Welcome to yet another primered appearance of The Construction Zone. We hope that by seeing more unfinished rides in the raw you'll come up with some new ideas of your own to complete the ride that's collecting cobwebs in your garage. We can definitely use your help to get the word out that every show-stopper was once a primer and guidecoat-covered beast with mods galore. If you have a ride that's not quite done but makes you want to shave, suicide, or chop something every month, then peep out the photos we use here for The Zone and snap some of your own. You may find yourself among the few, the proud, the unpainted. We wish you the best of luck and ingenuity until your own ride is painted and taking Best Of trophies. Now sit back and check out the newest inductees into The Construction Zone.

Drop Mobbin

OWNER'S NAME: James C. Reeves
MAKE & YEAR: '89 GMC Safari
LOCATION: Corbin, Kentucky
CLUB AFFILIATION: Drop Mob

Mods: Include shaved everything, a 6-inch chopped top, suicide doors with Rocky Mountain box hinges and Bearclaw latches, shaved rear windows, a sliding door window, an Alter Images steel roll pan, a canted license plate, a shaved upper body line, and a Chevy fullsize van roof skin. Other modifications include a billet center grille section and clear APC corner lamps and taillights.

Suspension: Jody Hall of the Drop Shop in Pikeville, Kentucky, installed a pair of 2-inch Belltech drop spindles up front with 224C Firestone air springs. In the rear, another pair of 224C Firestone 'bags was used, but the original suspension was tossed out in favor of a Pete & Jakes triangulated four-link kit. Monroe shocks are used to damp road irregularities at each corner.

Chassis: Chassis modifications were undertaken by The Drop Shop's Jody Hall and include a bridge notch in the Safari's rear frame section for a ton of rearend clearance.

Interior: Light- and dark-gray tweed was used to reupholster four '97 Dodge Dakota bucket seats. Tunes inside the van come from Kicker Impulse speakers that receive signals from a double-DIN Pioneer head unit.

Misc: James bought his van in September 1999 for only $1,200. Currently, the van rolls on a set of Sonic Squared 17x7-inch wheels with Falken P205/40ZR17 radial tires.

Project Notes: "I wanted to build something that's not normal."

Special Thanks: To James' wife and his daughter for understanding his compulsion to work on the van. Also, thanks to Mike Jackson for the chop job and the suicide door treatment, and finally to Jody Hall for an awesome suspension setup.

Project Completion Date: Unstated

What A Character

OWNER'S NAME: Chris Lee
MAKE & YEAR: '93 Toyota standard cab
LOCATION: Vacaville, California
CLUB AFFILIATION: Characters

Mods: Completely shaved with an Alter Images Cal Combo roll pan and tailgate skin. Precision Rodware taillights were installed in the roll pan area. After the fuel door was shaved, the filler was relocated into the doorjamb of the truck.

Chassis: 2-inch drop spindles from Belltech were used to get an initial drop up front. Then it was 'bagged on all corners for a suspension that's adjustable at will. Next, the front frame clip was altered by Steve Lewis at Alter Images to allow it to lay flat with the rear of the truck.

Performance: A custom exhaust system, an MSD Ignition system, and an MSD high-output chromed spark coil were added.

Misc: Chris' Toyota rolls on 17x7-1/2-inch Driv Launch style wheels with P205/40R17 BFGoodrich radial tires. A powdercoated four link and an Alter Images crossmember help to finish out the chassis modifications to the Toyota. The undercarriage of the Toyota was finished with plenty of highly polished chrome parts for show appeal after the truck was painted. Four-wheel-drive fenders and a lower bumper valance with a Trenz polished billet insert were also added.

Interior: Features a full custom, tweed-wrapped interior, Honda seats, a clean stereo system, and a lot of polished billet items for extra show points.

Project Completion Date: The truck was recently painted blue by Finishline in Buttersfield, California, and should be ready to show by press time.

Project Notes: Chris thanks John Anderson, Bob Grant from Grant Fabrication, Steve Lewis from Alter Images, and his wife, Debbie, for all of their help and support on many levels.