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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - September 2002

1985 Nissan ST 720, 2000 Ford Ranger, and 1998 Chevy S-10

Mike Finnegan
Sep 1, 2002
Photo 2/4   |   ridin Around 1985 Nissan St 720
In It For The Long Haul
Robert Hiyahara has owned his '85 Nissan ST 720 since it was brand new. He has steadily improved upon its good looks and performance for the past 17 years, and his truck has been faithful from the time of his first girlfriend to the birth of his second child - talk about reliability. Robert's mini sits low thanks to Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, lowering blocks, and polyurethane bushings. Rolling stock consists of 16-inch Center Line Tridon rims and low-profile rubber. Since this truck is basically a daily driver, Robert has kept the mods to a minimum. The motor has been hooked up with dual MSD ignition coils, a K&N Filtercharger kit, and stainless steel radiator hoses. The interior features a Momo steering wheel and shift knob, custom pedals, and a sweet audio system. Keeping with the old-school-cool theme, the body of Robert's mini scored a set of stainless steel rocker panels and chrome fender trim. Sweet ride, Robert.
Photo 3/4   |   ridin Around 2000 Ford Ranger
Drag King
This 2000 Ford Ranger drags good, and its owner, Mike Blecker, says that he plans on draggin' down the streets of Florida until his frame is trashed just so that he'll have an excuse to perform a stock floor body drop. If that's not hardcore, I don't know what is. At the ripe age of 19, Mr. Blecker has already 'bagged his Ranger on a set of 18-inch rims, tweeded-out the interior, and added a custom grille and clear lenses. Not too shabby. All Mr. Blecker wants now is some sponsors to help the rest of his plan come together. Any takers?
Photo 4/4   |   ridin Around 1998 Chevrolet S10
Play That Funky Music
We don't know Jeff's last name, just that he owns a super-clean '98 Chevy S-10 that has a boat-load of audio equipment, a static suspension drop, and that it must scrape over every driveway and speed bump it encounters. Jeff uses DJM suspension components to drop his truck 6 full inches in front and 7 inches in the rear. The frontend has 3-inch drop control arms and 3-inch drop springs for some severe negative camber and no chance of an alignment. The rear suspension uses 4-inch lowering blocks and 3-inch lowering leaf springs. Currently, his truck is rolls on 17-inch Eagle 212 rims and P235/40R17 Kumho tires, but he says they'll be upgraded to 18s and 20s as soon as he 'bags and 'links his mini. The audio system in Jeff's mini is to kill for. Underneath the cab-high shell are 12 12-inch MTX subwoofers, six amplifiers, and four Optima batteries. In the cab, two sets of Focal component speakers and another set of MTX component speakers attempt to keep up with the monstrous bass coming from the bed. The whole system is wired with 0-gauge power wire, and a 160-amp alternator charges the batteries. You are a very sick, sick man, Jeff, and we applaud you for it.


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