Chevrolet Grabs the Cool Crown at 2017 SEMA Show

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While at the 2017 Special Equipment Market Association Show trade show in Las Vegas, we saw plenty of project trucks showing off all sorts of interesting parts and pieces. The gallery of Chevrolets below will give you an idea of the creativity that goes into the custom creations that adorned the showroom floor.

Enjoy the eye candy.

Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry, Mark Williams
 

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Comments

great photos

Best looking, longest lasting line of trucks on the road.

My favorite is the cab forward beige one (3rd from last). Now that's what I call a box with some capacity in a compact overall package. Tesla's pushing the cab forward concept with its' semi truck release.

Papajim, you once said that a cab over is like riding on a pogo stick. Something like that. So these 4 wheel drive's like the Colorado ZR2 aren't going to have stiff rides?

@Angelo Pietroforte--I like that one too. Very unique and not something you would see that often.

The yellow truck with the big boy front end is quite cool. That was a great era--too bad Chevys turned into modern day garbage.

The old 1950s cab over is what I presume you're talking about. Cool and a little weird but that's what we had back then.

Drive an old VW transporter and you'll definitely get the pogo stick comparison. The front axle is right under the drivers butt

Nice looking trucks. I want the supercharged silver crew for daily (LOVE that stance) and the 87 lifted truck with stacked headlights body style for hunting!

Junk just like anything else pure junk, it’s just GARBAGE nothing else GARBAGE GARBAGE GARBAGE. FORD IS THE BEST, I HOPE TO MAKE SOMEONE CRY WITH MY COMMENTS AND HEY I KNOW WHO IS GONNA START CRYING A GOVERNMENT MOTORS FAN GIRLY. HE IS GOING TO START MY USERNAME BY PUTTING SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE BEST TRUCK BRAND IN THE WORLD FORD. So enjoy GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ANOTHER THING I SEE IN THOSE PICTURES IS JUST SCRP METAL READY TO GET CRUSH. ENJOY LITTLE FELLAS.

ANOTHER THING I SEE IN THOSE PICTURES IS JUST SCRP METAL READY TO GET CRUSH. ENJOY LITTLE FELLAS.

Posted by: Chingon | Nov 20, 2017 10:26:17 AM

Those scrap metals you are referring to is more like precious metals. They are survivors and some are probably running their original engine. One thing for sure is that none are running a Ford engine. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

I still want the front bumper off the top ZR2 without the winch brackets. Hate not having fog lights when it is foggy out. What were they(Chevy) thinking?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
Haha I knew a GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLY IT WAS GONNA REPLY TO MY POST HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HEY AMOTHER THING I JUST SEE ROSTY OLD METAL IN THOSE JUNKS made BY (G)ARBAGE (M)OTORS.

Best looking, longest lasting line of trucks on the road.
In an alternative reality, in an alternative universe.

Anything with those gawd awful wheels and setting on the ground does not belong here.

@Angelo Pietroforte and @papajim
Outside of. Australia/ New Zealand and South Africa, there are no conventional trucks. They have died out.
Had a ride in a 2007 Transporter to my surprise smooth riding and pretty quick up hills.

Great trucks.

Drive an old VW transporter ...

@robert ryan

An "old" transporter Robert! Not a 2007

A 1976 for example. Two liter, Bosch fuel injection, 3 spd auto. Beam torsion bar front axle.

It's a pogo stick.

Oh those GM supporters..., Defending..., Defending..., Defending!

@papajim
"1976 for example. Two liter, Bosch fuel injection, 3 spd auto. Beam torsion bar front axle."

Yes that would be an underpowered, clunker.

Oh those GM supporters..., Defending..., Defending..., Defending!

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Nov 20, 2017 2:15:52 PM


Nitro oops I mean The Lawn Boy.

What is there to defend? These are great looking trucks!
If you can't admit to that then you have a problem!

an underpowered, clunker

@Robert Ryan

The Bosch intake was a nightmare, but it was probably more VW's design and less about Bosch's fuel injection ideas. The VW ignition system provided the "timing" for the squirt of fuel to each cylinder and got that impulse from the opening and closing of the ignition points.

So, if your points weren't perfectly adjusted, the fuel injection was not timed right. Yuck.

I spent a lot of time screwing around with the pitted points. About every 5k miles to be exact.

@Robert Ryan--Many of these Chevies in this SEMA show have been highly modified with new drive trains and suspensions. My guess is the old forward cab Chevy truck (3rd from the bottom) has a completely new drive train and suspension so I doubt it would be as rough riding and as under powered as the original. Ride quality, performance, and safety is much better on today's trucks.

One of my neighbors has a 67 Camaro that he bought from the original owner in California. He heavily modified the Camaro putting a new Corvette engine and a six speed manual. The car was originally a 327 with an automatic in light metallic blue but he repainted it bright orange with wider tires and a racing suspension. The car looks beautiful maintaining the original grill and rear end except he widened it slightly. The engine has a blower on it. It took the neighbor several years to rebuild the car. Original condition of the car was good and he drove it for several years before he decided to rebuild it. The neighbor is now looking for a 67 thru 71 Chevy truck to rebuild.

@Jeff S
Few would have any relevance to the originals.Except the body looks like an original.

Honestly, those low-riders and donks are just a waste of an otherwise decent truck. Those jacked-up monsters not much better. Maybe you guys like 'em but I wouldn't want to be seen alive OR dead in any one of 'em. Lower the frame to 5" of clearance, 6" at the most, and give it some style, not all this bling and outsized wheels. I want an everyday driver, not something that passes as a pimp-mobile.

@Robert Ryan--True. I prefer original restorations and ones that are pristine unrestored but the vehicles in the article have been heavily modified. I appreciate the labor of love and work that goes into these. One argument in favor of these resto mods would be that at least these vehicles were saved and otherwise might not exist at all. Most likely either the drive trains were either gone or were not salvageable. In the case of the Camaro I mentioned previously the car was a survivor and could have been restored to its original condition. I would have preferred the original but the owner did a beautiful job on the Camaro (looked like it rolled off the assembly line) and put a labor of love in it. The Camaro was a head turner. Bright orange clearcoat with a white strip down the middle of the car. The owner wanted the reliability and power of the new drive train along with new electronics. I talked to the owner at length and there was no question that this car was his baby and it was something that he always wanted to do.



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