Project-ed Winners

Oct 6, 2011

What has four wheels (sometimes, six…could be more), a steering system, a motor, moves forward and backward (maybe, up and down … could be sideways) and will sport the latest aftermarket products for you to see, maybe touch, surely be wowed by, and will debut before 100,000 auto aficionados?

You already know the answer: a project vehicle that a team of aftermarket pros have been designing, redesigning, adding to and taking from, sweating over and likely still will be tweaking on the day the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual Las Vegas show that opens Nov. 1.

Though there will be more cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, ATVs, Jeeps and more spiffed up with just about anything you can install, you could probably get to see just about all of them if you spend all four days at the show and cruise every aisle.

But to give you a sampling of what you might see – most of these project vehicles are still being assembled as we prepare this presentation – make a special point to stop by these companies’ booths and get closer looks for great ideas to take home with you and ready yourselves to offer your customers.

Vroom! and giddy-up! folks.

Tjin Edition 2012 Chevy Cruze

Neil Tjin has done it again.

How about this modified 2012 Chevy Cruze? It’s a hot little number.

Looking at the exterior, here’s what the Tjin team plans to do:

Give it the 3dCarbon treatment with front lip, side skirts and rear valance. Put on a carbon fiber roof and trunk accents, courtesy of Wraptivo.

Paint it with Dupont Candy Yellow and give it matte black accents. Put on Styles pin striping.

Unique Fabrication provides the customized front bumper/shaved-bumper light and rear spoiler. Webasto adds its sunroof. Trent’s Trick Upholstery came through with a billet bolt kit. Race Mesh Grilles has its custom front top and rear lower grilles.

Then add Light Wurkz LED headlights and taillights and Ignited HID lighting, plus 3rd Shift Studio custom emblems.

Wheels and tires come next: Rotiform Wheels 20×8.5 and 20×9 concave blue wheels wrapped with Falken 245/30/20 and 255/25/20 tires.

Give them stopping power with Baer Big Brakes: front, 6-piston yellow calipers and rotors and 15.5″ cross-drilled rotors.

Talk about suspension: Unique Fabrication’s sport sway bars and Function and Form fully adjustable coil-overs.

Need some sound entertainment? Scosche goes loud and clear with (2) 12″ subwoofers, (2) amplifiers, component speakers, custom speaker box and amplifier rack, and rear deck lid featuring speakers; Scosche wiring and sound dampening material, too, will be used.

Install an Azentek smart mirror, Escort 9500ci radar and Braille batteries and you’re covered.

But we’re not done. Inside, LR Interiors provides rewrapped front and rear seats, custom rewrapped door panels and dash insert, rewrapped center section of dash, center console and front, side and rear pillars, plus a custom gauge pod mounted on dashboard. There are GlowShift digital gauges in custom cluster; Status Racing 5-point harnesses; Unique Fabrication 4-point harness bar; Innovate OT-2 unit; Recaro baby seat; painted Air Lift tanks; painted NX bottles and bottle openers; and ACE Customs steering wheel.

Under the hood: Unique Fabrication turbo kit, upgraded intercooler piping, down-pipe and custom strut bar; Vibrant Performance upgraded custom front mount intercooler; Borg Warner wastegate and blow-off value; MagnaFlow performance exhaust; Nitrous Express setup; Royal Purple products and Dupont painted engine bay and valve cover.

Superlift/Matchbox ‘Big Green Jeep’

This 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler “Matchbox” ain’t a toy. -¦ Oh wait, yes it is!

Superlift Suspension Systems might have had this Wrangler dressed to look good, but this rock hopper is no pretty boy; it’s meant to hit the offroad, get dirty, dusty, wet or muddy -” maybe all four in the same day.

Take a look at what the team assembled (literally).

A power boost with a 6.1L Hemi swap by with DiabloSport InTune tuner/monitor; Hotwire Auto wiring harness; AC hoses; an Airaid intake and Volant snorkel. Plus, Burnsville Off Road PCM; Russell fuel fittings; Flex-A-Lite radiator; B&M transmission cooler and MBRP exhaust.

And let’s not forget the Superlift 4″ lift; diff covers; SS shocks by Bilstein and steering stabilizers.

Yes, there’s the exterior factor of rugged good looks to go with the Wrangler’s good strength. Start with House of Kolor Shimrin paint and the Polymatrix protective coating. Put on Real Wheels door handles and Off Camber‘s bumpers, side bars and racks. Add on these accessory necessities: 42×14.50-17 Interco Super Swamper M16 tires; Stazworks beadlocks; Dynatrac axles; AxleTech portal ends; Smittybilt winch; XRC body armor; G.E.A.R. seat packs; Amsteel Blue winch line; Metalforms skidplates; KC HiLites and Hi-Lift jack.

Still, a little sight and sound and comfort would be nice with Kicker audio; Code 3 2100X LED squad police lights, siren/PA system and control box; AEV heat-reduction hood; Katzkin interior; and Power Tank onboard air.

Come find this toy truck at DiabloSport’s booth, No. 20403.

Dyno-mite 2012 Mustang

Built and coordinated by RCH Designs for DynoMax Performance Exhaust, this 2012 V6 Ford Mustang makes its mark at the show.

Products you can expect to see include the following:

DynoMax’s axle-back exhaust system featuring the company’s VT muffler; and American Racing 20″ wheels wrapped in BFG tires.

Outside, look for 3dCarbon‘s “Boy Racer” body styling kit, 3d500 rear spoiler and E-Style grille; graphics by Visual Imaging; window tint from The Tint Pros of Huntington Beach. Inside there will be Impact by Mastercraft safety touring SS seats.

Mechanically, here’s what you’ll likely find: Baer brakes; Hotchkis sway bar and sport springs; Hypertech power programmer; AEM air intake; and Odyssey battery

Look for the Mustang in the DynoMax Performance Exhaust booth, No. 25130.

King of the Hammers IFS Buggy

Vehicle builder and owner Shannon Campbell, Campbell Enterprises, Gilbert, Ariz., is all about racing and Jeeps. And, here, team Campbell put its name behind the King of the Hammers IFS buggy.

Campbell is the chassis builder. The team dropped in a Turn Key LS3 550HP engine. Power! More of that power comes through with the Hughes Performance Turbo 350 transmission, custom headers from DynoMax Performance Exhaust, fabricated by Arrowlane; and the Atlas 3.0 transfer case from Advance Adapters. And maintain the engine cool with a radiator from Davis Racing Radiators.

For some extra tough stability, ProAm racing A-arms; front/rear axles courtesy of Currie Enterprises; front/rear lockers by ARB; and Fox shocks. And it doesn’t hurt to have driveshafts by Arizona Driveshaft.

Wrap the Walker Evans Racing Beadlock wheels with 40″ Goodyear tires, helped by sure steering from Howe Performance-Trophy Truck Rack.

What else? Seats and belts by Master Craft Safety; lights courtesy of KC HiLites; air tanks from Powertank Air System; a fuel tank from Fuel Safe and a solid 9.0 winch from Warn Winch.

Find the ‘King’ in the Tenneco Inc. / DynoMax Performance Exhaust booth, No. 25130.

Tough Tundra

Defenderworx has been building a Tundra for the Show that’s just about identical to the two above that the company posed for a photo shoot in August. The SEMA one will be black.

Let’s take a good look at what this tough Toyota Tundra will sport. Fabtech 6″ lift; Fab Fours bumpers; Rigid Industries 40″ light bar; Anzo 6″ light bars and LED tail lights; KC light mounts; and Defender roof rack. The bed sports a Snugtop tonneau.

The 20″ BMF wheels get wrapped in 35 x 12.50 x 20 MT General Tires.

Montage interior. Defenderworx added its billet fuel door, door sills and gauge surrounds as well as its shift knob.

Smittybilt provided the winch; N-Fab the side bars; and T-Rex Grille the grille work.

1965 Mustang Fastback “Producer”

This classic is updated and built by Ringbrothers.

Here’s what the team put into and onto the Mustang: Royal Purple fluids; Keith Craft 351/427 stroker with 740 HP; Tremec T56 6-speed transmission; Forgeline three-piece wheels, 18×11 fronts and 19×13.5 rears; Michelin tires, 315-30ZR18 front and 345/30ZR19 rear; Baer brakes; full chassis; tubular A arms for front suspension; Watts link, rear.

Then came the full custom body widened 4″, with extended rockers, carbon roof and hood, 4130 chromoly full roll cage, Ringbrothers billet hood hinges, door handles, hood pin kit, taillight bezels, one-off dash, custom wheels, custom interior. Wow!

Now give it BASF Glasurit 90 Line waterborne paint and Flowmaster 44 Series mufflers. So sweet.

Find the classic Mustang at Royal Purple’s booth, No. 23613 in Central Hall.

Wheel Time

Mickey Thompson‘s Project “Big Rig,” will be featured at the tire- and wheel-maker’s booth, No. 43013, in the South Hall -“ Lower Level at SEMA’s 2011 show. The 2011 F-250 4×4 diesel V-8 6.7L engine with a six-speed automatic transmission will be fully outfitted with a myriad of custom accessories and paint designed to turn heads wherever it goes.

This project truck is being built by expert truck builder Mike Duval, owner of X-Treme Toyz. Duval is personally overseeing all aspects of the project through its completion. Here are some details on the project that outline the base vehicle, the modifications and the participating manufacturers:

Wheels & Tires: Mickey Thompson Classic Big Rig wheels, size 20 x 11; and Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires size 38X15.50R20.

The powertrain uses an MBRP dual stack exhaust system and AFE air intake system.

More powerful additions include Fabtech 10″ suspension system, Dirt Logic shocks and Mag-Hytech front and rear differential covers, oil and transmission pans.

Outside, Amp Research Power Steps, corner step, side step and entry lights help people get in and around the Big Rig. Include a Line-X bed lining; K-40 CB antenna; Warn VTC compressor and tank; PIAA auxiliary lighting; Transfer Flow 50-gal. replacement fuel tank -¦ and ‘we’re getting close – but not done, yet. Lets’ add Cargo Glide sliding cargo floor; Recon L.E.D. rear cab, side clearance, mirror and cab lights; MM Auto Arts paint and graphics; and X-Treme Toyz custom bed accessories and lighting accents.

Step inside and you’ll likely see a Katzkin leather interior; CW Motorsports audio/video/navigation and back-up camera; CR Laurence power sliding rear window; Midland 40-channel CB radio, and Scosche audio/video wiring and factory interface.

This ‘Jimmy’ Jumps & Jives

ICI / Innovative Creations Inc. got a hold of a 2011 GMC HD Crew Cab, 4×4 with a 6.5′ bed.

This truck’s exterior will feature ICI new-release side steps, ICI front and rear replacement heavy-duty winch bumpers equipped with a Ramsey winch, RBP wheels 19×10, Mickey Thompson 37/13.50R19 BAJA mud tires, RBP grille, MGP caliper covers, Hella offroad lights, Bak Backflip bed cover, BedRug‘s new Bedtred, custom vehicle graphics by Wrap Warehouse.

For suspension, Fabtech supplied its 6″ RTS™ system with performance shocks. And speaking of performance, how about an Airaid performance intake, Gibson dual stainless steel polished exhaust and BullyDog Triple Dog GT gas gauge/tuner? Yowza!

Inside, find RBP pedals and Baja floor mats.

The truck will be in Booth No. 33171 in the South Hall – Upper Level.

Hola! Fiesta Time!

Designer Aaron Vaccar has done it again, bringing his pizzazz to this fun, sporty 2011 Ford Fiesta hatchback that plays on the very essence of the youth/young-adult lifestyle. Characteristics from both the world of modern custom cars and time-attack racing will be collided into one.

The final build should have notable youth market trait elements that will be recognizable by any industry insider, such as the importance of proper, stylish “wheel fitment” (that’s trending from the West Coast), as well as mixing elements from the personalization genre, including a wild, custom red leather interior, designed by street wear brand Blood & Grease.

This project also will be featured on the road via the AutoLife Tour in 2012.

-¨Project partners: Performance PartsThe Club automotive security, Blood & Grease Clothing, AV seats, BASFCanfield Collision & CustomGovernor Insurance, Heart SupportKonigMaxxsonicsMegan Racing, Portage TrimPromo Royal Tour MarketingS&L CustomsToyo Tires and Wilwood.

Bigger-than-Big Matchbox

Brush up on this Mattel-inspired F-350. Superlift, Ford and Mattel team to bring the Project Brush Truck out of the matchbox and onto the big stage.

Built on a 2011 Ford F-350 4×4 crew cab/short box platform, this brush baby puts a 6.7L Powerstroke 4V diesel under its hood and gets the TorqShift six-speed auto transmission to help it move. To give it some lift a 10″ Superlift along with Superlift’s Superide SS Shocks by Bilstein help the Brush Truck get up and over the terrain. Interco IROK 40 x 13.50-20 tires on 20 x 9 BMF Wheels S.E.R.E. don’t slow this baby down.

Magnaflow helped out with an exhaust system, too.

Make the outside look good with paint with PPG’s Vibrance (OSO orange, black) by Jamie’s Body Shop, and tube work and storage boxes courtesy of DeeZee.

Fab Fours came through with a bumper, and the front bumper monitor/water cannon shows up from Task Force Tips.

The main winch, a Warn 16.5Ti, and Warn’s auxiliary PullzAll winch help when needed.

Warn also supplied the compressors and air tanks.

Rear fire bed and fire-fighting equipment come in from General Fire Equipment Sales and Service. And safety lighting, siren and PA unit are courtesy of Code 3.

It might be a brush truck, but it gets some inside comfort and design from Katzkin leather seat covers, and a command center console by Tuffy Security Products.

Others who helped include: Par 4 Productions, Bradley Designs developed the graphics; custom fabrication by Marzula Inc. and 3-D design and renderings from FIG.

This big ‘un will be found in Ford’s booth, No.22200.

Holy Super Duty Suspension, Batman

Revtek Suspension, had been getting started on work on its 2011 Ford Super Duty that will display its new 8″ Ford Super Duty suspension kit. At the time of this submission Revtek had just noted that Road Wire was installing a full leather kit in the truck. The Revtek team was working on other items with other manufacturers to build this truck for SEMA. Here’s a partial list of what they had in early September: TrailReady PreRunner front bumper; American Force 22 x 12 New Design wheels; PIAA lights.

Current product sponsors include Paramount Restyling; Bushwacker; Bestop; Husky Liner; Interco Tires; Diversi-Tech hitches; and Firestone.

Knowing these suspension folks, there will be much more to see by Nov. 1

The team used this truck at last year’s show, but it’s getting a makeover for 2012.

‘Bad Bird’ LSR Race Car

Let ‘er fly!

Richard and Judy C. White, owners of Maxx2Racing, are showing off their 1997 Nascar Superspeedway Ford T-bird with a Stavola Brothers chassis.

It has a 358 cu. in. Ford Nascar Sprint Cup Spec. powertrain built by Daryl White; Yates heads; G-Force G4A four-speed manual transmission; Ford 9″ full floating rear end and dual quad tunnel ram. Also has an ICE ignition system/coil (#4100) with 9mm black plug wires and 7-amp two-step ignition ox.

Here’s what Daryl White did to the motor: CP custom pistons 4.040″ bore 1.225 CH 15:1 comp with 44cc chamber and 9cc gasket, set up for 0.927 pins and spirolocks. Does not include pins in order; 0.043/.043/3mm rings, designed for use with Total Seal MSL0010 ring set. The total seal ring is set is MSL0010 4.040 bore. Comp Cams solid roller cam 279/288 at 0.050 112lsa 0.750 valve lift. and Comp Cams solid roller lifters.

Also, coated rod bearings Clevite CB663H-1/coated main bearings Clevite MS1010H-1; Felpro head gaskets; ARP head studs 254-4309; CV Products titanium retainers #515, super 7 captive valve locks 5/16″ stem beadlock style and super 7 captive valve locks 11/32″ stem beadlock style.

Plus, titanium valves intake, 2.100″ 5/16 stem 5.285″ OAL 50 deg. valve job for the Yates C3 heads; and titanium valves exhaust 1.640″ 11/32 stem 5.140″ OAL 50 deg valve job for Yates C3 heads; spec-length pushrods; bronze for wrist pin bushings (Daryl white machines his own).

Then there are these: custom-built (by Daryl White per CAD program) dual carb hi-rise intake manifold; intake gaskets/header gaskets/fan belts/break-in oil/rear-end oil; ProSystem carbs/dual quad setup.

Weaver Bros. supplied the dry sump system housings/rebuilding, bushings and pulley parts.

The “Bad Bird” has  Nascar Spec. Ford Racing tri-Y headers/Nascar Spec. ‘X’ exhaust system

Safety items include SFI spec. full containment safety seat; updated driver’s harness and  updated chutes.

Retro Now

Mike Filion at Pro Design Hot Rods brings us this 1965 Chevy Impala hard top owned by Jeffery Hess. The car is a full custom build by Pro Design Hot Rods in Santa Ana, Calif.

The transformation took 2-1/2 years. Some of the fabrication consists of custom steel dash and center console, recreated front valance, lights and grille. The front and rear bumpers were recreated, nickel-plated and then brushed. So, too, for all of the exterior and interior trim.

Pro Designs’ team notched the roof, and shaved the door handles, mirrors, moldings, etc. Stock taillights were removed and custom ones added.

A Chevy B.B. 454, 4L80 transmission with Hiborn injection make the motor plant tough.  Now, add an all-leather interior and Alpine sound system. Additional participants included Lokar, Ride Tech, Schott wheels, Hilborn Injection, PPG paints, Autometer gauges, Flaming River, Vintage Air and others.

The car will be displayed for Auto Appraisal Group at booth No. 11837.

Toyota Tundra Redux

Truck Covers USA brings back its 2007 Toyota Tundra with these sponsors and their products: Toyota Motor Sales; Truck Covers USA; Toyo Tires; BMF Wheels; RCD Suspension; N-FabMBRP Inc.BedSlideYakima; KatzkinCarriage WorksAnzo USA Inc.

See the Tundra at booth No. 35149