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: Andrew "Bad...
Owner's Name: Andrew "Bad Andy" Lavelle
Year & Make: '86 Toyota Pickup Extra Cab
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Club: Forbidden Fantasy
Wheels and Tires: 18-inch KMC Clutch wrapped with 215/35ZR18 Nitto tires
Suspension/Chassis: Four-linked, Slam Specialty 'bags, 1/2-inch valves, 2-inch drop spindles
Body Modifications: 3-inch body-drop, shaved everything, 4Runner front end, tonneau cover hinged sideways, 30x40 ragtop, '06 Buick side vents, billet grill
Interior: Tweed dash and door panels, stock turbo seats
Miscellaneous: Turbo motor with Greddy blow-off valve
Special Thanks: Dad (John) for all his hard work, Dan for help on the wiring, Dino for helping on the bodywork, the wife for all her patience; all my club members (FFF) for all their help and support, and Rosie for always being ready to go cruising with Daddy
Future Plans: Finish interior and paint, suicide doors, finish work on inside of bed
Project Completion Date: Never!
Owner's Name: Ryan "Cheese"...
Owner's Name: Ryan "Cheese" Cambra
Year & Make: '85 Toyota Pickup
Location: Antioch, California
Club: Forbidden Fantasy
Wheels/Tires: 18-inch KMC Guidos, with Nitto 215/35ZR18 rubber
Suspension/Chassis: 2x3-inch custom frame powdercoated kandy purple, 300Z rearend, tubular upper control arms, Slam 'bags, all stainless hardware, all suspension either painted VW silver metallic or chromed
Body Modifications: Stock floor body-drop just past the rocker, shaved everything, Hagen gas door, HiTech LEDs, ragtop, '03 Tacoma front end, custom core support built by Grant Kustoms, custom firewall, frenched brake booster, half-capped bed with aluminum tonneau cover on air cylinders; primed with basecoats, HOK Sunset Pearl and HOK Passion Pearl
Interior: All sheetmetal floor, dash, center counsel, VW gauge cluster, Cavalier bucket seats, painted floor
Misc: Billet overflow tank, Holley electric fuel pump, one-off billet battery bracket
Special thanks: Mom for all her support and fiance, Lana; Darrell, Auntie Main, and Paul; Bob Grant at Grant Kustoms, Jack Maxon for bodywork and paint, Dad for getting me into cars, Arami at Clout 9 Fab, and all my club members in FFF
Future Plans: 350, suicide doors, 18- and 20-inch Bonspeeds, finish interior, custom bumper, corner fillers, hood; shave the driprails and front inner fenders
Project Completion Date: Soon as I stop coming up with new ideas (hopefully, the end of 2007)