It is that time of year again. In just a couple of weeks, the Las Vegas Convention Center will be packed with vehicles of all types as the automotive aftermarket comes together and unveils the new products for 2013. We will be among the hundreds of thousands that will attend SEMA. We want you to have a firsthand look at some of the vehicles we will be bringing out. We will show the tech buildups for most of these here in Truckin, so be sure to keep an eye out in future issues.
Rendering by Duane Vance www.mastersofchickenscratch.com
This first truck will be one of the only new 2013 F-150s at SEMA. We received the truck from Ford at the end of August, and immediately started turning it into a street terror. It will feature a 5/8-drop on 22-inch GFG Coast wheels with painted faces and polished lips. The hoops will be wrapped in Nitto NT420s tires for the ultimate in grip and ride quality. Big brakes will bring the beast to a rapid halt. Under the hood, the EcoBoost will receive a full exhaust upgrade including headers, an intake, and full custom tune by way of Bully Dog. We are trying to get 500 rwhp out of this little 214ci V-6. Inside will receive subtle changes, which will include race-inspired seats, painted plastics, and a stereo system.
Rendering by www.carterhickmandesigns.com
We have seen our fair share of '67-'72 C10s, but when we got an email with this rendering in it, we were left with our mouth's open and our keyboards covered in drool. Sitting on a custom Porterbuilt frame with Accuair suspension and '06 Silverado rear end. Baer 14-inch brakes, and 20-inch Colorado Custom Talladega wheels finish off the rolling chassis. The bed and cab have been permanently fused into a unibody, and the doors have been suicided. For paint, the Bow Tie will be covered in DuPont Candy Red and Cosmic Dust paint. Behind the suicide doors, a '59 Impala dash filled with Dakota Digital gauges completely changes the look of the interior. Powering this old girl is a 5.3L LS featuring Hilborn stack injection. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind truck and we will have the full feature on it in 2013.
Rendering by David Neal II
With Ram stepping up to the plate and building a truly good-looking truck, we have seen several large-scale Ram projects in the recent years. This one is downright sick. Sitting high on a new adjustable Kelderman air suspension, the suspension features actual copper-plated components. The paint is also copper inspired with a tribal-style graphic. Custom-painted American Force wheels and Toyo Open Country M/T tires give it a tough and rugged look. Big Fab Fours bumpers, Vision-X lighting, and painted mesh grille round out the exterior. Inside will have Longhorn leather seats and a kicking audio system.
Rendering by www.surface-dvd.com
Something you don't see every day is a custom GMC Terrain. It's a shame because as you can see from this rendering, it doesn't take much to make them look good. Starting with the basic upgrades which include a set of clear headlights, a black mesh grille, and a set of 22-inch 2 Crave No. 13 wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber. The top of it has been painted in a satin gunmetal gray paint, and the bottom is a gloss pearl white. The function of this hasn't been taken away and can still be used as a grocery getter or soccer team mobile.
Rendering by www.tavishighlander.com
If you have picked up an issue of Truckin magazine in the past two years, you have likely heard about our THROWDOWN competition series. Our in-house Sierra project, better known as Novakane, has been the prominent figure in this series, but it is time for a new pack leader. Taking the muscle truck theme and applying it to a new-body-style Silverado gives us Blue Bomber. Under the hood lies an Edelbrock supercharged 4.8L with Dynatech long-tube headers and MagnaFlow exhaust. Subtle exterior styling gives a sleeper feeling to this regular cab, but it is hard to miss the 15-inch AP Racing big brakes. Inside, the subtly theme is also apparent, with aluminum dash pieces, Katzkin leather seat covers, and a full Polk audio system. Keep an eye out for the buildup and feature of this truck in 2013.
Rendering by www.keg-media.com
Two of the basic styles that a truck can be built as are rugged and luxurious. Usually, you have to give one to take from another. This 2012 Ram 2500 has the best of both. This is achieved with a 16-inch 3rd Coast suspension lift, full Air Lift air suspension, and 22-inch RBP 97s. The suspension will have plenty of sheetmetal accents. Inside will have luxurious leather seats and a Kicker audio system that will consist of eight Kicker 12-inch subs along the back wall. The sheetmetal styling will also continue on the inside. This will be a must-see truck.
Bad @$$ Blazer
Rendering by www.surface-dvd.com
From the Arizona desert comes this '67-'72 K5 Blazer. A hot rod red paintjob with a simple graphic draws the eye in and showcases the smooth lines and shaved body parts. Under the hood sits an LS1 with a Vintage Air front runner system. Tre 5 handled the ultra-low stance by way of a custom frame and air-ride suspension. Leather and billet keep the interior looking good for those open-air cruises.
Rendering by Coreyc@blueoctanedesign.com
No strangers to lifted trucks, Street to Sand is building this 2012 Ram 2500HD. A custom-painted lift keeps this beast high above the ground and offers a Cadillac-style ride. BMF Rehab wheels and 40-inch Toyo M/T tires make sure the truck is always rolling. Styling points come by way of a 40-inch Rigid lightbar on top of the cab, paint-matched Fusion front bumper with Rigid lights mounted within, and a BMF black mesh grille. A custom wrap acts like a giant business card for Street to Sand, drawing in customers like white on rice.