Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
November 8, 2013

One of the best things of walking the floor of the SEMA show is that you stumble across things you wouldn’t normally see driving around town. These pristine top classic Fords you see below were specially built for the 2013 SEMA show and shine brightly under the fluorescent lights allowing people to ogle over every little detail. Ford has been around since the beginning of the automobile, so it was only natural to see one at every turn.

Here are some of the top classic Fords we stumbled across while roaming the floor. Enjoy!

TMI Gulf Racing Rally 1967 Ford Fairlane

One of the cars featured in our recent top builds story is this show-stopping 1967 Ford Fairlane. Dean Satterfield (from TMI Upholstery) and Michael Satterfield (M&P Speed Apparel) decided to build a ‘67 Gulf Racing Rally Fairlane to stand out at SEMA. You can’t miss this bold Ford sitting outside of the Las Vegas convention center.

Painted the old-school Gulf Rally blue and orange by Bare Bones Custom Paint & Speed Shop, this bold Fairlane features a 390ci Ford FE-based Big-Block built to 427 specs. To accompany that V-8, Performer RPM aluminum heads, manifold, Pro-Flo EFI electronic fuel injection, high-flow water pump, and harmonic balancer were installed in the Fairlane. They also installed Doug’s Headers ceramic-coated long-tubes that connect to Flowmaster 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust.

Stopping power comes from Stainless Steel Brake Corp., complete with four-wheel discs including Big Bite 13-inch front rotors, 12-inch rear rotors, and 4-piston calipers. Other goodies included on the page include the Scott Drake Cobra Air Cleaner with a K&N filter, engine hardware and under hood detailing kit, March Performance serpentine belt drive conversion, Ford Racing 427 valve covers, timing chain and sprocket. All of the fuel lines are stainless steel. It features an oil cooler, filter relocation, and electric fans from Perma-Cool.

A Tremec TKO 5-speed with a Hurst shifter from Hurst Driveline Conversions provides the shifting power. When it comes to handling, steering and suspension have been modified with a Performance 1-inch drop coil and leaf springs, Eaton Detroit springs, and a Shelby Upper Control Arm lowering conversion. Hellwig sway bars were also added to the car.

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Covering the engine is a 427 Ram Air fiberglass hood; bumpers come from Crites Restoration Parts in Asheville, Ohio. Bullet Racing mirrors were sourced from Drake Automotive, based out of Henderson, Nevada.

Of course, the interior features TMI Upholstery TSXR Sport Seats and Dakota Digital VHX Gauges, Corso Feroce steering wheel from Scott Drake, Acoustic sound deadener and insulation from QuietRide Solutions, and carpet, trim parts, and weather stripping from Auto Krafters.

Shifting power is provided by a Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter from Hurst Driveline Conversions. For handling, the suspension and steering have been modified with Performance 1-inch drop coil and leaf springs, Eaton Detroit springs, and a Shelby Upper Control Arm lowering conversion. Hellwig sway bars were thrown in for good measure.

This bad ride has quite the list of sponsors here: TMI Upholstery, M&P Speed Apparel, Bare Bones Custom Paint & Speed Shop, Shelby American, Scott Drake, Flowmaster, SSBC Performance Brake System, Eaton Detroit Spring, Inc., Auto Krafters, MP, Perma-Cool, Dakota Digital, Doug's Headers, Flame Thrower III, Classic Tube, National Parts Depot (NPD), Quiet Ride Solutions, Pertronix, K&N Performance Filters, Hellwig Products, Ford Racing Performance Products, Hurst Driveline Conversions, Hurst Shifters, Tremec Transmissions, Cragar, Goodyear, Trim Parts, Crites Restoration Products, March Performance Pullies & Brackets, Edelbrock, Optima Batteries, Lokar Performance Products. Ring Brother’s 1964 Ford Fairlane

Folks look forward to what the Ring Brothers have up their sleeves at the SEMA show each year. One build that graced the SEMA floor this year is this 1964 Ford Fairlane sitting pretty inside of the Barrett-Jackson booth. This Fairlane is no stranger to SEMA, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.

A few things added to this build include a carbon fiber hood, fenders, front and rear bumpers, side intakes, and deck lid spoiler. Billet aluminum is everywhere on the car including the engine bay, tail lamps, and gas cap. Three different colors of BASF R-M Diamond paint grace the exterior such as Afterburner Red, Agent Orange, and Mission Brown. To complete the exterior look, Forgeline 3-piece wheels were added.

Powering this classic is a Roush 327 IR crate motor mated to a Bowler AOD transmission. With 7.0L of fury, this car generates a healthy 560hp and 540 lb-ft of torque.

Rad Rides by Troy 1969 Ford Torino

Another car that was featured in our Top Builds story is George Poteet’s Talladega-inspired 1969 Ford Torino built by Rad Rides by Troy. Slathered with Whiskey Tennessee Gold and Daytona Sand with flat black accents, this Torino turns some heads.

This car was featured by Hot Rod before it even sported its current paint job. It’s that cool. IF you couldn’t tell already, intense metalwork was applied to all body panels at Rad Rides by Troy.

The Torino was shortened 3-inches on the front fenders and it features a wheelbase, which is 1-inch shorter than stock. The body was widened a total of 5-inches and even the aluminum hood was hand-built. Everything you see has been custom-built for this car besides the roof and doors.

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Powering the beast is the ultra-rare 529 Boss FX V-8 with a Ford experimental mechanical fuel-injection intake converted to EFI. Connected to the engine are aluminum Jon Kaase Boss 429 cylinder heads that have been machined by FX Engines out of Mokena, Illinois. This mean Torino delivers 780hp and 720 lb-ft of torque.

The exhaust to back up that V-8 rumble includes Rad Rides custom headers and stainless steel exhaust connected to Flowmaster Series 40 mufflers.

The chassis was built by Art Morrison with a C5 Corvette front suspension and a custom rear suspension by Rad Rides. Front and rear springs are from RideTech, and the front and rear sway bars are made by Speedway Engines.

Wilwood Brakes provide stopping power with 6-pistons in the front and 4-pistons in the rear. The large brakes are hiding behind Custom Billet Specialties wheels wrapped with BFG tires. A Bowlex 5-speed transmission connects to a Mark Williams driveshaft, axles, and ring and pinion inside of a 9-inch rear end.

Ring Brothers 1971 De Tomaso Pantera

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Unveiled at the Royal Purple booth yesterday, this yellow Pantera renamed ADRNLN is – gasp – Chevy powered. The original 351ci V-8 was removed and replaced with a GM LS3 made by Wegner Motorsports. This new V-8 is mated to a ZF five-speed manual transmission. Even though this Pantera is powered by a GM engine, we still wanted to include it on our list because the design was so exceptional.

The black and yellow interior was designed by Nike with a black and yellow two-tone from the seats all the way up to the dash.

HRE wheels with Nitto tires complete the exterior with Baer six-piston brakes concealed beneath. The soundtrack is provided by Flowmaster exhaust. A new headlight design and custom fenders with brake cooling ducts help make this a one-of-a-kind Pantera. We expected nothing less from Mark and Jim Ring.

Ring Brothers 1964 Ford Fairlane

Folks look forward to what the Ring Brothers have up their sleeves at the SEMA show each year. One build that graced the SEMA floor this year is this 1964 Ford Fairlane sitting pretty inside of the Barrett-Jackson booth. This Fairlane is no stranger to SEMA, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.

A few things added to this build include a carbon fiber hood, fenders, front and rear bumpers, side intakes, and deck lid spoiler. Billet aluminum is everywhere on the car including the engine bay, tail lamps, and gas cap. Three different colors of BASF R-M Diamond paint grace the exterior such as Afterburner Red, Agent Orange, and Mission Brown. To complete the exterior look, Forgeline 3-piece wheels were added.

Powering this classic is a Roush 327 IR crate motor mated to a Bowler AOD transmission. With 7.0L of fury, this car generates a healthy 560hp and 540 lb-ft of torque.

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1956 Ford F-100 Truck By Gene Simmons

It’s not often we bring you trucks, but this Shelby-inspired 1956 F-100 is a creation by the legendary KISS bassist Gene Simmons, his wife Shannon Tweed, and Ford. This sexy creation will soon be gracing the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in 2014 for charity. When it comes to performance, this truck generates 550hp out of its Ford Racing supercharged 5.4L V-8. This restomod pickup is connected to a six-speed manual transmission likely making it a blast to drive.

If you haven’t guessed, a ton of work has gone into this truck to make it look like a Shelby. The wheelbase was lengthened five inches and the 18-inch front wheels tuck in nicely under the fenders with 20-inch wheels in the back.

Look inside and you’ll notice the two-tone handmade leather interior, a custom leather-wrapped dash and bench seat thanks to Glide Engineering, designed to look like a Shelby. After the truck is sold at Barrett-Jackson next year, the proceeds will go toward construction of a children’s hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Shannon’s hometown. The president of Saskatoon’s Industrial Machine & Manufacturing conjured up the idea for the truck, which he named “Wheels of Dreams.”

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Well, there you have it, the top classic fords of SEMA 2013.