The AutoGuide Guide to Gifts for Car Lovers

If you’re not a car person, and you want gifts for car lovers, you might head over to Amazon’s “Most Wished For” automotive products and find what looks like a random mix of great and terrible gift ideas, without any way of telling which one is which. That’s one of the main reasons we’ve spent the last 12 months evaluating, purchasing, and testing automotive parts and accessories, sometimes for months, figuring out which one are worth your money ( and which ones aren’t).

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DeWalt's 1,030-lbs.ft. High Torque Cordless Impact is On Sale

If you know what you’re reading, the name tells you a lot: DeWalt DCF900 20V MAX 1/2-in High Torque Impact Wrench. That’s right, after years of waiting DeWalt has finally added a genuine high-torque cordless impact wrench to their successful mid-torque range (like we use in the AutoGuide Garage). And it’s a beast, rated at 1,030-lbs.ft. of tightening torque and 1,400-lbs.ft. of breakaway torque.

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SEMA 2009: The Trucks of the SEMA Show

A big part of the SEMA Show each year (both in terms of quantity and, well, size) is the truck and off-road industry. Some trucks get lowered suspensions and some lifted, some run on supercharged 4-cylinders, while others rely on massive turbocharged diesel units. Yet despite all that divides some truck lovers from others, they all seem to equally love to modify their rigs – often to the extreme.

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SEMA 2009: 2011 Ford Super Duty DeWALT Contractor Concept Could Be a Transformer

The truck isn’t even for sale yet, but Ford shipped one of its new Super Duty pickups to tool maker DeWALT, to build a custom work vehicle for the 2009 SEMA Show.  The simply massive truck gets special items like a winch, special cargo compartments on the outside of the truck’s bed and even a small crane designed to move heavy cargo (like a generator) into and out of the bed.

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SEMA Preview: Ford Teases Five F-150s Ahead of SEMA Debut

Along with a simply massive display of 2010 Mustangs for this year’s SEMA Show, Ford will showcase the tuning expertise of four shops (and one in-house project) that have chosen the F-150 as their vehicle of choice. And just as the Mustang is the most customized overall vehicle in the $31.8 billion aftermarket industry, the F-Series of pickups is the most popular pickup to modify.

“The F-150 is the ultimate all-around ‘do everything’ truck, and it is available in 10 different distinct versions, everything from an XL work truck to a Platinum luxury edition to the latest edition – the SVT Raptor – for the ultimate off-road experience,” said Mark Grueber, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “People can personalize the F-150 to meet any need and do just about anything with it.”

Ford’s SEMA Design Manager Melvin Betancourt agrees and says much of the F-150’s success with tuners is due to its broad appeal. “Some people use the F-150 as a work truck. For others, it’s a luxury truck,” he said. “And everyone is always looking to create something that’s new that no one else has ever seen.”

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See the full list of custom F-150 trucks after the jump:

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