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1994 Toyota Pickup - Hand-Me-Down

Driver Turned Full Custom

Mike Alexander
Jun 1, 2010
Contributors: Phil Fowler
Photographers: Phil Fowler
Owner: Jeff Barnes
Ride: 1994 Toyota Pickup
Hometown: Phoenix, MD
Club: Habits
Photo 2/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup left Side View
With some, the minitruck bug takes a few years to acquire, but others are bit instantly and never look back. After running around with some of his minitrucker friends, Jeff Barnes ended up getting hooked.
Being that most of the trucks he was seeing around the show scene were S-10s, Jeff wanted to break away from the norm and build a clean and killer Toyota. He bought the truck stock from a friend of his dad's, equipped with a hi-rise cap and carpeted bed. They figured he got his hands on a nice daily driver but little did they know that he had much bigger plans from the start!
Photo 3/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup rear View
Jeff's father owns a repair shop and was nice enough to allow him and his friends full run of the shop on the weekends. With the help of his friends, Brad and Wayne, they began the cutting. Starting out with 'bagging the truck, they worked every weekend for two months until the frame came to rest flat on the ground. But Jeff knew he wasn't done there, and with the shop available he figured he would get right on the bodydrop, laying it on the pinch and set up for massive rollers. The A/C and heat were kept along with the stock hood and 2WD sheetmetal-it's a major feat to bodydrop one of these little trucks on 20-inch wheels and retain all the factory creature comforts. It was a major learning session as Jeff and his friends did it all in the shop, asking and learning along the way. They did all of the major mods that Jeff always wanted, including suicide doors, a full shave, one-off front bumper with flush-mounted LEDs, shaved inner bed with angled sheetmetal, motorcycle gas cap, sheetmetal tubs, painted back half, sliding ragtop, and more.
Photo 4/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup door Panel
Jeff wanted a custom driver, but he'll admit he didn't plan on taking it this far when they first began. When it came time for interior and bodywork, Jeff's buddy Brad was right at home. He helped a ton with getting this wicked 'Yota straight and ready for paint. His friend Brad also painted the truck's gorgeous basecoat followed by six coats of clear (mind you, he still complains about it to this day), which came out flawless. After it was painted, Brad made quick work of the interior as Jeff made the center console. Brad wrapped the headliner, seats, door panels, and back wall and buttoned up the rest of the show-winning interior. Nothing can compare to the feeling that finishing off a masterpiece such as this-with the help of a few close friends-can give you.
Photo 5/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup top View
Jeff thanks everyone who helped him along the way: all his buddies, his parents, and Parkville Auto Body-without them this thing would never have made it this far. Many long nights, a ton of money and time, a few girlfriends, and dedication all helped get it to where it sits today. Since this was his first build, Jeff learned a few tricks that he plans on using for his next build, which is already in the works. We can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Photo 6/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup front View
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: Enkei Lm1 20x8.5
Tires: 225/30ZR20 low-pros
Photo 7/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup custom License Plate
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: 'Bagged with Slam Specialties RE5
Suspension Rear: 'Bagged with Slam Specialties RE6, four-linked, 'bags over axle
Control Arms: CanDo uppers
Shocks: Bilstein front and rear
Compressor: Oasis XD2000
Air Accessories: Eight valves for independent corner control
Frame Mods: Back-half smoothed and painted
Brakes: Stainless brake line
Misc.: Tubbed firewall
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, antenna, third brake light, gas door, squirters, tailgate, taillights
Body-dropped: Traditional to pinch weld
Body Mods: Angled rear sheetmetal bed with recessed tubs, and motorcycle gas door, Caddy LED taillights, frenched tag bracket, custom one-off front bumper with LED turn signals buried in the mid coat, sliding ragtop, tan oval bedcover
Suicide Doors: Both doors with wireless doorjamb connectors
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Photo 8/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup truck Bed
Brand and colors: DuPont 50th anniversary Corvette Red (three-stage) with six coats of mid
Misc.: Wet-sanded and buffed
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Seats: Prelude seats with headrest cut off
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Misc.: Sheetmetal console that encloses 8-inch sub, houses all gauges and switches for the air suspension and doors
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Photo 9/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup custom Seats
Head Unit: Kenwood Excelon
Mids and Highs: Alpine component speakers in door panels
Subwoofer: 8-inch MB Quart
Amplifiers: Kenwood 500x1 and Kenwood 50x4
Misc.: Power antenna inside dash
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Engine: 22RE
Turbo: T3/T4 sitting on owner's work bench
Boost: Maybe one day
Intake: Polished cold-air intake
Header/Exhaust: 2 1/4-inch with stock cat and muffler, dumps in front of left rear wheel
Rearend: Smoothed and painted
Detail Work: Valve cover, intake manifold painted to match, LCE billet wire holder, trailer fenders, and electric fan
Misc.: Heat and A/C still fully functioning
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher and owner (Driven Fabrication)
Photo 10/10   |   1994 Toyota Pickup left Side
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my best friend Brad for all the help and dedication. Also my mom and dad and Brad's parents for the garage space, along with Butch and the guys at Parkville Auto Body. Also, big thanks to Habits and Driven Fabrication."



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