Custom 2017 F-150 Is Ready to Steal the Spotlight at SEMA

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Country’s largest auto parts retailer, AutoNation, plans to make a new Ford truck the star of SEMA. We have no problem with that.

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spice everything is once more on the menu of every coffee shop and restaurant in town. The leaves are beginning to change colors. The air is getting cooler. Most importantly to car lovers, it’s also time for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, which is happening from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.

The show floor will be packed with booths featuring aftermarket performance parts; cosmetic add-ons and upgrades; and wildly tricked-out custom vehicles. Ford Mustangs and F-150s are always a big hit at the show. Florida-based mega-retailer AutoNation is well aware of this, which is why it’s extensively modifying one of the Blue Oval’s half-ton pickups to show off at the event. And when you’re the largest automotive retailer in the U.S., you pretty much have every conceivable modification at your fingertips. So, we’re really excited to see the results of this promising F-150 project that we spotted on the company’s blog.

AutoNation chose a Shadow Black 2017 F-150 with the STX and XL Sport Appearance packages as a starting point. Power comes from the potent 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. To get the rig ready for the big event in Sin City, AutoNation has partnered with a variety of specialty vendors, including Auto Gear and Flat 12 Gallery, which is giving the truck a total visual overhaul. The F-150 is fully wrapped and once Flat 12 Gallery is done working its magic, the wrap will be completely covered in hand-drawn artwork.

Graphics is not the only item to be crossed off of the to-do list for this build. It wouldn’t be a SEMA exhibit if it still had its stock wheels, so AutoNation is going to swap out the standard units for a set of 20-inch Grid GD03 rims. Those will fit nicely under the 3.5-inch lift that the F-150 will eventually be rocking.

There are even more mods to go, and AutoNation will reveal them this week. So, if you plan on being in Las Vegas, you can see the full results at SEMA.

And if you are going to be at SEMA, come party with Internet Brands’ Auto Content team from sites like F-150 Online, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Honda-Tech, and Corvette Forum! We are celebrating the success of our brother site Rennlist‘s successful Porsche resto, #ProjectStork, and are inviting fans to join us for an opportunity to stop by for a few drinks, hang out with fellow auto enthusiasts from around the country, meet #ProjectDStork master mind and award-winning auto journalist Manuel Carrillo III, and enter to win very cool prizes from top auto brands.

To enter for a chance to attend the Rennlist SEMA Happy Hour, simply tweet @RennlistForums with #ProjectStork any time between now and Nov. 1, and you may soon be joining us for some free drinks and prizes with fellow enthusiasts! You will also get a chance to participate in our Facebook Live video on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. (PT). Get more details at Rennlist.com/ProjectStork.

The #ProjectStork multi-episode restoration series documents the rebirth of the 1977 Porsche 911 S that brought popular automotive journalist-editor and TeamSpeed and JK-Forum editor Manuel Carrillo III home from the hospital after he was born. After 15 years of gathering dust in his mother’s garage, he’s working with some of the world’s greatest brands like Haynes, BorlaYokohamaECS Tuning, and Performance Developments to transform his family heirloom into the dream car he’s always imagined it could be. Meet Manuel at our SEMA Happy Hour and share a toast with us!

Tweet @RennlistForums with #ProjectStork now!

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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