6. Big trucks and SEMA go together like some of the greatest duos and Rolling Big Performance has been bringing interesting vehicles to Las Vegas for several years. This monster modified Freightliner has a one-ton eight-foot bed and camper shell and a stance that almost dares a passer-by not to stare. The matching paint job and graphics close the deal. If you want to get attention at a place like SEMA you have to go big or go home, and this is about as big as it gets.

7. Call me sentimental (or just mental), but I have a huge soft spot for the Turtle Expedition vehicles. This previous-gen F-550 has been around for a few years, and considering how miles it has on it, and where those miles have come from (in some of the most remote areas of Mexico, Newfoundland, Canada, etc.), the rig still looks pretty good. This husband and wife team found a way to turn their passion into a business, where they show up at corporate events, take caravans of extreme enthusiasts into remote areas, and simply explore—all with their custom built Turtle Expedition Ford.

8. When Richard Remington started the restoration of his '67 FJ45 his plans were modest…but one thing led to another, and then another, and then another. Still, the finished product is impressive. The interior and exterior is flawless. Where it starts to get interesting is under the hood. Richard chose an L92 donated from a Cadillac Escalade and mated it with a heavy-duty 4L80-E and an Advanced Adapters Atlas II transfer case for ultra-ultra-low-range crawling ability. Add to that high-pinion axles with lockers front and rear and a BTB suspension lift and 33-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts and we're guessing nothing stops this in the backcountry.

9. This custom '57 Chevy pickup truck sat in Hot Rod Jim's booth, off the beaten path, but still getting a lot of attention. Modeled after a World War II P-40 Warhawk fighter plane (including the exterior panels and rivets), this project sports one of Jim's modified Corvette chassis, setup to hold a built GM 6.0-liter V-8 donated from a Silverado HD. STS donated two turbo that are housed just behind the IRS and the bed was left open so we could appreciate all the detail work Hot Rod Jim put into the chassis.

10. Although its designers officially designate this a car, this Local Motors Rally Fighter has all the makings of an amazing desert racer. With a custom chassis, suspension, and a BMW 3.0-liter I-6 turbodiesel (with 282 horses and 410 pound-feet) for motivation, the buggy will be like nothing else on the road or trail. It might be a little tricky to get it ready to drive on the streets, but Local Motors is will to help you through the process. It's an interestingly new type of car manufacturer that hopes to use its new business model to create more excitement in the years to come. In the last year, they've sold 42 Rally Fighters and you can be next.

11. This '47 Diamond T sees most of its work duty outside of Billings, Montana, where its owner has spent quite a bit of garage time building this hauler. The frame and chassis is from a Dodge Ram HD and the engine is a Cummins B-motor. The bed is equipped with a hydraulic ram that allows it to tilt and load just about anything. The owner rates the trucks GVW somewhere over 20,000 pounds. We especially like the custom five-inch exhaust tubes that slip right into the big-rig stacks mounted on the dump bed.