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Custom 2001 Toyota Hilux - Respect

Chad's Money Pit

Mike Alexander
Jan 1, 2010
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Photo 2/11   |   2001 Toyota Hilux passenger Side Rear View
"I love my truck and built it the way I wanted it. There are a lot of people in Australia who have opinions on everyone's ride and it gets old quick. What happened to just looking at and admiring someone else's work, not making comments on how it should have been done? Variety is the spice of life. Good luck to the guy doing something completely different, or the girl doing it, too."
By reading this quote, which was taken directly off of Chad's feature tech sheet, you can begin to see how cool of a dude Chad really is. He's one of the most down-to-earth people we've had the pleasure of meeting, his attitude is truly something we should all strive for. These days, too many people would rather pick apart a truck than appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the buildup. But not Chad! He's the first guy to walk up and tell you how nice he thinks your ride is, and will undoubtedly give you the props you deserve. And just like the rest of us, all he expects is the same mutual respect in return.
Photo 3/11   |   2001 Toyota Hilux custom Wheel
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out Chad did an amazing job on the buildup of his Toyota. From the undercarriage to the interior, Chad's truck is unique and very well built. He spent the last five years tediously covering every square inch, ensuring it was as good as the last. After awhile of going at it nonstop, Chad took a little break that turned into an entire year off from the truck. It happens to the best of us, and by the time Chad realized how long it had been, he couldn't go another minute without his truck. So, he did what any minitrucker would do-if they could. He quit his job and locked himself in the garage for the next year, until his truck was road-worthy.
Photo 4/11   |   2001 Toyota Hilux custom Bed
After that, some killer paint from MyStyle Customs mixed with the talents of Ultimate Airbrush and Chad was well on his way to cruising one of Australia's cleanest minitrucks. All of the years of hard work can be traced back to when Chad first spotted Lincoln's 'bagged Toyota; from then on he knew what he had to do! If he could do it all over again the only regret Chad has is that he wishes he would have body-dropped his Toy when he had it all apart. Don't worry, Chad, if you ever need a mate to talk to about that, look up Steven Hill out of Relaxed Atmosphere, California chapter.
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20-inch Dolce DC2s
Offset: +45mm
Tires: Nitto NT 555 235/35ZR20
Photo 11/11   |   2001 Toyota Hilux rear Suspension
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Firestone airbags
Suspension (Rear): Firestone airbags, custom-built triangulated four-link
Control arms: Modified factory upper and lower
Spindles/springs: Chassis Tech drop spindles
Valves: MAC, valves from the anti-bandit security screens in banks
Compressor: Custom-built A/C compressor, it's a 15cfm, baby!
Air line: 3/4-inch hydraulic line
Air accessories: Wireless remote
Frame mods: 6-inch step notch in the back, smoothed and painted rear clip
Frame material: Mild steel
Gas tank: Custom-built 6.0L cell with factory sender and in-tank pump
Brakes: Slotted discs
Detail work: All painted or chromed
Performed by: Owner Chad Messinbird and Carters
Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood pissers, tailgate, fuel door, and fenders
Frenched: License-plate box
Body-dropped: "I should have!"
Front end: Handmade billet grilles
Back end: Shaved lower body line from tailgate
Taillights: '04 SR5 4x4 crystals
Performed by: Owner Chad Messinbird and Carters
Brand: House of Kolor Stratus Blue base with silver, black, and blue pearl graphics
Performed by: MyStyle customs and Ultimate Airbrush
Seats: Honda Integra DC5 Recaro buckets
Material: Mustard suede
Dash: Smoothed and painted to match
Door panels: Modified factory and trimmed (upholstered)
Flooring: False floors, trimmed in suede
Headliner: Suede to match
Gauges: Factory with tachometer custom-fitted to the dash insert
Performed by: Extreme Trimming
Head unit: Pioneer 5450
Mids and highs: Fusion Powerplant series
Amplifier for mids and highs: Fusion 400w four-channel
Subwoofers: Fusion Powerplant series
Amplifier for subwoofers: DD 600w 2 channel
Wiring/accessories: Street Wires
Video: PS2 with 7-inch monitor
Custom fabrication: Perspex sub enclosures
Misc.: There's a reverse camera under the truck so the driver can watch the action, too.
Performed by: Cartunez
Supercharger/turbo: Custom Turbo
Boost: 8psi
Intake: Stainless 3-inch tube, K&N filter
Battery: Optima
Inner fenders: Tubbed
Detail work: All painted
Special Thanks From Owner
First off, I would like to thank my family, my mom, dad, and Nelson for all of their support. I would also like to thank all of the people I've met through having my truck. Also, Jayde at Dulvari Prestige Detailing, Anders at Eurotec, Stuart at Ultimate Airbrush, Ryan at MyStyle custom paint, Extreme Trimming, Brad at Cartunez, Darren at Carters, and everyone who has helped along the way. Thanks to Commonwealth Bank for the loan, and also, I can't forget all of my exes. Ha ha, you missed out.


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