1992 Toyota Pickup - Tailor Made
A Cut Above The Rest
In the winter of 2009, Andy Steider began trying to dig himself out of a rut. His 1992 Toyota Pickup had already been cut and modified, but he was left unsatisfied with where things were heading. “Ordinary” was a word he was desperately looking to move far away from, and in order to do that he was willing to take drastic measures.
Those measures included turning his standard-cab truck into a four-doored model unlike any other out there. In Andy’s words, “I wanted my truck to be unique, and with my growing family, I figured why finish my truck as it was if all of us couldn’t enjoy it?” With that reasoning in mind, he started looking for good reference material to help physically sculpt the image in his head. “I had seen this truck called Long Haul on the cover of Mini Truckin’ magazine,” he explains. “It was a standard-cab S-10 mixed with a Blazer that turned out to be an awesome four-door dualie pickup. I did some research and contacted owner Jason Badley, who turned out to be a great resource and inspiration. I learned he was paralyzed, and I was even more astonished at the amount of modifications he was able to make to his truck from a wheelchair. After hearing this, I knew there was no going back.” And so the hunt for a donor vehicle began -- in this case a Toyota 4Runner would be the closest match for the project. Andy sifted through countless Internet junkyard ads (Craigslist) and finally found one he ended up scoring dirt cheap. The puzzle pieces were now all in front of him.
"I wanted my truck to be unique - Andy Steider"
But unlike the luxury of having a puzzle box picture to offer up hints, Andy was on his own, making it up as he went. Luckily, there was someone else out there who had undertaken a very similar build. Kyle Dimetroff of Guilty By Design had successfully toyed with the four-door Toyota idea in the past and gave Andy a few golden pieces of advice before the cutting commenced. “After hearing Kyle’s input, myself, along with a solid group of guys, started sanding the standard cab down, measuring, marking, and finally reaching for the sawzall,” Andy says. A full three weeks of slicing, welding, and grinding was put into crafting the new quad cab, but to make it compatible with the frame, the chassis was stretched 36½ inches. “I found the straightest part of the frame and cut it in half. After measuring it about 35 times, I welded it all up. It was a perfect fit.”
With the initial phases taking shape just as Andy had planned, he searched for a shop in Idaho capable of helping with the rear doors, new roof skin, sheetmetal bed, and body drop. Wicked Willett Customs took the job and skillfully executed each task. “Once they were done with their share, my friend Shane and I graphed in 1997 Suburban rear doorjambs and modified the stock Toyota window regulators. The rear glass was by far my biggest fear, but it ended up being the easiest part of the build.” With the amount of raw work now in front of him, Andy once again looked to the cover of Mini Truckin’ for guidance. “I had seen a very clean black and purple Toyota built by Extreme Audio and Kustoms in California,” he says. “I really liked the work Joel Sadenwasser’s shop put into that truck, so I arranged for my Toyota to be relocated there for the remainder of the build. They handled what seemed would be a lifetime worth of bodywork, paint, and interior shaping. Besides cell phone pictures Joel would send me, I didn’t see my truck for exactly a year after I dropped it off.”
When Andy was reunited with his truck, it truly was a time for celebration. Not only did he get to see his radical project in its completion, but it was just days before leaving for SEMA. With a few last-minute kinks worked out before hitting the road to Sin City, it was on its way for the grandest of unveilings. “This was a huge dream to achieve for me, and I have my wife and family, and supportive, talented friends to thank for it.”
|1992 Toyota Pickup|
|Built By:||Owner, JD, Extreme Audio and Kustoms|
|Brakes:||Tre5 Customs rear disc conversion|
|Front Suspension:||Slam Specialties RE-6 ’bags, stock control arms|
|Rear Suspension:||Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags, dual Viair 444 compressors, AccuAir VU4 valve block, triangulated four-link|
|WHEELS & TIRES|
|Wheels:||18x7.5-inch Devino Dasher|