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. If you have a ride that's not quite done but makes you want to shave, suicide, or chop something every month, then snap some photos of your own. Send them to us here at Mini Truckin' c/o Construction Zone, 2400 E. Katella Ave., 7th Floor, Anaheim, CA 92806.
In case you guys weren't aware by now, Under Construction is absolutely my favorite thing in the whole world. Yeah, it might be the fact that I can never seem to finish one crazy-ass project before I start another, or it might just be that I'm allergic to paint. (You'll notice that I'm mentioned in a lot of the owners' stories, because people have taken it as fun to pick on my disorder.) But either way, mini-truckers are notorious for building some of the craziest "almost finished" rides. That is why Mini Truckin' magazine is the only truck magazine dedicated to its readers in their time of need. Yes, we have primered rides on the cover; and yes, we also put together a special section just for you! It's our big Construction Zone Special, sporting 14 of some of the coolest not-quite-ready-for-paint minis out there. Check out what we came up with!
Owner's Name: GO-EZ Stylin'...
Owner's Name: GO-EZ Stylin' for Your Ride
Year & Make: '64 Datsun
Location: Placentia, California
Wheels/Tires: 20x8.5-inch fronts, 22x10-inch rears, Intro wheels with 225/35ZR20, 305/25ZR22 tires
Suspension/Chassis: Stock floor, Z-front, custom frame, hydros, four-link
Body Modifications: Not there yet
Interior: Just some cool hand grenades and other war stuff a good SGT. would carry
Miscellaneous: Cut the crap out of it
Special Thanks: To all the GO-EZ crew, Intro, Toyo, and everybody else who helped
Future Plans: Get an SR20 det/trans
Owner's Name: Gary Bandy...
Owner's Name: Gary Bandy
Year & Make: '74 Datsun 620
Location: Smithsville, Tennessee
Club: Common Bonds
Keepin' It Real
Wheels/Tires: Boyd Coddington Magnetos (18s and 20s)
Suspension/Chassis: Firestone 'bags, four-linked
Body Modifications: 2.5-inch body-drop, shaved wiper cowl, door handles, tailgate, driprails, body seams, custom bedsides, custom roll pan, sheetmetal bed floor, suicide doors
Interior: '59 Chevy Impala dash, billet sandrail steering wheel
Special Thanks: God, owner's wife, and Trigger
Future Plans: Custom paint, interior, possibly a small-block Chevy
Project Completion Date: Shooting for Oct. '07
Owner's Name: Sergio Casillas,...
Owner's Name: Sergio Casillas, Jr.
Year & Make: '00 Toyota Tacoma
Location: Foothill Ranch, California
Wheels/Tires: 14-inch steelies with smoothie hubcaps and wide whitewalls
Suspension/Chassis: 1/2-inch line, eight 3/8-inch valves, two 5-gallon tanks, four Firestone compressors, four-link with firestone 2,600-pound 'bags done by KB Designs in Santee, California
Body Modifications: Shaved handles, antenna, squirters, corner lamps, gas door, full cal combo skin; all work done by owner at DerangeD Rides
Interior: NCR tribal steering wheel and Pioneer DVD player
Miscellaneous: The green is not primer! It's base/clear with a flattening agent in the clear.
Special Thanks: To everyone who has helped me with this build and continues to help out; South County Auto Body and DerangeD Rides; KB Designs and Norcalrides.com; and to my club, AcrophobiA
Future Plans: Full custom back-half frame, body drop to the rockers, complete new paint job - full-blown show truck!
Project Completion Date: Hopefully, sooner rather than later