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Hell On The Highway - 1999 Toyota 4Runner

Cruisin', Boozin' and Schmoozin'

John Mata Jr.
Aug 1, 2012
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
Photo 2/9   |   1999 Toyota 4runner 2004 Tacoma Front Clip
"I like to meet new people and share ideas, drink beer and have fun" says John Miller. This isn't an excerpt taken from his bio, it's John's personal outlook on what keeps things interesting for him in the world of building and driving custom vehicles. We met up with him in Louisiana for the Lake Front Tour show—a 14-hour cruise from his hometown of St. Louis he made with nothing but the open road to keep him company.
"I started getting into minitrucks and lowriders back in 1991. My brother Chris and his friends all had some sort of custom car or truck but I started with lowriders. I've built a lot of Impalas but after I fell in love with minis, I haven't had a lowrider since." Not only does John have a fleet of old school rides under his belt already, but he's knocked out a couple Silverados, but more importantly he's also built a couple Rangers, a Colorado, and several S-10s. Which moves us to his latest truck—this eye-catching, daily driven 4Runner. Although John purchased it as a completed package, he's been driving the piss out of it and is currently in the process of ripping into it for the sake of leaving his own stink behind. We were given the details of what's all included in the redesign, but we aren't ones to gossip so we'll let nature take its course.
Photo 3/9   |   1999 Toyota 4runner eye
And where will John get the funding to allow for the complete reshaping of an already killer truck? "My kids' college fund", says John with a weird smirk on his face. We'd worry for their futures, if only we weren't so wrapped up in the business of featuring badass minitrucks. The only advice we can give to John's kiddies is to learn to love flipping burgers to pay for their way through higher education because we won't be attempting to talk him out of what he has planned.
Photo 4/9   |   1999 Toyota 4runner tis Wheels
Owner: John Miller
Ride: 1999 Toyota 4Runner
Hometown: Sedalia, MO
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20-inch TIS Wheels
Tires: 245/30/20 Nankang Sport

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Belltech drop spindles, Slam Specialties SS6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Two-link, Slam Specialties SS6 'bags
Control Arms: Tubular upper and lower A-arms
Compressor(s): Viair 480
Brakes: Slotted and drilled front rotors
Frame Mods: Full 2x3 boxed frame
Performed By: Kenneth Richard and Rocky Fox
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, hatch, fender flares, antenna, gas door, running boards
Bodydrop: Stock-floor
Body Mods: '04 Tacoma front clip, modified rear bumper
Bolt-ons: Nope
Misc.: Gas filler in rear hatch jamb
Performed By: Tweez

Brand & Colors: Toyota Red with green, silver, and black graphics
Performed By: Patrick Reed and Chris Stahl
Seats: Modified stock wrapped in chocolate leather and ostrich
Misc.: All panels, headliner, and tubs covered in leather and ostrich
Performed By: Kyle Osborn

Head unit: Kenwood double DIN
Mids and highs: Orion XTR
Subwoofers: None yet
Amplifiers: Old ass Soundstream hand-me-down
Misc.: Camera in front bumper
Performed by: Owner, Jason Sandusky, Billy Albin
Photo 5/9   |   1999 Toyota 4runner rear Seats
Engine: Stock 3.4L V-6
Intake: Intake adapter to reverse plenum for hood clearance
Header/exhaust: Magnaflow
Rearend Type: '93 Toyota pickup
Detail Work: Pinstriped by Kyle Osborne and N Rodz
Performed By: Kenneth Richard and Rocky Fox

Special Thanks From Owner
“Thanks to Delfina, our kids Keelan, Jeremy, Alyssa, Danny, and Andres. I couldn't do any of this without you. My brother Chris for being my inspiration, Kenneth Richard for the great work, Chico Shaw and Billy Albin for heling with the rebuild, and all the friends I've made at shows and shops across the country."
Photo 9/9   |   1999 Toyota 4runner 3 4l V6 Engine


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