Eye-Popping Custom Jobs and Astonishing Mods at 2014 SEMA Show
Motoring fanatics were treated to a wild array of custom Ford models at this year’s SEMA show. The expansive 20,000-square-foot display Ford appropriated in the Las Vegas Convention Center was jam-packed with heavily modified vehicles, at least a dozen of them 2015 Ford Mustang models. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite models, so take a look.
Ken Block’s Power-Laden 1965 Mustang
Ken Block has defied convention by bypassing newer vehicles and introducing a heavily modified 1965 Mustang. The people at Hooligan Racing, ASD Motorsport and Gittin, Jr.’s RTR have spent two years customizing this vehicle, replacing the standard engine with nothing less than a 410-cubic-inch Roush Yates V8 — yep, a NASCAR engine. The result? A jaw-dropping 845 hp.
Exlusive Sadey transmission and all-wheel drive is then used to combine the capabilities of a NASCAR stock car with that of a WRC. The finished job needs no help standing out, with custom exterior features adding to natural muscularity of the 1965 model.
Gittin, Jr.’s Authoritative Take on the F-150
Gittin, Jr.’s also bought a vehicle of his own: a radically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150. Finished with a sleek silver paint job and eye catching lime-green wheels, Kibbetech King and Air Lift parts make up the suspension of the cabin, which hovers commandingly with 12 inches of travel. Cutting-edge Recaro seats ensure that up to five passengers can ride in comfort across all terrain types, helping fulfill Gittin’s aim of crafting a truck that can be taken on-road and off-road, and used for both drifting and jumping. Mission accomplished.
Chip Foose’s Streamlined 2006 GT
Where Block’s Mustang and Gittin, Jr.’s F-150 were all about pushing the limits of power and endurance, Chip Foose’s customized GT is all about creating a dynamic appearance. Given to him by his wife as a 50th birthday present, Foose went to town on the classic sleek lines and coveted sculpted chassis of the 2006 Ford GT.
Foose began by removing the rear bumper and reducing the frame extensions to create a more minimal aesthetic, and those changes have beautifully complemented the flowing bodywork of the original model. Foose designed his own aluminum alloy wheels, and accented them with a vibrant orange, the same color set in stripes against the cool, crisp silver of the exterior. The end result is absolutely stunning.
So what were your favorite custom jobs from this year’s event? Feeling inspired? River View Ford stocks a great range of models, so any budding auto-builders know right where to come.