“Thumper” To Be Unveiled In ARP Booth At SEMA Show

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“Thumper” To Be Unveiled
In ARP Booth At SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is known for debuting a wide range of exemplary vehicles; many of which have gone on to receive important industry awards. A number of these creations have been displayed in the booth of noted fastener manufacturer ARP, which will continue the trend by featuring a most unusual vehicle this year, “Thumper.” It’s a 1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon that’s been converted into a modern-day version of the classic Shooting Brake.
“Shooting Brake” is a term applied to custom-built wagons by high-end coachbuilders, whose purpose is “to take gentlemen on the hunt with their firearms and dogs.” While the original Shooting Brakes were horse-drawn, Thumper gets its motivation by over 800 of them in the form of a 521 c.i.d. “Boss 9” engine built by Jon Kaase that features an 8-stack EFI from Borla Induction, VaporWorx fuel delivery, FAST engine management, Comp Cams valve train, Lunati crank and rods, plus ARP fasteners throughout. An Aviaid external wet sump lubrication system is employed, while Ace-d Fabrication is credited for the exhaust system
Thumper is coming to life at Steve Strope’s Pure Vision Design facility in Simi Valley, CA. The foundation for the build is a chassis from Art Morrison Enterprises with JRI shocks and a torque arm rear suspension by Maier, Inc. The wheels are from Billet Specialties, shod with Pirelli tires, and Baer brakes provide the stopping power. Flaming River steering components are used, as is a wheel from Quality Restorations, Inc.
While owner Bob Florine doesn’t plan on using Thumper for any hunting expeditions, the Hot Rod Power Tour vet does plan on taking his family cruising. A 4L80E transmission by Hughes Performance coupled to a Gear Vendors overdrive unit will make for highway efficiency, while a radiator, condenser and trans cooler from C&R. A Fuel Safe bladder is ensconced in a custom-built steel tank.
A Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum system handles Thumper’s
HVAC needs, while Dynamat takes care of sound deadening. The custom interior is the handiwork of Gabe’s, while custom gauges (and clock) are credited to Redline Gauge Works.
Many subtle modifications have been made to set Thumper apart from a standard Ford Ranch Wagon, among them bumpers from Twins Customs. Bumper to bumper chroming is the workmanship of Advanced Plating. Finished metalwork and painting was done by Mick’s Paint, guided by illustrations from Steve Stanford.
SEMA Show attendees are invited to the ARP booth (#22613) to check out Thumper. Chances are you won’t see anything else like it on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center —or in SEMA Cruise at the show’s conclusion.