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14 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 Project Vehicle Sketchbook Custom Range Rover Classic East Coast Defender (ECD) hopes to ignite demand for custom Land Rover Range Rover Classics (RRC) with Project Alpha. The ECD Range Rover Classics will be hand-built alongside the company's Defenders at The Rover Dome in Kissimmee, Florida. The build process begins with a client selecting the body style, drivetrain, wheels, tires, accessories, and exterior and interior colors. The ECD team then finds the foundation RRC vehicle and begins the build process by tearing it down to the bare chassis. Custom options include two LS-based engines, including the LS3 V-8 (430 hp) or LC9 (330 hp), paired to either an automatic or manual GM transmission, as well as 10 exterior and five interior color options, along with premium leather and stitch offerings. The dashboard and console will also be upgraded to include modern technology such as Wi-Fi connectivity and wireless phone charging. Project Alpha will be built on a 1995 long wheel base model that features the soft dash. 2018 Shelby Raptor Shelby American Inc. has reintroduced its popular Shelby Raptor, beginning with a limited number of 2018 trucks that will be available through its North American dealers. Surpassing 610 foot-pounds of torque, the powerful pickup is based on the newest generation Ford F-150 Raptor. "While the Raptor is an amazing truck right from Ford, we reimagined it for those who asked Shelby for an even more extreme version," said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. "The Shelby Raptor is harder-edged, with more grunt and handling capability. We added adjustable shocks, so the driver can even tailor their ride. This truck was designed and tested for those who seek maximum adventure both on and off the road." The 525-hp Shelby Raptor includes: a new, two-stage shock system; larger wheels and tires; upgraded interior; and exterior elements. 1974 Jeep CJ-5 The AAM Group's Renegade III 1974 Jeep CJ-5 project was outfitted by spon- soring manufacturers of the Total Truck Centers or Parts Pro jobber marketing program and displayed at the 2017 SEMA Show. Renegade III was conceived, designed and managed by Greg Griffith, AAM program sales manager, and built by Mancave Designs. In addition to the modern upgrades, OE enhancements and custom touches, the Jeep includes sev- eral Hidden Mickey Mickey Mouse silhou- ettes placed throughout the build. Griffith origi- nally bought the Jeep as a modest cruiser for his wife, an ex-Disney cast member and enthusi- astic fan. "One of the best things about this project was that it allowed us to include both our truck and performance manu- facturers on one build," said Griffith. "The support they gave us was simply outstanding. This build should have taken four years under normal circumstances, but our team pulled it together in just over nine months. I am very proud of this Jeep, as she continues our tradition of bringing unique looks and stances to SEMA—plus, blending old with new and showcasing some really crafty parts." Total Truck Centers and Parts Pro sponsors include: AutoMeter Prod- ucts, Bestop, CURT, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Flex-a-lite, Flowmaster, Husky Liners, Motive Gear, MSD Per- formance, Omix-ADA, OPTIMA Bat- teries, Powermaster, Rancho, Scorpion Protective Coatings, TEN Factory, Vision X and Warn Industries. Additional participants include: BFGo- odrich, Clifford Performance, Harland Sharp, Hi-Lift Jack Co., KICKER, Painless Performance, Raceline Wheels, SPIDERWEBSHADE, Straub Tech- nologies and Tuffy Security Products. Custom services were provided by James Belcher and Mancave Designs, and lift services by Joey Yokum at Atomic City 4x4 in Oak Ridge, Ten- nessee.

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