Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - July 2002

Mike FinneganJul 1, 2002
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Lone Star Dakota
San Antonio resident Glenn Littrell owns this 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T. The suspension drop was accomplished using Western Chassis control arms, coil springs, lowering blocks, and shackles for a 5/7-inch drop.
The rearend was also outfitted with Air Lift airbags, a single compressor, a 3-gallon reserve tank, and electric valves to aid in towing situations. Completing the low stance is a set of 18x8-inch Centerline Razor rims that has been stuffed inside P245/40ZR18 Kumho Ecsta Supra tires. Glenn continued with the exterior modifications by adding a Street Scene roll pan in place of the rear bumper and a Speed grille instead of the stock one.
He also added APC Euro lenses at all four corners and a billet antenna. Inside the cab, Glenn installed an Alpine head unit, Precision Power 1880.2 and 2400.2 amplifiers, an Audiobahn crossover, a set of Focal 165K component speakers, and six Audiobahn 12-inch subs. The sound from his system more than quenches his sonic thirst and bass desires. The interior also features zebra-print accents as well as blue and charcoal tweed. Under the hood, Glenn has chromed a ton of brackets on the engine and installed a Mopar M1 air intake. He took the performance theme even further with the addition of a Fastman ported throttle body, a Mopar Performance computer, a billet air cleaner, and a 3-inch after-cat exhaust. Whew! That was a mouthful.
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Big Plans
Mike Roberts has big plans for his '90 Nissan Hardbody. Whenever he cruises his mini through his hometown of Wilmore, Kentucky, he daydreams about the purple pearl paint, the big rims, the sliding ragtop, and the fast 'bag setup his truck will eventually have. For now, Mike is content with the four-wheel air-shock suspension system that his truck currently rides on. Up front, he made his truck lay by cutting out its inner fenders and installing a set of drop spindles from AIM Industries. In the rear, he went with a monoleaf suspension, C-notched framerails, and 4-inch lowering blocks. So far, he's added clear lenses from FBI to the body of his truck and dressed things up with chrome Pathfinder rims and chrome fender trim. Mike's interior is a sea of blue tweed that sets off the black paint and the tinted windows. Keep up the good work, Mike.
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Doin' It For His Country
Navy recruit Jacob Hicks says that it's hard to find time to work on his '97 Ranger. From the looks of things, he's doing pretty well while serving his country. His truck rolls on 18x8-1/2-inch KMC Hellion rims and P225/35ZR18 Toyo tires and a hammered suspension. The suspension mods include the installation of a two-pump/four-dump hydro setup with 8- and 10-inch cylinders. The 8s went up front with a pair of Belltech drop spindles, and the 10s made their home in the rear suspension with Ford Escort springs on each corner for a soft ride. Nitro drop shocks smooth out the bumps in the road. Jacob upgraded his mini's 3.0L V-6 powerplant with a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster exhaust system. When he's not working his butt off for his country, Jacob is busy making plans for his truck. These plans include relocating the radius arms, so the truck will lay flat, and performing a mild body drop. He'd also like to tint the windows, add a cowl-induction hood, repaint his mini, and add a big MT sticker on the windshield.
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Bribery Will Get You Everywhere
In a sly move that rivals only the ones we make here at the magazine, Cole Soissou of Sullivan, Missouri, sent us one dollar and asked that we put this ride in the magazine. We would have done it anyway, but hey, a buck will get you a collect call these days. That's what Mike Piazza says, anyway. In his letter, Cole says that his friend Dusty's '82 Toyota is good for hauling s@%t, and chicks actually dig it. Sounds good to us. Check out this list of custom modifications. The torsion bars have been removed completely. Cole and Dusty stacked a 1-inch block on top of a 2-inch block to lower the rear suspension 3 inches. The truck also rolls on 15s with Euro TAs and features a "hella amount of bondo" and bucket seats that are bolted to the floor so they can sit low. Sounds smooth, and we really dig the sketchy suspension. Keep on pimpin', fellas.
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Sharply Dressed Toy
Eric McDowell of Hayesville, North Carolina, owns this sweet '94 Toyota. His mini has been blessed with a custom graphic paintjob by Grounds to Graphics that goes all the way around his mini. The new paint is accented with clear lenses throughout, and a set of chrome rims and low-profile rubber spice up the exterior. The suspension has been dropped by cranking down the torsion bars up front and installing lowering blocks and pulling out a few leaf springs from the rear. Eric's audio system pounds thanks to a 600-watt Ice amplifier and a pair of 10-inch Audiobahn subwoofers. Eric is proud of his ride and says that in the future he'll have a full tweed interior, a shaved body, and fast 'bags. Cool.

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