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1994 Isuzu Pickup - Puppy Love

One Clean P'up

Mike Alexander
Feb 1, 2004
Photographers: Lance Martz
Photo 2/10   |   1994 Isuzu Pickup Custom Mini Truck front View
They say that when you're young, you can't possibly understand what true love is. This young love is often referred to as puppy love. Robert Bentley, age 30, is experiencing a different kind of puppy love. His object of affection, besides his wife Becky, is his low and clean '94 Isuzu Spacecab. This love affair has been ongoing for almost two years as Robert, Mike Farmer, David Oloara, J-Dawg, and Bubba worked to get Robert's p'up to the beautiful state it's in now.
Robert's '94 Isuzu received the royal treatment, starting with Mike Farmer from Insane Designs in Ennis, Texas. Mike dropped the frame to the ground using AIM drop spindles up front and a bridge notch and four-link combination out back. He stuffed Firestone 2,600-pound 'bags up front and huge 2,800-pound 'bags in the rear. Mike relocated Toxic drop shocks to all four corners to help smooth out the infamous Cadillac ride that airbags are known for. Once the truck tucked the Boyd Coddington 17x7-inch wheels wrapped in 205/40R17 rubber, it was time to move on to the exterior. Mike Farmer is also the man accredited for smoothing the body of the Isuzu by ditching door handles, body lines, taillights, and all other factory annoyances that disrupt the smooth flow of sheetmetal. Once the p'up was as smooth as pappy's bald head, David Oloara in Fort Worth, Texas, began to spray PPG custom-mixed Blue paint. This gave the truck a smooth blue finish.
Photo 3/10   |   1994 Isuzu Pickup Custom Mini Truck front Right View
After the truck was slammed, smoothed, and painted, it was time for the interior details. J-Dawg and Bubba teamed up with Robert to install the pounding system that consists of Kicker amps, Kicker Solo Baric subs, Infinity and Cerwin Vega mids and highs, and a Clarion head unit that pilots the gear. Once the system was wired up, Gilbert, from Fort Worth, began methodically wrapping each and every piece inside the cab with a combination of light-blue, dark-blue, and gray tweed. Between the truck's original cost, Mike Farmer's bill, the paint, the wheels, the interior, the stereo, the chromed-up engine bay, and the billet steering wheel, Robert managed to rack up almost $26,000. Puppy Love is one clean ride and worth every penny spent. Robert wanted to give special thanks to his wife Becky for all her help and support. He also wanted to thank J-Dawg, who said it'd happen for Robert at Heatwave, and Mike Farmer at Insane Designs.
The Lowdown
Wheels/Tires 17x7-inch Boyd Coddington wheels with 5-3/8-inch backspacing / 205/40R17 tires
Chassis/Suspension AIM drop spindles / bridge notch and triangulated four-link combination / 2,600-pound Firestone 'bags up front and 2,800-pound Firestones in the rear / Toxic shocks relocated at all four corners
Body Mods Shaved corner lights / shaved hood squirters / shaved gas door / shaved taillights / shaved door handles / shaved antenna / shaved third brake light / shaved body line / welded in roll pan / welded tailgate shut / Gaylord tonneau cover / re-fabbed oil pan to give more clearance from ground / Supra taillights / '95 Rodeo grille shell / '95 Rodeo headlights / '95 Rodeo front bumper / gas filler door relocated to bed
Paint PPG custom-mixed Blue paint applied to exterior
Photo 10/10   |   1994 Isuzu Pickup Custom Mini Truck engine
Interior Dash upholstered in a mix of dark-blue, light-blue, and gray tweed / painted interior trim / seats wrapped with same tweed combination / tweed carpet and tweed headliner to match seats / Boyd Coddington Renegade billet steering wheel
Stereo Clarion head unit / two Kicker KX150.2 amplifiers / Kicker Solo Baric L5 8-inch subwoofer / 4-inch Cerwin Vega mids / 6x9-inch Infinity speakers
Engine/Performance Chromed as much as possible / air intake / Flowmaster 3-inch, dual-dump exhaust / Flo Cat catalytic converter / Taylor 8mm performance plug wires
Special Thanks J-Dawg / Mike Farmer / Robert's wife Becky


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