For many of us, the minitruck bug bites us early on in life. In fact, this affect got a hold of Robby Odom of Meridian, Mississippi, at a very young age, and he never let go. For our religious Mini Truckin' magazine readers, that name might sound familiar. Well, it should, because Robby graced the cover of our January '00 issue in an infamous group shot with his orange '94 Ranger. Robby decided that if his truck was good enough for the cover of Mini Truckin' once, why not tear it completely down and get it on another cover? Knowing he would have to make the truck look completely different than it did on the first cover, Robby set out to track down just the right people to help him achieve this rare, coveted second cover.

A color change was the first thing lined up, along with some more bodywork. That alone wouldn't be enough to look like a new truck, so the wheels were sold and a new set of billet rollers were bolted onto the newly smoothed frame and suspension. To update the interior, a dash out of a '97 Mustang was shaved, sectioned, and molded to fit the Ranger. It was also painted the body color to tie the interior to the exterior.

After some metalwork in the bed, the list of new mods had been completed. Robby proved that with the right amount of change, style, and being at the right place at the right time, you can definitely make a cover truck come back for a repeat performance.

We heard that Robby's trailer blew a tire on the way home from his cover shoot. The blowout folded one of his trailer fenders and threw the tire into the side of the bed for a little while. Whereas most people would fix the damage and continue to show the truck, Robby plans on taking his truck back apart and building a cover truck yet again! This time, he says he'll be going much further than the previous two builds. So, be on the look-out for what could possibly be three covers for one ride.

THE LOWDOWN

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 18-inch Boyd Coddington Blasters
Wheels (Rear): 20-inch Boyd Coddington Blasters
Tires (Front): 215/35R18 BFG
Tires (Rear): 235/45R20 BFG

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air suspension
Front suspension: Drop I-beams, chrome radius arms
Rear suspension: Triangulated four-link
Airbag type and size: Firestone 'bags
Shocks: Belltech
Valves: SMC 1/2-inch
Compressor: Viair 450
Air line: 1/2-inch DOT
Frame mods: C-notch, custom bridge, custom radius, and transmission crossmembers
Frame material: Box tubing
Gas tank: Aluminum fuel cell
Detail work: Smoothed and painted frame and suspension
Misc.: Notched frame for tie-rod ends
Performed by: Owner Robby Odom

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood seems, squirters, cowl panel, antenna, handles, body line, 3rd brake light, gas door, bedrail, tailgate skin combo, taillights, and firewall
Frenched: Tag box
Body-dropped: 3 inches
Front end: Billet grille inserts, smooth bumper
Back end: Shaved with exhaust through the roll pan
Taillights: 12-inch LED
Misc.: Eclipse hood bubble, sheetmetal bed
Performed by: Owner and Don Bracken
City/state: Meridian, MS

Paint
Brand and colors: PPG custom yellow mix
Misc.: Color-matched Line-X in bed, painted NC logo in bed
Performed by: Cab and frame by Don Bracken, interior and bed by Eli Griffin
City/state: Meridian, MS

Interior
Seats: Cut down 60/40 Bench
Material: Tan Ultra leather
Dash: '97 Ford Mustang, has been shaved and painted
Door panels: Tweed
Center console: Custom fiberglass wrapped in tan Ultra leather
Flooring: Tan carpet
Headliner: Tweed
Gauges: Mustang and Auto Meter
Performed by: Tommy Hodges
City/state: Meridian, MS

Stereo
Head unit: Sony
Mids and highs: JL Audio 6.5-inch components
Amplifier: Four-Channel JL Audio
Subwoofers: Two 8-inch JL W6s
Custom fabrication: Fiberglassed and painted box behind the seats
Performed by: Justin McCary at Selective Audio
City/state: Meridian, MS

Engine/Performance
Stock: Four-cylinder 2.3L
Intake: Chrome tube intake
Header/exhaust: Jet Hot coated
Battery: Exide Purple Haze
Location: Modified, location under hood
Inner fenders: Custom rolled metal
Detail work: Chrome master cylinder and valve cover, motor painted, polished intake manifold
Misc.: Billet overflow tank
Performed by: Painted by Don Bracken
City/state: Meridian, MS

Special Thanks From Owner
To my parents, brother, fiance Jenny, Justin McCary, Twin States, Ben Lockhart, Quality Trim, the Negative Camber Family, and Airplane Larry.

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