Truckin' is stoked to have the opportunity to cover the bumper-to-bumper build-up of this cool '08 Ford SportTrac from CGS Motorsports, which is being built for the '07 SEMA Show. Casey and Ron Scranton from CGS Motorsports hooked up with artist Sean Smith to work out some visual concepts. After a couple of days on his etch-a-sketch, Sean presented this final rendering to the CGS Motorsports duo. Sick!
Coppertone's exterior will receive a modest body makeover by Elahn Industries through a complete redesign of the front fascia; grille openings, air ducts, and headlights. The bedrails will receive smoothed caps. The cab, fenders, and bed will be shaved smooth. CGS air vents will be fused into the front fenders and all of the emblems will be removed. After the body mods have been completed, Andy Meeh at Crazy Customs in Escondido, California, will apply multiple, flawless coats of BASF Radiant Copper Crystal color, and then bury the color in multiple coats of BASF clear.
Coppertone will receive an Air-Lift adjustable suspension and will roll on a set of custom-built Bonspeed billet aluminum wheels, 22x8.5 in the front and 22x10 inches in the rear, which are wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion 265/35R22 front and 285/35R22 rear rubber at all four corners. Massive Wilwood disc brakes with cross-drilled, slotted rotors, and multi-piston rotors will provide balanced braking performance. Under the hood the Ford 4.6L V-8 will receive a CGS Intake system, a Whipple Supercharger, and JBA headers will flow into the CGS cat-back exhaust and tips. Meanwhile, a new Ford six-speed automatic transmission will transfer the power to the rear end.
The four-doors will be activated by four SPAL door poppers. The suede headliner and leather materials for the door panels are from Keyston Bros., and the factory seats will be covered with Roadwire leather covers. The floor will be covered by Niffty Products floor mats. The factory gauge cluster will be replaced with a custom gauge cluster from New Image. The incredible sights and sounds will all come from Audiovox. To obtain privacy and a cooler interior, the crew at House of Tint will apply the window treatment.
Be sure to visit the completed Coppertone Ford SportTrac in the Ford booth. Truckin' will feature the complete buildup of Coppertone in an upcoming issue. - Words by Bob Ryder. Rendering by Sean Smith.
Chrysler Picks New Chief ExecutiveBob Nardelli has been named chairman and chief operating officer by Chrysler's board of directors. He replaced Tom LaSorda in those positions, who will now serve as vice chairman and president of the company. The company's decision to bring in Nardelli surprised many observers, primarily because many suspected that Wolfgang Bernhard would be chosen to lead the company in an executive capacity, due to his previous experience with Chrysler and his reputation as a real "car guy." Bernhard has moved on, after he helped the private equity firm Cerberus purchase Chrysler from DaimlerChrysler. Nardelli, who led turnarounds at The Home Depot and General Electric, has a reputation for aggressive cost cutting, an approach that may signal that Cerberus has reconsidered its stated goal of taking a patient approach to bringing Chrysler back to viability. The company expects to return Chrysler to profitability in three years.
Pentastar Returns as Chrysler LogoChrysler's five-pointed emblem was adopted by the company in '61, but went into hiatus in '97. An updated version of the logo has returned as Chrysler's official symbol.
Chrysler's Lifetime WarrantyChrysler is offering a lifetime powertrain warranty starting now. There are some restrictions: it applies to most, but not all, vehicles and is valid for only the original owner of the vehicle who must take the vehicle to a dealer every five years for a free inspection of the powertrain. Chrysler's powertrain warranty is now the most aggressive in the industry.