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  • Five Custom Mini Trucks - May 2005 - Construction Zone Spectacular

Five Custom Mini Trucks - May 2005 - Construction Zone Spectacular

Some of the Baddest Rides Come in Primer

Mike Alexander
May 1, 2005
Photographers: Mike Alexander, Oliver Porter
Photo 2/22   |   2005 Construction Zone spectacular
Since we whole-heartedly believe that every cover truck and feature truck once rolled around in primer and had to start somewhere, we put together our fourth Construction Zone Spectacular. This year, we wanted to showcase some of the coolest rides out that are still very much works in progress. We hunted down six of the most modified minis out there (one on the cover; five in this spread), snapped some pics, and brought them straight to you. We hope that seeing these primered beauties is a major source of motivation to give you some new ideas of your own, or just enough inspiration to get you off that couch and into the garage to actually finish what you started. If you think your ride has what it takes for a Construction Zone feature, refer to the source information.
Photo 3/22   |   OWNER'S NAME: Jason Spriggs YEAR & MAKE: '96 Toyota TacomaLOCATION: Albany, OregonCLUB AFFILIATION: Magical Minis
Roadster Taco'

Wheels/Tires: 20-inchers all the way around
Suspension/Chassis: Handbuilt rear frame clip using 300zx independent rear and custom cantilever air setup, all built by owner
Body Modifications: All body modifications by owner / 3-1/4-inch body drop / soft-top convertible and unibody / shaved 4Runner front sheetmetal / 4Runner rear bumper / shaved firewall and relocated everything / shaved door handles / shaved antenna / molded rear end shut
Interior: Full-sheetmetal interior (dash, floor, door panels, center console) built by owner
Special Thanks: Magical Minis
Future Plans: Finish sheetmetal work and interior / smooth body / paint
Project Completion Date: Drop Zone 2005
Photo 7/22   |   OWNER'S NAME: Ryan Nelson YEAR & MAKE: '99 Nissan Frontier Extra CabLOCATION: PhoenixCLUB AFFILIATION: No Regrets
Draggin' the Frontier

Wheels/Tires: 19x7.5-inch Alba Banks shrouded with 215/35R19 Nitto rubber
Suspension/Chassis: Reverse three-link / Slam 'bags at all four corners / VIAIR 450c compressor / SMC 3/8-inch electric valves
Body Modifications: 4-inch body drop / shaved door handles / shaved gas door / shaved cab seams / shaved wheel opening and body lines / shaved tailgate handle / shaved third brake light / custom-made smooth cowl / custom-built bedcover / radiused bed corners / molded tailgate and roll pan / new rockers / retractable license plate / tubbed front fenderwells / sheetmetal bed / engine bay painted 350z Blue / billet grille
Special Thanks: Ronnie Starling / entire No Regrets crew
Future Plans: Interior / sheetmetal center console / chrome the engine / paint
Project Completion Date: Forbidden Fantasy 2005
Photo 11/22   |   OWNER'S NAME: Ricardo "Rico" Rodriguez YEAR & MAKE: '99 Chevy S-10LOCATION: Tamarac, FloridaCLUB AFFILIATION: Aftermath
Old Skool Meets Nu Skool

Wheels/Tires: 20-inch Weld Evos
Suspension/Chassis: 'Bagged all the way around by Mike Gonzales using Firestone airbags / TCI triangulated four-link / hardlined air setup
Body Modifications: 3-1/4-inch body drop by Mike Gonzales / '67 Chevy Camaro custom lights molded in bumper / shaved tailgate and roll pan, door handles, wiper cowl, third brake light, antenna, and taillights / full-sheetmetal bed with molded air tanks / sliding ragtop / custom louvered and cowl hood
Miscellaneous: Truck set up to lay on 22s all the way around (firewall moved back 2-1/2 inches) / Rico is still making payments on his truck, and it only has 26,000 miles on it
Special Thanks: Mike Gonzales / Jerry Sweeny / Bobby Bauman at Mad Mods / Dave at Speedway Grafix / everybody at Goodroads / Aftermath
Future Plans: 22-inch upgrade (front and rear) / '60 Chevy Impala dash / 350 motor / paint
Project Completion Date: Very soon
Photo 15/22   |   OWNER'S NAME: Chris Balogh YEAR & MAKE: '86 Mazda B2200LOCATION: Victoria, British, Columbia, CanadaCLUB AFFILIATION: Class Act
Get Shorty

Wheels/Tires: 17-inch Limited wheels wrapped in Yokohama rubber
Suspension/Chassis: Frame shortened 18 inches in front of the rear wheel and 17-1/2 inches behind the rear wheel / four-link / 1/2-inch Bazooka valves / Firestone airbags and compressors
Body Modifications: 3-1/2-inch body drop / suicide doors / shaved taillights, door handles, wipers and cowl, B-pillars, gas door, emblems, antenna, mirrors, Toyota front bumper, and firewall / 4x4 hood / molded Cal Combo / smoothed and slanted bed floor / LED taillights that swing out from bed
Special Thanks: Parents / all friends who helped with the truck / Chris - couldn't have done it without you
Future Plans: Possibly shorten the nose / full-metal interior / two-tone paint
Project Completion Date: Hopefully Drop Zone 2005
Photo 19/22   |   OWNER'S NAME: Brad Rupert YEAR & MAKE: '93 Ford RangerLOCATION: Folsom, LouisianaCLUB AFFILIATION: Negative Camber
Hot Rod Ranger

Wheels/Tires: Front: 19x8-inch Budniks with 235/35R19 Toyo rubber; rear: 20x8.5-inch Budniks with 245/35R20 Toyo rubber
Suspension/Chassis: 'Bagged all the way around by LA Dave at New Designs / Belltech dropped I-beams / Firestone airbags / Rancho R9000 shocks / rear disc brake conversion from a Ford Explorer / rear four-link by Raymond Rupert at Reliable Hot Rods
Body Modifications: 4-1/2-inch body drop by LA Dave / Explorer front-end conversion, grille, headlights, and bumper / molded fenders to cab and wiper cowl / shaved all body lines / shaved cab seams, door handles, third brake light, stake holes, and taillights / molded tailgate shut / smoothed inside of bed / LED taillights / SS mirrors
Interior And Stereo: All-metal interior /sheetmetal dash flowing into center console, through the door panels and around the seats / metal headliner and pillar pieces / Mooneyes dash gauges / cut-down Civic bucket seats / stainless-steel steering column / Genie shifter / Alpine CVA audio/video controller / Alpine DVD / Diamond Audio speakers / Trenz billet steering wheel
Miscellaneous: 302 SVO crate motor / SVO Explorer ceramic-coated headers / C4 transmission / Ford 9-inch rear / Flowmaster exhaust / Mallory distributor / MSD coil / 12-gallon fuel cell
Special Thanks: Brad's parents / Raymond Rupert at Reliable Hot Rods / Brad's girlfriend Shanda Magee / LA Dave at New Design / Doc / Mikey / Dough Boy
Future Plans: Finish it / paint
Project Completion Date: End of 2005

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