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Under Construction: 1993 Isuzu Rodeo - Construction Zone - October 2009

Ridiculous Rodeo

Mike Alexander
Oct 1, 2009
Photographers: Galen Armenta
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Owner: Miles Shinneman
Sacramento, CA
1993 Isuzu Rodeo
Club: Severed Ties Petitioner
The Lowdown
Wheels/Tires:
18-inch Niche F16s custom chrome-faced with red hoops
Suspension/Chassis:
Toyota spindles and hubs, hand-built chassis from firewall back. RX-7 IRS, two-pump Showtime hydraulic setup with Parker accumulators powered by two YellowTop Optima batteries
Body Modifications:
Lower valance and front bumper custom-built to fit the Chrysler 300-C headlights. 2.5-inch cowl hood with custom mesh window to show the polished intake manifold. Body-dropped to the doors. Windshield shortened 7 inches to match the 4.5-inch chop top. Custom-built Carson top on actuators. Recreated bodylines through the C and D pillars. Custom Camaro-style exhaust tip molded into lower rear quarter panel. Ford Focus taillights installed upside down in the Isuzu truck full skin which is molded into the body using Isuzu truck bed corners. The top full skin bodyline was remade to match the Rodeo body line. AVS flush-mount 36-inch, clear third brake light.
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Interior:
Full sheetmetal dash, solid billet steering wheel, and billet shifter machined to match wheel spikes. Custom bomber seats, wrapped red and grey. Full fiberglass sub enclosure wrapped around seats. ARC audio 6.5-inch components in door and sub box.
Miscellaneous:
Hand-built oil pan, relocated brake booster and clutch master cylinder, sectioned gas tank, relocated all smog gear from intake manifold to firewall, added backpack-sized trunk with relocated gas filler neck inside.
Special Thanks From Owner:
James at Applied Coatings for powdercoating the wheels, Circus for machining wheel spikes and shifter, Pete Abeyta for teaching me how to do the bodywork and spraying the truck, to my brother Joel for helping on the build, and Sam for putting up with the build and all the bondo dust in the house. Also Danny Sather for being my minitruck "big brother", to Lil Moe for helping with the sub box, and last but definitely not least to my parents for being supportive.
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Future Plans:
Scrap the sub box to get four matching "Hot Rod" bomber seats built by HandMade Seat Co. Build a custom center console with subs and a full Arc Audio stereo system, build new tubular upper and lower control arms, full sheetmetal engine bay, paint bright red with a Lexus pearl white two-tone.
Project Completion Date:
2010

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