Rare Brazilian 1976 Ford B-100 En Fuego at SEMA
Named ‘El Chapo’ this one-of-a-kind Ford rig is a stroke of brilliance.
Ford Trucks has seen some truly epic Ford custom builds and concepts at SEMA this year. We’ve seen new and cutting-edge trucks. We’ve gotten plenty of retro kicks. And of course there’s the just plain wild and fun. But this Brazilian Ford B-100 build is a little but of everything, and it is amazing.
Okay, we know that some of our readers aren’t big on slammed trucks, but bear with us, this one is so cool it might make you change your mind. The rig is named “El Chapo,” not for the drug lord, but slang for “Shorty.” El Chapo was made by Craig Piggot of River City Rods and Fabrications in Davenport, Iowa.
The Ford B-100 originally looked like a square-bodied SUV. From these humble beginnings, Piggot worked with Energy Suspension to created slick, slammed beast. First they designed the custom roadster chop chassis. They added Hyper-Flex control arm bushings, motor mounts and body mounts.
Next came the engine swap. They put in a 2017 Coyote Gen II V8, and Holley dual quad EFI and Dominator EFI management. Next came custom valve covers and air cleaners. It was paired it to a Mustang M82 6-speed transmission.
Custom Currie 9″ rear axles were installed, and Wilwood piston brakes and 15″ rotors. The paint job was compliments of PPG Porsche’s Graphite Blue.
The hot red leather interior makes the interior pop. As does the cool new technology. It has a Dakota Digital instrument panel, Ididit steering column, Kicker audio system, integrates iPad-controlled accessories.
This is a serious Brazilian beauty that is ready to kick ass. It is entered in the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders, so it might also be taking home some well-earned bragging rights.
Photos for Ford Truck Enthusiasts by Nolan Browning