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Custom Mini Trucks - Ridin' Around - November 2007

Hometown * Cruisin' * Local * Customs

Ashley Alexander
Nov 1, 2007
Congratulations to this month's Banner Contest Winner, Chip Strom!
Photo 2/5   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 Ss rear Drivers Side View
Chip Strom from Springfield, Missouri, rolls with his club Lasting Impressions, showing Missouri how it's done. Chip's ride is a '96 Chevy S-10 Super Sport. Yes, it is a true SS, but that didn't stop Chip from modifying it. He quickly converted the front-end to the '97 Blazer composite front end, and ditched the door handles, the gas door, the third-brake light, the turn signals, the tailgate handle, emblems, mirrors, and antenna. Out back, it sports a welded smooth roll pan, and '06 Colorado taillights. Rolling on a Panther 18/20 combo, the four-wheel air-suspension system tucks the wheels deep. The hot-rod look is added to using a simple two-tone paint scheme with Prowler Silver as a base, and Lambo Orange as the top color. It has a purple pinstripe breaking it all up. The engine purrs, thanks to a Flowmaster exhaust and a cold-air intake. The interior has been completely smoothed out, and the outside two-tone runs through the smooth panels. The seats have been cut down and recovered in gray tweed with purple inserts. Be on the lookout for more of Chip's ride sporting suicide doors and more mods.
Photo 3/5   |   1988 Dodge D50 front Passengers Side View
Dangerous D-50
Brad Dunn, and his Club Dragging Slab, viewable at, are as hardcore as they come. His daughter, Brianna, rolls a customized power wheels at every show Brad attends. Minitruckin' is truly a family event in the Dunn family. Brad's '88 Dodge D-50 has undergone some modifications over the past few years, including the dangerously bright-orange color change and he plans to keep it going. He's currently working on putting together a few shows in the East Texas area, so check out his website for more up-to-date information.
Photo 4/5   |   1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max front Passengers Side View
Purple Max
Brian Kane from Rhode Island has built this very cool '94 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Sport out of his home garage. Not only is he lucky enough to have such a sweet ride, but he also has an awesome girlfriend who went through the trouble of submitting his truck for the magazine. It's a win-win if you ask us! His Mighty Max sports a full air-ride system, with 3/8-inch valves, a 1/2-inch line, a NOS bottle, and the tank off of a B-52 bomber is used for air storage and is filled by an engine-driven compressor. Moving inside, Brian used BMW window switches to control the 'bags. The frame from the cab back is built from using 2x4-inch tubing, a Ford 9-inch rearend, and the exhaust, and the four-link is also custom built. The engine is a 350 small-block Chevy, and a 350 transmission. The suspension sports custom-built upper and lower control arms. To wrap up the modifications, Brain cut a nice hole in the roof to make room for a sliding rag top. The project is six years in the making, and it's still going! We can't wait to see the finished result.
Photo 5/5   |   1988 Ford Ranger passengers Side View
Low Ridin'
Chuck's wife says that his truck isn't magazine material. But Chuck Loan from Ohio is not a quitter. He decided to give it a shot and send in his pics and information, and here it is! Chuck's '88 Ranger sports two CCE pumps, four dumps, with 12-inch cylinders in the back and 10s in the front. Juice is provided by six batteries running at 72 volts, and the custom bridge work holds it all together. For the exterior, Chuck wanted to keep it simple. So some wires, a subtle flake job, and a sun roof were the mods of choice. Inside, Chuck sits comfortably in a pair of buckets. He assures us that his Ranger is an everyday driver. Keep up the good work, Chuck, and for once you get to tell the wife, "I told you so!"



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