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Galpin Auto Sports first showed off their widebody kit for the Ford Mustang at SEMA in 2010, and since then the Southern California customizers have shown off numerous versions since. Their latest is this 2013 Shelby GT500 you see here, painted in the classic Shelby livery of Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White racing stripes.
The blue theme continues on the inside of the car with a fully custom leather interior that covers nearly every inch of the cockpit from the Recaro seats to the door panels.
Galpin Ford has been building and customizing unique one-off vehicles for years, and this is an early example of the company’s creative genius. As the name says, this dragster — built by Gary Weckesser — is powered by four V8 engines. Based on a 1969 Ford Mustang funny car, this dragster was quite popular on the show circuit from 1969 to 1975. But it wasn’t simply a show car; its four engines put out an estimated 3000 horsepower. The Mach IV could hit a quarter-mile in around seven seconds at a speed of 180 mph.
Autobytel picks GAS’ Iron Orchid as one of it’s top vehicles of the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Bam! Direct from the glory days of drag-racing exhibitionists comes this recreation of the wheelstanding Back-Up Pickup. We first brought this to you in a news item when the truck was under construction, and now Dave Shuten at Galpin Auto Sports has the project complete and on display at the 2013 SEMA Show. He cranked out the complete buildup in 12 weeks, but now will be slowed down repairing a gack in the front corner of the truck by the delivery van that shipped it to Las Vegas. At the show, we had the chance to hang out with builder Shuten and with Ed Justice Jr., whose company Justice Bros. was a major sponsor of the truck when it was new. So was Galpin Ford, from 1969 to 1971, hence the connection to Galpin Auto Sports.
GAS is proud to be back at SEMA Las Vegas, showcasing a variety of our one of a kind cars and awesome Galpinized vehicles. Our booth will be outside by the Ford Proving Grounds, where you will find Iron Orchid, the Backup Pickup and the GTR1, but we will have builds all over SEMA!
Galpin’s 2nd annual car show, celebrating 60 years of Bert Boeckmann was a huge success. Check out the photos here.
Car enthusiasts converged at Galpin Motors to admire exotic and custom automobiles that spanned more than a century Sunday and belong to Galpin’s private collection and the public.
The free car show celebrated six decades that Galpin Motors owner Bert Boeckmann has been involved with the lucrative San Fernando Valley-based dealership as well as six decades of “Galpinizing,” which is their version of customizing cars.
Built by Galpin Auto Sports’ Sales Manager Steve Carpenter, the Galpin Gasser III is a throwback to the original low-buck hot rod. Located in Los Angeles, Galpin Ford is one of the oldest dealerships in the country and its custom shop is Galpin Auto Sports (GAS).
Steve started off with a Custom Tudor Sedan (Ford’s lowest trim level) he snagged of eBay and then added a modern 302 bored to 331 ci and topped with tunnel ram manifold with dual quads; the exhaust is routed through custom fenderwell headers. A Borg-Warner four-speed manual puts all 500+ horses down on the pavement via 4.11 gears in a nine-inch Currie rear. And the front? That’s what a gasser is all about, so you’ll find a 1950s Ford truck straight axle lending to the Custom’s characteristic rake.
The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition debuted at the 2012 LA Auto show and has recently surfaced again at Comic Con. The concept was inspired by George Barris’s Original 1966 Batmobile and originated in 2007 as a rendering by the man himself. Although many of George Barris’s ideas never became reality, this one did through the efforts of his grandson, Jared Barris. A mere eight week joint effort between Galpin Auto Sports and Barris Kustom Industries brought this creation to real life. (This should be no big deal, right, since Barris built the Ford/Lincoln Futura concept car Batmobile in 15 days in 1965.) The custom fabrication of the 18-gauge steel, hand-shaped truck-wings and the water-jetted aluminum grill design and pattern were masterly crafted by Barris Kustom. Galpin Auto Sports (G.A.S.) added the Ground Force lowering kit, Magnaflow dual exhaust to the 5.0-liter V8, 24” KMC rims, Katzskin black and red leather interior, BAKFLIP tonneau cover, hood, Streetscene side skirts and front bumper fascia, and the tuxedo black paint with Ferrari red stripes.
For reasons beyond our contemplation, Beau Boeckmann’s Galpin Auto Sports/Dave Shuten – built “34 five window did not even make it in to the Pirelli Great 8 final selection for the Ridler. But that’s not going to stop us from giving “Iron Orchid” some of the attention it deserves here. Painted lavishly by Darryl Hollenbeck(Vintage Color Studio) with chrome plating to the hilt, th coupe was “built to emulate the extreme show cars of the 60′s using only one-off and pre-’65 parts”. And as Robert Williams declared “Critical Mass Excellence!” Agreed.
Galpin Auto Sports today announced its first coach built supercar, the Galpin Ford GTR1, will debut on the Monterey peninsula during a week of automotive festivities highlighted by an unveiling at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering (August 15) and display on the esteemed concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 18).
Continuing Galpin’s 60-year legacy of customizing vehicles, the GTR1 is based on the Ford GT as an interpretation of what the GT may have looked and performed like had it continued its evolution. The GTR1 boasts a power plant capable of an estimated 1024 horsepower and 739 pound feet of torque, generated from a twin turbocharged 5.4L V8 engine that is mechanically capable of speeds in excess of 225 mph – making it a truly modern and bold American mid-engine supercar.
Designed by Galpin Auto Sports, the hand crafted all aluminum body was widened five inches compared to the Ford GT, and constructed by renowned concept car builder Metalcrafters. It features 20-inch forged aluminum knock- off wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, six-piston brakes with full carbon rotors, jeweled headlamps and tail lamps and carbon fiber accents.
The interior features a machined aluminum instrument cluster, a McIntosh sound system, and luxurious hand fabricated leather trimmed seats, dash, door panels and headliner. The Galpin Ford GTR1 will be extremely limited in production, with a choice of aluminum or carbon fiber bodies.
“We’re incredibly excited and honored to celebrate the culmination of Galpin’s 60 years of creating unique vehicles with the debut of our first supercar at such respected venues,” said Beau Boeckmann, Vice President of Galpin Motors and President of Galpin Auto Sports.
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Designed and built by Galpin Auto Sports based on a 2012 Ford F-150, the Crime Fighter F150 features a body kit modeled on George Barris’ car, a tuxedo black paint job and Ferrari red accents. The unique truck is powered by a Ford 5.0 liter V8 engine.
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Check out Mad Mike and the Crime Fighter F-150 on AOL
The Team Behind the Walking Dead Vehicle
Future US, a leading digital media and content marketing group, and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, announced they are partnering once again at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with a host of experiential activations around The Walking Dead universe.
The Future US booth will kick off at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with the debut of the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine, a custom 2013 Hyundai Veloster built by renowned car fabrication shop, Galpin Auto Sports.
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- Vitamin C textured paint
- Hand fabricated armor
- Saw blade tooth-like front grill
- Wrought iron caged headlights
- Chain link fenced armored tail lights
- Quick change front bumper chainsaws
- Quick change front bumper horde plow
- Sand bags with supply cargo hood mounts
- Double barrel shotgun with mount
- Hood scoop
- Hand fabricated front rear fenders
- Door Weaponry
- Door mounted flame thrower
- Base blades
- Machine gun
- Window Armor
- Wrought iron front window screen
- Slit panel armor plated front window screen
- Barbed wire side window cages
- Roof mounted PA system “Doom Whistle”
- Roof mounted flood lights
- Roof mounted turret/hatch
- Roof mounted quick change .50 cal machine gun
- Roof mounted quick change flame thrower
- Baseball bat with spikes mounted to trunk
- Samurai sword / Spare wheel/tire mounted to hatch
- Knife blades from rear bumper
- Off-road style armored rear bumper
- Forged wheels
- All-Terrain Tires
- Wheel blade weaponry
- LineX style sprayed flooring
- Metal fabricated interior walls
- Reinforcement for roof hatch & roof mounted weapons
- Control Panels
- Multiple control panels to control weapons, light, etc
- Misc. Gauges/ Buttons/ Switches
- Misc. props including sleeping bag, gun, etc
- Storage solutions for ammo, weapons, first aid kit, etc
The Comic Con Unveiling
If the Bat Cave ever needed remodeling, the Caped Crusader would have a tough time fitting plywood and plaster into the Batmobile. Instead, he might want to use this customized Ford pickup. Called the Crime Fighter, it will be shown at this week’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego.
Simply put, Tonka toys are awesome. From the steel trencher to the classic front loader to the mighty dump truck, just the mention of Tonka invites you into an imaginative, creative world full of dirty, sweaty, seriously-intense play sessions. Void of safety restrictions, nasty politics, and unrealistic deadlines, the Tonka truck worksite is a place of amazing productivity, where for 66 years buds have worked side by side to get the job done (before mom’s dinner call).
If only Tonka had toys for the grownups. Wait – they do.
Funrise Toys, the licensee and manufacturer of Tonka, has uncovered its life-size Tonka T-Rex truck. The base of the bright yellow Tonka T-Rex marketing and promotional rig is a 2012 Ford F-250 Power Stroke. Adorned with custom fabrication and modifications by Galpin Auto Sports, Fab Fours, Highway Products, Kelderman Suspension, and more, the “wow-factor” of the real-life Tonka T-Rex will help it stand out as it serves dutifully in holiday toy drives, family events, parades, and off-road events across the country. Sad to part ways with the Tonka T-Rex? Dry your eyes, adults – Funrise Toys will be releasing the T-Rex toy version in Fall 2014.
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