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Custom 1990 Toyota HiLux Mini Truck - Skool Road

Sometimes It's the Only Road to Travel

Mike Alexander
Oct 1, 2006
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Photo 2/13   |   OWNER: Lincoln DoringRIDE: '90 Toyota HiLux LOCATION: Queensland, Australia CLUB: Severed Ties Down Under
From the beginning of time man has always been judged by what he can accomplish with his own two hands. Civilizations have come and gone with little more than the blood, sweat, and tears of individuals coming together to share one common goal. Well, building a full-blown custom mini-truck in your own garage requires the same amount of perseverance and commitment. Lincoln also hits the nail on the head, saying that "you must have a solid plan and stick to it."
When Lincoln Doring of Queensland, Australia, set out to build his first full custom show truck he knew that anything less than perfect would just not do. Lincoln previously 'bagged and cruised his first daily driver and longed for something more. He got the perfect opportunity when a company car was in his near future, so away he went. Lincoln drove his '90 HiLux into the carport and it didn't roll back out on its own power for three years. Considering the amount of work and detail that went into the buildup of Skool Road, that is actually fairly quick. Every single nut and bolt on Lincoln's Yota has been touched, modified, painted, polished, or chromed. Nothing was safe from Lincoln's vision of what the perfect mini-truck would be. And to think that it all began with four jack stands. Lincoln set the truck up and proceeded to cut the floor out and ditch the pinch to lay his sills (rockers) flat on the ground. From there, Lincoln knew there was no turning back.
Photo 3/13   |   "Some modifications can hurt a car. Too much of something can be a bad thing. I wanted it to retain taste. I wanted a complete package, not just a pile of modifications."
A fully bagged and body-dropped truck (especially past the pinch) is fairly rare in Australia. As you've read in this issue, the laws governing the Aussie mini-truckers are quite stringent. Every modification that we take for granted is actually specifically outlawed and the fines are outrageous. If you want to have any hope of keeping your 'bagged truck, you have to have it tested and signed off by an engineer (which could get quite costly). This is a good idea to keep hacked-up trucks off the road, but it's still quite a headache for legit builders. But Lincoln didn't fear the engineers, as he knew his work would meet their stands. His concern focused on the ultimate show ride. Everything so perfect you could eat off the undercarriage, engine bay, or anywhere else that most trucks lack such attention to detail.
Photo 4/13   |   custom 1990 Toyota Hilux front End
That's where the name of the truck comes into play. The saying of "schoolin' someone" refers to showing someone up or obviously teaching someone how something is done. Well, Lincoln's truck is a lesson in detail, and the name Skool Road is the long road it took to realize his dream! We're very proud to see a beautiful truck like this built all the way in Australia because of the inspirations of this very magazine. For all the crucial details on this one-of-a-kind masterpiece, check out "The Lowdown."

Wheels, Front: 17x7 Mynx II
Wheels, Rear: 17x7 Mynx II
Tires, Front: Falken 215/45ZR17
Tires, Rear: Falken 215/45ZR17

Suspension type: Airbagged
Front suspension: Torsion bar 'bag setup
Rear suspension: Reverse triangulated 4-link
Airbag type: Front: Firestone 2500, Rear: Firestone 2600
Control arms: Custom tubular uppers TIG-welded
Spindles: Belltech
Shocks: Nitro drop shocks
Valves: SMC 3/8
Compressor(s): Two Thomas compressors
Air line: 3/8 stainless hard line
Frame mods: Smoothed and molded, 6-inch notch, tubular crossmembers
Brakes: Drilled and slotted
Detail work: Stainless brake lines and fuel lines, tons of paint and chrome
Performed by: All mods done by owner

Shaved: Wiper cowl, door handles, tailgate, front turn signals, fuel filler, tray (inner bed), hood
Frenched: License plate
Body-dropped: 78 mm (3 inches) - past pinch
Front end: Ford Courier headlights, custom billet grille
Taillights: Custom LEDs
Misc: Grille was laser-cut, hood was extended 10 mm to match headlights
Performed by: All mods done by owner

Brand and colors: House of Color Sunduster Pearl
Performed by: Brenton Doring (owner's brother)

Seats: Original buckets reshaped
Material: Everything's wrapped in real suede
Dash: Fully shaved and painted
Door panels: Laser-cut and wrapped in suede
Center console: Custom fiberglass
Flooring: MDF false floor (smoothed)
Headliner: Suede
Gauges: Splitfire performance gauges
Performed by: All mods and fiberglass by owner - trimmed by Extreme Trimming

Head unit: Pioneer
Mids & highs: Pioneer separates
Amplifier for mids & highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Two Alpine 12-inch
Amplifier for subwoofers: Rockford Fosgate
Wiring/accessories: Fusion
Custom fabrication: Full custom sub box, center console, and floating armrest
Performed by: Yup, you guessed it - everything by owner!

Displacement: 2.2L
Ported/polished: Yup Deburred: Yup
Camshaft: Reground
Header/exhaust: Custom mandrel-bent, HPC-coated 2-1/4-inch exhaust
Ignition: MSD
Battery: Optima
Detail work: Chrome, paint, and polished
Misc: Microtech fuel management housed in glove box
Performed by: Owner

Lincoln would like to give a very special thanks to his fiance, Cill; along with his brother Brenton; Sean and the Extreme Trimming crew; House of Kolor; HPC; Pine Rivers Electroplating; and his new family, Severed Ties



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