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1989 Toyota Pickup- Speechless

When There Are No Words…

Phil Gordon
Sep 19, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Some people are the silent type, while others are fortunate to have the gift of gab. In the mini-truck culture, Jeremy Brown is known as quite the talker. Whether it’s about the mini-truck scene or the most minute detail, such as which movie to watch, Jeremy is always engaging with friends. As a young adult, he mowed lawns to earn enough money to purchase his first vehicle, a ’60’s Mustang—and with help from this father, Mike, Jeremy completely restored the classic to immaculate running condition.
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As he began the transition from a young boy to an automobile enthusiast, he started flipping through magazines, and he eventually came across a Mini Truckin’ issue that featured a pink Toyota pickup named Ballistic. “The minute I laid my eyes on that Toyota mini,” Jeremy tells Truckin, “I knew I had to have a Toyota.” It wasn’t an easy journey to get into the truck scene, though, as it took a total of four Toyota trucks to get to the final build. Although the first Toyota pickup was a gift from his grandfather, Jeremy’s next two were purchased and sold. The fourth and final Toyota was an ’89 pickup he found online and traveled to pick up.
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It had already been ’bagged and bodied, but once Jeremy inspected it, it was clear it was dated. The goal was to turn this new truck into the vision he remembered from that Mini Truckin cover. Once Jeremy got the mini home, he brought the truck to his friend Patrick Reid at Madd Concepts to discuss the new plans. He began by purchasing an all new air-ride suspension from David Williams at The Kustom Edge. The older valves were then upgraded to Accuair, and the entire suspension was brought up to date with new technology. Patrick and Jeremy continued the transformation by replacing the older Firestone bags with new Dominator bags. The next step was maintaining the old-school look by finding the perfect set of wheels. After a long search, Jeremy found some 17x9.5 Boyd Coddington Deuces. They were much too wide for the Toyota, so Jeremy called Boyd’s son Chris Coddington and asked if he could help. Chris rehooped the wheels with correct-style hoops from 9.5 to 8 and made sure the offset matched the specs. Once the wheels were mounted, Jeremy removed the chrome front clip and added a new color-matched clip.
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Patrick used his paint expertise to spray the entire mini in GM Tangier Orange. When the usually talkative Jeremy came in to see the new paint, he was rendered speechless. Once Patrick saw how the paintjob stole Jeremy’s words, he began painting graphics and airbrush throughout the Toyota. The graphics were done in ’90s-style patterns with skulls, each one without a mouth, as they are all covered by parts of the graphics.
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For the final touches, Jeremy hooked up with LC Engineering for motor parts and added them all himself for a custom touch. He and Patrick then gutted the interior, ripping out the factory wiring and gauges. A pushbutton start was added for a more modern upgrade. A full fiberglass dashboard and door panels were created and painted to match. For six months, Jeremy’s new Toyota sat in Patrick’s garage to ensure everything was done right and to Jeremy’s standards. Throughout the years of the build and once it was completed, he’s been asked many times if he would sell the Toyota, a question to which he responds, “It took my whole life to get this right—it’s not going anywhere.” Transforming from a child who first saw a Toyota on the cover of a magazine to a man with his very own creation featured in the largest truck publication in the world has fulfilled all of Jeremy’s dreams.
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Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’89 Toyota pickup
Owner and City/State: Jeremy & Serina Brown; Texas City, Texas
Club Affiliation: Committed
Front Suspension: Tubular control arms, Airlift Dominator 2,500-pound bags
Rear Suspension: Reverse-triangulated four-link, bag over axle, Airlift Dominator 2,600-pound bags, dual chrome Viair 480s, chrome 5-gallon air tank, Accuair Speed Switch controller
Engine: 22R, Weber Sidedrafts, custom intake, painted and chrome pieces, GM one-wire chrome alternator, Crane Fireball Hi-6 ignition, Crane LX-92 coil, centrifugal advance distributor, Redline fuel pump, Redline fuel pressure regulator, Painless wiring harness, 18-circuit fuse block
Transmission: Stock four-speed manual
Rear end: Narrowed 2½ inches, converted to Ford 9-inch with 30-spline Moser axles, Strange Engineering disc brakes
Body/Paint: Welded tailgate and custom license plate by Fester’s Garage, custom sheetmetal bed done by Mouse’s Kustom Fab, bed modified and closed in by Patrick Reid of Madd Concepts, Webasto electric spoiler sunroof, ’92 four-runner front clip with billet grille, wipers removed and holes shaved, GM Tangier Orange paint, ’90s-style graphics with checkerboard
Interior: Fiberglass dashboard, door panels, console, and back wall done by Patrick Reid; Honda Civic bucket seats modified and wrapped in tan leather; tan leather armrests on door panels; custom gauges from Speedhut; Painless Phantom key pushbutton start; billet steering wheel; AVS digital air suspension gauge in console
Stereo: Alpine CDE-143BT head unit, Rockford-Fosgate Punch P3S 10-inch subwoofer, Rockford-Fosgate Punch components, Rockford-Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 17x8; modified Boyd Coddington Deuces
Tires: 215/45R17; Kumho Ecsta ASX
Special Thanks: My wife, Serina; Patrick and Samantha Reid; my club, Committed, for providing support and encouragement in every part of my life; my beautiful children, Ashley, Jeffrey, Avery, and Zach, and my new grandson Josh; my parents for instilling hard work, ethics, and the love for automobiles in my genes; and Phil Gordon (I can’t understand why everyone hates Phil)



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