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Custom 2002 Toyota Tacoma - NorCal Taco

Ernie Macias
Sep 1, 2007
Photographers: Ernie Macias
Photo 2/11   |   Owner: Gilbert FuentesRide: '02 Toyota TacomaHometown: Fresno, Ca
When I first laid eyes on Gilbert's '02 Toyota Tacoma, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot his truck for the magazine. Everybody has different opinions on what they like and what they don't like. To me, this truck is what minitrucking is all about. It has clean body lines, nice wheels that are proportional to the truck, and it lays very nice-even without a body-drop. The interior is immaculate and so is the engine compartment-you get the feeling you could eat off of it. Another thing I noticed about this truck is it's accessorized very nicely. There's nothing over board, and it's just right in my opinion.
I don't know Gilbert, but he seems like a down-to-earth kind of guy. Every time I've seen Gilbert at a show, he's always in the company of his family. He seems like your average run- of-the-mill guy who's really into minitrucks. When I look at his truck, I think he nailed it right on the head with this one. It's the perfect show truck. We always get a lot of emails about the regular guy, who works a hard job, and then builds a minitruck to take to shows and enjoy the weekend. Well, to me, this is that truck and Gilbert is that guy. His truck is exceptional and Gilbert has to be one of the nicest guys I've met in this sport.
Gilbert didn't leave a corner of this truck untouched. A lot of the work on this truck was done by Gilbert, including the stereo system. We know he will continue to enjoy his truck as much as we'll continue to enjoy seeing it at shows. At press time, Gilbert was petitioning for the SoCal chapter of Relaxed Atmosphere and we know he'll fit in just fine.

Rolling Attire
Wheels: Tezzen 18-inch by Lexani
Tires (Front): 225/35ZR18
Tires (Rear): 235/40ZR18
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Airbags
Front suspension: Customized to accommodate airbags
Rear suspension: SCS three-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size:(Front): Conitech (Rear): Conitech
Control arms: DJM modified for airbag suspension
Shocks: Chrome Pro shocks
Valves: 3/4-inch Parker
Compressors: Two 480 Viairs
Air line: 3/4-inch DOT
Air/hydro accessories: Two 3-gallon chrome air tanks and one 5-gallon black tank
Frame mods: C-notch
Frame material: 2x3 steel
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors
Detail work: Drums were chromed
Misc.: Rear-bed inner fenders are from a full-size Chevy
Performed by: Steve Lopez of SCS Fab
City/state: Fresno, CA
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, hood squirters, tail gate handle
Suicide doors: Yes
Exterior bolt-ons: Clear corners, Trenz three- piece grille, checkmate tonneau cover, billet specialties wiper covers, billet antenna
Performed by: Owner Gilbert Fuentes
City/state: Fresno, CA
Brand and colors: PPG Impulse Red, Blue Ice Pearl
Style: Single color
Performed by: Kaotik Kustoms (Carlos)
City/state: Reedley, CA
Seats: Very modified, had the center arm rest cut-out
Material: "Pleather" -by Jaime from Jaimes Upholstery
Dash: Color-matched to the truck
Door panels: color-matched to the truck
Center console: Fiberglassed and has cus-tom gauge pods, also holds GPS unit.
Gauges: KP gauges
Performed by: Steve Gutierrez of Garage Works
City/state: Fresno, CA
Head unit: Kenwood
Mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate
Amplifier for mids and highs: 800 watts RMS Autotek MX 900
Subwoofers: Three 12-inch subs T-2's
Amplifier for subwoofers: 3,000 watts RMS Autotek MX 3000.1
Wiring/accessories: Stinger
Custom fabrication: Custom fiberglass box
Performed by: Installed by Owner Gilbert Fuentes, painted by Steve Gutierrez
City/state: Fresno, CA
Special Thanks From Owner:
Thanks to my wife and kids for all their support and help. Also, to Steve Gutierrez from Garage Works, Steve Lopez from SCS Fab, and Carlos from Kaotik Kustoms for all their hard work.


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