My walk from my hotel room to the media center this morning took me through the heart of the project truck displays. Thankfully, there was no one around at 7:00 AM the night after a crazy Holloween (not sure any place really does Holloween like Las Vegas). Needless to say I had to stop and gawk a few times. Here's just a quick sample.
Kelderman's big-truck air suspensions have been a staple at SEMA for over a decade, turning full-size pickup trucks into monster trucks with their custom heavy-duty link/bag setups. We love the big-rig stacks on this Duramax.
This Jeep Wrangler was converted into a small pickup with Mopar's JK8 kit. The team at Red Jacket Firearms (the stars of the new Discovery Channel show called Sons of Guns), designed the vehicle to accomodate both a machine gun and a cannon that mounts in the bed.
Some of our favorite truck conversions and projects of all time are founded on the International CXT and MXT medium-duty pickups; they tend to make the perfect platform for anyone wanting to build the nastiest stump-puller around.
Some of you may remember "Big Job" from last year, but it's worth another look. This truck is tagged as a Ford F-750 but underneath its actually a late-model Chevy chassis cab HD dually. As near as we could tell, the carpeting around the truck was a coincendence.
The first press conference of the day went to the SEMA organizers as they awarded their Hottest Truck honors to the Ford F-Series. Ford won the award last year as well, the first time they gave out the award. SEMA presents a trophy to the vehicle that is best (numberically) respresented throughout the show.