Where do most minitruckers get their inspiration for a buildup? My inspiration came from growing up in the '80s in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Some guys will tell you they saw a neighbor with a mini and caught the bug. Well, Mike Linsky didn't just catch the bug, he got infected. So, when a friend was selling an already started project, Mike jumped all over it. In 1998, "Pimpsky"-as he's called by his friends-pulled the '88 S-15 Jimmy that he bought into the garage and started his project. What he didn't realize was that building an awesome truck was going to take a little longer than he thought, and it would require a little more work than he imagined.

Mike's inspirations came heavy from his dad. "Ol' man, Dan the Man, he's into all things custom," Mike said. "So, it's in my blood, too." Growing up among a bunch of different characters, Mike wasn't going to build just the usual. "I wanted something off center," Mike said. "I wanted it to be unique, different." The path he decided to go led him to Ron Finch, a man in his 60s.

"This guy's a custom bike builder," Mike said. "He's nearly 70, and he's still grinding and constantly active." After Mike did all the bodywork and prep, he had Ron paint the Jimmy in his unique style. "I pretty much gave him an idea of what I wanted, then from there he was on his own," Mike said. "He freehanded all the graphics-no stencils, nothing." Mike used tons of House of Kolor products on his ride, including some very exclusive and hard-to-get clearcoat.

There's so much custom on this hot rod-inspired mini it's ridiculous. Tons of work went into this Jimmy, including the hand-formed roof rack, suicide doors, and one-off cowl. Work was put in by friends and family members alike. "No detail was left out," Mike said. "We used all stainless hardware throughout." Mike pushed himself to the limits, and it's evident in the characteristics of his Jimmy. It wasn't until 2006 that the Jimmy saw the light of day. Along the way, Mike had help from tons of people.

"We were trying to get to a show and, at the last minute, we had tons of people come by and help," Mike said. "Even the inner fenders didn't go in till the last minute." This is the kind of build that reminds us of what family and friends are all about. Mike learned a lot from his build, and it was a bonding experience with his father. So, next time you're at a show in the Michigan area and you see this Blazer, make sure you stop by and appreciate a truly distinct build.

THE LOWDOWN

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x7-inch Boze Tribes / 20x8.5-inch Boze Tribes
Backspace (Front/Rear): 4-1/2 in / 6-3/4 in
Tires (Front/Rear): 215/40-18 Yokohamas / 255/35-20 Yokohamas

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Airbags
Front suspension: Tubular upper arms
Rear suspension: Parallel four-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: Front: 2600 Firestone; Rear: Slam Specialties
Control Arms: Chassis Tech uppers and lowers, modified by owner
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindles from Belltech
Shocks: Toxic Shocks, all four corners
Valves: 3/8 in, SMC valves
Compressor(s): 450 C Viair
Air line: 3/8 in, DOT
Air accessories: Mooneyes gauges, custom polished aluminum gauge and switchbox
Frame mods: Monster notch, custom crossmembers, custom shock mounts
Frame material: Modified notch
Gas tank: 16-gallon fuel cell
Brakes: Master cylinder relocated to the framerails
Detail work: Completely painted and all stainless braided lines were used, stainless hardware also used throughout
Misc.: Retractable license plate, telescoping driveshaft
Performed by: Owner
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Body Modifications
Shaved: Tailgate, bodylines, gas door, stock mirrors, roof seams, pinch weld, door handles, wiper cowl, bumper bolts
Frenched: Caddy tails, moon gauges
Body-Dropped: 5-1/2 in
Taillights: Caddy tails
Suicide doors: Done by owner and uses a safety pin and poppers
Exterior bolt-ons: Handmade roof rack, clear covers for parking lights.
Misc.: Chrome side-view mirrors, handmade grille insert, custom hood cowl by Dan Fournier
Performed by: Owner
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Paint
Brand and colors: HOK Brandywine base, multicolor artwork. "HOK UC-1 clear not available in the U.S.!"
Style: Ron Finch artwork. "It looks like a freakin' chopper from the '60s!" Ernie Macias says
Pinstriping: Multicolor by Tom Galli
Airbrushing: All done freehand by Ron Finch
Misc.: Graphics are carried through the jambs, dash, and firewall
Performed by: Base/clear, owner; graphics, Ron Finch; taping, "Anyone I could Tom Sawyer!"
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Interior
Seats: Modified bench
Material: Leather and suede
Dash: Handmade steel dash, moon gauges, switches moved under dash to keep it clean
Door panels: Upper steel, lower leather and suede, Lokar handles
Center console: Custom air switches, gauges, turn indicators, Lokar 16-inch shifter wrapped in a leather boot
Gauges: Moon gauges
Performed by: Steel, owner; material, Johnny Halfdone
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Stereo
Head unit: Kenwood faceplate in headliner under the visor
Mids and highs: 6.5-inch, 5.25-inch, and 1-inch tweeters
Amplifier for mids and highs: MTX
Subwoofers: 10 in
Amplifier for subwoofers: MTX
Wiring/accessories: Street wires
Video: Kenwood monitor, rearview mirror is a cam, TV tuner
Custom fabrication: All components remote and hidden under tonneau
Misc.: Custom kick panels with built in 5.25s, six-disk changer
Performed by: Owner, Rich Falcinelli, Purple Jay, Mickey Shorres
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 350
Model/year: ZZ4 crate motor
No. of Cylinders: 8
Head type: Aluminum
Transmission: 400 turbo, B&M torque converter, tweaked internals
Intake: Aluminum
Header/exhaust: Handmade by owner, Flowmaster mufflers
Ignition: G.M. HEI
Driveshaft: Custom telescoping
Rearend type: 12-bolt Chevy out of a '60 Impala, shortened and hardened axleshafts
Battery: YellowTop Optima
Location: Under tonneau in front of the front gate, mechanical back glass latch, so if the battery dies you can still get to it
Inner fenders: Custom aluminum by Dan Fournier
Detail work: Painted block and intake, polished air cleaner
Misc.: Custom-polished radiator, electric fan, steel braided hoses, remote oil filter
Performed by: Owner, dad, Rich Falcinelli
City/state: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Special Thanks (from owner):
Dad (D.T.M.), Rich, Fonz, Ron and Ruth Finch, Sloppy, Scrap, Purple Jay, Dan Fournier, Rich the Plumber, Harry Lightner, Ritchie Bones, my cousin Brandy, Kelly Wojcik, Gillman, my favorite ladies: my mom, Vicki, my girlfriend, and Erin, and anyone else who had a positive outlook on my project

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