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#MTSEMA18: Toyo Tires Top Build Award Winner: Immaculate 1940 Ford

40 Shades of Gray Takes Toyo Top Honors

Nov 2, 2018
Photographers: Monica Gonderman
The winners of the Toyo Tires SEMA Top Build Awards for the 2018 SEMA show have been announced. The winner of the Best Toyo Tires SEMA Truck/SUV Build, who received a check for $5,000 and a Toyo Tires trophy, was Chris Church of Church Built Customs out of Portland, Oregon, and his pristine 1940 Ford pickup that rides on 19- and 20-inch Toyo Proxes R888R tires. Sorry lifted truck contenders, this was going to be a hard one to beat.
According to the Instagram page for “40 Shades of Gray,” as the truck is known by, the truck came from a swapmeet in 2016 and is described as a “European inspired, huge horsepower, detailed show truck.”
Photo 2/8   |   1940 Ford 40 Shades Gray Toyo Top Build Sema 2018
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Although Church’s truck may have the shell of a ’40 Ford, at heart it’s completely modern with a Whipple supercharged Wegner Motorsports Chevrolet LS3 engine, QA1 carbon-fiber driveline, 4-link air ride suspension, custom Schroeder Speed chassis, Beefy Borla dual 3-inch exhaust tips out the middle of the rear custom lower valence, shaved body (drip rails, hood seam, cowl vent and handles), raised bed floor, 6-inch tubbed bed, paddle shifters, custom emblems, custom 20x12 and 19x8 American Racing VF 498 wheels, and tons of detail work. One particular body mod you may not notice at first is the larger back window borrowed from a ’52 F1. The truck is sleek, smooth, modern, and complete.
Church’s ’40 Ford is a work of art, and it’s not surprising that this modern take on a classic truck brought home the Toyo award for 2018.