Many of us, regardless of background or upbringing, develop future hobbies or interests based on someone close to us as a child. When Jake Meadows was a kid, his father took him to races and hot rod shows, and that eventually led to an introduction to the mini-truck scene. He attended many events that inspired him to go home and draw his ideas while they were fresh. Now, as a 29-year-old, he draws custom vehicles for people who want to visualize their dreams. Currently, Jake balances his time working in the automotive collision and refinishing industry while also drawing custom rides. Due to demand, he may soon need to spend more time drawing and less time in the shop. His goal is to do renderings, custom paint, and airbrushing in his own shop. If you want to know more about getting a rendering done, you can check out renderedbythor.com or contact Jake on Facebook/Instagram under the name "renderedbythor."
| Sometimes, the only motivation you need is to pay homage to someone you love. Leo from Fresno, California, is a member of Characters Car Club and is building this C10 for his dad as a tribute to a truck he wrecked back in the day. This ’68 Chevrolet C10 metallic gray pickup is ’bagged and body-dropped on 22-inch Boyd Coddington Turbines and will be adorned with a ’71-to-’72–style front grille. Los Rod Chop has helped him with all the metal fabrication, which includes a ton of custom bead rolling on the firewall and inner bedsides. The bed floor has been raised and will be finished in wood after a set of ’65-to-’66 C10 bed tubs is grafted in. There are many other custom touches in the plans for Leo’s truck, including a full matte orange chassis, Michigan Metalworks control arms, McGaughy’s spindles, and Switch Suspension hood hinges to allow easy access to the 6.0L LS engine.
| Mini-truckin’ ain’t dead—especially if Clinton Sorenson from Katy, Texas, has his say. He is a member of Committed Car Club and is all-in on this ’92 Isuzu Spacecab build, which has been laid out by Andrew Motzkin in Tucson, Arizona, over 17-inch old-school Eagle Alloy wheels. There is an extensive list of body modifications planned for this mini, including a shaved tailgate, frenched-in license plate, Grant Kustoms roll pan, Isuzu Rodeo front clip, and Kindig-It door handles. All the bodywork will be done by Patrick Reid and Jonathan Barron at Madd Concepts while the interior duties will be completed with different shades of gray tweed and vinyl. It wouldn’t be an old school mini-truck build without a booming sound system, and Clinton plans to do just that with a host of Rockford Fosgate products bringing the noise.