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1991 Isuzu Pickup - Blood Donor

Good To The Last Drop

John Mata Jr.
Apr 12, 2013
Photographers: Josh Fleetwood
Photo 2/8   |   1991 Isuzu Pickup front Three Quarter View
You know the feeling—the one that drains the very drive and determination directly from your soul. It definitely brings on a knock-you-on-the-ass, hopeless kind of mood, and sometimes, the cure isn't always so crystal clear. This sh*tty sensation stems from many different sources; a bad breakup, getting fired, getting robbed on the craps table, or not finding a copy of Mini Truckin' at the local liquor store. But for Kane and Ginnifer Farris, their dark cloud came in the form of a slowly evolving Isuzu.
"The truck was sucking the life force out from us", Kane says, "starting with all the bloody knuckles." Eight years is a long time to stay focused on anything, let alone a blown apart minitruck, but this couple managed to keep the flame of hope burning. "For years, we spent endless amounts of nursing school money to fund the project, and after that we were busy getting married, buying a home, and raising our son. But it was the small victories and the conquering of minor stages on the truck that kept us going over the years."
It all started back in 2004 when the idea of a simple 'bag job was started. "Yeah, the idea of "simple" flew out the window when I came to the realization that this wasn't an ordinary S-10. I changed up the plan and decided to bodydrop it too. I figured it would be back on the road in a month tops." Boy, were his calculations off. But the extra downtime gave Kane and Ginnifer the opportunity to map out the rest of the build better. "We started on this truck when we were young, and had no way of knowing how fast things would spin out of control. It was a long and exhausting process that taught us both so much."
Photo 3/8   |   1991 Isuzu Pickup Rodeo Headlights
The lesson this couple learned wasn't cheap or quick, but it did plant a seed of determination in both of them. "This truck is proof that you don't need the best tools and biggest garage around or even a paint booth to compete with the big boys. It's the pure drive to see it through to the end that kept our blood pumping."
1991 Isuzu P’up
Kane and Ginnifer Farris • Mountain Home, AR
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8 Boyd Coddington Slayer
Tires: 215/35/18 Dunlop
Photo 4/8   |   1991 Isuzu Pickup frenched License Plate
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): 2500 Firestone ’bags, Toyota Hilux spindles
Suspension (rear): 2600 Firestone ’bags, ’bags on bars
Control Arms: Heavily modified stock arms
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 380s
Air/Hydro Accessories: Four SMC valves, Optima Yellow Top, 3/8-inch lines
Frame Mods: 2x3 back half
Brakes: Toyota front brakes, Isuzu rear brakes
Misc.: Frame and suspension painted gloss black
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Corner lights, tail lights, door handles, antenna, hood squirters, cab seams, door mirror mounts, gas door, rockers, Cali combo skin
Bodydrop: 1.5-inch traditional
Bolt-ons: Rodeo mirrors
Misc.: ’94 pickup front end with Rodeo headlights, frenched license plate, stock bed sides only, everything else handmade
Performed By: Owner
Photo 5/8   |   1991 Isuzu Pickup stock Bed Sides
Brand & Colors: PPG Toreador Red
Misc.: Airbrushed skulls over silver flake under candy apple red, painted in a single car garage from start to finish
Performed By: Owner
Seats: Tweed and pleather covered Rodeo buckets
Dash: Modified and dyed ’97 Rodeo dash
Gauges: Equus race style
Misc.: Hand formed ’97 Rodeo door panels with power windows covered in tweed and pleather, custom center console, tweed headliner
Performed By: Owner
Head Unit: Panasonic Mids & Highs: 6.5-inch Polk Audio components
Subwoofers: Two Polk Audio 8-inch Momo Series
Amplifiers: Kicker
Misc.: Molded center console sub enclosure
Performed By: Owner
Engine: ’91 Isuzu 2.3L
Intake: Weber carb
Header/Exhaust: Long tube header, raised aftermarket exhaust
Transmission: Five-speed
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: Handmade inner fenders, engine bay cleared of excess wiring
Misc.: Factory heat and air
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"We would like to thank everyone who has lent a hand over the last eight years, the moral support from friends and family to finish the truck has been overwhelming. We couldn’t be more thankful to these people. ‘Thanks to my wife Ginnifer for letting me build this truck, and for always listening to my ideas whether she liked them or not.’—Kane. ‘Thanks to my husband for driving a slammed mini in high school, and for showing me how badass the minitruck world is.’—Ginnifer."