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1998 Isuzu Hombre - Born Again

Finding A New Calling

John Mata Jr
Feb 1, 2011
Photographers: Surface DVD
Owner: Brett Taylor
Ride: 1998 Isuzu Hombre
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Club: Perfect Poise
Photo 2/11   |   1998 Isuzu Hombre left Side View
For Brett Taylor, minitrucks weren't his first love. He was into muscle cars, even though the majority of his friends were building minis while he was off playing with beefy engines and burning mass amounts of rubber.
It wasn't until '97, when Brett wrecked his '73 Dodge Dart two-door hardtop, that he bought his first miniature hauler, and ever since then he hasn't wasted time customizing anything else.
This '98 Isuzu Hombre devoured the better part of four years of Brett's time to finally morph into what it is today. Throughout the rough 48-month process, many of the modifications had to be wrapped up during weekends so Brett could drive himself to work bright and early on Monday mornings. Cutting up a daily driver certainly has its disadvantages, but Brett considered the downfalls and leaped straight into the lengthy and tiresome commitment anyway.
Progress was slow going, and the stop-and-go time spent on the truck sometimes cast doubts in his mind, but he pressed on and pushed his Hombre through to completion.
Brett revisited the thoughts going through his head while he was in the thick of the build: "I had to balance wear and tear of the custom things I was doing to the truck since it was my daily. It was in pretty poor shape at times and nobody ever thought it would be where it is now."
The Isuzu definitely survived the worst condition of its existence while under the knife as Brett was forced to drive it on a daily basis for two years without the bed attached. Lots of other modifications were also left in "in progress" condition while the Isuzu took to the streets, which wasn't the best of planning on Brett's part but he would be the first to admit that fact. Luckily, Brett had company in the garage he secluded himself inside of throughout the duration of the reconstruction. His friends and his father were always willing to lend their assistance with whatever had to be done in the span of a weekend's time.
Photo 6/11   |   1998 Isuzu Hombre rear Left View
With the grunt-work and sketchy driving sessions behind him, Brett has finally been able to enjoy cruising and dragging his truck day in and day out. And with his religious devotion to dragging and throwing sparks, Brett isn't likely to backslide back to muscle cars and blaspheme the holy name of minitruckin'.
For more on Brett's green machine, check out The Lowdown.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8 Rozzi Peel
Tires: 225/35/20
Photo 7/11   |   1998 Isuzu Hombre license Plate
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Firestone 2600 'bags and Belltech drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Firestone 2600 'bags and chrome triangulated four-link
Control Arms: Suicide Doors upper and lower
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Two Viair 44s
Air/hydro accessories: Eight Parker valves
Frame Mods: Back half from cab made out of 2x4 steel box stock; custom-bent tube 'bag mounts and crossmember
Performed By: Owner and friends
Body Modifications
Shaved: Mirrors, third brakelight, door and tailgate handles, tailgate bodyline at bottom, antenna, hood squirters, taillights
Body Mods: '59 Cadillac taillights frenched in
Bolt-ons: Trenz billet grille
Misc.: Full sheetmetal bedfloor
Performed By: Owner, Pete Morrone, and American Built Customs
Photo 8/11   |   1998 Isuzu Hombre pinstripes
Brand & Colors: DuPont Signal Green
Misc.: Airbrushed logo
Performed By: American Built Customs
Seats: Renegade sandrail seats
Dash: Stock wrapped in black vinyl
Gauges: Nu Image
Misc.: Shaved and painted dash bezel, Kaik billet grab handles, door handle bezels, dash speaker grilles
Performed By: Owner, dash wrapped by Todd Jubert
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids & Highs: Hertz Audio
Subwoofers: Rockford Fosgate P3 10-inch
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate 600
Performed By: Total Auto Pros, John Trevino
Engine: 2.2L
Intake: AEM
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster
Transmission: Five-speed
Detail Work: Cool Flex radiator hoses and custom battery mount
Misc.: Assorted dress-up items
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"I would like to thank my parents for supporting everything about the lifestyle. My dad for all of his help, time, and knowledge, and my wife Tara, for everything she has done. Thanks to John Trevino, Josh Jennings, Mason Rush, Charles Armstrong (The Kid) for the awesome logo. Bruce Shepherd for keeping the truck running, anyone else who helped along the way, my club Perfect Poise, and all of my friends and family in the scene."


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