By Fredy Ramirez
SEMA is gearing up for the 2019 Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition, set to take place during the SEMA Show, and the list of competitors keeps growing longer as November approaches. SEMA eNews will highlight several vehicles each week leading up to the Show. This week’s featured builds include: David Williams and his ’19 Jeep Gladiator, Ronnie Blain’s ’66 Ford Bronco and the ’65 Jeep M677 by Roy Wallace.
David Williams, ’19 Jeep Gladiator
David Williams and his wife worked on and completed the project together for BOTB. The ’19 Jeep Gladiator is one of the most highly anticipated aftermarket-friendly vehicles in recent years. The couple stretched out the vehicle to add an extra door on each side, making it a six-door vehicle. They also lifted the truck 10-in. and added a supercharger to the engine.
Ronnie Blain, ’66 Ford Bronco
Ronnie Blain enters this year’s BOTB with a ’66 Ford Bronco. He merged the body of a ’66 with a ’17 F-150. The powertrain, chassis, dash and console are all from the F-150. The vehicles sits on Toyo tires and features an EAG front bumper.
Roy Wallace, ’65 Jeep M677
Roy Wallace is a Jeep fanatic and long-time hobbyist. He enters this year’s BOTB with a ’65 Jeep M677. The build is powered by fuel-injected small-block Chevy 350 with TBI and a TH400 transmission. The profile features a modified Rampage armor and custom paint. The vehicle is a military forward-control quad cab recovery vehicle outfitted for long expeditions. It also includes a custom bed, toolboxes, drawer system, and rack to accept a roof-top tent.