SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 44, November 1, 2018

Energy Suspension Hosts ’76 Ford GTB100, “El Chapo”

By SEMA Editors

Energy Suspension featured a 1976 Ford GTB100, nicknamed "El Chapo," in the company's booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. Crafted by Craig Piggott of River City Rods & Fabrication, “El Chapo” (English translation: “Shorty”), is also an entry in the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders.

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Crafted by Craig Piggott of River City Rods & Fabrication, “El Chapo” (English translation: “Shorty”), is also an entry in the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders.

Nearly every detail of “El Chapo” has been custom-designed, right down to the grille, which started off as a 1,000-lb. piece of billet aluminum that was shaved down to just 73 lbs. and required more than 300 hours of design and cutting time. Piggott and team had never pulled off a Coyote swap on a truck frame before working on “El Chapo.”

Completing the swap meant the team was in for a great deal of research, development, experimentation and custom work, from engineering alternators and power steering pumps, down to moving the oil pan and the coolant fan.

Check out “El Chapo” in Energy Suspension's booth (#23267).

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