DE­MENTED

IN­SANE RES­UR­REC­TION OF A 1958 CHEVRO­LET VIK­ING 40

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peo­ple wouldn’t view this as an ideal start­ing point, but it was ex­actly what he and his crew were look­ing for: a plat­form on which to demon­strate the hard­core abil­i­ties of their prod­uct. Once he’d bought the truck, Har­ris no­ticed a faint logo on the hood—“demint”—which is where the truck’s name, De­mented, comes from.

Restora­tion got un­der­way im­me­di­ately. The cab was un­bolted and hoisted into a large tank of Evapo-rust. After 24 hours of soak­ing, this mir­a­cle of sci­ence had re­moved all of the rust and gunk cov­er­ing the nearly 60-year-old Vik­ing cab. It was then time to get to work bring­ing the aged war­rior to life. Any of the red paint that wasn’t de­stroyed by the el­e­ments was left as-is on the cab and then clear-coated six times for high-gloss pro­tec­tion.

Dmax Power

A truck of this stature de­serves a pow­er­plant that doesn’t just move it; it de­serves one that will make sure it’s a lot of fun to drive for years to come. With that in mind, a 6.6L Du­ra­max was ex­tracted from an ’03 Silverado to serve as the heart of the beast. The in­jec­tors were fully re­built, and a set of tur­bocharg­ers was do­nated by Turbos by Gar­rett to en­sure that the truck laid down some se­ri­ous power at its SEMA 2017 de­but. The large Gar­rett turbos were plumbed into a one-of-a-kind, wa­ter-to-air in­ter­cooler

(de­signed by 417 Mo­tor­sports) that works off of the Chevro­let’s air con­di­tioner. Next, Travis Ball at Ball Metal Fab be­gan build­ing the cus­tom dual-ported, 4-inch ex­haust that would meet be­hind the turbos. With the mo­tor and trans painted and wrapped up, work be­gan on the chas­sis.

The Chas­sis

To se­cure the best ride and look for the De­mented Vik­ing 40, a cus­tom air ride setup was built and in­stalled to make sure it was ca­pa­ble of soak­ing up the pave­ment just as well as it could pull weight across it. An­other project spon­sor, Amer­i­can Force Wheels, sent a per­fectly ag­gres­sive set of 24-inch Omens to sup­port the beast’s weight and look good do­ing it. Fin­ished in Cadil­lac Gray, the wheels re­ally set off the truck’s brutish over­all theme.

Once the fully cus­tom-de­signed chas­sis was com­pleted, Travis Ball and his crew in­stalled the 47-gal­lon sad­dle­bag tanks on each side of the truck. How­ever, the pas­sen­ger-side tank now held a se­cret. Ball de­signed the tank on the right

side of the truck to house the ma­jor­ity of the elec­tri­cal com­po­nents and parts to make it con­ve­nient to work on them but also al­lowed them to be hid­den away so they wouldn’t ob­scure the cus­tom chas­sis he spent so much time de­sign­ing.

Though the truck had been un­der the knife for nearly a year, the ma­jor­ity of the work—like many SEMA builds—hap­pened in the fi­nal few months be­fore it headed to Ve­gas. It’s safe to say that Har­ris and Ball didn’t get much sleep from July to Oc­to­ber. If you missed this one-ofa-kind resto in Ve­gas, it will be still be hit­ting many of the big­gest shows around the USA, so be on the look­out.

 Lo­cated out back, the 6.6L LLY Du­ra­max is built with a set of twin Gar­rett turbos, an In­dus­trial In­jec­tion high-pres­sure fuel sys­tem, a wa­ter-to-air in­ter­cooler, and a FASS lift pump—all of it backed up by an Al­li­son trans­mis­sion.

 Way out back, power is trans­ferred through the Al­li­son and out to the rear axle via shorty drive­shaft. ,

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