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1996 Toyota Tacoma - Chump Change

He Calls it Chump Change, We Call it BLING BLING!!

Ernie Macias
Mar 1, 2007
Photographers: John Jackson
Photo 2/14   |   Owner: Brandon PerryRide: '96 Toyota TacomaLocation: St. Albans, West VirginiaClub: AcrophobiA
Some people have things holding them back during their buildups. For some, it can be local law enforcement, crazy weather, a low budget, or living in a country where any type of modification is considered completely illegal. For Brandon Perry, out of West Virginia, it was not one but three tours in Iraq that slowed his progress down.
Brandon was gone for six to eight months at a time, and when he returned home, he spent his time sweating away in his one-car garage. However, it wasn't all fun and games. Even when he got home and was ready to work, things didn't always go to plan. "One time, the truck fell off the jackstands, and another time, paint came off the hood while buffing it, and the best time was when I ran an air compressor down the driver door-right after painting it," he told us. But, the worst instance for Brandon was when he had to sand for a straight month to make his truck straight. It gave him a respect for guys who build trucks all day, every day, from their shops. Having built the whole thing himself, he really understood this; the only thing Brandon didn't do on his build was sew the seat. "My wife did that part," he said. Hey, you gotta give credit where credit's due.
Having come from a lowrider background-and he still owns a few-Brandon put a lot of attention to detail in his truck. "I wouldn't do anything different, I learned a lot, and I had a blast building it. The good times, the bad times; it was all worth it," Brandon declared. He painted it in his garage and you'd never know the difference. One of Brandon's proudest accomplishments is the fact that the truck never rolled into a shop. It did, however, take five years, and the help from some friends, to finish it. At the end, they stripped the truck down from being primered and completely rebuilt the entire truck in three months, which was perfect timing for John Jackson to spot it and shoot it for us.
Brandon would like to thank several people for this build, including family and his club, AcrophobiA. We would like to thank Brandon for proudly serving his country, and for helping to keep minitruckin' alive and well in West Virginia.
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x7.5 Omni Concept Millennium 6
Offset: 43 mm
Tires (Front/Rear): 215/35/R18 Kumho Ecstas

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: Re-angled and flipped ball joints
Rear suspension: Reverse, triangulated four-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: Front: Slam RE-6; Rear: 13-inch Insane 'bags
Shocks: Monroe front and rear
Valves: 3/8-inch chrome from Air Lift
Compressor(s): two Viair 380
Air line: 1/2-inch silver
Air: 5-gallon tank, all parker fittings
Frame mods: 8-inch step notch, fully smoothed, detailed and painted to match
Gas tank: Raised 2-1/4 inches
Brakes: Rotors and calipers painted to match
Detail work: All chassis parts were smoothed and painted to match the body
Misc.: Everything had been moved, including all crossmembers, to ensure the truck lays flat rocker
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, squirters, rear-cab lines, antenna, tailgate skin, mirrors, spot welds on the fire wall, fender and bed lips, and the third brake light
Frenched: License plate
Body-dropped: 3-1/4 inch traditional
Front end: 4x4 fenders, 4x4 bumper and two-wheel-drive valance, '98-and-later conversion
Back end: Cali combo with centered plate molded in
Taillights: Stocks, red and clear
Suicide doors: Both doors suicide, electric poppers, and bearclaw latches
Exterior bolt-ons: Trenz billet grille, valance insert, motorcycle mirrors
Misc.: Handmade third brake light, molded headlight, filler panels to fenders, front tubs, squared of above tubs in inner fender area, handmade filler panels between fenders and cab, billet wire loom, sheetmetal radius bed
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Brand and colors: PPG custom-mixed mint green
Style: Single color
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Seats: Factory bench sectioned 6 inches
Material: Sandstone tweed, embroidered back seat
Dash: Raised flames, plastic smoothed and painted to match
Door panels: Handmade with raised flames and speaker pods
Center console: Handmade fiberglass with flames
Flooring: Bisquik carpet, hand-molded
Headliner: Tweed
Gauges: Flamed gauges surrounded with billet
Misc.: Billet steering wheel, flamed door handles, billet around gauges, flamed pedals, billet A/C knobs, billet rag-top knobs, billet window cranks, and an engraved club name in the horn button of the steering wheel
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Head unit: Alpine
Mids and highs: Two sets of 6-1/2-inch speakers in the doors and two sets of 5-1/4-inch speakers in the kick panelsAmplifier for mids and highs: Audiobahn A4004T
Subwoofers: Three Audiobahn 12-inch subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: Audiobahn A100T
Wiring/accessories: Stinger wire and fuses
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Transmission: Painted, shortened shifter
Intake: Polished cold-air intake
Header/exhaust: Sectioned downpipe for lunch
Driveshaft: Painted to match
Rear-end type: Molded and painted
Battery: Two Optima RedTops
Location: Behind front bumper
Inner fenders: Tubbed, smoothed and painted
Detail work: It was disassembled, fully painted and detailed, and was able to keep the stock hood with working A/C and heater
Misc.: Raised the clutch master for clearance, relocated and extended all engine wiring, and sectioned the power steering reservoir
Performed by: Brandon Perry
City/state: St. Albans, West Virginia
Special Thanks (from owner)I would like to thank my wife, my son, Joe Green, Brandon Cavender, my parents, all of the guys in AcrophobiA, and all of my family.


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