2000 Toyota Hilux Pink Taco
Making a Bold Statement Down Under
It’s not every day that you see a ‘bagged Crew Cab Tacoma, and even less often that you see a bright Pink Taco with such clean details. But Jessica Power hails from the Land Down Under, and the custom truck scene is quite a different breed. Rude, crude, and downright awesome! Our fellow truck enthusiasts from Australia definitely know how to have a good time, and their drink of choice happens to be a shoe filled with whatever alcohol is on hand—a “shoey.” And yes, it’s as awful as it sounds.
Having visited these hooligans in their homeland on more than one occasion, we’ve put together a theory as to why the Australian truck scene is so authentic, literally with nothing to hide. It boils down to their strict custom automotive laws. They get the shaft with crazy inspection, engineering fees, and harassment from local law enforcement at every turn. And as custom-truck lovers wanting nothing more than to express themselves with their individual builds, they have to jump through hoops and pay huge lumps of cash just to get their rides roadworthy. We believe this alone weeds out the scene jumpers or people who are just on to the next trend. It sort of creates a more hardcore group that forms a bond much tighter dealing with these shared nuisances that they have to overcome together. And Jess is no exception to this rule. A female mini-trucker also seems to be a bit more accepted among this hardcore male-dominated group down under, most likely because the laws treat everyone the same. Jess had to overcome these same strict regulations, so she is easily accepted as one of the boys.
Jess grew up in a hot-rod house in which her dad built rods and customs her whole life. About six years ago or so, she became interested in the mini-truck scene. After hanging out with her boyfriend and his custom truck, she soon wanted to build a custom ride of her own. About four years ago, Jess found the right canvas to turn into her perfect truck. With help from her Dad and now fiancé, she found a dual-cab Hilux that was exactly what she was after. At first, the plan was just a simple paint and touch up to make it her own. Once Jess got started, though, it quickly snowballed into a full-tilt custom build with sheet metal swap, full shave, full color change, turbo-charged engine, and more. Over three years with the help of friends and family, Jess was able to turn a simple daily into her dream ride, as well as petition the club she had grown close with during the build phase. Now a proud member of Severed Ties Australia, Jess drives Herbie up and down the coast. Having gone through the same struggles as the rest, she holds her head high while cruisin’ low!
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 2000 Toyota Hilux
Owner and City/State: Jessica Powers, New South Wales, Australia
Club Affiliation: Severed Ties
Slam Specialties SS6 and SS7 ’bags, Pedders shocks, two OB2 Air Zenith compressors, notched rear bag over diff setup with DW four-link, flat custom gearbox (trans) crossmember
Stock 3RZ turbocharged, polished GT35/30 turbo intercooled, polished rocket cover and throttle-body, polished intake manifold, billet overflow bottle, polished aluminum, intercooler piping, modified and polished air conditioning lines billet oil and radiator caps, modified 3-inch exhaust with turbo and waste gate, custom LSD rearend modified and shortened, performed by South Coast Polishing, dad, and fiancé
Body / Paint:
Shaved door handles, fuel cap, roof molding, side blinkers, front parkers, tailgate, bed, SR5 front end conversion, smoothed and rolled sheet metal tub (bed) with access door, SR5 front bar (bumper) with foglights converted to blinkers and parkers, front SR5 one-piece doors, 1976 Caddy rear lights, rolled under pan (rollpan) with recessed number plate, custom-made billet door poppers molded into door, all performed by fiancé and dad, painted Toyota Yaris Pink by McGuire’s Smash Repairs
Black leather seats, dash wrapped and painted, digital boost and rpm gauges, custom black carpet and headliner, custom center console and cup holder with LED light by Brett Smith Motor trimming
Stereo: Pioneer 7-inch flip-out DVD screen, 6-inch Soundstream speakers 200-watt, 12-inch Soundstream slimline sub, Soundstream monoblock two-channel 1,000-watt, two Soundstream four-channel 1,500-watt, two 8-inch Soundstream headrest DVD screens by dad and fiancé
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 19x8, 19x8.5; Devious Wheel Co.
Jess would like to specially thank:
“A special thank you to everyone who helped make this build possible, but a very special thank you goes out to my amazing dad and fiancé, as I could not have done it without you guys!”