Custom 1997 Toyota Tacoma - Minitrucker Mentality

Jubert's Fight to the Top

Mike Alexander
Jun 1, 2007
Contributors: Kevin Whipps
Photographers: Kevin Whipps
As the owner of the Interior Shop in Phoenix, Arizona, Todd Jubert works on some pretty cool rides. From street rods to laid-out minis and everything in between, Todd creates clean interiors on anything with wheels. His shop is located conveniently next to Grunion Fabrication, a shop that turns out some amazing cars and trucks. One day, Todd, Kevin from Grunion, and some buddies were hanging out and talking shop while Todd worked on his '53 Oldsmobile. As he was tearing into the car, somebody made a crack about how Todd has a "minitrucker mentality," and this gave Todd the incentive to go all out.
Todd took that comment and turned it into something positive. It was September 2006, when he sold the 'Olds so he could gather up some funds to build a minitruck worthy of the Jubert name. After a bit of searching, he found a Tacoma that was already 'bagged and body-dropped. The only problem was that it was in Georgia, and still needed some love.
A few phone calls, and a UPS cashier's check later, and the standard cab Tacoma was loaded up onto a trailer and shipped out to Arizona. To prove his point, Todd decided to get the truck done as quickly as possible. He set a goal: to get the truck done for the 2006 SEMA show-which was just under two month's away.
It took a lot of hard work, but Todd pulled it out in no time. The truck made it to the SEMA show with a full color change, Leer shell, some more body mods, and was cleaned up from head to toe. Todd certainly proved his point with this truck, and we're sure that after seeing this truck's transformation in less than seven-weeks, anyone would be impressed with the minitrucker's way, because innovation, dedication, and passion is what it's all about!

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8.5-inch Bonspeed Palisades
Backspacing: 6.5-inch
Tires: Dunlop 245/35ZR20
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Rear suspension: Four-link with 'bags over the axle
Airbag: 2500-pound Firestone airbags
Shocks: Monroe
Valves: Asco 3/8-inch valves
Compressors: Two color-matched Air Zeniths
Air line: 3/8" Parker DOT Airline
Air accessories: Custom billet tray machined to mount
Frame mods: Rear step notch and a lifted stock gas tank.
Performed by: Grunion Fabrication, The Interior Shop, and The Billet Shop
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Body Mods
Shaved: Gas door and antenna
Exterior bolt ons: '02 Tacoma front clip
Performed by: Owen's Custom Paint
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Brand and colors: Sherwin William's Copper Pearl Mix.
Pinstriping: Gold and Black hot-rod style pinstriping
Performed by: Owen's Custom Paint, Rob Olin, of Olin Designs.
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Seats: Stock Tacoma bench, refoamed and reshaped for a hot-rod look
Material: Tan leather
Dash: Painted Black with Sherwin William's paint
Flooring: Black stock replacement carpet
Headliner: Stitched tan leather.
Misc.: Billet Accessories Direct "Rodder" steering wheel, Lokar window cranks, and interior door handles
Performed by: Todd Jubert and The Interior Shop
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Head unit: Clarion double-din DVD/LCD player
Mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 6.5-inch component set
Amps: Rockford Fosgate Punch Amplifier
Subwoofers: Four Rockford Fosgate Punch 10-inch subs
Sub amps: Rockford Fosgate Punch Amplifier
Custom fabrication: Two Yellow Top Optima batteries in a custom-machined traymade by The Billet Shop
Performed by: XL Audio
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Intake: Chrome intake
Header/exhaust: Custom built, 2.5-inch tubing
Battery: Red Top Optima
Detail work: Chromed hood hinges, hood latch and miscellaneous accessories
Special Thanks (from owner):
Leer, Bonspeed, Air Zenith, Optima, Owen's Custom Paint, his club Negative Camber, and all of his friends who put up with him during those late nights before the SEMA Show. Oh, and a big shout out to his shop, The Interior Shop, and his dad's shop, The Billet Shop.
Truck Trend Network


Toyota Tacoma

Fair Market Price
Editors' Overall Rating
Basic Specifications
MSRP: $23,660
Mileage: 19 / 23
Engine: 2.7L I4
get a free quote


Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend

Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power

Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to: