1988 Toyota SR5 Hilux - Evolution

This Isn't Your Ordinary Monster Truck

Ernie Macias
Apr 1, 2008
Photographers: Ernie Macias
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Chris Persinger might have single-handedly brought back Mini Monster trucks into our minds, as well as our hearts. For years, we've all seen these trucks parked among the body-dropped and 'bagged minis at most of our shows nationwide. Usually they're covered in trophies and glistening in chrome, yet overlooked. However, Chris' truck doesn't only call for attention, it demands attention. Looking at this truck takes time and a clear mind, because taking in this much detail in one sitting could cause your mind to explode. It just comes down to a crazy amount of detail and this truck has it all: big paint, big wheels, big motor, and detail up the you-know-what.
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Chris has been a part of the minitruck scene for 10 years and is also heavily involved with the off-road scene. The desire to build this truck came from his love for minitrucks and the need to build something different. Chris almost built the entire truck by himself, including the custom front suspension. According to Chris, "The worst part was painting everything and then trying to put the truck back together without scratching it." Of course, we all can understand that. Just look at all that chrome, polish, and paint to assemble; kind of like a big puzzle.
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After 10 long years and being told it might never happen, Chris' dream of a feature in Mini Truckin' has finally happened. Chris said it's all been worth the effort and wait. "The trophies are nothing compared to the feeling of making it into the magazine!" exclaimed Chris. It meant the world to Chris to know he helped in bringing back Monster Minis to the mainstream.
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The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels (Front/Rear):15 x 4 Weld Racing Scorpio
Tires(Front/Rear):46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
I.F.S. and cantilever
Suspension (Front): I.F.S. 18-inch of lift
Suspension (Rear): Cantilever 19-inch of lift
Control arms: Modified, stock
Spindles/springs: Modified for lift
Shocks: Bilstein 7100 res. shocks
Frame mods: Welded and smoothed, painted base clear
Frame material: Stock and 2-inch carbon steel pipe
Gas tank: 15-gallon polished aluminum tank
Brakes: Disc in front and drums in rear, which are being changed to disc
Detail work: Everything
Misc.: Case under the frame holds the four-link and transmission, and a center section drops out for the removal of the transmission
Performed by: Owner Chris Persinger
City/state:Covington, Virginia
Body Modifications
Cowl, door handles, drip rails, taillights, bodylines, cab vent, antenna, tailgate handle, and roll pan
Exterior bolt-ons: Triple - double Smitty Built show bar
Misc.: Suicide tailgate, shaved the back of the cab and front of the bed, 3-inch cowl hood
Performed by: Chris Persinger
City/state: Covington, Virginia
Brand and colors:
PPG and House of Kolor, 22 different colors and an estimated 1,000 skulls, '01 Mercedes-Benz Silver basecoat
Style: Wild
Pinstriping: Yes
Airbrushing: Skulls
Misc.: Painted and airbrushed motor and transmission, transfer case with skulls
Performed by: Chris Sizemore
City/state: Bluefield, West Virginia
Leather buckets
Material: Leather
Dash: Metal, custom-made by owner with graphics coming off the hood to the dash
Door panels: Leather with flames
Center console: Metal
Flooring: Leather with flames
Headliner: Leather with flames
Gauges: Digital - Cyberdine
Misc.: Colorado Customs steering wheel
Performed by: Interiors by Kevin
City/state: Salem, Virginia
350 V-8
Model/year: '74 Target
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type:Stock
Internals: Manley aluminum pistons and rods
Ported/polished: Yes
Deburred: Yes
Camshaft: Lunati cam
Fuel delivery: Holley blue fuel pump
Transmission: Turbo 350, auto
Intake: Tunnel ram and two four-barrels
Header/exhaust: Headers and Flowmasters that is jet hotted
Ignition: MSD
Driveshaft: Chrome
Rearend type: Stock Toyota .29 Richmond Gears
Battery: Optima
Location: Hidden in the bed
Inner fenders: Painted
Detail work: All done by owner Chris Persinger
Misc.: Est. 500 hp
Performed by: Pence Racing - Motor
City/state: Covington, Virginia
Special Thanks By Owner
My wife, Jamie; and kids, Dustin and Trevor. Also to Mike Push, Louis, and all of my family.



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