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Galpin Auto Sports Prepares F-150, F-650, and Explorer for SEMA

Jake HolmesOct 31, 2011
California-based tuning shop Galpin Auto Sports will use the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas to show off several new modified vehicles. The shop, which rose to fame during MTV's show Pimp My Ride, has put its talents to work on several Ford products, one Lotus, and one Aston Martin.
The 2012 Ford F-150 Thunder is GAS's take at reviving the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning performance truck. The company says it has supercharged the truck's engine to produce 540 hp, although doesn't specify which engine served as the base mill -- we suspect it was the 5.0-liter V-8. On top of that, GAS added 22-inch wheels, air-ride suspension, a Flowmaster side-exit exhaust, and Dark Amethyst metallic paint. The F-150 also receives a new front fascia, new mirrors, a tonneau cover with a built-in spoiler, and new leather-and-suede bolsters for the front seats.
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The 2011 Ford F-650 XUV is, yes, a modified version of Ford's burly medium-duty truck chassis. Outfitted with a pickup truck bed and four-wheel drive, GAS claims their creation is an Xtreme Utility Vehicle. Right. That means the F-650 gets add-ons like 22-inch wheels, an eight-inch exhaust stack, polish fuel tanks, power-retractable side steps, and a 900-watt sound system.
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The 2011 Ford Explorer XXVI is apparently targeted at celebrities, as it comes with a 360-degree camera designed to scout for DSLR-wielding paparazzos. The SUV itself, though, stands out thanks to its Bruise Blue paint, custom front grille, and 24-inch wheels. The Explorer's interior has been redone in leather and suede, including a suede headliner and suede door panels. On top of that, GAS added an "insane", 2150-watt sound system that can be controlled via an Apple iPad.
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The Tony Hawk Explorer is a version of Ford's SUV customized for a charity event organized by the eponymous skateboarder. The Explorer is painted gray with the front grille and trim pieces blacked out. Tony Hawk logos grace the fenders and liftgate, while Savini wheels are shod in Pirelli tires. The interior features Katzkin leather upholstery, skateboard racks, and a Sony PlayStation 3 -- with which occupants could play the countless Tony Hawk skateboarding video games.
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We rather dig the 1968 Boss 351 Trans Am Ranchero. It was built up from a scrap shell in just eight weeks, and thoroughly restored in the process. The car now features a 450-hp V-8 engine and four-speed manual transmission, with modern coil-over suspension, and Wilwood disc brakes. The car rolls on 17-inch "Cobra style" wheels and has a roll cage, bucket seats with five-point harnesses, and the car's original 1968 AM radio. The paint scheme pays homage to the Boss 351 package that rolled out on the 1971 Mustang.
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Source: Galpin Auto Sports

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