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  • Top 10 Bad-Ass Trucks: Part 2 #MTSEMA19

Top 10 Bad-Ass Trucks: Part 2 #MTSEMA19

The SEMA Show Goes On, With More Trucks, More People, More Fun

Nov 8, 2019

For those of you who have never attended the SEMA Show—the automotive aftermarket's premiere event, held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, imagine if you will, the most fantastic collective gathering of custom cars, trucks, boats (yes, there's at least one boat here this year), motorcycles, and almost anything else that can technically be called a "motorized vehicle." Yes, it's right here in the desert, and all of the mechanical finery literally comes from around the world to be displayed front and center at SEMA.

Our daily reports on Top 10 Bad-Ass Trucks continue (if you missed the first installment, http://www.trucktrend.com/news/1911-top-10-bad-ass-trucks-part-1-mtsema19), with this dime package of awesome machines found in and around the convention center. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more


Photo 2/20   |   There's hardly ever a moment when the sign welcoming guests to the SEMA Show is not blocked by folks taking photos. Arriving early affords one this access, and it's always a great pic to have.

Powered by a PPE-built, 800hp 6.6L Duramax LBZ engine, we think Howe & Howe Technologies' "Ripsaw" is the 2019 SEMA Show's undisputed best "do everything" off-road vehicle at the show. It's based on a military tank, but has all the creature comforts of a high-end pickup (leather interior, heat and air conditioning, LCD screens, etc. ).

Photo 6/20   |   On the "it was bound to happen" front, Edelbrock has created a Stage 1 supercharger system for Chevrolet's and GMC's 3.6L V-6-powered '17 to '20 Colorado/Canyon tandem, and is showing off the 345hp/306 lb-ft beast in its Central Hall display.
Photo 7/20   |   006 Sema Trucks Two Colorado

Tucked between more elaborate show rigs in the outside display, we found Wes Cooper's nicely done '81 Dodge D350 and just had to include it in our daily rundown of Top-10 rigs. Wes' dualie (tires are covered by square-body Chevy fenders) is powered by a 5.9L 12-valve Cummins engine that's backed by a manual transmission. Yes, those are legit train horns in the bed.

Photo 12/20   |   This '60s Chevrolet 10T (think, Suburban) is super clean inside and out. However, the eye catcher is its single-turbocharged I-6 engine, topped by a pair of FiTech carb-style throttle bodies.
Photo 13/20   |   009 Sema Trucks Two Suburn
Photo 14/20   |   By a show of virtual hands, who's old enough to remember the '84 Dodge Rampage? Our guess is that the little pickup isn't at the front of your memory, but this particular rig, built by Mike Copeland, definitely should be. Why? You ask? Because this unique mini truck (that actually has a few Dodge Omni accents) sports an enormous Arrington Performance 392 hemi engine in the bed area and puts roughly 650 hp on the ground. If you put a mental picture of a slot car in your head, it should look just like this!
Photo 15/20   |   011 Sema Trucks Two Omni
Photo 16/20   |   It's hard to "not like" a clean Ford dentside pickup. This example, found at the Carizzma booth in Central Hall, definitely is worth inclusion in our rundown.
Photo 17/20   |   Diesel Power Managing Editor, Courtney McKinnon, owns a '03 Ford E-350 van (powered by a 7.3L Power Stroke engine) and aspires to outfit it for reliable, and safe performance while overlanding in desert and mountain areas (http://www.trucktrend.com/features/1907-my-first-diesel). We're not sure what year this rig is, or if it has a 7.3L or 6.0L powerplant, but it's cool to see something other than a diesel pickup parked for all to see.
Photo 18/20   |   014 Sema Trucks Two Oldie
Photo 19/20   |   015 Sema Trucks Two Suburban Two
Photo 20/20   |   Here is an example of the "rad" side of trucks on display at #SEMA2019. This '59 Chevy El Camino—called the "Hulk-Camino"—was built by ITW Hot Rods and features a 671-blown small-block Chevy powerplant. The engine is tied to a Monster-built 700 R4 four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, which tells us this wicked piece can probably motivate down the freeway at a pretty good clip!