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2000 Oldsmobile Bravada - Beach Bummin'

The Asphalt Surfer

John Mata Jr.
Apr 1, 2012
Photographers: Ernie Macias
If you recognize this truck, you're probably wondering who the hell its listed owner, Brian Stubblefield, is. Most people know him by his super cool nickname Slappy McNasty. But if that name doesn't ring a bell either, don't sweat it, just know he put in a ton of work to building this tubular West Coast cruiser.
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Back when he was a teenager living in Ventura, California, catching tasty waves was all Slappy lived for. After moving north, he made it back to the beach on occasion, but being a sucker for the surf he decided to bring the lifestyle to him. One day, while lurking in a junkyard, he spotted an '00 Oldsmobile Bravada, which he was able to take home for $400. Half of the vehicle was completely hacked to hell, and a Sonoma cab was grafted on making the hybrid "super cab" the perfect length for a future surfmobile.
"I wanted the longest, lowest truck I've ever seen before I even started cutting. Within six months of welding, slicing, and mocking things up, I had a full cab, full frame, and rolling chassis," says Slappy. But the real test was bringing the essence of the beach to the beastly truck. But that's exactly what this man knows best, so he started gathering enough bamboo, surf boards, tiki goods, and retro surf stickers to get the job done. The touch that really sets the mood though is the realistic sand effect that was sprayed onto the bed walls and the interior.
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With the Asphalt Surfer ready to rip the tubes, we'd like Slappy to end this story with a few last words. "I've been hooked on this whole minitruck ‘scene' since '88. I was always amazed at how low trucks could get, and cool people usually owned them so I wanted to be part of it all by building something that I have never seen or heard of before."

Don't let any swamp donkeys ruin your rad surfari, brah!
"I wanted the longest, lowest truck I've ever seen before."
Owner: Brian Stubblefield
Ride: 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada / 2001 GMC Sonoma
Hometown: Hanford, CA
Club: Independent but "guilty by association"
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 14-inch with chrome trim rings and dog dishes
Tires: P205/75-R14 whitewalls

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE7 'bags, custom upper/lower cups
Suspension (rear): Cantilever two-link
Control Arms: Speedway uppers with billet ball joint covers, de-humped lowers
Shocks: Stock Chevy S-10
Compressor(s): York 210
Air/hydro Accessories: Four 3/8-inch valves, two 5-gallon tanks
Frame Mods: Framehorns dropped 6 inches, 2x3 stock from firewall back, under-slung frame painted hammer silver
Brakes: Waylaid 7-inch booster
Misc.: Custom-lengthened drivelines
Performed By: Owner
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Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, pissers, antenna, gas door
Bodydrop: Rockers cut to lay doors, bed bottom rolled to match
Body Mods: Stretched rear doors and custom cab, sheetmetal bed with half tailgate, smoothed stock bumper
Bolt-ons: Bravada roof rack w/surfboards
Misc.: Full fiberglass interior painted to look like the beach sand, window switches hidden in overhead console
Performed By: Owner

Brand & Colors: Valspar sealer, Transtar primer, Matrix candy Orange, DuPont clear with Tangelo flake, Rust-oleum Brown, Tan, and primer to hand-paint the wood grain
Performed By: Owner, candy sprayed by Manual Torrez
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Seats: Custom wooden tiki faces with metal tubework
Dash: Fiberglass
Gauges: Bravada bezel, two Easy Street gauges
Misc.: Lexan/bamboo flooring from firewall to back wall, Impala steering wheel painted wood grain to match, classic foot gas pedal, 16-inch tiki customized into the shifter
Performed By: Owner

Head Unit: iPod
Mids & Highs: Four 6-inch marine speakers mounted in B- and C-pillars
Amplifiers: Motorcycle booster box
Performed By: Owner
Photo 6/13   |   2000 Oldsmobile Bravada foot Gas Pedal
Engine: 2.2L four-banger
Intake: Custom intake tubing feeds a Cavalier intake to clear stock hood
Header/exhaust: Stock header ported out, 18-inch Cherry Bomb
Transmission: Five-speed with Race Ready throwout bearings
Misc.: Over 50 feet of 3/8-inch copper lines for fuel feed/return from tank to motor
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"The thanks start with the ridiculous woman I've called my wife of 16 years. Her intensity pushed me farther than I had originally planned (plus she looks killer in a bikini). Thanks to Porkchop, Scotty, the local guys who helped—without you all, this wouldn't have been completed as fast as it was. I love you all for your ideas, opinions, and beers on those long nights."
Photo 7/13   |   2000 Oldsmobile Bravada custom Air Intake


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