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8 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 Project Vehicle Sketchbook 1956 Ford F-100 Ringbrothers debuted Clem 101, a Ford F-100 with extensive body modi- fications, stunning chrome work and newly engineered Ringbrothers billet accessories at the 2017 SEMA Show. Jim and Mike Ring designed and built the vehicle for themselves as a shop truck. The culmination of a project that began as a rusty 1954 F-100, Clem 101 evolved into a 1956 model when the Rings swapped out the '54 cab for a '56. The truck's bed has been custom-built from scratch, while its fenders were wid- ened 3 inches and wheel openings were narrowed. The truck retains its original 1954 grille, which is complemented by modi- fied front and rear bumpers that feature chrome work performed by Advanced Plating. Its doors have also been custom- ized with rounded corners, and hand- formed running boards now extend from the front to back fenders. All custom bodywork has been finished in BASF Glasurit Speedy P Green color, applied with the 3M's Accuspray system. The build's wheelbase was extended 7 inches in front, utilizing a custom Ford Crown Victoria subframe that was nar- rowed 5 inches to fit the F-100. Front fenders were also extended forward. New billet hood hinges were engineered, as were custom tie-downs for the bed. Unique details include a completely machined tailgate and a custom-fabri- cated trailer hitch. The truck gets its power from a 415- hp, 5.0-liter Ford Coyote crate motor with Ford Racing fuel injection, hooked to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Both are well-lubricated by Royal Purple synthetic engine and transmis- sion oils. Prestone coolant helps keep the engine running at the optimal tempera- ture, while custom stain- less steel Flowmaster headers and exhaust give the truck a unique performance tone. Power is put to the ground through a John's Industries 9-inch rear end, while a set of Ride- Tech coil-overs and four- link rear suspension along with a custom QA1 front sway bar help keep the truck firmly planted around corners. The truck rolls on a set of HRE Vintage Series 545 forged wheels sized at 19x11 in the front and 20x13 in the rear, and is shod in Nitto tires sized 305/35/19 up front and 305/50/20 out back. Bringing Clem to a stop are Baer 6-piston disc brakes on all four corners. Inside, the cabin is equipped with modern conveniences like a KICKER stereo system and a plush custom inte- rior by Upholstery Unlimited. Other highlights include gauges from Classic Instruments and a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control system. VelociRaptor 6X6 H e n n e s s e y Pe r - f o rm a n c e ( H PE ) u n v e i l e d i t s f i r s t VelociRaptor 6X6 in the Shell Pioneering Performance expe- rience at the 2017 SEMA Show. Based on the 2018 Ford Raptor, the team from Hennessey transformed the truck into a 6-wheel drive off-road vehicle with more than 600 hp. "The VelociRaptor 6X6 is the ultimate off-road vehicle," said John Hennessey, founder & CEO of Hennessey Performance. "We will be building just 50 VelociRaptor 6X6s, which makes it not only one of the most aggressive and unique vehicles on the market, but also one of the most exclusive." The VelociRaptor 6X6 costs $349,000 and includes the base 2018 Raptor 4-door truck, 6x6 locking rear axles, VelociRaptor 600 twin-turbo engine upgrade, upgraded suspension, upgraded 20-inch wheels and Toyo off-road tires, VelociRaptor front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights. An optional Brembo brake system upgrade including six calipers and rotors is available. 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Oklahoma based Heartland Customs teamed up with Covercraft to unveil the 1972 Menace Cor- vette at the 2017 SEMA Show. The concept was developed by custom builder Jeff Page, car owner Dennis Van der Breggen of Amsterdam, Holland, and designer Tavis High- lander. Menace is a 2017 supercar take on the 1972 Corvette convertible, mixed with European styling often seen in vehicles by Ferrari and Audi. Menace's design starts with a custom chassis manu- factured by Roadster Shop. The exterior has ele- ments of carbon fiber and custom-painted, one off-designed and machined parts to give it a modern, sleek look as well as functional elements such as the front fender grilles with inte- grated cutout exhaust tips and rear active spoiler system.

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