Truck Trend Picks WyoTech’s F-100 as One of SEMA Show’s Top 25 Trucks
Posted Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 by
Motor Trend’s Truck Trend magazine has picked WyoTech’s 1964 Ford F-100 Roadster as one of the 25 best trucks at the 2013 SEMA Show, held recently in Las Vegas. Students, faculty and graduates completed the Roadster at WyoTech’s Blairsville, Pa. campus.
The project began with students from both the Blairsville and Laramie, Wyo. campuses building the engine and suspension on an episode of Trucks!, part of the Powerblock on Spike TV.
Here’s how the editors at Truck Trend described WyoTech’s 1964 Ford F-100 Roadster project:
“WyoTech is one of the best-known vocational trade schools for the automotive industry, and the handiwork of this truck is testament to the students’ and staff’s skill and craftsmanship. …The truck features a rebuilt Ford 390 FE V-8 utilizing parts from Crane Cams, Edelbrock, Canton Racing Products, and ARP exhaling through a Magnaflow exhaust. The chassis was upgraded with parts from Heidt’s Hot Rod Shop rolling on Mickey Thompson tires. LMC Truck was a major contributor to the body and trim pieces. Other modifications include a 1956 Ford grille, Ididit steering column, custom-upholstered interior featuring Katzkin leather, Jamey Jordan Handmade door panels, a chopped windshield, smoothed body. WyoTech students also custom-fabricated an aluminum fuel tank for the truck.”
The entire review, as well as photographs, can be found here.
SEMA — which stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association — is one of the world’s most popular automotive specialty products trade shows. It is a trade-only event, not open to the general public.
The show’s sponsor, SEMA, was formed in 1963 (as the Speed Equipment Market Association) to promote the interests of custom auto parts manufacturers nationwide. The group held its first show in 1967 in the basement of Dodger’s Stadium. After moving briefly to Anaheim, the show relocated to Las Vegas in 1977, where it’s been held annually ever since during the first week of November.
The SEMA Show is now Las Vegas’ largest event, eclipsing even the Consumer Electronics Show. This year’s show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. More than 2,000 custom vehicles were on display, which is why having Motor Trend single out the WyoTech 1964 Ford F-100 as among the 25 best is such an honor.