SEMA Show Highlights

Day 2: 5 Top Feature Vehicles From SEMA360 Builder’s Showcase

By Douglas McColloch

It wouldn’t be the SEMA Show without show-stopping builds and customizations, and while there’s no show floor in Las Vegas this year, SEMA360 is no different. More than 300 builders entered some of their latest creations, and you can see them throughout the week at the SEMA360 Builder Showcase page. We’ll be spotlighting five awesome builds each day of the event, starting with the ones you see here.

Submitted by: Jared Grossman
Vehicle: ’19 Ram 1500 Sport
This Ram rides on a Superlift suspension that clears a set of 20-in. Rebel Racing Off Road wheels and 38-in. Atturo Trail Blade Boss tires that are halted by an R1 Concepts brake kit. Beefy Magnum bumpers ride at both ends of the truck, with Grote lightbars and custom Hercule LED headlights providing illumination. The truck is covered in a Radioactive Green vinyl wrap from Avery-Dennison, and other sources for the build include Rhino Linings, Tonno  Pro, Billet Badges, Katzkin and QuietRide Solutions.
Jared Grossman
Submitted by: Murray Pfaff
Vehicle: ’20 Jeep Gladiator
The JT is already a capable vehicle, but a few add-ons can improve power and performance, as “Outkast” shows. The Magnuson supercharger helps the 3.6L to make an estimated 440 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, and the engine gets additional help from an MRT Performance cat-back exhaust. The suspension was replaced by an Eaton Detroit Spring lowered setup, which gets an assist from Hellwig swaybars and Bilstein shocks. Baer brakes bring the Jeep to a stop, and KC HiLites provide illumination. Axiom Graphics designed the wrap and signage, and inside, Katzskin leather trim provides comfort.
Murray Pfaff
Submitted by: Paul Jurewicz
Vehicle: ’57 Studebaker Roadster
A Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner last year, this roadster is truly a “hybrid” car. Its body work is a composite that incorporates a ’60 Pontiac nose section and a ’59 Thunderbird hood. Rear sheetmetal was taken from a ’63 Corvair, the trunk uses parts sourced from a ’88 Quattro wagon, and the headlights are courtesy of Harley-Davidson. (The Studebaker windshield was retained, however.) House of Kolor Sunrise Pearl paint provides visual dazzle, and other components found in the build come from MSD, Ron Francis Wiring, Diamondback Tires, Griffin, Weld, and Wilwood.
Paul Jurewicz
Submitted by: Zip Simons
Vehicle: ’63 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova
This silver and matte grey ’63 runs a Dart Industries 427 stroker that’s outfitted with Brodix heads and a Eddie Motorsports serpentine drive belt, and it’s backed by a Tremec T56 transmission that send power to the Michelin tires wrapped around Forgeline wheels. Suspension is courtesy of TCI Engineering with the aid of QA1 coilover shocks. Inside, Vintage Air keeps passengers cool on hot days, and Dakota Digital gauges keep and eye on underhood activity. The exterior has a number of nice touches, including door hinges from Ringbrothers.
Zip Simons
Submitted by: Cary Kissner
Vehicle: ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle
This ’70 packs a punch underhood, starting with the Borowski Race Engines LS7 sporting All Pro heads and a custom billet serpentine system. It’s topped by a Whipple 2.9 supercharger and backed by a Hughes Custom 4L80E transmission that sends power to a Dana 60 rear that’s equipped with a Positraction limited-slip. The vehicle rides on a custom powdercoated Art Morrison chassis that’s outfitted with a JRI coilover suspension. Chip Foose rims and Hankook tires comprise rolling stock. Inside, components from Alpine, Dakota Digital and Vintage Air are on hand, as is pushbutton start and keyless entry.

Cary Kissner