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  • A Report on The Hottest Diesel-Powered Cars and Trucks of The 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17

A Report on The Hottest Diesel-Powered Cars and Trucks of The 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17

Wild Rides

KJ Jones
Nov 2, 2017
Photographers: KJ Jones
There’s no doubt we love coming to the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s big show in Las Vegas, Nevada, each year. The 2017 SEMA Show, held in and around the city’s spacious convention center, brings parts manufacturers, builders, owners and fans of custom cars, trucks (and there also are a few motorcycles) from all over the world, to a weeklong celebration of modifying vehicles (for improved performance and/or appearance).
While the number of badass custom, diesel-powered show vehicles presented at SEMA 2017 is somewhere in the hundreds, the group is dominated by lifted, chromed, brightly painted and/or powder coated, big-wheeled trucks that typically aren’t presented by Diesel Power. This is because, while the trucks’ cosmetic qualities are strong, the pimped-out rigs usually don’t have the engine mods and drivetrain performance we dig. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re not appreciated, and it’s why we have assembled this collection of hot rides for you to review.
Our selections for 2017’s SEMA Show “Wild Ride” group include:
• Critical Mass Motorsports’, Wagler Competition and EZLynk-prepared, screw-blown diesel Pro Mod ’37 Chevrolet
Photo 2/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Critical Mass Motorsports Chevy
Photo 3/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Critical Mass Motorsports Chevy Engine
Photo 4/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Critical Mass Motorsports Chevy View
• A super-cool Cummins 4BT-powered ’70s Ford Bronco
Photo 5/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Cummins Bronco
Photo 6/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Cummins Bronco Side View
Photo 7/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Cummins Bronco Interior
Photo 8/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Cummins Bronco Rear
• Proffitt Resurrection Land Cruiser’s Cummins R2.8-swapped ’93 FZJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup truck, one of only 4 currently in the U.S.
Photo 9/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Profits Cummins Land Cruiser Engine
Photo 10/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Profits Cummins Land Cruiser
Photo 11/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Profits Cummins Land Cruiser Rear
• WelderUp’s “Overcharged” twin-supercharged and turbocharged, Cummins-powered ’68 Dodge Charger
Photo 12/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Welderups Overcharged Charger Engine
Photo 13/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Welderups Overcharged Charger
Photo 14/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Welderups Overcharged Charger Supercharger
Photo 15/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Welderups Overcharged Charger Under View
Photo 16/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Welderups Overcharged Charger Under View 2
• The ’71 GMC 2500 “Jambulance,” a rescue wagon turned laid-back cruising vehicle, that moves with 5.9L, 12-valve Cummins power
Photo 17/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Jambulance Engine
Photo 18/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Jambulance
Photo 19/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Jambulance Interior
Photo 20/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Jambulance Back Interior
• Hauk Designs’ completely brushed-metal, off-road oriented, Cummins-powered Jeep
Photo 21/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Hauk Designs Jeep
Photo 22/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Hauk Designs Jeep Interior
Photo 23/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Hauk Designs Jeep Turbo
Photo 24/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Hauk Designs Jeep Engine
Photo 25/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Hauk Designs Jeep Front
• Fab Fours Bumpers’ display Ford, GM and Ram diesel pickups
Photo 26/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Fab Fours
Photo 27/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Fab Fours Ford
• The Plowboy Diesel, twin-engine, quad-turbocharged (yes, there are TWO compound-turbo 5.9L Cummins powerplants under the hood) ’70 Dodge pickup
Photo 28/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Plowboy Diesel 70 Dodge
Photo 29/121   |   Sema Wild Rides Plowboy Diesel 70 Dodge Engine
And there are many more super-slick custom rigs on display throughout the show.
The following photos take you inside the SEMA Show, and give you a look at its uber-radical, diesel-powered trucks and cars. You’ll find images of all the custom rigs we saw at SEMA 2017 in our Truck Trend Network Mega Gallery.

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