A few of you may know this Toyota not by its current appearance but from the way it appeared on our pages in 2004. It had a two-tone charcoal gray and silver paint scheme broken up by a tame flame design, and although it looked just as clean then as it does today, this Tacoma's present-day condition looks to have the upper hand.

Owner Howard Cline admits the toughest part of attaining a brand-new look for his truck was making it unrecognizable to the eyes who knew it well from its previous days on the show circuit. The worn-out suspension system was debugged and reworked, the tired interior was refreshed, and the old paint was blasted off the Tacoma's surface. It was slowly turning into a completely different truck.

Now, Howard expressed to us that he will never again purchase a previously built vehicle from anyone, but he successfully built this truck around his own ideas and standards. And even though the Tacoma was built to impress before, the elements of style seem to have matured with its reincarnation. From color-matched billet wheels to subtle ghost graphics, this Toyota is on another level than before.

There's always room for improvement with anything in life. It's all a matter of peeling your ass from off the couch, creating a plan, and executing that plan. Even the best has room to be better.


Owner: Howard Cline
Ride: 2002 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: Logan, WV

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x7.5 Raceline Deceptive Five
Tires: 215/35/18 Nitto 555

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Belltech drop spindles, Slam Specialties RE6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE 7 'bags, Cando Specialties four-link
Control Arms: Chopping Block uppers and lowers
Shocks: Belltech
Compressor(s): Dual Air-Zenith
Misc.: 3/8-inch Danz valves, 5-gal. air tank
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door and tailgate handles, third brakelight, bodylines under back glass
Bodydrop: 4 inches
Performed By: Original owner and Casey Hall

Paint
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Cobalt Kandy Blue
Misc.: Ghost true flames and skulls
Performed By: Adam Cutlip

Interior
Seats: Wrapped in gray emu
Dash: Yanked and painted
Misc.: Center console built to house 10-inch subwoofer, custom shifter/handle, gray emu headliner
Performed By: Owner and Casey Hall

Stereo
Head Unit: Alpine CD9886
Mids & Highs: Kicker
Subwoofers: JL Audio W3
Amplifiers: Kicker
Misc.: Stinger accessories
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: 2.4L four-banger
Intake: Custom-painted
Header/exhaust: Flowtech
Transmission: Five-speed
Detail Work: Trailer fenders, bedliner spray
Misc.: Optima battery
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thank you to everyone who played a part in helping me rework this truck to where it is now."