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Theme Tuesdays: Ten Other Chassis Worthy Of The Singer Design Touch


Last week , released renders and technical information regarding their latest endeavor DLS, or Dynamics and Lightweighting Study. The DLS series of builds is collaboration between Singer and Advanced Engineering to create the best possible version(s) of the Porsche 964. The results of the DLS projects promises to be nothing short of outstanding and naturally the internet went nuts for the concept.

After the broke discussions about the project popped up everywhere and many led down the path of what if.

What if the Singer Design team turned their attention to another vehicle, or set of vehicles? What car would be deserving of such attention? Well after having this exact conversation with several people I was able to come up with ten hypothetical answers to that very question.

1. BMW E30 M3

The e30 M3 is a classic, and was the natural ‘next singer’ choice for many. Already heralded by many an enthusiast in stock form a Singer touch would be the icing on an already delicious cake.

Potential wise there’s a lot with the e30 m3 and many of the styling treatments used on the Porsche builds would transfer over to the e30 m3. I’d be really intrigued to see what, if anything Singer would do with those iconic box flares.

2. BMW 2002
Admittedly this list could be compromised almost entirely of BMWs if I let it. Regardless, if the e30 M3 is BMW candidate number one, then the 2002 is a very, very close second.

A Singer Design 2002 could really go either way. A stripped back, race bred example or a more well-rounded compact luxury touch could work as well. Either way there’s great bones to work with when it comes to a 2002 and a lot of racing heritage to pull from.

Bonus points if they dive right in on the 2002 tii.

3. Mercedes-Benz 190 E
If the E30 M3 is on this list, then it’s rival the Mercedes-Benz 190 should be as well. With similar styling cues to an e30 m3, and a similar level of cult status, the 190 is a great candidate.

Being a saloon also means that more people would get to enjoy the Singer level of build quality.

But please no four doors more whores here, a car of this stature would deserve an escort at the very least.

4. DeTomaso Pantera

My love for Pantera’s is quite public, but I actually didn’t think of the Pantera as a Singer canvas initially.  wheelman Mark Bovey did, Mark is a man of many talents to loves many of the same things I do, and after brief thought I wholeheartedly agree with his choice here.

Singer Design could go to town on the American powered Italian Sports car. The Ring Brothers and Gas Monkey did their thing, but in my opinion there’s still quite a bit left on the table. Especially when you consider the GT5 models.

5. Buick GNX

The Buick GNX was my initial knee jerk reaction selection. Second generation Grand Nationals, but specifically the GNX, are legendary, and easily one of the coolest vehicles General Motors ever put their energy behind. The GNXC actually beat the Porsche 930 in the quarter-mile and Ferrari F40 in the scramble to 60 miles per hour.

As outstanding as the GNX was it was still based around an 80s American platform and 80s turbo technology. Singer could pick up right where McLaren and GM left off and really take one of these to the next level.

I just don’t want to think of the price tag.

6. GMC Sylcone/Typhoon

This selection should be obvious after lobbying for the GNX. Turbo all wheel drive power is always a great staring point for fun and like the Grand Nationals/GNX this truck caused quite a stir when it came out. It too could also outrun a Ferrari (the Ferrari 348ts) as well as Corvettes of that era.

Similar to the GNX the crutch for the Sy/Tys is the technology they are based on and the brick like shape. The shape is iconic, but the power, handling, and interior especially could all get a rethink.

7. Datsun 240z

The first, but not last, Japanese car on this list, the s30 Z cars are quit deserving of the Singer touch. A Singer L28 engine bay would be a thing of beauty and probably sound absolutely incredible at full chat.

On the outside a tidy set of flares, a lower chin spoiler, and a duck-bill on the rear end would obviously be par for the course, along with a Singer Design interior and their engineering prowess when it comes to suspension.

8. Honda CRX
I chuckled at this suggestion initially, because at first blush there’s likely no market to support it. But, it’s actually not all that crazy of an idea. In fact it is a great idea.

Doing a CRX justice likely wouldn’t have to be nearly as extensive as their other builds and their smaller size just might mean the prices could be somewhat reasonable due to less materials being used over all.

Given the flop of the CRZ, and the fact that Honda keeps getting further and further away from what made the Civic series of vehicles so endearing to driver’s in the first place maybe there is a market for a 50k or so modern re-imaging of the little CRX.

9. Lamborghini Countach
I’ve never driven a real Lamborghini Countach but from what I’ve read they don’t drive nearly as good as they look. For someone who had the car on their wall as a kid (see below) this is disappointing news.

Ergonomically, performance, reliability wise there’s a lot of areas that Singer could improve on with this posterchild. Just so long as they don’t get rid of the 80s charm in the process I’m all for it.

10. Chevrolet C2 Corvette
The C2 was a great year for the Corvette. The Larry Shinoda design was darn near perfect, and the introduction of four-wheel disc brakes and a big block motor made the car a real performer.

It was also the first year of the z06 package that lives on today. All of the aforementioned make it a great candidate for a Singer Design project.

Vettes have never had the greatest interiors (up until most recently) and the idea of a top-notch interior in a C2 is super appealing. The 60s technology that operates the rest of the vehicle (vacuum lines ahoy!) could stand to be updated. Of course the usual Singer suspension and wheel magic would be welcomed.

Honorable Mentions: The FC RX-7 and The Z32 Nissan 300zx
The FD RX-7 already gets plenty of love so I think it could wait a few years before being eligible for Singer treatment but the FC is just right. I reckon the guys at Singer would have no issues putting together a killer rotary.

This one might seem a little out of left field, but simply put I don’t see a lot of cool z33s and want to see more.

So that’s my list of builds I’d like to see Singer tackle in dream land, what are yours?

Kustoms Never Die: The ’49 Ford Thunderball


Kustoms Never Die, those exact words adorn the inside cover of my own personal copy of the Jalopy Journal. Figuratively, that phrase means the art of customizing cars –in the traditional custom with a ‘K’ sense– will never go out of style or fade from memory.

Every kustom car, still with us or not, is remembered by someone, somewhere and it’s usually these memories that keep cars alive long after they’ve met their maker.

On rare occasion ‘Kustoms never die’ literally applies to cars that by some miracle managed to avoid getting rebuilt, parted out, or scrapped entirely. These cars are physical time capsules of build techniques and styles of days gone by.

The ‘Thunderball’ is one of those cars.

When I first laid eyes on the Thunderball I knew I was looking at something special. Presented, as it was found at the 2014 Jalopy Jam Up the car drew an excited crowd.

This wasnt a traditionally styled car built from NOS or reproduction parts, it was the real deal. It wasn’t perfect but at the same time it was perfect as an irreplaceable piece of Ontario hot rod history.

At the time I wrongfully assumed the car would be trailered around for a short while before being stuffed back into a barn or being torn apart for parts never to be seen again.

Thankfully, my predictions for the car’s future couldn’t have been more wrong.

To do this car’s story justice we need to start at the beginning, or at least as close to the beginning as possible.

First, the car is actually not a Ford but rather a Meteor.

It was billed as a Ford because the Meteor nameplate was only used in Canada. When shown in the states calling the car a Ford just made things simpler and gave America’s a mental point of reference.

The car was built in the early 60s by Louis Kovaks, a body man who owned two shops one in Mt Brydges Ontario and one in Strathroy Ontario.

Ironically, when Louis started the build the car actually belonged to a customer. At some point, using the ‘it’s easier to ask for forgiveness’ approach Louis got out his tools and never looked back.

How Louis handled the owner’s reaction to his four door hard top becoming a two door permanent convertible no one quite seems to remember.

Nonetheless one fact that there is no dispute is the cars intent. Louis built the Thunderball to win shows.

The car was one of the most heavily modified of its time, and naturally all of the traditional kustom styling modifications were employed.

It has been chopped, channeled, shaved, flaked. There’s stacked headlights, dual frenched antennas, polished wheels and porta white, white walls. When it comes to a true Kustom styling there’s few modifications this car doesn’t have.

However as cool and extensive as all the modifications are, they are not the most interesting part of this car’s story.

On the show circuit the car did quite well, evidence of the Thunderball’s accolades are affixed to the center console of the car, along with the numerous trophies that managed to survive with the car.

In its prime the car was incredibly successful before judges. Rumour has it the car also beat a Barris custom on one occasion.

After retiring from the show scene in 1969 the car was driven on the street until ’75. At that point it was put into storage. Like many a show car as the years passed it got further from top of mind until it was forgotten.

Eventually Louis passed away and the car became something his estate had to deal with. Not sure what to do with it, in its now state of disrepair, the car was destined for the crusher.

It was only saved from this fate by Strathroy hot rodder Rick Copp who knew the car deserved better.

Not in the position to take on such a project himself, Rick took the car to a local show with the intention of finding new caretakers.  This is where Kevin Grasley and his then ten-year old son Dutch enter the Thunderball story.

Like myself both realized the car was something unique. With its story thus far pasted to the window Kevin and Dutch tried to find the owner near the car but were unable.

Not ready to chalk things up to a missed opportunity Dutch persuaded his dad into one last trip past the car before they left.

It was on this trip they managed to meet Rick Copp, who took a liking to Dutch’s enthusiasm over the car. (Trust me it is infectious)

They exchanged information and two months later Copp decided to gift Dutch with the car making the Grasley men the vehicles new shepherds.

Yes, this is the first car, of someone who isn’t even old enough to drive yet. How cool is that?

Though nearly 100% complete upon re-discovery the car was quite a ways away from being a road worthy vehicle. The frame had suffered the most damage and was rotted beyond the point of no return.

Undeterred Kevin, who is car builder with experience ranging from mini trucks to Volkswagen busses, was able to find a donor frame and shorten it the required 38 inches to fit underneath the Thunderball.

Many ask, and no re-painting the car isn’t something Kevin plans to do. Refinishing it would make it just another Kustom and not the storied car it is today.

Sure a little more of the paint comes off each time he brushes past it in the shop, but that just adds to the vehicles character. After over 50 years it deserves to wear its patina with pride.

One area that Kevin did however give a complete make over was the engine bay. The 1955 Corvette 265 Corvette motor pictured above is the one that has been in the car since it was originally modified.

Kevin pulled the motor giving it a visual and mechanical refresh. While it was out he redid the wheel wells, then cleaned up the engine bay and ran some of the cleanest wiring I’ve ever seen.

Outside of the chassis and running gear the rest of the car is virtually untouched.

Considering it was in a barn for 40 years,  largely un , the interior manged to hold up particularly well. Sure it’s a little dirty, in the nooks and crannies, but it’s all still there which is what is important.

It is hard not to get a chuckle at the phone hanging off the center console. The first car phone came out in ’46 so while it’s feasible that a’ working’ unit could have been in this car, I don’t believe that to be the case here.

But putting one in just for show makes perfect sense when you’re building a show winner.

With so many kustoms of the sixties lost to obscurity, words can’t really stress just how fortunate it is that this car has managed to live on.

The Grasley’s may have just been car enthusiasts before The Thunderball, but now they are hot rod preservationists.

In their care we can all be relieved that this Kustom will never die!

If you have information about the car Kevin can be reached on . He’s trying to assemble as much history about the car as he can.

Feel free to leave any information you might have in the comments as well.

SEMA Showstopper: It’s A Fire


Standing out at SEMA is no easy task, and something people go to great lengths to achieve.

These lengths often result in heavily modified commercial vehicles; ambulances, campers, and fire trucks are just a few of the more atypical vehicles to get hot-rodded for the spectacular Vegas show.

At first glance this truck appears to be a heavily modified classic GMC fire truck and while it is, it also isn’t all at the same time.

Nick McDonald, of Wicked Welds Custom Shop, did start the project with a ’39 GMC fire truck but instead of using that sheet metal as a starting point he built a body of his own.

Yes, all of the panels on this truck are hand formed, and overall 98% of this truck was built from scratch.

It’s almost a shame that the body work is done so well because, had it been left raw, I imagine more people would have picked up on the fact that it isn’t the same one it rolled off the lot with.

The flawless metal work is covered by paint work done by Danny D, and deep red is no doubt a suggestive throwback to the vehicles roots.

To get as low as it does over the 24/26 American Force wheels, the truck is on a custom chassis. The chassis is entirely smoothed and powder-coated. It also features custom upper and lower control arms, a killer watts link.

The chassis being a work of art makes sense because that is just what Wicked Weld Custom Shop does. For those of you with a keen memory yes, they did do this Mazda last year.

Inside, a second bench was added to make it a four-seater before a leather custom interior was installed.

The windshield, and frame, will actually make their way back into the picture, currently however they are just current victims of the infamous ‘SEMA Crunch’.

Behind the custom one piece grill is a 5.9 Cummins motor that mates up with a narrowed Dana 60 rear end. The combination should pull this big truck down the street with no problems what so ever.

Want more? Well there’s a number of progress pictures on , I also imagine there’s plenty more features on this truck to come.

I mean it’s already had prior to its completion.

WTF Friday: Frankenstein Automotive


Awful Taste But Create Execution, or ATBGE is a wonderful acronym. It accurately describes many things, and more importantly many a WTF Friday vehicle.

Taste is of course a personal, and subjective thing. Execution, however, is objective, and often makes someone’s own unique tastes more palatable.

I don’t think there’s anyone, anywhere, that would say a Bel Air Front end on a GMC van is in exceptional taste but, considering how difficult it likely was to achieve the execution here is pretty darn good.

Before you leap to the comment section to point out a few of this vehicles faults consider the fact that the van was built by students at the Hillside Academy East High School.

Hillside is an alternative school that uses projects such as this to get students interested in trades.

Allowing these kids to build whatever it is they imagine facilitates hands on learning, which is really invaluable for anyone who doesn’t relate to book learning.

All of the projects that come out of the shop class wear the “Frankenstein Automotive” logo which throws to the fact that they are all assembled from discarded parts from cars, bikes, and literally anything else within reach.

It’s also likely a tongue in cheek play at the fact that most people would look at them visually as monsters.

The ‘kit bashed’ nature in which the van was built continues around the rear end where a dually axle enters the picture along with the accompanying box flares.

A Cadillac rear bumper also serves as a place to house the dual exhaust that features caps on each tip.

According to the owner this odd duck is his swap meet hauler that collects parts for the next Frankenstein Automotive project.

The van isn’t the only one he’s completed either, in the video below he describes the processes behind another school project build.

Unique high school projects are a great way to get students hooked on cars (worked for me) so hats off to the teacher dreaming these creations up.

If more vehicles like this are born along side new enthusiasts then I’m certainly ok with that, how about you?

SEMA Showstopper: Street Carver


If you’re looking for the iconic look of a hot rod and the handling of a sports car  33 Hot Rod is the obvious answer. Designed to perform and completely, uniquely, configurable the and fiberglass or metal body is the perfect combination.

The McJannett brothers at have one of their own which is probably why they were drawn to this Factory Five built by .

Black Label is a new shop by former Gas Monkey Garage Monkey, Dustin Deleon. This is their first project as a unit and judging from the side skirts and large wing one can assume the vehicle is built to drive FAST.

The large 18×12 Boze Forged wrapped in 355 Toyo rubber only further supports this theory. As do the Wilwood brakes that will bring the vehicle to a stop.

An LS motor sends this one down the road and it looks like there’s an interesting exhaust routing through the chassis, perhaps through a system that doubles back on itself.

The overall attitude of this car is what made it a show stopper for me. Imagine the noises this car makes as it’s driven in anger?

Theme Tuesday: Wheels At SEMA 2017


With all the 2017 SEMA Show coverage flowing in via proxies Rob McJannett and Mark Bovey I missed last weeks’ Theme Tuesday.

That’s not uncommon in the SEMA hustle and bustle, but missing two week’s in a row isn’t my style, so this week’s SEMA-centric Theme Tuesday is all about the wheels of the 2017 SEMA show.

If you’re a die-hard wheel aficionado you’re going to enjoy this post!

BBS Center lock Wheels on @old_dtms e9 CSL
Work Equip 40s in beautiful gold and bronze
Can’t do a wheel post without a set of Rays Wheels, with matching lugs
VIP Modular wheels under a Trans Am that will be posted in the next batch of coverage
I think these are Atara Racing wheels under an e21
Detroit Steel Wheels on the Stoner’s Speed Shop Chevrolet
The same wheels under the ‘Slameo’
22 Raceline Commotion wheels tucked up under an RMD Garage Bel Air
Fifteen 52 Formula TR wheels under the Roadster Shop ‘Axis’ Camaro
MHT/US Mag wheels under the Classic Car Studio v10 Chrysler 300
20 inch HRE wheels on the Ring Brothers Javelin
20×11 HS Customs designed wheels built by Evod Industries
Not 100% sure what wheels these are, they look Torque Thurst-esque
Destroit Speed Inc wheel’s under Larry Woos 68 Camaro, nice touch with the Tire Paw Lettering too!
Foreglines under Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge competitors
John Zacorack’s LS powered Dodge Conquest on CCW Classics
Close this one out with a display wall of awesome, small by wide wheels

SEMA 2017: Performance Minded


The 2017 SEMA Show coverage so far has bounced back and forth between both function and form, but in this post the scales tip more significantly towards function.

Don’t worry however, though there won’t be any cars laying bumper, frame, or door, in this post –more of those to come– these performance minded builds still look great. This is SEMA we’re talking about after all.

Now, usually saying a post is going to be dedicated to function, and leading off with a Prius would make no darn sense at all, but this is no ordinary Prius.

If the big eagle/American flag livery didn’t tip you off, then hopefully the badging did in regards to what’s under the hood of this form fuel sipper.

Showing up in the unlikeliest of places, is a Dodge Hellcat motor and Whipple charger.

She’s a tight fit no doubt, and it’s really a Prius shell over a custom tube chassis, but, with proper headlights, tail lights, and opening doors this car is still, enough Prius to call it a Prius.

Sam Morris’ RX-7 has, for good reason, received a great deal of publicity from the 2017 SEMA show. Painted a unique pistachio color, sitting on Fifteen 52 wheels mounted under Rocker Bunny fenders the car looks the business, but what’s under the hood is what has most people talking.

To the chagrin of Rotary fans everywhere the rotary power plant has been evicted in favor of a twin turbo LS.

The swap looks very well done, with lots of attention paid to the minute details. Carbon fiber valve covers, a polished intake manifold, tidy plumbing, and a nicely tig welded intake sit nicely in a painted and smoothed engine bay.

The car isn’t running yet, but, a little sleuthing reveals that it should be up and running shortly. The owner doesn’t plan to baby the thing so hopefully we see a little track action pop up on his account when all is said and done.

Taking a trip outside, / had his Group 4 tribute race car sitting in the Toyo Tread Pass area.

The car certainly does look the part, fit with center lock wheels, proper wide fenders, and a CSL wing. A turbo S52 motor under the hood gives the car the power to back up its look as well.

Larry Chen recently shot the car, so I imagine it’s going to end up on sooner rather than later.

Painted a classy red with gold equips this Datsun 240z ticks all the same boxes Tim’s recently featured 240 does.

Between the fenders on this car is an SR20. Unlike most SR20 swaps this one is drive by wire.

It just might be the only DBW SR20 powered 240 in the world. Don’t quote me though.

The 240z wasn’t the only sr20 powered Datsun at the show. Chris Forsberg’s 510 wagon, known as the “Battle Wagon” sat proudly in the AEM booth.

This car is a project that was done for his wife.

Time will tell if his wife actually drives the thing, but it does look to be super practical, though not the most discreet thing to drive around.

has a few videos on the build if you want to see how it went from Craigslist find to SEMA floor.

Going outside once more, the Optima Street Car Alley always has cars worth a look. One of these years I will stay in Vegas long enough to see this event go down in person. I assure you.

In the meantime I will just have to enjoy them sitting still.

This Evo caught Rob’s eye and I can’t honestly blame him. It’s a well put together car that has been running the Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge since 2014.

The car was put on the rollers prior to SEMA and makes an impressive 625 horsepower to the wheels, and 556 foot pounds of torque.

The Big Red Camaro  has had quite a life, being a race car since pretty much day one, and even catching fire at one point. As it sits now it is a vehicle capable of over 250 miles per hour at the Texas Mile.

Stepping just a hair away from completely brutal straight line power is the HS Customs ’69 Camaro known as Under Pressure. This 1,225 horsepower 427 LS powered car won the battle of the builders in 2016.

The chassis of the car is quite the work of art () and uses a Total Cost Involved Mustang II style rack and pinon set up. In the rear there’s a custom torque arm configuration hung between custom rails.

Custom rails were necessary to fit the 335-section rear rubber that’s wrapped around HS Customs designed 20×12 wheels.

Closing this SEMA post with a creation just feels right. The Ring Brothers always pull out all the stops for SEMA and for 2017 they debuted what’s probably the meanest ’72 Javelin ever created.

I’ve always been a fan of their work, but this car is something else. Javelin’s are not the most common platform to get the Pro Touring treatment so it’s nice to see one done do the nines.

The exterior has been given that Ring Brothers touch, with some nipping and tucking here and there to give the car body lines that are easier for a broader audience to appreciate.

Like the opening car this one is AMX is Hellcat powered, apparently even with the boost turned all the way down the car is a straight monster.

That bring us to the end of another SEMA 2017 post but trust me there’s still way more to come and personally I can’t wait to share it.

SEMA Showstopper: Ball Metal Fab


If there’s one thing SEMA has become known for it’s the debut of really awesome, really big, trucks. When it comes to commercial sized trucks, of any vintage, often putting them on the ground is all that’s needed to draw a crowd.

But Travis Ball, of , didn’t want to just draw a crowd, he wanted to make a statement with his work so he ratcheted the insanity up a few notches with his latest created, Demented.

Built for the Evapo-Rust display — is a non toxic product designed to well, evaporate rust– the heavy Chevy sits on a completely custom Solid-Works designed chassis.

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Being such a big project Ball Metal Fab got a little help from with the front suspension, and all said and done this truck lays out with the best of them.

For additional wow factor (and probably due to its size) a Duramax motor has been mounted behind the cab. Two turbos have been hung off it symmetrically to create an engine set up that’s honestly hard not to admire, even for the passive diesel enthusiast.

Atop the engine is a custom air to water intake manifold and custom valve covers. The exhaust is short and sweet and wrapped in heat wrap.

The frame, bumpers, and assorted trim has been powder coated various shades of black while the body has had its patina preserved with clear coat.

Rolling stock consists of American Force units that the large Viking fenders have absolutely no issue swallowing whole up front, and custom fenders cover out back.

The entire truck is very impressive, and even more so when you consider it was built in just ten months. Wonder what kind of insanity this shop can cook up for their projects without a deadline?

SEMA 2017: Automotive Overload


From the outside looking in the 2017 SEMA Show looks absolutely phenomenal. There are so many awesome builds at the Las Vegas Convention Center that –in addition to the available seminars, workshops, and demo track action– it is quite literally automotive overload for everyone in attendance.

Automotive attention deficit order is certainly very real at SEMA.

But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at the two vehicles above. How much further apart from each other could they be?

The ‘Baller Hauler’ as been the subject of features , but I’d imagine that only a select few of you are familiar with ‘‘.

This Caprice isn’t just large wheels and stereo, under the hood is a turbo LS that puts down 1500 horsepower.

Inside, the Corvette theme continues with the expertly retro fit ‘vette interior. The owner of this car isn’t afraid to put the car to task either.

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On Instagram he’s called out a few Vegas locals (among others) so we’ll see what happens before he leaves.

Flipping back to haulers –this time of the people moving variety– this C30 camper is straight up ridiculous.  is the master mind behind this truck which was basically rebuilt from the ground up.

The motor is a back dated LS (Delmo Speed LS1) and the custom chassis is fit with Accuair management.

If the camper is a bit much for you, Sam Castronova’s C10 is probably more up your alley.

It’s an oem style approach to a later model c10.

For those interested in a more traditional mini truck aesthetic to their slammed trucks, how about this bodied 2018 Silverado?

It takes a special kind of shop to take essentially a brand new truck and cut it to bits to lay it out like this.

Going, quite literally in the opposite direction, inside the show, sits the original monster truck; Bigfoot.

The roots of monster trucking traces right back to this Ford, the one that started it all.

Looking used, but not neglected, it’s great to see this truck presented at the show to a crowd of enthusiasts who can all remember the first time they saw a monster truck.

Axalta paint systems had Rob Ida’s latest build in their display. All of Rob Ida’s builds are phenomenal in their craftsmanship and this car is no different.

It looks like a resto mod, but the car is actually entirely hand-built. None of the sheet metal is original Tucker.

It rides on a modern chassis, and sitting mid ship is a 500 horse power twin turbo power plant.

Of the OEM’s Ford typically has the one of the best displays at SEMA.

It’s usually a line up of many of the best modified examples of their current offerings, along side some classic race cars of serious pedigree.

Racing enthusiasts and racers alike, like Mark Bovey () who took all of the photos in this post, clamored over the car for a closer look.

It’s not every day you get to be up close and personal with a vintage GT40.

When it comes to pro touring builds really needs no introduction, they are some of the best to ever do it.

They brought several builds to SEMA 2017 but this one, Axis, is certainly one of the meanest.

Baer brakes, Fifiteen 52 wheels, one of their own chassis, and crate LT4, can a car be perfect? Because this just might be.

It’s hard to mention perfection at SEMA and not throw to this Lincoln Continental. This car is the latest masterpiece to roll out of Dave Kindig’s famous shop.

If you’ve never looked at Kindig It Design work I suggest you go to  right now and take a look.

Back? Ok good, now that you’re up to speed you can understand why this engine bay looks so good.

When it comes to engine porn it doesn’t get much more explicit than a Magnuson supercharged v12.

Especially when said v12 is surrounded by meticulous metal work sprayed to perfection.

Rolling into its second to last day there’s still plenty more to come from Sema 2017 thanks to both Rob McJannett and Mark Bovey.

Check back tomorrow for even more SEMA 2017 coverage!

SEMA Showstopper: Project Tarantula


In the first batch of SEMA photos from  I ear marked a few cars for 2017 SEMA Showstopper mini features and the car that undoubtedly deserved lead off honors was ‘s ‘Project Tarantula’.

What is Project Tarantula? Well, in its most basic form it is a vintage dirt track chassis with a ’39 Chevy body slung over top.

The name of the car obviously comes from the way the headlights are positioned, using holes in one of the cross members for the suspension.

Clad in Tredware colors, with just the right amount of real and created patina thrown in via hand painted numbers and period correct stickers, the car looks the business.

However if you think the car is just an exercise in looking like a performance build thing again.

Under the hood is a Hamner Racing Engines small block motor that, if you click play on the video below, sounds mighty healthy.

500 horse power healthy if the hash tags tell the tale.

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If you can believe it the car is also 100% street legal (at least in Alabama where it is registered) and recently participated in the 2017 Hot Rod Power Tour.

Looking through the it looks like a lot of authentic vintage race parts were used in the creation of the chassis along with QA1 coils all four corners.

The gold steel wheels are custom-made and clock in at 20×11 inches and are mounted to what look to be Wilwood Wide 5 hubs.

The back axle features a quick change rear end, easily visible through the bash bar, dirt track, style rear bumper.

The interior is spartan as you’d expect for a race car playing street car, and really the whole thing looks like a blast to drive.

Edit: Found a short video on the car.

I’m hoping someone plans to do a feature on this car because the information available online sure is scarce and I’d love to know more.