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1987 Toyota SR5 Turbo - Bright Idea

It Always Sounds Good Until You're Halfway Through It

Galen Armenta
Sep 1, 2008
Contributors: Brian Goude
Photographers: Galen Armenta
Photo 2/14   |   OWNER: Forbidden Fantasy Inc.RIDE: '87 Toyota SR5 TurboHOMETOWN: CaliforniaCLUB: Forbidden Fantasy
Editor's Note: Every month we write about trucks and the owners who built them, or paid to have the trucks built by others with the know-how and tools. Well, this time we are going to flip the script a little and try something different. Over the last two years, Forbidden Fantasy has been working on building a show truck, not for any member of Forbidden but for one lucky individual who attended the 11th Annual Forbidden Fantasy Show and Shine. This truck carries with it a certain amount of pride, as it was built by a family; not a family that shares the same last name, but something that runs just as deep.
We caught up with Brian Goude, the president of Forbidden Fantasy, and asked him to tell us what it was like to build a truck, knowing someone else was going to fire up the motor and drive it home from the Forbidden show.
Brian: We have always tried to give cool stuff away in our raffles, such as rims, tires, and suspension kits. One year, we even raffled off a body-drop, which was won by a member of Local Finesse. A few years back, we were all sitting around after a show, wondering what we could do to make the show different.
"So, let's give a truck away." These were the words that came out of Jamie's mouth, who is an 11-year member. However, the giveaway for the '08 show amounted to something far more complex than we had thought.
Photo 6/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo front View
The easy part was buying the truck; the hard part was finding the model we wanted. After a few weeks of searching, we tracked it down: a Toyota SR5 with a factory turbo. Once the check was signed, the truck was ours, and it was ready to be split wide open. Our first thought was a shop wanting some exposure would be sure to jump right on this one ... right? As most of you know, it is hard enough to find a shop to pay full price and get it done in a timely manner. So, imagine trying to find a shop to get it done for a buddy deal. The truck was supposed to be given away at our 10th annual show, but three months before the event-and with nothing done to the truck-we decided to postpone it.
Photo 7/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo front Left View
Finally, Joe from Fast Times Rod Shop took the truck in and hooked it up with all the suspension goodies and body-dropped it to the rockers. We were moving along, so we could start promoting, as it looked like this was going to happen. We started inquiring about a body and paint shop that could tackle the work without breaking our bank account. We thought, why not keep this build in-house and send it up to our NorCal Chapter? A phone call was made, then the Toyota was not to be seen until a week prior to the event. Andy, Dave, and the rest of the NorCal guys spent countless nights getting the metalwork and bodywork all ready for Dave to spray it.
We started getting pictures from NorCal of the paint on the truck and the excitement began brewing. Once those guys were done working their magic, it was a pit stop in Bakersfield for interior, then back to SoCal for the final touches. The only thing missing in this entire build was a camera crew and producer, because this would have blown the pants off of any stupid reality show. This was real life, built from scratch, hands on, minitruck club blood, sweat, and tears.
So, on the day of the show, when we stood and watched Angela Ruoff win something we had built, it was an amazing feeling. We all have won trophies, we all know the feeling of people patting us on the back for a job well done, but this was on a different level. When the truck started and the winner broke out in tears; it was something Forbidden Fantasy could and will always look back on with pride.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x7.5-inch Devino DV-635-Duel
Tires (Front/Rear): 215/40R18 Falken
Photo 11/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo tailgate
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front/Rear): Torsion bar 'bag setup, CanDo four-link kit
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): Contitech 2500 (Rear): Contitech 2600
Control arms: Stock with flipped ball joints
Valves: Eight Parker 3/8-inch
Compressors: Two Air-Zenith OB1X
Air line: DOT 3/8-inch
Air/hydro accessories: Custom-made switch box
Frame mods: Step-notch, custom tranny crossmember from CanDo Specialties
Performed by: Fast Times Speed and Rod Shop
City/state: Beaumont, California
Photo 12/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo door Panel
Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, keyholes, gas door, tailgate skin, custom front bumper, smoothed inner fender wells, and the bedsides were extended an inch to match the back
Body-dropped: 4 inches
Front end: Grant Kustoms sheetmetal bumper
Back end: FBI Tailgate and roll pan combo
Misc.: Sheetmetal inner bedsides, bed moved forward, uniformed bedrails, shaved headboard, capped inner fenders
Performed by: Andy, Dave, Rudy, and Cheeze
City/state: Santa Rosa, California
Brand and colors: PPG Volvo Orange
Style: Single color by Dave
Pinstriping: On hood and tailgate done by Josh from No Regrets
Performed by: Josh from No Regrets and Dave from NorCal FFF
City/state: Santa Rosa, California
Photo 13/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo forbidden Fantasy Inc
Seats: Factory buckets
Material: Black tweed
Dash: Stock covered in black tweed
Door panels: Stock wrapped in black tweed
Center console: Modified stock console wrapped in black tweed
Flooring: Custom-formed black carpet
Headliner: Black tweed
Misc.: All the panels were cut and modified to fit and we left mostly stock, as it was a rare, upgraded interior for the time.
Performed by: R&A Interior
City/state: Bakersfield, California
Photo 14/14   |   1987 Toyota Sr5 Turbo rear Right View
Head unit: Pioneer CD/MP3 head unit
Mids and highs: One set Blaupunkt components
Subwoofers: One Kicker 10-inch sub
Amplifier for subwoofers: One Blaupunkt Velocity 275
Wiring/accessories: Street Wires
Custom fabrication: Custom-made sub enclosure behind the seat that also holds the amplifier
Misc.: FBI door release kit wired into a Viper alarm
Performed by: Auto Accessory Warehouse sponsored all the electronics
City/state: San Bernardino, California
Battery: Kinetik Audio 1800 power cell
Location: Relocated in the engine compartment
Inner fenders: Removed to clear the wheels
Detail work: Painted turbo intake tube
Performed by: Forbidden Fantasy
City/state: California
Special Thanks By Owner:
Joe Gunderson at Fast Times Speed and Rod Shop, Big Steve, Jamie Vanhoosen, Brent for all the ideas, Dave, Andy, Rudy, Cheeze, and the rest of NorCal FFF for getting sh** done, everybody in Forbidden Fantasy for helping us be who we are today, and for being capable of doing something at this caliber. It's been a long, interesting trip.
Special Thanks To The Sponsors:
CanDo, Grant Fab, FBI, Deranged Rides, Kinetik, Auto Accessory Warehouse, Fast Times Speed and Rod Shop, Daddy's Customs, Mac's Springs, Falken Tires, Air-Zenith, and Medium Doug's sticker thing that I can't think of. (That would be Aftermath Designs, Brian.)



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