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Putting These Builders’ Skills to the Ultimate Test!

A long-standing tradition in this great industry is to reveal a really cool rendering at the beginning of the year, and the finished product around the time of SEMA, the highly anticipated yearly event in Las Vegas. Most of the time, these trucks hit their deadlines—but what happens to them after the build? Do they really drive these trucks? And would they make a long-distance trip without mechanical problems? All show and no go may be the perception to some outsiders, but this year we plan to kick that assumption to the curb.

Throughout 2019, we will be following five fantastic truck builds and documenting them from conception to completion. The difference this year—we’re bringing a cross-country “Shake Down” tour, in which these trucks all have to complete within one week. We’ll follow a pre-determined path starting in Florida and stretching across the country to SEMA in Las Vegas. We will have a few stops along the way with single day show-and-shines so the readers can get involved. Ending in Vegas at our final stop, we will host a massive SEMA pre-party hosted by FLO Airride and Stafford’s Garage. More info will be coming in follow-up issues and on our website. Until then, check out the five main builds being prepared for this year’s cruise. Looking to get involved? Email the editor at chamilton@engagedmediainc.com.

Manufacturers Involved

EDDY CEBRECO AND THE TEAM AT OVERPOWER CUSTOMS ARE PUTTING A 1959 APACHE TOGETHER FROM NOTHING BUT A PILE OF RUSTY PARTS. THIS WILL BE THE ULTIMATE TEST FOR THIS CREW OF METAL-MELTERS, BUT WE HAVE FAITH THEY WILL MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE.

DALLAS MAYNARD FROM FULL PEN FABRICATION IS PREPARING THE ULTIMATE CHASE TRUCK WITH HIS OBS DODGE UTILITY TRUCK COMPLETE WITH ON-BOARD WELDING AND COMPRESSED AIR. WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE THANKFUL HE’S ON THE TRIP AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER.

STAFFORD’S GARAGE IS KNOWN FOR ITS AWARD-WINNING BUILDS, AND THIS YEAR THE TEAM AIM TO PLEASE WITH THIS SWEET CHEVY APACHE. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT CRUISING DOWN THE ROAD ON THE WAY TO SEMA!

THIS 1963 CHEVY C10 WILL BE LS SWAPPED AND RIDING ON A COMPLETE AIRRIDE SUSPENSION.

POPEYE’S ROD SHOP IS COMING HARD TO THE TOUR WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL C.O.E. POWERED BY A 24-VALVE CUMMINS AND RIDING ON AIR BAGS WITH A COMPLETELY CUSTOM FABRICATED HAULER AND BED.

THIS OBS DODGE DUALLY IS BEING BUILT AT DARKMATTER DESIGNS FOR THE INDUSTRY KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER TUCKER HARRIS. A 12-VALVE CUMMINS MOTOR WILL POWER THIS HAULER AND PARTS FROM VIAIR, HORNBLASTERS, FAR FROM STOCK AND BASF WILL MAKE THIS BUILD ONE OF THE NICEST TO DATE.

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