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2016 SEMA - Wild Rides #TENSEMA16

Some of the Baddest Customs at 2016 SEMA are powered by Diesel #TENSEMA16

KJ Jones
Nov 3, 2016
Photographers: KJ Jones
Customizing vehicles, in any way, is the primary objective of the people who work in and support the automotive aftermarket. To put it in better perspective, every one of the thousands of companies that are presenting the latest hotness at the SEMA show, makes and/or promotes the parts and, of course, the fantastic cars, trucks and bikes that are on center stage. They’re here to “show off,” and at SEMA 2016, the grandstanding truly is being taken to new heights.
While props, accolades and kudos are deserved by all of the builders and brands whose fine works are on display, our focus is on the cars and trucks that are motivated by Cummins, Duramax and Ford diesel engines (of course). Diesel Power Editor, KJ Jones, spent two full days searching for oil burners that are over-the-top bad ass, and with the exception of having diesel engines, counter the majority of show trucks (lifted, high-image rigs that are typically found in our sister magazine, “8-Lug”) with respect to creativity and the high levels of “custom” that are trademarks for SEMA rides.
Our selections for this “Wild Ride” group aren’t in any ranking order, and they include such rigs as:
• Battleborn Engineering’s Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD prerunner—the “Million Dollar Duramax”
• A cool ’56 Chevrolet “Nomax” wagon that’s powered by a 6.6L Duramax
• “Old Smokey F1,” Chuckles Garage’s early Ford pickup that sits on a road-race chassis and sports all kinds of wicked Cummins performance between the fenders
• The Centerforce Clutch ’60 Ford “Bread Truck”
• Hellwig Suspension’s unique camping application for Nissan’s ’16 Titan XD
• The wicked ’50 Cadillac with a 5.9L Cummins landed in its engine bay
• Diamond Eye Performance’s Cummins-powered ’48 Ford F4 cab-over-engine pickup hauler (and the ’65 Chevrolet pickup on the deck sports a twin-turbocharged Duramax)
And there are many, more very wicked custom rigs on display throughout the show.
While the photos here offer KJ’s take on several bitchin’ diesel-motivated machines, make sure you check out our Truck Trend Network Mega Gallery of images , highlighting all of the fantastically personalized and tricked-out rigs that are being shown off at SEMA 2016.