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Taylor’d Time

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Last week, before making my way to Taylor’d Customs to put in some wrench time on , my morning went a little pear-shaped after waking up to a flat and subsequently a de-bead.

After a haste wheel swap I grabbed my tools and rushed out the door forgetting my camera on the stairs.

Usually I’d only half kick myself for that but on this particular day the Taylor’d 1970 Chevelle greeted me at the entrance aired out.
taylordchevelle-front-three-quartertaylordchevelle-wheel-1A Taylor’d Customs flagship build, this 454 powered Chevy usually sits inside, last week however it was out for some sun while the showroom was getting cleaned.

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to snap a few photos outside of a show setting I did what I could with my phone.

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Of course these photos don’t really do a build of this magnitude justice and I really ought to get it out on a warmer day next year for some photos.

Blair is currently cracking away at a variertyy of projects so be sure to follow shop progress on and .

WTF Friday: Special Delivery

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Nothing marks the return WTF Friday‘s to Grosirbajuanak better than an american powered, Japanese, mid engine truck built to rip down the drag strip.

Similar to the infamous —— stretchy truck the owner of this ’87 Toyota opted to toss the motor behind the cab, instead of between the fenders, in his hunt for lower E/Ts.

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The motor of choice for this 87 ‘yota is a rear mounted 4.3L v6. Using a V6 instead of an 8, is an interesting move since clearly space isn’t that much of an issue, but I’m sure the builder had good reason at the time.

Or he just happened to have a 4.3 sitting around.

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The 4.3 has had several modifications done to it including a roller cam, upgraded heads, intake manifold, Holly carb and upgraded MSD ignition system.

The exhaust is more or less an open header and backing up the motor is a Powerglide two-speed transmission with a hilariously short 9″ drive shaft.

 

toyota6toyota7toyota8The truck is caged, the rear has been back halfed, and Dana rear end sits suspended by the 4 link coil-over based rear suspension.

The truck isn’t street legal but it does have a title and where this truck was spotted, the owner’s advertise it as a turn key twelve second truck.

 

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Unfortunately I don’t have just under 9k USD readily available to have a few laughs on the street. However if you do it is currently .

 

Event Coverage: SEMA 2016- This Is Fame Bro

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Well, we’ve reached the end of another year of extensive SEMA coverage here on Grosirbajuanak, and hopefully you’ve enjoyed the virtual trip to Vegas so far.

Before the site shifts back into normal operation (yes that mean’s Theme Tuesdays come back next week and WTF Friday this week) we’re going to take one final look at a few of the trending, or most talked about, builds from SEMA 2016 thanks to .

Chasing J’s Datsun 260z

I’ve only got one photo of this Datsun but I had to include it regardless. Located in the Toyo Tires Treadpass this ’76 was built by Dominic Le and John Esteban of Chasing Js.

The Marguen Shoukai over fenders and G nose front end combined with the remixed John Player Special (now Chasing J’s Special) livery create a great looking Datsun.
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The wheels are Work Mesiter M1s at 18×11 and 18×12.5 with 255 section width up front and 285 in the rear that tries to contain the 1000hp 2JZ under the hood.

The Muzilla

sema-2016-gtr-mustang-3Looking through Rob’s SEMA photos I knew from this low angle that something was up with this ‘Mustang’.

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The fender bulges were obviously not factory, and the car looked generally pumped up all around. More obviously the VR38DETT sticking out from under the hood wasn’t stock Ford equipment either.

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The Muzilla, as it is now known, is a 1970 Mustang mounted atop a Nissan R35 chassis retaining the all wheel drive and bells and whistles of a Skyline underneath the modified body of an American classic.

Classic Car Studio’s Twin Turbo C10

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The twin turbo LS powered truck built by  that was sitting inside the Holly Performance booth with is quite simply a work of art.

The motor alone is worth talking about but the entire truck is a real treat.

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There’s several different ways to deal with the inner fenders on the first generation c10, but I really like how the inner fenders employed here start high and slope down versus wheel-shaped humps.

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It works well with the equally custom fire wall that has detailing that descends further than the eye can see.

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The expert metal work that and detailing continues in the rear with a beautiful metal floor covering the Porter Built suspension that lays underneath.

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Like under the hood dimple-dies have been used considerably and there’s that embossed brass knuckle emblem that looks darn cool.

The Hoonicorn V2

The second iteration of Ken Block’s Hoonicorn actually hit the internet before SEMA, but for most people this was their first opportunity to see it in person.

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The new USA themed livery aside the Hoonicorn doesn’t look all that dissimilar than it did when it was last at the show.

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Mechanically however things have changed, the 6.7 liter V8 it had before remains but, it now has two Garret Turbos attached producing 21 pounds of boost to make 1,400 horsepower.

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Griot’s Garage e30m3 Touring

E30 m3 tourings are not a new concept, and something e30 fanatics like myself always wish was an official BMW release.

I actually saw one for the first time at h2O in 2013, however that car, is not this car, and this car is the World’s first two door e30 m3 wagon.

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Not only that it is powered by M60 V8 motor making it one wicked vehicle for automotive detailers to carry all their supplies in.

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Griot’s Garage commissioned to build the car, and the base was a standard e30 touring.

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They did a stellar job with the conversion right down to the evo bumper seals. The HRE wheels suit the car well thanks to an altitude adjustment from Ground Control (a name I have not typed in a while) coil overs.

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E30 nerds are probably still drooling over this one and I  can’t blame them because so am I.

Ryan Tuerck’s 458 Italia Powered FR-S

You’ve seen photos of this car, and you’ve seen it while filmed by Donut media, but that doesn’t mean I am not going to post it again.

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From a mechanical stand point this car is magnificent, and a true representation of the kind of work is capable of pulling off.

The forward facing exhaust is a brilliant solution to a problem no one else will face with the zn6 chassis as are the intake manifolds literally going through the windshield frame.

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Such a feat of engineering this car deserved the crowd it drew, that said, personally, I’m not as enthused about the end product as I thought I’d be.

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This could all change if/when the stickers come off but I was kind of hoping for a more subtle exterior with the engine being the main talking point.

Of course in the grand scheme of things my opinion doesn’t really matter and there’s really nothing you can take away from the people who saw an insanely ridiculous project like this through to the finish.

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We’ll end on that note for this year’s Sema Show and start counting down to the next.

Hopefully I’ll be back next year and if not let’s all cross our fingers Rob and will be back once more.

Event Coverage: SEMA 2016 – Winding Down

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A week ago the Las Vegas Convention Center was full of some of the best cars from around the globe, today it’s likely empty or being prepared for the next convention that is surely nothing worth discussing here.

While Vegas might have moved on, there’s still a few more posts to roll out from SEMA 2016 thanks to .

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As content continues to hit the internet, and I talk to people fortunate enough to attend in 2016, one message remains consistent; the 50th year of SEMA was one of the best.

sema-2016-mazda-b2200-frame-1Innovation and creativity could be found all over the show and this Mazda B2200 that is sure to have people talking for years to come.

Built by this truck is right hand drive, bagged, 13B powered and, as you can tell from the photo above, has one of the more unique chassis to ever sit under a mini-truck.

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One vehicle I would love to see more press about, but sadly have not, is this twelve cylinder Ford.

sema-2016-12-pack-2I searched high and low for more info but all that came back when searching for 12 cylinders and SEMA is the equally amazing v12 Camaro below.

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Built by  I’m not sure the attended use for this car but it looks like a street capable drag car might not be a bad guess.

sema-2016-v-12-ls-camaro-1I’ve lumped a lot of the most talked about builds from SEMA 2016 into the conclusion post (coming this weekend or early next week), but I couldn’t wait to post Max Grundy’s COE which also doubles as a retail booth for his unique automotive artwork.

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Max is no stranger to awesome COE’s, as I’m pretty sure this is the second one in his stable, with the other being a mustard yellow version he brought in 2014.

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The COE wasn’t the only vehicle Mr. Grundy brought to SEMA 2016, he also brought his custom bagged Winnibago. I guess you could say he’s a fan of over-sized vehicles on air.

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Over the past few years trucks and jeeps like the ones above have become extremely common place, though many have been criticized for missing critical components, like oh .

Trucks done to this extreme are not terribly popular here in Ontario so seeing them is still a bit of a novelty for myself.

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Coming back down from the nosebleed section, this Ford F750 is also bagged and runs Air Lift 3H management.

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After realizing this truck belongs to former Indy car driver Paul Tracy –thanks to a couple of comments both here and on – I had to dig up another photo Rob took of it.

It’s a great looking truck that was started by noteworthy c10 builder and community member .

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For any C10 fan SEMA is really the place to be, they are literally in every section of the show and either low, fast, or both.

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This ’61 Suburban, converted to a Blazer and built by was sitting in the Accuair booth. The truck has an LSA motor and produces over 800hp, which ain’t bad for a big Chevy.

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Wrapping out this mini ode to c10s is this bagged work truck tucking big Billet Specialties wheels.

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No tools here, just a lot of wheel and tire under the access door.

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But to step away from trucks take a look at this chopped polished ’36 Rolls Royce sitting out front of the Arc Audio booth.

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The Rolls has features a big block under the hood, it’s bagged, chopped and has a pretty techno color interior Mexican blanket interior.

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Another very unqique hot rod that turned a lot of heads was the “Durty 30” Model A.

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Apparently the car was built in Alberta and while I have not been able to find out exactly who built it yet I can say that it was at the show care of .

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It’s a pretty love it or hate it creation that I am reserving judgment on until I see it in person, which I hope I am fortunate enough to do some day.

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Previous years flared zn86 chassis cars were in every corner of the show, but this year things have seemingly normalized with them being in every other corner.

These two stood out because of their slightly less common kits, Aimgain on the Stance Nation one and Pandem on the Voodoo Ride respectively.

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Flared Corvettes, or at least flared Corvettes not part of OUSCI are not nearly as common as other chassis with flares but there were at least two at this years show.

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Located in the Toyo Tread Pass area the “Black Manta” has a kit designed by Job Sibal, bags, a super charger, and DPE wheels.

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The car I’ve picked to end this post is the 1970 Charger built by Pro Comp Custom.

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Tucking Litespeed wheels you’ve probably already put together that it’s bagged but it’s also been chopped 3″, sectioned 3″ had the wheel openings moved and the floor pan dropped down 4″.

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It’s easily one of if not the lowest Charger currently completed and I’d really love to see it side by side next to Miro’s when it is done.

SEMA Showstopper: Cool Blue

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Let’s face it, you all knew at least one truck was going to get a SEMA Showstopper post from this year’s show and with a number of trucks to choose from I selected one that stood out for being so subtle.

I know that is  somewhat of a contradictory statement so allow me to explain.

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At first glance this bagged and bodied ’72 captures your eye simply because of how low it is, and as a whole the truck just looks ‘clean’ over all, almost untouched other than the obvious ride height adjustments.

However the more you look at it the more you start to notice that the body has actually been modified fairly significantly. There are louvers in the front fender, the late-model door handles, and a curious body line that travels from the bed into the cab.

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That body line, which isn’t there on stock C10s, comes from the bed which has had fins from a ’59 Impala integrated into it. Helping drive home the 50s styling cues is the lettering on the tailgate.

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The front and rear bumpers have also been changed and were sourced from a Camaro, again subtle changes but the smaller units really work out great with the truck as do the integrated hood bullets.

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The truck rides on a and skates on 24×10 and 24x15s which actually don’t look out-of-place considering their measurements.

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The interior is also of course done to the nines with various shades of brown leather and billet aluminum adornments. While I don’t have any pictures I have it on that the truck is LS powered to boot.

Such a great looking truck, the builder –Air Art in Oklahoma– did an outstanding job blending old with new and hopefully the owner gets to enjoy it for year’s to come.

Event Coverage: SEMA 2016 – An Alley Full Of Streetcars

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Open minded function over form fans I thank you for continuing to read this site even though most of the time function takes the third row back seat to cars that value looks over performance.

The divide between the two is usually considerable when it comes to vehicles at shows, but year after year the (OUSCI) cars prove that it doesn’t have to be.

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Hat tip to whoever decided lining an alley at SEMA with the OUSCI competitive field was a good idea because it is easily one of my favorite portions of the SEMA show.

Don’t get me wrong the entirety of SEMA is pretty awesome, but many of the cars are not functional during the show and often vanish into the ether, or , before they ever really reach their full potential.

Not OUSCI cars however, they hit the track immediately after sitting on display for a week to do what they do best, tear up the track.

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OUSCI cars are expected to be street legal, and points are deducted for modifications done that prevent that, so these cars are typically easier for the general public to relate to than some of the all out race cars that sit in front of vendor booths.

OUSCI cars are also judged on aesthetics, to a degree, which is why many of them look as well as they perform.

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Take Mike Dusold’s Camaro, a few years ago his car was an all out track weapon that lacked a few visual refinements, of late he’s taken the time to transform the car into something that is still a monster on the track, but can also hold its own at any show.

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Under the skin of the car has a complete tube chassis and the interior, while stripped down from stock, isn’t bare bones but rather done in a fighter jet style to match the exterior.

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Pop the hood and there’s no dryer duct work our haphazard sheet metal used to direct air to the twin turbos hung off the side of the LS7, but rather carefully formed symmetrical aluminum units.

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Even the trunk has been lined with aluminum, with each panel held in with Dzus fasteners for quick removal. The extra mile traveled to build an entirely cohesive car is why so many people like myself enjoy this part of the show.

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The ridiculously awesome C10-R also runs an LS motor, a 500+ LS in fact, and was one of my favorite vehicles from my last trip in 2014.

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sema-2016-optima-alley-c10-r-1It looks like the father daughter duo has continued to refine the truck over the years making it better at each showing.

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Taking a look inside reveals the teams humorous nature in their motivational messages left to themselves. A little levity never hurt anyone and its nice to see some personality creeping in.

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Corvettes make up a significant portion of the OUSCI field with four Vettes finishing top then and a 2003 Z06 sitting in the number one spot.

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If you can believe it the ’72 above was originally built in just 48 hours and is now known as the

Driven by Chris Smith the Lingenfelter LS7 –aka a 21k beast of a crate motor– powered car ended up a top 20 finisher in this year’s event.

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Robert DeuPree’s ’09 runs a pretty trick individual throttle body set up with unique intake plenums and an exposed window to view the linkage.

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Though mostly a domestic affair a few imports slithered their way in, most notably two classic Datsun/Nissans.

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John Nelson’s 510 is a thing of beauty and still runs carbed Datsun power under hood. The bay might not be shaved and tucked like a show car but the wiring and paint underneath is certainly show worthy.

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The outside is properly refined as well and I really like the wing supports, very nice custom pieces.

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More a fan of Zs? How about David Carrolls ‘570z’. Why 570?

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Well thanks to a Tilden Motorsports LS3 this car puts down 540 whp and 500 ft/lbs of torque.

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All that power needs to make it to the ground so this car wears 315s in the rear, and 315s up front as well to keep it going where it needs to be.

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Filing flares to the brim is a calling card of OUSCI vehicles as seen here with Mike Maier’s 66 Mustang.

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The car I am going to finish this post out with is no stranger to this site, as I’ve posted it a handful of times, John Lazorack the III’s Chrysler Conquest.

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Unquestionably the best Conquest ever built this LS3 powered car is the result of years of trial, error, and learning by its owner.

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Based on everything I’ve read this car looks, sounds, and drives fantastic and this year John finished 12th overall, if I had to make a short list of ten cars that make me absolutely regret my choice of staying grounded here in Toronto this year this car would be one.

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Much more SEMA to come this week as the usual weekly ceremonies take a back seat to keeping the coverage rolling!

SEMA Showstopper: American Express

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To some –those with business degrees perhaps– the will be famous as one of the largest US corporate mergers of the 1950s. For enthusiasts AMC is noteworthy because of interesting, and capable chassis like the Pacer, Rambler, Javelin and their AMX line up of vehicles and performance packages.

AMX stood for American Motors eXperimental, which I’d like to believe represented a team of AMC employees constantly asking themselves how they could go faster. As soon as enthusiasts know that the manufacturers are behind making their products faster, they are going to try and go faster with your products as well.

Simply put there are a number of fast AMC/AMX’s running around, then and now, and this year at SEMA two AMC based products stood out among Rob’s SEMA coverage, the first of which is this built Javelin.

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This ’69 has all the looks of a battle tested, driven hard and put away wet Trans Am warrior but it’s actually not a survivor at all and instead a “what could have been” build.

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As far as looks go the car certainly nails it with the weathered race inspired paint job and era correct graphics.

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The wide Cragar wheels stuffed under a flared body also help drive home the point that this car was designed to look like a car that could have competed then, with a few creative liberties.

But this isn’t just a creative exercise the car does get driven and is quite adept at doing a good old fashion burnout thanks to the 360ci AMC motor.

It’s also  and looks like it could be a lot of fun for the right person.

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On the flip side of things, and quite literally on the other side of the Convention Center grounds, sat Bob Gawlik’s ’68 AMX in the Optima Street Car Alley, unlike the car above this isn’t a throw back to days gone by but rather functional current day time attack car competing in the .

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Also pumped up a bit proportion wise Bob’s car was built by and is powered by an LS7 motor mated to a Bowler Transmissions Turbo 400.

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As observed by the warnings stuck on the car key components have been replaced with lighter weight pieces to lighten the weight.

Lakeside was sure to fit the exterior with a few signature touches including pretty trick tow hooks and if you look under the cowl you can see some hard lines running below the vents which I assume are not for washer fluid.

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Rounding out the car is a Detroit Speed front clip and an Art Morrison IRS with Baer Brakes all around behind 18″ Foregline kicks.

The next SEMA update is likely to feature more of the Optima Street Car Alley stay tuned for some more awesome vehicles the City Of Sin.

SEMA Showstopper: Dangerous Canadian

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SEMA is a massive show with cars from literally all over the globe so Canadian builds are not all that uncommon, but even still I always feel a sense of National pride when I see a Canadian prominently displayed. That’s why the first ‘SEMA Showstopper‘ of 2016 hails from Alberta.

Built as part of a ‘Rat Rod Build Off’ competition where teams from the USA, The United Kingdom and Canada squared off this car actually drove all 2200km from Alberta to Vegas for the show, which is no small feat considering how close some people cut SEMA builds.

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The body of this car is originally a 28 Dodge sedan that has been chopped, striped of its paint and shot full of holes before being channeled over the frame.

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The frame actually  which surprised me considering how it is sitting in the photo.

With this build wanted to show that a Rat doesn’t mean lack of care or creativity so they slid in lots of unique styling ques here and there including copious amounts of munition and a skeletal hand pulling the pin out of a grenade.

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The v8 motor, transmission, and a few other components come from a donor Chevy truck and all of the parts have been fittingly dressed down, weathered and customized to match up with the vehicles over all aesthetic.

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I don’t know if the winner of the build off has been announced quite yet but when they are I assume it will be posted on ratrodbuildoff.com until then Go team Canada!

Event Coverage: SEMA 2016 – Jealousy Is High

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and let’s face it event most rocks have WiFi these days, you are likely well aware that the SEMA show is taking place now in Las Vegas.

I thought I’d made peace with the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to attend this year, but as soon as photos began to roll in I got the same pangs of regret I get every year I don’t go. Honestly I’d be lying if I said I didn’t start to look at last-minute flights and consider staying in a tent.

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The show itself is celebrating its 50th year, and even though SEMA is certainly not an event where people hold back I get the feeling that at this year’s show people doubled down on off the wall ideas, attention to detail and creativity to make the 50th one to remember.

sema-2016-bagged-caddy-2sema-2016-bagged-caddyNot wanting to miss out on the craziness and Grosirbajuanak have teamed up once more to give you a view into the Las Vegas convention center.

Rob McJannett will be the man on the move in Las Vegas while I stay grounded back here in Canada digging up information on the cars he sends through.

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Rob arrived this year on set up day this year, and one of the first vehicles that nearly ran him over was the infamous ‘Stubby Bob’, a shortened 1950 Ford F6 with a mid ship mounted big block Chevy V8 built by the Roadkill Garage’s Dave Freiburger and Mike Finnegan.

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Stubby Bob wasn’t the only bit of royalty Rob encountered on day one, sitting in one of my favorite areas of the show, right outside the main hall, was the 2016 Goodguys Hot Rod of the year.

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Built by Brian George and Ben York of Roseville Rod & Custom this ’31 Model A is a stunning a supercharged flathead‬ Ford powered hot rod that ticks off all the right traditional boxes.

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It might just be my perception based on the fact that I’m not actually there, but I feel like the fender flare/over fender craze has subsided slightly at SEMA 2016 –and replaced by lifted trucks it would seem– with fewer and fewer cars using flares and wheels as their only stand out feature.

There’s still a lot more coverage to come so I could be wrong, but here’s hoping I’m not eating crow in a few days.

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On the topic of standout it’s impossible to ignore ‘s latest project, a bagged, raw, turbo m20 powered 2002.

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This car takes what the 2002tii started originally and enhances it in every way.

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The turbo fan wheel covers are in-layed with what look to be Mtech colors which a nice little nod to BMW’s performance division.

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The trucks at SEMA are hands down some of  my favorite things to see because builders go all out to prove that there’s a lot more to building a complete truck than putting it on bags and dragging the piss out of it (not that there’s anything wrong with that of course!).

This year the show seems rammed full of great truck builds and there’s one or two I’m really hopping Rob takes an extra long look at.

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on air ride innovation this year than you already know that modular tanks are now a reality with and new comerboth releasing different approaches to a similar idea.

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Floairride and had this wicked 59 Fleetside sitting outside showing off their product installed alongside ‘s 3H management system.

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I’m fairly confident and Del the funky truck building homosapien (aka ) had a hand in getting this fleet on the ground.

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Del is a master at backdating LS series motors and this LS3 has been fit with and Autotrend EFI-2G tirppwer system on top of Holley intake. It might look carbureted but it’s 100% electronic fuel injected.

This is all of course just a taste of the show as we’ve really not even walked into the convention center doors so stay tuned for much more to come from SEMA 2016!

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – October 2016

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A day late and a dollar short is what you can call this week’s Theme Tuesday that was actually started and originally slated for last week before things got a little off the rails.

Leading up to the industry mega show SEMA there was a lot of great content hitting the web recently as companies dedicated their media resources to building hype for the show.

SEMA aside I also stumbled upon a few older gems that I couldn’t resist sharing as well.














As always feel free to share what you’ve been watching in the comments below.

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