Wild Weird Freaks, Including 1937 Ford Truck, 1938 Dodge Hearse, 1966 Chevy ½ Ton Pickup, 6x6 Ford F

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With thousands of exhibitors, miles of aisles, and tens of thousands of attendees, the SEMA Show is so enormous that if you want to get noticed, you have to build something really extreme to stand out. Miles-deep paint, flawless chrome plating, and 1,000+ hp are cool, but chances are good the company in the next booth has done that, too.

So how do you stand out in this crowded sea of vehicular excess? Exaggerate. Go big. Go slammed. Go a little crazy. Heres a selection of trucks, Jeeps, and a hearse (yes, a hearse) that caught HOT RODs attention at the 2019 SEMA Show.

The Patriot

Dont recognize the engine in Audie Maguires 1937 Ford truck? Its a Deutz air-cooled, twin-turbo diesel originally used as a generator for a Patriot missile radar system. It displaces about 780 ci and puts out 380 hp and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. Audie, who owns The Auto Clinic in El Paso, Texas, his buddy Shawn Petta, and Shawns brother Tony built the rig over a period of nine months, eight of which were spent designing and fabricating the chassis, including its intricate cantilever rear suspension (with some guidance and tech support from famed race car fabricator Don Davis). It drives like a dream, says Audie, whos put about 2,000 miles on the truck in the three months since it was finished, but the turning radius sucks. The GM 14-bolt rearend cuts down on his gear ratio choices, so right now [with 4.10 gears] Im limited ....

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