5 Resto Mods Headed For Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas


September 24, 2019

By: Sinjin


Inside the Build: 1972 Riviera SEMA Build

Most of the time the Gas Monkey builds are on a pretty tight schedule. With typically 4 weeks to completely finish a frame off restoration, it can be difficult to execute all of the hopes and dreams for a build. That’s typically how the builds have gone… that is until now. With Richard’s aspirations of returning to SEMA again, he decided to give the GMG crew something they’ve been begging for forever: more time.


With what seems like eons worth of time, GMG’s mechanics were able to really think about their ultimate wish list to ultimately steal the show at SEMA 2020. While the Riviera is was not going to be their main focus until the big event, they have to really buckle down and slowly get work done on it any chance they can get.


As of right now, this is what has been decided on/installed on this declassified top secret build:


At the heart of this build is a Katech LT4 with a Magnuson Supercharger pushing close to 1000hp. Making sure that this build has a SEMA quality roar is a custom built Magnaflow exhaust. All of that will be kept cool by a radiator from our friends over at Ron Davis. Then to put all that power to good use is a brand new 8 speed GM 8190e transmission to fulfill that need for speed! Controlling all that speed and bringing it to a standstill is a full Willwood brake set to get those Continental tires screeching to a halt.


Keeping every thing nice and cool underneath the hood is a massive Ron Davis radiator fit to this massive grill!

Next, to keep everything sturdy and sound underneath is an outstanding chassis from Chris Alstons Chassis Works.


The right wheel set can ultimately make or break your build. Too flashy and it underwhelms the rest of your build, too dull and you’ve given up a key way to differentiate your ride.  We have this future show stopper sitting on custom Budnik True Knockoffs. With 20×10’s on the front and 22×12’s in the rear, the way this Riviera sits is straight mean!

With a coilover 4 link and and a FAB 9 rear end, GMG isn’t installing nothing but the best for this build. Lastly, once everything gets up and running, a custom Magnaflow exhaust with have this build sounding just right!


With this build still being a work in progress, and it’s ultimate form yet to be revealed or decided, keep an eye out for any updates on this build!

Any ideas what we should add to this build? Make sure to let us know or let your favorite brand know to get in on this one of a kind Gas Monkey build!

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