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1994 Toyota Pickup - Building A Religion

A Low-Down, Draggin' Disciple

John Mata Jr.
Jul 1, 2011
Owner: Brandon Anderson
Ride: 1994 Toyota Pickup
Hometown: Onalaska, TX
Club: Aftermath
Photo 2/11   |   1994 Toyota Pickup left Side View
The story of this Toyota starts at the Group Therapy Customs compound in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Joey Millfelt had purchased the slightly modified truck with the intentions keeping it a clean everyday driver—a feat that never seems to work out with guys who know their way around a set of tools and a plasma cutter. He managed to stick to his vow for three long years and caved shortly thereafter. Within another year, Joey completely blasted his truck to pieces and rebuilt it from the ground up into how it currently sits today. The ’Yota was now ’bagged, ’bodied, and rocking fresh sheetmetal and paint, as well as a brand-new Chevy small-block. Things were finally looking up for this former slave to the daily grind.
As soon as every intricacy was painted and polished, Joey debuted his creation at Scrapin’ the Coast. It was at this show that Brandon Anderson first experienced love at first sight. He tracked Joey down, made him an offer to buy his truck, and surprisingly ended up with the keys to the freshly fabricated showpiece. From that point on, Brandon, along with his tasty piece of auto eye candy, have toured the Louisiana and Texas show circuit with a vengeance.
Along with some help from friends Andrew Adams and Shay Wiggins, who was just getting his start-up clothing brand, Why-Wear? noticed on the scene, the Toyota began its purpose-driven victory lap around the South. If the Why-Wear? label doesn’t ring a bell, or if their mission statement is unclear, think of it simply as a T-shirt line with soul. The guys and gals behind the company promote strong family values and Christian morals within the custom lifestyle we are all a part of. In no way are they pushing their viewpoint down anyone’s throat; however, they are merely taking a stand for their beliefs in the hopes of establishing a common ground among likeminded car and truck enthusiasts. Brandon made it a personal mission of his to utilize the Toyota as a rocker-laying messenger of the gospel while on the road or at shows.
Photo 6/11   |   1994 Toyota Pickup right Side View
Even though religion isn’t everyone’s cup of java, it’s impossible not to admire guys willing to go against the grain and put their views out there for others to either respect or spit on. If you’re at a show, and see Brandon’s slick ride next to the Why-Wear? booth, stop and give it a closer look. If nothing else, there’s no denying that this truck will appeal to Jews, Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and heathens alike.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: Kruz Spoon 18-inch
Tires: Kuhmo
Photo 7/11   |   1994 Toyota Pickup wheel And Tire
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties ’bags
Suspension (rear): Reverse four-link with Slam Specialties ’bags on the bars
Control Arms: Driver-side arms are notched for steering when laid out
Shocks: Monroe at all four corners
Compressor(s): Viair 380
Air/hydro Accessories: M.I.C. high-flow manual valves, ½-inch check valve, painted air tank under bed
Frame Mods: Notched chassis, frame painted black with painted crossbars
Misc.: Tank gauge mounted on console
Performed By: Jonathan Grahm, Joey Millfelt, and Jamie at Group Therapy Customs
Body Modifications
Shaved: Antenna, hood squirters, third brakelight, rock guards, gas door
Bodydrop: 3½-inch traditional bodydrop in cab, 7-inch bodydrop on bed
Body Mods: 4Runner grille, headlights, and corners, 4WD front bumper, valance, and fenders
Bolt-ons: Chrome mirrors and handles
Misc.: All black trim, King Cab buttons, vent windows, and pillar plates painted
Performed By: Joey Millfelt and Jamie of Group Therapy Customs
Photo 8/11   |   1994 Toyota Pickup front View
Brand & Colors: BASF Cherry Red, Cool Vanilla, Billet Silver
Misc.: Airbrushed wood grain, Nissan and Chrysler oranges
Performed By: Joey Millfelt
Seats: ’68 Camaro low-backs wrapped in leather
Dash: Shaved vents
Gauges: Equus
Misc.: 4Runner console painted with leather lid, custom shift boot with Lokar shifter, custom two-piece headliner, billet flamed mirror and steering wheel wrapped in dyed-to-match leather, billet window cranks, M.I.C. switches
Performed By: Atomic Upholstery and Joey Millfelt
Head Unit: JVC mounted inside console
Mids & Highs: Phoenix Gold components
Subwoofers: Four 10-inch Definitive Audio Designs (DAD)
Amplifiers: Phoenix Gold
Misc.: Custom fiberglass sub enclosure behind seats, amp rack mounted in headliner above subs
Performed By: Josh at Extreme Audio and Joey Millfelt
Engine: Chevy small-block
Camshaft: Mild cam
Intake: Edelbrock intake and carb
Header/exhaust: Holley Block Hugger headers, Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend Type: Toyota
Detail Work: Custom firewall and trans tunnel, custom Chevy-to-Toyota driveshaft, billet overflow and hoses, chrome alternator, water pump, valve covers, brackets, pulleys, and compressor
Misc.: Battery mounted between rear framerails
Performed By: Joey Millfelt
Special Thanks From Owner
“Joey Millfelt for building such a great truck, Andrew Adams for all the help, Shay at Why-Wear? for all of his help, my wife Ashley, and my daughter Kailyn.”


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