I was approached by Jay Martinez, the mastermind behind Tuner Evo, a little while ago and he mentioned to me that Josh Croll, of Crolls Customs, was planning a little something for SEMA’13. The story immediately caught my attention and I thought it was a great idea to share it with our readers. Fortunately, Josh was able to provide a first hand glimpse of what it’s like to build a complete car from scratch in a very short amount of time. Our kind guest videographer – Chris Petruccio and photographer – Kevin Choi were able to shoot the car for us and capture every detail put into the intricate build.

Please read below what Josh has shared with us:

“For the better part of ten years, the Scion Tuner Challenge has brought builders from coast to coast into the spotlight and under the gun for their chance to shine. I was one of three chosen and had the opportunity to represent the east coast in Vegas at this year’s SEMA show.

The process of getting selected is far from random chance. Scion hand picks the builders from thousands of proposals each year. I sent in hundreds of pictures, my magazine features and a proposal that was two paragraphs away from begging all in hopes of gaining that golden ticket and a set of keys.

With the initial build plan outlined in detail in my proposal, I was now faced with the most daunting task of my career. I had less than 90 days to convert a brand new 2014 Scion tC to right hand drive. Along with the conversion I needed to complete a full sheet metal shaved bay, wide body fabrication and add some boost.

From start to finish, I only really ever wanted to build the car. I did it for the chance to show everyone that a challenge this large can be completed by one builder in the time frame allowed while keeping everything in house. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I encourage everyone to check it out next year.

I really need to give a huge thank you to all of the sponsors who made the project possible.

Croll’s Customs, Elite JDM, BASF, Toyo Tires, Takata, VP Race Fuel, Eat Sleep Race, BUX Customs, Vibrant Performance, Espo’s Powdercoating, D2 Racing, Dezod Performance, Grip Royal, TB Performance, Forgestar Wheels, Boomslang,  Performance Bodega, Password JDM, OEM Audio+, Tuner Evolution, Downstar Boltboys, CarbonFiberElement, JW Street Designs, Wilwood Brakes.”

-Josh Croll-


  • 324.09 WHP 296.02 WTQ
  • Dezod Motorsports Turbo Kit
  • Garrett t3/t04E Turbocharger
  • Stainless Steel Braided -4 AN Oil Feed Line
  • -10AN Oil Return Line W/ Heat Shielding
  • CNC Insta-Tap Oil Pan System
  • Stainless Steel “Ram Horn” Tubular TIG Welded Turbo Manifold (3/8” Thick Head Flange)
  • Croll’s Customs Fabricated Vibrant 3 Inch Stainless Steel Hood Exit Exhaust
  • Croll’s Customs Fabricated Vibrant Stainless Steel Hood Exit Wastegate Dump
  • DEI Titanium Exhaust Wrap
  • TiAL MV-S 38mm V-band Wastegate
  • TiAL Q 50mm Blow Off Valve
  • Front Mount Intercooler
  • Mandrel Bent, Light Weight, SFP Technology Aluminum Intercooler Pipes
  •  DSS Technology Blow-Through MAF Housing
  • 2.5” Intake System
  • K&N large “Lifetime” Cone Filter
  • CNC Vacuum Manifold
  • DeatschWerks Plug-N-Play 550cc Fuel Injectors
  • AEM Fuel & Ignition Controller (AEM FIC)
  • Boomslang Custom Wiring Harness For AEM FIC
  • Password:Jdm Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
  • Inverted Front Strut Mounts
  • A/C, Heater Deleted
  • TRD Oil Cap
  • Painted Valve Cover
  • Sheetmetal Shaved Engine Bay
  • Shaved Firewall
  • Full Wire Tuck Including ABS, Fuse Box, Battery, ECU
  • Full Brake Tuck
  • Mishimoto Polished Coolant Overflow
  • Moroso Filler Neck
  • NRG Polished Hood Dampers
  • Walbro 255LPH Fuel Pump
  • TRD Performance Oil Filter
  • TRD Short Shifter



  • Elite JDM Weld In Rollcage
  • TB Performance Rear Strut Bar
  • TRD Front And Rear Adjustable Sway Bars
  • Brakes:
  • TRD Big Brake Kit
  • Custom BASF Painted Calipers
  • Two Piece Race Slotted Rotors
  • Street Performance Pads
  • Stainless Braided Lines
  • Wilwood Overhung Race Pedal Assembly
  • Wilwood Compact Master Cylinders
  • Wilwood Remote Fluid Reservoirs
  • Fluid Reservoirs Relocated to Cowl Panel
  • ABS Relocated to Inside Dash
  • Complete Stainless Braided Brake/Clutch System


  • D2 Racing RS Coilovers
  • Front Upper Camber Plates
  • Pillowball Mounts
  • 7.5K Front
  • 6k Rear
  • Custom RHD Steering Rack
  • Modified Tie Rod Ends
  • Wheels/Tires:
  • 19×9.5 Forgestar F14 Wheels
  • Custom Finished By Espo’s Powdercoating
  • Gorilla Black Lug Nuts
  • Toyo Tires 265/30/19 Proxes T1 Sport


  • Paint and bodywork by Josh Croll
  • Custom Mixed BASF R-M “Crollsicle OrangeTricoat” Paint
  • Custom BASF R-M Purple
  • Croll’s Customs One-Off Wide body Kit
  • Wide body Flares and Side skirts Molded On Vehicle
  • Front Bumper Grill Lowered for Increased Air Flow
  • Center Grill sectioned
  • Flares Molded For Seamless Look
  • Lower Outer Bumper Vents Opened for Brake Airflow
  • Takata Tow Strap
  • Shaved Antenna
  • Rear Exhaust Opening Shaved on Bumper
  • Rear Flares Molded To Bumper
  • Aero Catch Hood Pins
  • Hood Cut Out for Exhaust W/ Custom Heat Shield
  • Shaved Windshield Wipers and Cowl
  • Performance Bodega HIDs and Exterior Lighting
  • JW Street Designs Vinyl Work


  • Croll’s Customs Right Hand Drive Conversion
  • Bux Customs RHD Dash
  • Carbon Fiber Element wrapped interior trim
  • Custom Radio Housing
  • Modified OEM Center Console
  • Performance Bodega LED lighting
  • TAKATA Race Pro LE Racing Seats
  • TAKATA Side Mount Seat Brackets
  • TAKATA Race 4-Point Harnesses
  • EAT SLEEP RACE Door Panel Inserts
  • EAT SLEEP RACE Shift Boot, E Brake Boot
  • Custom Machined “10” Shift knob
  • Custom Carpeted Rear Seat Delete
  • Broadway Mirror


  • SCION Bespoke Audio
  • OEM AUDIO+ Reference 400CF Complete Audio System
  • OEM AUDIO+ Direct Fit Subwoofer Enclosure
  • Pyramid Power Supply


Photos: Kevin Choi

Video: Chris Petruccio