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#MTSEMA18 – Coolest Diesel Rides of SEMA 2018

Custom Trucks, Cars, and Even ATVs That Burn Oil

KJ Jones
Oct 31, 2018
Photographers: KJ Jones
The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show got off to a fantastic “official” start on Tuesday, with throngs of car guys, truck guys, ATV guys, and motorcycle guys (ladies are endearingly categorized as ‘guys’ for this reference) arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the weeklong festival of all things custom, and the latest in new parts, accessories, tools, and more.
Personal preference really goes out the window at the SEMA Show, as there is literally “something for everyone” parked in the spacious halls and parking lots of Sin City’s convention center. However, as diesels go, the huge assortment of stone-stock mild to over-the-top wild oil-burners is mind-boggling—and very pleasing to the eyes.
While a nod of props goes to all the designers, builders…and financiers for each masterpiece (and there are many), we were definitely taken by the sheer awesomeness of a few brilliantly executed rigs and/or vehicles that are just too cool for words. Note that we use the word “vehicles,” as opposed to simply “trucks;” a term we’re more accustomed to saying.
That’s because among these rides is Heritage Driven’s ’64 Volvo Amazon, which is repowered by Cummins’ R2.8 engine. It’s a drive-anywhere two-door car that nails 46 mpg fuel economy and easily clips along at 80 mph. There’s also a neat Kubota-diesel-powered “Sherp” ATV in a remote corner of South Hall, and the piece de résistance (in our opinion) across all the diesels at SEMA: Eddie Pettus’ ’32 Willys Stanavo Aircraft Refueling Truck: a super-detailed war-era replica that’s motivated by a Datsun 720 turbodiesel and five-speed manual gearbox.
Diesel Power Editor KJ Jones selected the images you’ll find when perusing the gallery. Check them out and enjoy, and be sure to follow Truck Trend Network and all the Motor Trend Group’s coverage of the 2018 SEMA Show by using the hashtag #MTSEMA18.