Shane Craighead purchased a different truck than most would buy to haul a street bike around. He planned to bolt a few items onto the truck, lower it a little, and add some custom touches here and there. The street bike was never actually purchased because one thing lead to another and before Shane realized it, he had a full-blown show truck on his hands. He told us that he has built his truck for many different reasons, but the most interesting we thought was his intention to provoke others on the East Coast to build better rides. He found himself going to shows all the time where all he had to compete against were a bunch of lowrider-type trucks. Getting tired of easily blowing past the wire wheel-sporting fluffy cotton-stuffed fenderwells of those trucks at shows, he finally got a few others to catch on.
The gurus at TNT Automotive Specialty in Waynesboro, Virginia, bolted on a pair of Superior 2-inch dropped spindles, 'bagged the front suspension and added relocated Ground Control shocks. The rear chassis of was rebuilt using 2x3-inch boxed tubing with a bridge notch for added axle travel. The rear is damped with Toxic shocks bolted to a chromed and triangulated hand-built four-link. To lay the Mits low enough, the stock tank was replaced with an RX-7 tank. The chassis was painted using body color and coordinating stripes. Everything else was given a bath in chrome. Rear suspension details such as stainless braided lines can be seen through the bed kit.
A Pioneer hear unit controls the input from three JL Audio 10-inch subs, and high and midrange speakers for presence -- the layout of the system is impressive in such a small space. Power for the stereo system comes from three Rockford Fosgate amplifiers that process power for each frequency range. Rather than just wrapping the door panels with tweed, he opted to build door inserts that are painted to match the truck. His seats come from a '93 Honda Prelude and have been reupholstered. All interior work was performed by Swink's Upholstery in Dublin, Virginia. The finishing touches of the interior include polished billet armrests, a rearview mirror, and window cranks. The show shine in his truck continues with custom-made polished stainless gauge and dash inserts.
Sprayed by Shorty's in Vinton, Virginia, using '99 Isuzu Copper Orange Metallic as a basecoat. Fourteen different colors of paint were used to create the graphics scheme that gives Shane's truck its identity. Rollers 17x7.5-inch Concept Neeper Alien custom wheels with 205/40R17 Sumitomo HTRZII tires.
Body dropped 2-1/2 inches at TNT by Greg Taylor. John Pritchard in Roanoke, Virginia, performed all of the body mods on the truck. The enhancements include shaved door handles, hood squirters, body seams, a grafted Mitsubishi Eclipse hood bubble, a molded Sir Michaels roll pan, a frenched license plate in the front bumper, and a molded Fuba antenna in the center rear roof line.
The Mits sports detailed engine compartment that continues the custom paint colors found over the top of the truck. The engine also makes more power because of the installation of a custom-built K&N intake system courtesy TNT Automotive. Sections of chromed diamond-plate were also built onto the firewall for an added measure of show flair.
"I still can't believe that my truck is being featured! This just makes me want to help my fellow club members reach their goals even more now that I've reached mine. I was used to just sitting back and getting nothing at the trophy presentations. At the East Coast Nationals in 2000, I won just about every prestigious award there, including MT's choice. I can't forget to thank my girlfriend Nancy because I did neglect her quite a bit while I was working on my truck. I did most of the work on my truck, which saved me a lot of money. I really think that it's the only way to get what you want out of your truck. Special thanks to Woodings Autobody, Barry Short, Steve Fischer at Slam 'n' Kustoms, Daniel Overstreet, Scott Roberts, and every member of my club, Diversified Ridez.
During our last visit to the East Coast, we realized that in the area he lives, mini-truckin' is definitely on the upswing. After he attended his first truck show, he found that it was impossible to resist the temptation to keep working on his truck. Since he had bought a truck that not everyone has, he automatically set himself up to build a different kind of ride. He kept at it, and the result is one of the finest Mitsubishis the MT staff has ever laid eyes on. The truck is clean enough to eat off the frame, and Shane still drives it to every show he attends.