INSANE RESURRECTION OF A 1958 CHEVROLET VIKING 40
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.
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.
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. ,