Six days equals 144 hours, if you slept for 8 hours each day, that would leave you with 96 hours. If you ate, talked with friends, or had a job to go to in that time, then you would loose roughly another 70 hours, and that would leave you with about 26 hours. We could probably subtract more hours which are spent driving and such from that equation. What's with all the numbers? Well, imagine spending 100 hours in only six days to crank out your mini in time for the biggest show in your area. That's exactly what Dave did to get his truck to Indy Truck Bash last year. It was crazy, it was hectic, but it was worth it.

"The best part was the amazing response I got for the truck, and I got a feature," Dave told us. Not bad for a guy who had never really messed with trucks before. As a matter of fact, this was Dave's first attempt at anything custom. Dave wasn't only on a rush to get his truck done; he also did about everything himself. "The worst thing was the bed, all of that damn fiberglass sucked!" said Dave. He learned first-hand that sanding sucks, but he also learned to give a lot of respect for the people who spend countless hours building rides in their garages.

The greatest aspect of the build for Dave was the fact that his girlfriend was patient with the build the entire time. Dave learned that he had a good girl on his hands, they're even engaged now! "If she could put up with the long hours, for five years, and me in the garage all of the time-then she could put up with anything," proclaimed Dave. Congratulations on the engagement from all of us at MT, and we look forward to seeing you and the family at upcoming shows.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x8 Neeper Haaz
Tires (Front/Rear): 235/40R18 Semperit

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: Lowered I-beams
Rear suspension: Parallel four-link
Control arms: DJM Dream Beams
Shocks: Nitro Drop Shocks
Valves: MIC 1/2-inch
Compressor: VIAIR 550
Air line: 1/2-inch
Air/hydro accessories: Two 5-gallon tanks
Frame mods: Notched front, notched rear, boxed smoothed and painted frame, and relocated body mounts
Frame material: 1/8-plate, 2x4 box tube
Gas tank: 20-gallon polished aluminum
Misc.: Everything was smoothed and painted
Performed by: Dave Duchnowski
City/state: Parma, Ohio

Body Modifications
Shaved: Cowl, hood squirters, body line, radiator support, third brake light, taillights, tailgate, back wall, door handles, extra cab window, roof seams,firewall, under hood, antenna, and bedrails
Frenched: Antenna, taillights, fender vents, and gas filler
Body-dropped: 4 inches
Front end: Chrome bumper, billet grill, and projector headlights
Back end: Retractable license plate, custom taillights
Taillights: Custom-built
Suicide doors: Suicide doors, and a suicide tailgate
Exterior bolt-ons: Street Scene mirrors, One Off Designs' plates
Misc.: Custom-made hood with a billet insert, raised bed sides, custom floor and wall with beads rolled. Pop-up gas filler, 40x40 rag top, smooth cowl panel
Performed by: Owner Dave DuchnowskI
City/state: Parma, Ohio

Paint
Brand and colors: Matrix GM Yellow with a tint
Style: Solid
Performed by: Barry Cieslewicz, Autobody Specialists
City/state: Cleveland, Ohio

Interior
Seats: '67 Mustang Fastback
Material: Leather and suede
Dash: Smoothed and shaved, and a custom gauge pod
Door panels: '94 Ranger
Center console: Custom-built with air gauges
Flooring: Sheetmetal and smoothed
Headliner: Fiberglass
Gauges: Nu-Image with chrome trim, and an Auto Meter in the dash bezel
Performed by: Owner Dave Duchnowski
City/state: Parma, Ohio.

Stereo
Head unit: Pioneer DEHP730 premier
Mids and highs: 6-inch and 4-inch Audiobahns.
Amplifier for mids and highs: 600W Audiobahn
Subwoofers: 10-inch Audiobahn flame series
Amplifier for subwoofers: 600 w Audiobahn
Wiring/accessories: Monster cable
Custom fabrication: Custom box with storage panels
Performed by: Owner Dave Duchnowski
City/state: Parma, Ohio

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 4 liter
Model year: '97
Number of cylinders: 6
Nitrous: 50 shot of ZEX Nitrous
Intake: Painted 66mm BBK. Throttle body
Header/exhaust: Headman header, Flowmaster, and ceramic coated
Ignition: Taylor
Rearend type: 8.8
Battery: Two Yellow Top Optimas
Location: Underneath the bed
Inner fenders: Custom made
Detail work: Custom-made shroud, billet accessories, all-stainless hard lines
Misc.: Moved all wiring harnesses, fuse blocks, chrome, paint, and polish
Performed by: Owner Dave Duchnowski
City/state: Parma, Ohio

Special Thanks (by owner)
To my parents, girlriend Lauren, Greg, Timmy, Jason, Kevin, Barry, Snacks, Rezabecks, Erker, Murphy's, Paolucci, and the other guys at work, and anyone who ever lent a hand, and of course, to the guys that brought beer over.

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