne
Booth: Hemmings Motor News, #23675

This two-door ’60 Chevy Biscayne comes to us this year courtesy of Hack Shack Inc. One of the most notable details about this vehicle is the PPG hot-red paint job with red pearl on the body and Crystallance Jack Frost white on the roof. The exterior also features Impala trim as well as a halved and smoothed firewall and inner fenders. Under the hood sits a Chevy 350 small-block with Hedman headers, a March pulley kit and Billet Specialties valve covers. The car sports Billet Specialties Pinnacle wheels with Nitto Motivo tires.

Gary Hagar Biscayne

Mike Grotto, ’66 Ford Mustang Fastback
Booth: Icebox Performance, #24591

This classic ’66 Ford Mustang Fastback was designed and built by brothers Mike and Dave Grotto, and it will be on display in the Icebox Performance booth. The vehicle was built with custom 2x3-in. box frame construction, with a full tub in the rear and a hidden full rollcage. The 408ci Windsor engine is outfitted with Anfield aluminum heads, an 8-71 BDS blower, custom eight-nozzle fuel injection, a Hogan lower intake manifold, JE pistons and an Icebox Performance polished radiator. The exterior features a rear valence panel with LED lights that are molded in and a boxed hood customized to show off the engine.

Mike Grotto Ford Mustang Fastback

Bryan Barger, ’66 Ford Bronco
Booth: Trulers, #52413

Bryan Barger, owner and operator of Son of A Fink Kustoms, is bringing this ’66 Ford Bronco to the 2018 SEMA Show. Under the hood, the vehicle packs a 3.8L supercharged Pontiac engine with LS1 throttle bodies, an ACS Power and Performance Radiator with associated piping and reservoir and TKO Systems clamps. The Bronco is full of unique details, including rear fender flares that are actually front fenders spun around and smoothed, and a full custom Tamco paint job with multiple hand-painted elements, including a piece on the roof painted by Mike Smith of Ink Stain Tattoo.

Bryan Barger, Ford Bronco

Jared Grossman, Ram Sport 1500
Booth: ZDOG Truck Toolboxes, #34308

This Ram Sport 1500 4x4 is off-road ready, courtesy of Jared Grossman. Under the hood rests a 5.9L Hemi V8 capable of 410 hp and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with a K&N 77-series cold-air intake, Edelbrock Performer cylinder heads and a Cherry Bomb extreme exhaust. The truck bed has a green bedliner by OC Rhino Linings, matching the custom green headlights from Herculeds and the green LED wheel rings from LEDWheelKit.com. The wheels themselves are 20x12 Centerline LT3s, and the truck is fitted with a Superlift Suspension 6-in. lift kit, Bilstein DP1 shocks and Atturo Trailblade Boss 375x55x20 tires.

Jared Grossman Ram Sport 1500

Wesley De Saedeleer, ’55 COE Fire Rescue Truck
Booth: Pilot Inc., #20113

Traveling all the way from Cobblestone Customs in Belgium, this massive COE fire rescue truck will compete in the BOTB. After removal of the fire equipment, the truck was repainted. The Duramax Conversion LB7 under the hood runs on a 120-gal. biofuel tank that has its own onboard filtration unit. Some other notable additions include 24-in. billet aircraft-aluminum wheels machined by Radical Wheels and a fully custom interior by Budt Kustom Interiors.

Wesley De Saedeleer COE Fire Rescue Truck

Ross Logsdon, ’56 Chevy 3100
Booth: E-Stopp, #23388

Ross Logsdon, a builder from Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is bringing this ’56 Chevy 3100 pickup to the SEMA Show. Under the hood lies a General Motors 6.0L LS3 engine with a Holley high-rise intake and fuel system. Along with powertrain upgrades, the build features a brand-new body that was built in-house and a custom Mar-K Bed with a Tricky Air & Billet hinged floor.

Ross Logsdon Chevy 3100

Darren Sammartino Jr., ’70 Chevrolet K20
Booth: Pilot Inc., #20113

The Chevrolet C10 is one of the most popular vintage truck models to restore for the SEMA Show, but instead of a vintage restoration, this ’70 C10 has been converted into a custom-built K20. The original Chevy small-block engine has been swapped for a ’91 Cummins 6BT 12V diesel with a Holset turbo, GDS POD injectors, a K&N custom-designed intake, a Getrag 360 five-speed manual transmission and custom dual 8-in. stack exhaust pipes. The wheels and tires come from vehicle sponsor Rolling Big Power, with RBP custom 20x10 beadlock wheels and RBP Repulsor M/T 37-in. tires. Other notable additions include KC Hilites Gravity LED headlights and a Gravity Pro6 lightbar, BS Sand custom-embroidered seats, Kicker Audio sound, a bed-mounted spare tire carrier fabricated by Mad Cow Customs, Rotopak mounts and a Ford Grabber Blue paint finish.

Darren Sammartino Jr. Chevrolet K20

Brad McKinnon, ’48 Chevy Suburban
Booth: Doug Thorley Headers, #24637

This Battle of the Builders entry brings a ton of classic charm in the form of a ’48 Chevy Suburban built by Brad McKinnon of Victoria, British Columbia. Under the hood, a 5.3L V8 engine complete with two Magnuson superchargers turns a 4L60E transmission. Some of the most notable exterior mods are the oversize artillery wheels and the pancaked roof. Donors and sponsors include Doug Thorley, Dakota Digital, Painless Performance, VIAIR, QA1 and MagnaFlow, to name a few.

Brad McKinnon Chevy Suburban

J.R. Granatelli, ’17 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
Booth: Granatelli Motor Sports Inc., #23329

This year, veteran builder J.R. Granatelli is bringing a Chevrolet Silverado with a hand-built chassis. Nearly everything on the car was built from scratch, from the hand-fabricated carbon-fiber exterior to the custom-built dash and navigation system. The 6.8L Chevrolet LSX engine is fitted with a TVS2300 supercharger and features custom-built headers and Granatelli ignition coils. It’s all outputted to a TCI six-speed transmission.

J.R. Granatelli Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab

Brandon Wargo, ’79 Datsun 280ZX
Booth: Sony Car Audio , #12053

Built by 18-year-old Brandon Wargo, one of the youngest builders in the competition, this ’79 Datsun 280ZX would be a worthy addition to the BOTB for a builder of any age. Among other things, this build features a 2.0L turbocharged engine, Motegi Racing rims, a wide-body kit and an active spoiler. In addition, the interior of the vehicle is fitted with custom seats and panels and a custom audio system designed by Sony.

Brandon Wargo Datsun 280ZX

Gary Brown, 5196 Volkswagen Beetle
Booth: CleanTools Inc., #24235

The “Brown Beetle” was built by Gary Brown of Browns Metal Mods in Port Leyden, New York. Propelling this classic is an aluminum 215 Buick V8 engine. It features custom electronic fuel injection made using parts from Hilborn and Holley electronics. The car’s sleek shell is adorned with a PPG ginger beer and tonic brown paint job, as well as a number of exterior modifications that include suicide doors and a chopped top.

Gary Brown Volkswagen Beetle

Tony Arme, ’68 Ford Mustang Coupe
Booth: Odyssey Battery, #24875

Tony Arme has taken on the equine with this build. This Mustang learned to prance with a Ferrari F136 engine, fitted with a Ferrari California modified intake and a T56 six-speed transmission. Along with the new engine, the exterior of the vehicle has been updated with a 2.5-in. chopped top and new custom grilles and bumpers. It also features LED headlights and custom side exhaust panels.

Tony Arme Ford Mustang Coupe

Ernie Manansala, ’18 Nissan GTR
Booth: Seibon Carbon, #21653

Ernie Manansala of R35 Hundred and the people at Seibon Carbon have built a custom ’18 Nissan GTR. It features a twin-turbo Nissan VK45 prototype with nitrous and a Nissan CD009 transmission. The exterior sports a fully custom carbon-fiber body with 31 pieces designed by R35 Hundred and manufactured by Seibon. It also includes a four-fender oversize arch kit and full carbon-fiber diffusers in front and back.

Ernie Manansala Nissan GTR

Jesse Greening, ’71 Ford Maverick
Booth: Baer Inc., #24125

Built to impress by Jesse Greening, this ’71 Ford Maverick will be a vehicle to look out for in the Baer Brakes booth. Fitted with a Bennett Racing Engines mill and a Bowler 4L80E transmission, this car also features a custom-machined Greening Auto Co. intake fed with two precision turbos matched with a C&R intercooler. The exterior features a custom-mixed Glasurit paint job and carbon spoilers.

Jesse Greening Ford Maverick

Darin Smith, ’64 Chevy C10 Fleetside Short Bed
Booth: POR-15/POR Products, #24197

This ’64 custom Chevy truck has a distinctive patina finish. It was designed by previous BOTB competitor Darin Smith and the team at DWS Classics in Huntington Beach, California. Based on a stock frame with CPP suspension and disc brakes at all four corners, all of the chassis and many other components of this vehicle are finished with POR-15 finishes. This truck takes a retro-modern angle with a wood-finished bed and an interior finished with custom carpet from Rodeo Carpet. The interior upholstery is from Bill Dunn Upholstery.

Darin Smith Chevy C10 Fleetside Short Bed

Steve Cook, ’63 Ford Galaxie 500
Booth: Meguiar’s, #23643

Steve Cook has been making gorgeous custom classics for quite some time now. He is entering a ’631/2 Ford Galaxie 500 this year. It features a 498ci Craft Racing V8 Ford FE engine along with other vintage parts, including a period-correct Edelbrock 6x2 intake. The interior features custom leather with chromed metal trim by Sculpt Garage, as well as a ’63 Mercury cluster with gauges by Dakota Digital.

Steve Cook Ford Galaxie 500

Jason Noel, ’64 Chevrolet C10
Booth: FLO Airride , #23792

This vehicle is being built by Fat Fender Garage LLC on the first full Porterbuilt production chassis with airbag suspension. The engine is a Gen V Chevrolet LT4 6.2L supercharged V8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The wheels are carbon-fiber Avant Garde models with Wilwood disc brakes, and the body has been modified with custom front inner fenders with integrated vents and extended wheel tubs in the bed. The interior was updated with custom leather seats, Dakota Digital gauges, pushbutton start and remote door locks. Black powdercoat trim from Mar-K products and all LED lights are the final touches.

Jason Noel Chevrolet C10

Kyle Tucker, ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Booth: ARP Inc., #22613

This year, Detroit Speed will be displaying its new ’69 Camaro in the ARP booth. The chassis was hand-built and narrowed in the front, with a Detroit Speed Quadralink rear suspension kit. The stock engine has been replaced with a Kurt Urban-built LS2 with a Harrop supercharger; an Infinity box electronic control system; and a custom-designed and machined air box, air intake and billet valve covers. There are many exterior body modifications and upgrades, including hand-built front and rear spoilers. The interior is completely custom from M&M Hot Rod Interiors, and a Classic Instruments gauge cluster graces the hand-built dash panel.

Kyle Tucker Chevrolet Camaro




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