By Rich Hail
Now in his third year of competing as a builder, Eddie Pettus of Eddie’s Rod & Custom will show up with a unique vehicle at this year’s SEMA Show. Originally created for the Swedish Armed Forces, Eddie’s ’57 Volvo TP21 is quite a rarity as there were only about 700 that were ever built.
We aren’t 100% sure what’s in store for this former radio communications vehicle, but what we do know is that Eddie has outfitted this overlander with a 500+ hp Cummins 6BT turbo-diesel engine. This is a far cry from the 90 hp straight-six these originally came with. After cleaning up the gaps all around the vehicle, he also plans on adding some creature comforts, such as A/C and a custom Kicker stereo system. After he’s finished with the body, the “Sugga” will roll out on 37-in. Cooper STT Pro Discoverers wrapped around custom 18-in. rims.
The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition shines the spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the SEMA Show. It allows enthusiasts and fans a chance to learn the stories behind the builds, get to know the builders and be inspired along the way.