SEMA is upon us and the world's most custom cars and trucks will be out in full force showcasing the aftermarket's latest parts. We contacted some of the best builders from across the country and got the 411 on the nation's premier custom trucks debuting at this year's mega-show. Take a look at the amazing renderings and be sure to check back each month for features on each truck.
Wes Cade '05 Dodge Ram 3500
Debuting his truck two years ago at SEMA, Wes Cade, of Las Vegas, decided to tear his Dodge Ram down and build it up again. Powering this big rig is the venerable Cummins turbo diesel equipped with a full complement of Bully Dog gear. Going bigger with the wheels, redoing the paint, and sprucing up the interior should certainly do the trick of fooling unknowing spectators.
SGT. Rob Jones '05 Ford F-150
As the winner of our inaugural Troops Giveaway grand prize, the Army's Rob Jones is having a pretty darn good year. He thankfully accepted the custom paintjob from Demented Customs and took that opportunity to revise his old rendering into this streamlined look. A full audio system from Rockford Fosgate with have the interior bumpin' and rumor has it, a new set of wheels will be bolted under each fender. Be on the lookout for this one in an upcoming issue.
C.J. Spilvey '06 Chevy Silverado
The old adage of "zero to hero" is true for C.J. Spilvey's Chevy, as he took a bone-stock Silverado and lowered it using Belltech components, bolted on 24-inch MHT wheels and Hankook tires, and then added a Superchips programmer and Magnaflow exhaust for more performance. The T-Rex billet grille, Street Scene SS front bumper cover, and Leer tonneau cover add good looks to the two-tone paint scheme. A real driver, this truck will prove that SEMA trucks can be used every single day.
Robbie Bryant '09 Dodge Ram
Coming straight out of the heart of Arkansas, Robbie Bryant, from KEG Media, is unleashing his '09 Ram onto the crowds at SEMA in a big way. Featuring a massive 19-inch lift from B&C Off-Road, the Ram will tower over 22x14-inch FUEL wheels and Nitto Mud Grappler tires. Ed Williamson's insane paintwork will adorn the lower half of the truck with sinister skulls and a realistic decaying underworld depicted all over the Dodge. Keeping the Ram comfortable inside, leather seats and a huge fiberglass center console will make for entertainment inside and out.
Martin Barkey '08 Chevy Colorado
Building a truck that makes every speed freak drool, Martin Barkey's Colorado Speed project may be one of the fastest rides at the SEMA show. Stuffing a 505hp LS7 under the hood and then bolting on a ProCharger huffer in front of it, the MBRP build team created an absolute beast of a midsize truck. A full rollcage, Nitto tires, big brakes, and a Tremec T56 six-speed will help this Colorado perform unlike any other. Ready to conquer any drift exhibition, Silver State Classic, Texas Mile, or drag race, this 1,000hp Chevy is a world-class kick in the pants.
Brian Fuentes '58 Chevy
Fesler Built created the amazing roadster Blazer from our issue 3 cover and they let us in on a top-secret build they're currently welding away on. This '58 Chevy belongs to Brian Fuentes, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. Brian came to Fesler with a long list of wants and thus far, the Fesler crew is delivering the goods. Shaved clean of nearly everything on the body, the Chevy was chopped 2 inches and will be covered in satin black. The classic Bow Tie will be airbagged over black and chrome Asanti wheels and will be motivated by a 572ci GM Performance Parts big-block. Inside, you'll find a leather-wrapped interior with pounding bass from JL Audio.
Bill Montgomery '08 Chevy Silverado
New body style Chevy? Check. Roadster? Check. Crazy, custom suicide doors? Check. Tucking 26-inch wheels? Check. Wild audio system? Check. Yes, Bill Montgomery, from Phoenix, has all of the custom truck boxes checked off and his truck will be turning heads for years to come. Thanks to Phoenix's own Mouse's Kustom Fab and Superior Auto Sound, the Silverado should be one of those trucks you just stare at for hours finding new things you missed at first glance. Giovanna 26-inch wheels and Hankook tires will tuck deep in the fenders and a Katzkin leather-filled interior with an arsenal of Realm audio will keep passengers in the lap of luxury.
Mike Matamoros '08 GMC Sierra
Another Lone Star State custom truck enthusiast, Mike Matamoros, from Rogers, Texas, is working late nights trying to get his GMC Sierra finished for the show. This menacing Sierra is 'bagged with an Ekstensive front kit and custom rear setup by Jerry "Big" Abercrombie. The GMC tucks beautiful 26-inch Intro billet wheels and Falken tires. Rather than follow the current Texas paint trends, Mike delivered his truck to Pristine Image for a wild, front-to-back, top-to-bottom flame job by Pat Maxwell. Now engulfed in flames, his GMC is unlike any other. A clean and classy leather interior stuffed with plenty of audio gear should have his truck turning heads all weekend long.