SEMA 2017: Duramax Powered 1954 Chevrolet Landspeed Race Truck

While out at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we have seen the most incredible vehicles in the world here. One of the most hellacious and awesome builds of the show is Johnson Hot Rod Shop’s 1954 Chevrolet Landspeed Truck. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop looks to turn a family work truck and turn it into a 250-mph diesel burning race truck.

The goal for the truck is dual purpose, first to reset the diesel truck speed record at the Bonneville Speed week and second is compete and set the record at the Texas Mile. Every part of this whole project has a direct purpose to lend itself to maximize the performance of the truck.

The powerplant in this monster is a 6.6-Liter Duramax Diesel engine. The engine is a specimen of Automotive Specialists Racing Engines built by Keith and Jeff Dorton. The engine is forced with air with the bed mounted quad compound of turbos plumbed with Johnson Hot Rod Shop custom fabricated piping.

Fueling for all the boost is covered by S & S Diesel Motorsport custom fuel injectors, fuel pumps, ECU, dash datalogger, sensors and full tuning calibration. Fuel system components, such as hoses and fittings are provided by Earl’s Performance Plumbing. A Walker Radiators performance radiator keeps this LBZ, 6.6-Liter Duramax cool.

Keeping all the candles lit, and turning over the Powermaster Performance Custom Diesel application starter is a pair of Optima Batteries. Keeping the internal engine vitals in check are fluids and oils from Schaffer’s Racing Oils. Gearing this to a record is a Liberty Gears 7-Speed transmission.

All this power is mounted to a Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop CAD-designed, engineered, and fabricated chassis with a custom roll cage. The front suspension is an independent system off of a C-7 Chevrolet Corvette.

A custom four-bar rear with fabricated modular 9″ rear end with the 35-spline axles along with Wilwood Engineering 6-piston front 4-piston rear disc brakes. All this is riding on triple adjustment coil over shocks from Ride Tech.

Making this truck stick out in the crowd was the beautiful Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop’s custom PPG Jet Black paint covering the all steel, Chevrolet Cab and bed that has been restored to factory specifications. All cab and pickup bed specifications meet B/DT Bonneville class requirements. Special attention to the coach built standard panel fitment.

The outside of this truck isn’t all it has to offer. All fasteners used are from Automotive Racing Products, and the polishing chrome plating was handled by Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating. The custom interior with fire bottle mounts, ice water tank, and dry sump oil tank was fabricated in-house at Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop.

“It has taken two years to complete this build but making it to SEMA with it, and seeing the reactions of show-goers, looks to have a big pay off,” said Joel Kokoska of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop. “We would like to give special thanks to all of the companies who’ve helped along the way and get the truck where it is today,” said Kokoska.

Automotive Specialists Racing Engines, S&S Diesel Motorsport, ARP Automotive Racing Products, Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating, Aurora Bearing Co., California Car Cover Co., DEI/Boom Mat, Earls Performance Plumbing, Liberty’s Gears, Mother’s Polish, Optima Batteries, Powermaster Performance, PPG Paints, Ride Tech, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Walker Radiator Works, Wilwood Engineering.

What’re your thoughts on this sweet ride from SEMA? Let us know in the comments in the below.

 

 

About the author

Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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