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60 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2017 Plymouth Air Radial Truck I f it's fall then it's project vehicle season, and this year's batch of radical, radiant rides doesn't disappoint. From new takes on old classics to the latest of late- models, there's something for everyone—from hardcore off-roader to luxury enthusiast to power-hungry racer, and everyone in between. The following are some of the latest project vehicles, including many that will be appearing at the 20017 SEMA Show. Don't see your favorite here? Not to worry—we received more than we could fit in this issue, so we'll follow up with a Part II in the months to come. Not all hybrids are fuel-efficient. One, in fact, is designed to burn gas—Avgas (aviation gas) that is. Introducing P.A.R.T.—the world's only Plymouth Air Radial Truck. It's a plane. It's a truck. It's a mashup of a 1939 Plymouth pickup and a 757 seven- cylinder radial engine from a 1950's Cessna airplane. And it runs. "Why be normal?" said Gary Corns, owner of Colorado Auto & Parts and the builder/mad scientist behind this one-of- a-kind vehicle. "A former CEO of Cessna saw it and liked it so much he brought me parts and signed the console. A VP at Lockheed Martin asked me to explain how we put it together. We must be doing something right when a rocket scientist is asking us how it works." Pockmarked raw steel is dotted with rivets, and the Cessna engine's finned cyl- inders rise from the bare-metal engine bay. "When we first heard about Gary and his creation, we knew he needed to be in our booth at SEMA", say Mark Korros, CEO of Covercraft. See the truck and meet Corns in Covercraft booth #23343 at the 2017 SEMA Show. presented by SEMA BOOTH #24629 2017 Project Vehicle Sketchbook Radical, radiant rides.

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