TCI-Equipped Trucks Take SEMA By Storm
October 30, 2017 - 9:42 am
By: Jason Wilcox
TCI Engineering Equipped Trucks Take SEMA By Storm
TCI Engineering is excited to announce all of the AMAZING builds that will be on the SEMA Show Floor this year, including many in the truck category, sporting many of our suspension and chassis upgrades! The custom truck scene is alive and well and we’re excited to be such a major part of giving these classic trucks (and other vehicles) a new lease on life!
Check out when and where they’ll be below and be sure to browse through some of their details in preparation of checking out these awesome rides in person!
California Speed & Custom ’73 Squarebody C10
Booth: Jet Performance
Mark Oja (of Overhaulin fame) is the proud 3rd owner of this 1973 squarebody C10. Mark is a diehard C10 & OBS (Original Body Style) truck fan. If you ever stop by his shop, California Speed & Custom in Huntington Beach this will become very apparent. He primarily sticks with short wheelbase trucks but you may find a dually here and there. Mark brought this C10 to us in 2015 so we could use it design front and rear suspension. Sporting the original paint, interior & drivetrain and had never been in an accident it was a perfect candidate for R&D. Mark’s main thing was it needed to be a “driver”. He didn’t want it slammed on the ground dragging headers everywhere. He wanted to head up Angeles Crest Highway at a brisk pace with no concerns other than flashing red & blue lights. We finished the rear 4-Link R&D in July of this year not leaving Mark much time at all to prepare for SEMA. We’ve seen some teaser pics of the truck as it sits now and we truly can’t wait to see the transformation.
Classic Car Studio ’53 F100
Booth: Magnaflow (23253)
Nicknamed Betty, this sleek ’53 F100 is the product of a life-long Ford loving owner and the talents of Classic Car Studio. Built to take all the “farm” out of the farm truck, it now runs as a custom pro-touring build like no other.
Riding on a TCI Engineering chassis bolstered with RideTech shocks, this sleek Ford features a potent Ford Racing engine and a Tremec 5-speed transmission, among other performance modifications. Braking power for the truck comes in the form of Wilwood components while those gorgeous wheels come from Hot Rods By Boyd. Finished with a custom Deep Green Glasurit paint scheme with bronze accents, and Relicate Custom Leather interior, this truck will certainly be worth wading through the crowds to see at the Magnaflow booth all week long!
RMD Life ’59 Apache aka Dream Catcher
Booth: Derive Systems (21337);
Signings by Holguin Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Custom designed by Ralph Holguin and built by RMD Garage, this special ’59 Apache known as Dream Catcher is the very truck that has been featured on the Velocity Network.
A one-of-a-kind pro-touring truck, the ’59 features a TCI Engineering chassis, RideTech coil-overs, 22-inch front and 24-inch rear Raceline wheels, and sticky Toyo tires. Powered by a 550hp LS3 powerplant, which is backed by a 5-speed manual transmission and breaths through a custom Borla Exhaust system, this unique truck is one boisterous build sure to grab your attention on the SEMA Show Floor.
Aesthetically, the truck does not disappoint, from its shaved body components to its translucent bed. You won’t see another truck on the SEMA Show Floor quite like this, so be sure to check it out in the Derive Systems booth all week!
Demented Customs/Joe Ortiz #ProjectIronman ’63 C10
Booth: Magnaflow Outside
Built by Demented Customs for an active Air Force service member, this beautiful C10 mixes retro styling with custom details and a number of performance upgrades.
Built atop a TCI Engineering Chassis, which Demented Customs told us “allows us to achieve the stance we need and performance, but is very easy to install,” the C10 features components from LMC Truck, Rick’s Tanks, Lokar, Raceline, Procar, BeCool, FiTech, Old Air, Wilwood, and Dakota Digital, to name a few.
The paint scheme on the truck is all House of Kolor.
Meant to be a “modern day version of a ’63 C10 hot rod” without huge wheels, a body drop or air-ride suspension system, this truck is sure to impress in person as much as it does in picture form!
Premier Street Rods ’57 Chevy 3100
Booth: E-Stopp (23289)
Unveiling on Tuesday 11:30am
A “new” classic truck, this gorgeous ’57 Chevy was built by Premier Street Rods, with the cab scratch- built and the company’s sheet metal package utilized for the build.
Built atop a TCI Engineering chassis, this beautiful Chevy is equipped with the best the automotive industry has to provide. From its potent 427ci LS3 engine with a custom exhaust featuring Borla mufflers, and a Tremec T56 6-speed transmission to back it, to the Currie rearend and Budnik wheels wrapped in Nitto INVO tires, no detail was spared when it comes to the utmost performance of this powerful street truck.
While superior performance was certainly a key to this build, so too were the aesthetics. Painted in a House of Kolors Snow White Pearl pain scheme, set off by a red leather interior done by Ron Mangus Interiors, this truck will certainly be catching many eyes on the SEMA Show Floor.
Premier Street Rods ’51 Ford F1
Set to be displayed in the main Ford Booth all weekend long, we’re told there is “no unveiling necessary” for this fine ride. Custom built and painted by Premier Street Rods with full control given by the owner over the build, this fine Ford offers trendsetting style, intricate details and the latest in modern technology.
Powering the Ford is a 347ci Stroker FI engine outfitted with a FAST EFI system and custom 2 ½-inch exhaust. The powerplant is backed by a Ford automatic overdrive transmission, which pushes the engine’s substantial power to the ground via a Currie 9-inch rearend tied to US Mag Wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber. Sitting atop a TCI Engineering chassis, this custom pickup also features air-ride suspension.
Rounding out the build are impressive aesthetic details, including an aluminum, vinyl-wrapped floor, a Super Blue paint scheme from PaintHouse, suede and leather interior done by Ron Mangus Interiors (complete with Vintage Air air conditioning and a push-button start), and LED lighting.
You won’t want to miss this beautiful F1, so look for it front-and-center in the Ford booth starting Tuesday!
Fat Fender Garage ’56 F100
Booth: Meguiar’s (Outside)
With just four months to take this truck from a classic in progress to the build of its owner’s dreams, this custom ’56 F100 was taken on by Fat Fender Garage with the intent of having it finished in time to make a SEMA Show Floor debut.
Sporting a full TCI Engineering chassis equipped with RideTech coil-overs and a 9-inch Currie rearend with 3.50:1 gears, this bad little Ford is set up for some serious street driving. Under the hood you’ll find a Ford Coyote motor topped off with a Roush supercharger, which is fed by a 30-gallon stainless gas tank by Rick’s Tanks (which is discretely positioned under the truck’s aluminum tonneau cover). Expelling spent fuel from the potent powerplant is a 3-inch stainless Borla exhaust system. Backing the Coyote is a paddle-shifted automatic gearbox.
Planting the Ford to the pavement are 20-inch American Racing wheels wrapped in sticky rubber of a TBD brand. Braking power for the truck is provided by Wilwood discs on all four corners.
Inside, the truck features many modern amenities, including power windows and door locks, an ididit push-button start, cruise control, wireless Apple Car Play, and Vintage Air air conditioning and heating.
This is all in addition to the custom leather interior done by none other than Ceballos Customs.
Ultra Motorsports ‘57 Chevy Pickup
Booth: Sherwin Williams Outside
Incredibly custom, this ’57 Chevy pickup built by Ultra Motorsports is a dream come true for its owner who wanted a classically designed truck with plenty of performance and a comfortable ride all for a price of around $100k.
Early on in the build, Ultra Motorsports reached out to Sherwin Williams to have the truck considered for their SEMA Show selection process, through which the truck was ultimately chosen. From then the heat was on to create a truck worthy of not only the owner’s dreams but also a place on the SEMA Show Floor.