Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - February 2007
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Ridin' Around is a snap-of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: Mini Truckin' magazine, Ridin' Around, 2400 E. Katella Ave., 7th Floor, Anaheim, CA 92806. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. This can include information about the buildup or any special history the truck has.
Rollin' in Cali'
Robert from San Diego represents his crew, Xtreme Lowz, with his midnight-blue S-10 layin' frame with drop spindles and Contitech 'bags all the way around. He gets his quick adjustability thanks to 1/2-inch GC Extreme valves, 1/2-inch DOT air line, two Air Zenith compressors, and a nitrogen bottle for when he feels like dancin'. The rear suspension is set up with a cantilever four-link, and Robert says that his Dime sits a tad lower than some because he's dragged through a lot of his frame. To update the exterior, it's been shaved and repainted blue. For now, he's rolling on a set of 17-inch Eagle alloys and rocks two 12s, two sets of Boston Pros component speakers, and a PS2. Keep it up! We can't wait to see what's next.
Still Working On It
Keith McMellon's '92 Mazda B2200 is definitely under construction. Being from Shreveport, Louisiana, he has seen only a few minitrucks to lend inspiration to his growing interests in the slammed. Currently, Keith's ride is lowered 4 inches all the way around with DJM Cal-Max Super Shox in the back. For now, he's rolling on some 14-inch American Racing wheels but plans to upgrade soon. Most of the future upgrades, including fast 'bags and paint, will take place during Keith's schooling at WyoTech, where he starts in the fall. Good luck with the project. Keep us posted on your progress.
Robert, owner of Pleasanton Auto Body, just finished up this '88 Chevy S-10 for a very happy first-time driver. The 16-year-old brought this truck into the shop as a $1,000 work truck, and Robert and his crew gave it new life. With a smooth exterior using an FBI roll pan and parts, all the bodywork has been smoothed and given a makeover from the spray gun via bright red and ghost flames. Pictured is Leo, the detailer, proud of their makeover on a once beaten-up ride.
Shaved And Laid
Erik Barker of Van Buren, Arkansas, is currently underway with his '91 Nissan Hardbody. He opted for the super-smooth look so he ditched the door handles, tailgate handle, roof seams, and gas door. The front end has been updated to a '93, and the slammed stance is due to the four-wheel 'bag setup. Erik has big plans, including a super-lift four-link setup from Suicide Doors and a full Cadillac Pearl White paint scheme. Erik assures us that he'll be representin' hard-core minitruckin' in Arkansas and anywhere the road might take him.