Alma Gates Tribute

Slamology Exclusive:

Alma Gates
1935 – 2013
Alma Gates

Make sure to check out the Alma Gates Tribute Display On vendor row near the IASCA Trailer.


Alma Gates and Team Vision SPL burst onto the car audio scene in 1995 at the IASCA/db drag world finals. The team changed their name to Team Gates in 1997. Her bronco dominated the competition crushing all previous world records, forever changing the way competitors think about creating high end pressure legels and rewriting how sanctioning bodies would measure it.

alma gates with bronco

Alma was an ambassador to the car audio industry like none before her, and the example she has set would be hard to follow. After 11 years of building vehicles(yes, Alma does help build these vehicles), traveling the world and competing, she announced in 2006 she was going to retire after running her latest creation.

The 1986 Ford Bronco you see here and will see at the show is the result of a project that spanned many years. All previous builds of hers were geared towards spl where as this was a sq vehicle. This bronco was purchased in 2003 as the original beast began to show signs of fatigue from years of setting records and being rebuilt multiple times.

Powering the massive bronco is a Ford Cobra 302 machined by viper machine in Tulsa, OK. The v8 sports an edelbrock victor jr intake and air filter for classic look. Sparking up the motor are autolite plugs and an msd ignition box and coil. The result is 450hp and 450 ft-lb of torque to haul this 11,000lb beast! hooker headers feed a custom exhaust that vents straight up through the hood. Alma use to get a major kick from the flames it spits out when you get on it.

The body of the bronco sports modifications more associated with its spl roots, but serves just as well to make this an awesome, vibration-free sq platform. The front and rear bumpers were moved down and spacers added to bring them more in line with what would seem normal attitude. The front clip was replaced with a one-piece fiberglass piece that flips forward to provide access to the monster motor. Door extensions house a JBL compression horn and a 10-inch midrange driver while the wheel well extensions house a control panel for head unit and controls and on other side tsunami distribution block voltage monitors. Paint is house of kolor orion silver.

Bronco with car audio

The bronco rides on skyjacker suspension with gabriel shocks. A 6-inch body lift completed the elevation change and was lifted even more by the 39.5x15x20 truxus sts tires on billet accessories direct 20×10-inch wheels. On the front if you haven’t noticed already is a plate with 14 tsunami 250a alternators on a massive aluminum plate that feed their output to a massive copper buss bar that runs to the rear of vehicle. At the rear are 8 xs power xp3000 batteries to support the 20,000 watts that this truck is capable of producing. Truck is wired up with tons of tsunami wire and interconnects along with 6 tsunami 2-farad caps which are mounted in the floor under plexi along side 2 massive jbl a6000 crown amps which feed 6 jbl w15gti mkII subwoofers that are housed in a curved vented enclosure that stretches from behind the seats to the rear of vehicle.

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More inside the cab you notice the custom dash that houses three sets of jbl 5.25-inch gti component speaker systems. Then new dash also stays out of the way of the midbass drivers mounted beneath it. These are jbl pro 2118H 8-inch midrange drivers. A fabricated center console serves as home to another headunit. Each driver is protected by a fishman series speaker grill. Running down the center of the vehicle, between the 2 enclosures is an amp rack for the reamainder of the amplifiers. A jbl px600.2 and four jbl px300.4 amplifiers. Above the enclosure and amp rack is another enclosure that houses an additional set of jbl pro 2426h compression drivers and accompanying 10-inch midrange driver. Between those is a 17-inch panasonic monitor. Keeping it safe and sound is a viper responder alarm.

Alma of course would want to make sure to give special thanks to those who helped this happen and build this truck in its original state. Jbl, panasonic, dynamat, tsunami and directed electronics as sponsors. The build team for the truck included Gary Biggs, Mark Eldridge, Kent Buller, Mike Maxwell, Jason Thimsen, and David Grim. Alma was a great lady who deserves to be remembered for all she did for the industry!

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