Custom 1982 Ford Courier - Mint Julep

A Different But Traditional Southern Flavor

Galen Armenta
May 1, 2007
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar
Photo 2/4   |   "It's just so different compared to all of the other minis out there." -Jamie Barrett
A frame-layin S-10 or Toyota is a common vehicle at any truck show across the U.S. Jamie Barrett of Louisville, Kentucky, wanted to build something different-a traditional mini-truck-and something that he could learn on at the same time. He found that in the form of an '82 Ford Courier that he was able to snatch up for a couple hundred bucks.
Naturally, the first modification to the truck was to install an air system that could quickly raise and lower the truck with the flip of a switch. Jamie used 2,500-pound Firestone airbags, and with some modification to the spring perch and the lower control arm, the front end was thoroughly grounded. At the rear, a Suicidedoors Generation II bridge kit, a four-link, and another set of Firestone airbags allow the suspension to drop the rest of the frame on the pavement.
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To smooth out the appearance of the truck, Jamie shaved the tailgate handle, the door handles, and the gas-filler door. Instead of having all the primer spots on his truck and looking like a rolling commercial for milk, Jamie decided to get it in one color of primer. He chose to use Hot Rod White primer, mixed with Jade Green, resulting in the eye-appealing color of teal. Breaking up the bright color, Jason Mattox laid down some pinstripe licks on the hood, and Rich Dossett designed the door sign.
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Inside the cab, Jamie replaced the factory seats with those from an Acura Integra and disguised them with Mexican blankets. Until he can figure out how to stuff a stereo system into such a small cab, Jamie decided to take the simple route-a real simple route. For the head unit, he chose a JVC CD player, and to hear the music of choice, he installed 5-1/2-inch Sony speakers.
Because aftermarket parts for an '82 Ford Courier are really nonexistent, Jamie's ride is definitely one that will need a lot of custom-fabricated parts to complete, and that will take a lot of his time and money. But, it will be worth the effort for something unique.



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