Custom 1999 Toyota Tacoma - The Relaxed Taco

It's Real And Here's The Evidence!

Ernie MaciasOct 1, 2009
Photo 2/18   |   OWNER: Jason Friedman RIDE: '99 Toyota Tacoma LOCATION: Carefree, Arizona CLUB: Relaxed Atmosphere
What do Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and Jason Friedman's Relaxed Taco have in common? A lot of people have heard of them, but nobody's really seen them. Well, here is the documented truth that Farmer, as he's called by his friends, really does have a body- dragging mini. This is a truck that has taken a very, very long time to build; but Farmer took his time and learned a lot of lessons throughout the build.
Lesson number one was easy: it sucks waiting to build a mini, and it was the worst part of the whole build. Waiting on 'bags, a body-drop, paint, all of that sucks. Lesson number two for Farmer was to have all of your ducks in a row, first. He told us that he wishes, up front, that he had known the order he would do things, and that he had paid more attention to that in the beginning. I suppose, these are lessons we've all learned or can learn from. But, if you ask Farmer if it was worth it, he is quick to tell you it was. The last lesson is the best: the result is worth the wait. Granted, it cost an arm and a leg, but now he can cruise the street in style and showcase his handy glass blowing skills in a moving advertising piece.
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The main purpose for this build was to be a father and son project. Luckily for Farmer, he has supportive parents who were willing to help him out and lend some advice when it came to the build. Being family oriented, Farmer told us he had a blast building this truck because it was a bonding experience with his pops. His dad even came to the photo shoot where he gave us a great story about our location we picked for the shoot. I guess being a private investigator in Arizona will teach you a thing or two about where to hang out or not. If you want to know the story, you're going to have to hit up Farmer, his dad, or me in person. Let's just say, I'm not typing that here. It's not that kind of publication. Ha ha.
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x8 Niche F1
Tires (Front/Rear): 235/40ZR18 BFG
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Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, front corner lights, third brake lights, antenna, squirters, taillights, and gas door
Frenched: License plate, antenna, taillights,bed kit
Body-dropped: You know it!
Front end: 4x4 front fenders.
Back end: Toyota Supra taillights
Suicide doors: Hell yeah!
Misc.: Custom fiberglass molded bed kit, relocated gas door, and a custom battery enclosure
Performed by: Scott's Coach Works
City/state: Phoenix, Arizona
Paint
Brand and colors: A plethora of House of Kolor paint
Style: Crazy status
Pinstriping: Yup!
Airbrushing: All done by the Kolor Shoppe
Performed by: Kolor Shoppe
City/State: Bakersfield, California
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Interior
Seats: Ultima leather and tweed wrapped, with flame stitching
Material: Leather and tweed
Dash: Tweed
Door panels: Leather and tweed, some fiber glass, which was painted to match
Center console: Custom built with glass marbles that were custom-made
Flooring: New carpet
Misc.: Hand-blown glass switches, a custom hand-blown shifter, custom-made marbles for center council, and custom sculpted in bed, BAD steering wheel
Performed by: No Stress Glass, for the glass, and House of Sound for the interior
City/state: Phoenix, Arizona
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Stereo
Head unit: Panasonic
Mids and highs: Boston Acoustic
Amplifier for mids and highs: Niche Audio
Subwoofers: Niche Audio
Amplifier for subwoofers: Niche Audio
Performed by: House of Sound
City/state: Phoenix, Arizona
Special Thanks by owner:
My dad, Stan Friedman; House of Sound, Mason Russ for the suspension, Ryan from Scott's Coach Works, The Kolor Shoppe, Matt Rain. This is in memory of Mark, from Relaxed Atmosphere, and thanks to BAD for an awesome steering wheel.

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