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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - December 2003

Hometown * Cruisin' * Local * Customs

Dec 1, 2003
Photo 2/6   |   custom Mini Trucks Ridin Around 1993 Toyota Pickup
Lakewood Toy'
Spencer Hodge spends his days rolling the streets of Lakewood, California. He likes to cruise his '93 Toyota Pickup to all the local hangouts to get new ideas for his ride and to show off what he's done so far. The truck has already received a standard fast-'bag setup. The tailgate handle has been ditched along with the windshield wiper squirters and the antenna. The bed has been treated to a Line-X spray-in bedliner and a tonneau cover to house his belongings safely. Spencer is riding on 17-inch alloy Quantum Teks wrapped in Nankang Sport NS1s, but he plans to make the jump to 18-inch chrome wheels soon. His engine sports a chrome intake to clean up the engine compartment as well as to give him a little more go. The Yota' bumps wherever Spencer and his boys roll, thanks to a 400-watt Crossfire amplifier that feeds a pair of 10-inch subwoofers. Spencer plans on shaving more unnecessary items and painting it a lighter color in the near future. He wants to upgrade the valves and air delivery lines to a larger size. Spencer also plans on cutting a fat hole in the roof in order to install a sunroof and reupholstering his interior with tweed and faux-leopard-skin stars on the door panels. He says in about two years he should have it all completed. Hey, Spencer, when the Yota' receives its makeover, plan on sending us some more pictures.
Photo 3/6   |   custom Mini Trucks Ridin Around 1988 Toyota Xtracab
Retirement Project
Gary Ellison from Vallejo, California, is a man after our own hearts. He is 56 years young and recently retired. With all this new time on his hands, he's decided to turn his old work truck into a street-driven show truck. He's well on his way to that goal as he's already done quite a bit to the '88 Toyota Xtracab that he's owned since 1996. Gary's ride sports 18-inch Diamo Ten Karat wheels with Nitto 225/40ZR18 rubber. The front is lowered via Belltech 2-inch drop spindles and Doetsch shocks. He also used Quickor Engineering antisway bars to improve roll and handling characteristics. The rear is lowered with AIM 2-inch dropped leaf springs, and he's using Doetsch shocks for damping out back. Gary upgraded his brakes to Power Slot versions with carbon pads, and he plans on a rear disk conversion using a Downey Off Road kit. Four-by-four fenders replace the front two-wheel ones, and a cowl-induction hood from Showdown Accessories really ads flair to the front end. Billet grilles reside in both the '92 chrome bumper and the headlight grille shell, and the headlights were swapped for the Hella H-4 versions with Zion bulbs. The 22RE engine has been given a kick, thanks to a milled head and an LC Engineering pro-street a camshaft, springs, and rockers. Also added are a ceramic header, a double-row timing chain, a high-volume oil pump, a Weapon R intake with K&N filter, a stainless catalytic converter, and a 2-inch Borla exhaust and muffler that exits 3-inch oval tips through the rear panel cutouts; all this combines to make the RN80 really move. Gary performed all the work involved with shaving the third brake light and replacing it with an LED, and he even installed an FBI CalCombo skin with Supra taillights, which includes a frenched license plate box. With a bumping system from Kenwood and JBL components along with all the other major work done on the truck, we know this is sure to be a show-worthy driver. Gary says, and we concur, that, "Even old hot-rodders can enjoy minis."
Photo 4/6   |   custom Mini Trucks Ridin Around custom Ford Ranger
This bright-yellow hammered Ford Ranger Splash is the pride and joy of Kevin and Corrin Sullivan of Dayton Beach, Florida. Kevin's truck is just the way we like em' - bright, fast, and rocker dragging. Thanks to a 3-1/4-inch body drop, this Splash lays hard on the pavement. The 2,600-pound Firestone airbags at each corner of the truck receive a fresh shot of nitrogen running through 3/8-inch SMC valves at 300 psi (assuming he has N20 in his bottle) at the flick of a switch. The front lays out due to the 3-inch drop I-beams, and the rear is host to a custom bridge notch and a Pete & Jake's chrome four-link.
Kevin's truck receives its get-up-and-go courtesy of a K&N cold-air induction, a JET Super chip, MAC headers, a Flowmaster exhaust, 3.55:1 gears with Posi traction, and most importantly, a 150hp NOS cheater kit. Kevin shared a tidbit with us that most mini-truckers can relate to: "After ripping up numerous reflectors in most of the southern states, I paid the price by ripping a hole in my gas tank." Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the Ranger now sports a custom-built aluminum tank that sits just enough off the pavement to handle cutting those reflectors down to size. Kevin wants to thank his friends at Scrape-N-Customs in Port Orange, Florida, for their hard work and his patient wife Corrin for putting up with it all. We hope to see you at those southern shows soon, looking faster than ever.
Photo 5/6   |   custom Mini Trucks Ridin Around 2001 Chevy S10 Extreme
Big Pimpin'
Brett Wright is big-pimpin' in Newman, Georgia, with his clean black '01 Chevy S-10 Extreme. Brett has managed to squeeze a set of 20-inch Limited wheels with 245/35R20 Dunlop tires under his fenders, and they give him major twanky status with his crew. The truck sports its lowered appearance thanks to dual 1/2-inch port 'bags tucked in all four corners, which receive their air from two 10-gallon tanks pumped full with a Viair 550 compressor. Brett's S-10 is also home to APC clear corners, APC euro taillights, APC headlight bulbs, APC mirrors, and APC white-face gauges. For his chrome grille, he turned to Street Scene to freshen up the nose of the Extreme. Peering through his tinted windows, it's hard to tell that Brett's hiding a 6.4-inch color LCD and TFT monitor along with a DVD player to entertain his guests. No less than 1,000 watts of amplified power pumps two 10-inch subwoofers to their limits while Brett rolls through his hometown.
Photo 6/6   |   custom Mini Trucks Ridin Around 1991 Chevy S10
Brotherly Love
The ultimate form of bonding could be considered building a truck with another person. There's nothing better than playing tug-o-war with the wrench and throwing Bondo at each other, right? After all the fighting is out of the way, sometimes you even accomplish something. In John Hentle's case, he and his brother accomplished quite a bit. Not only did his brother build his own '73 Blazer with removable top and '97 350 Vortec engine, he also found time to help his bro build his '91 S-10. The first-generation S-10 is home to a 400-cid small-block with aluminum heads, a 286 camshaft, Taylor plug wires, an Edelbrock 750-cfm carburetor, and an Edelbrock intake manifold. John and his brother also bolted up a set of Hedman Headers, billet valve covers, a chrome alternator, a chrome starter, a chrome oil pan, and any other chrome pieces the two could get their hands on. The wheel and tire combo John chose to roll on consists of 17-inch Neeper Synchros and Nitto 450 series tires. The pair shaved the door handles, the antenna, the wiper cowl, the front bumper, cab seams, the upper body line, and taillights. They used a Lexan window to house the license plate after they shaved the rear with a full skin combo. John got the idea from his brother's truck to use a '91-'95 Suburban grille, but they had to shorten it 6 inches to fit and make new brackets from the core support. A 6-inch cowl-induction hood gives the small-block room to breath, and the Cal-View mirrors and a Checkmate tonneau cover with a wing finish off the exterior. The front is laid down using Firestone 'bags and drop spindles with tubular upper and lower control arms. John is now waiting for an Air Ride Technologies Road Grater kit for the rear. All in all, it's pretty amazing to see what brothers can accomplish when they work together and aren't fighting.


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