Built versus bought is one of the strangest arguments in the minitrucking community. To Keith Wadlington, a minitrucker out of Tucson, Arizona, it was basically a bunch of mumbo jumbo. He's shown the West Coast that you can buy a truck, as he did from Jonathan Graham, and then make it your own.

Keith will tell you right away that a lot of the work to his truck had already been completed. What's a better way to save that hard-earned money than to buy a truck that has already been started? Once Keith got his hands on the truck, he cruised it for a bit, then decided it needed to be gone through thoroughly. Keith told us he's gone through six or seven roll pans and he's rubbed more than a handful of holes in the fenders. The biggest reason for rebuilding the truck was he kept going to torque converters every six months. "Having a body-dropped truck with a V-8 isn't the greatest idea," said Keith. But he does it anyways.

The worst part, to Keith, was breaking down in the Arizona heat all the time while fine-tuning the truck to perfection. Now, Keith can be seen driving his ride to all of the local state shows. He's also been featured on the cover of Surface DVD before he even repainted the truck. "Look for me in an upcoming Domination, also!" exclaimed Keith. It seems he's been pretty popular at the shows lately. We can imagine why. At the Severed Ties show in Phoenix, we witnessed Keith do a burnout at the drag contest and it was wild. To Keith, it's all about cruising with his club, Freaks of Nature, and enjoying the shows. Keith said he wouldn't do anything different if he had to do it all over again. He's learned throughout the time he's had his truck, and it's all been worth it to him.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8 Metal FX X1
Backspace: 30mm
Tires: 215/35R18 Falken

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: 3-inch drop I-beams
Rear suspension: 'Bagged over the axle
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): 2500
(Rear): 2600 Contitech
Spindles/springs: AIM two-inch drop spindles
Shocks: Monroe Sensa Track
Valves: Electric SMC 3/8-inch
Compressors: Two Viair 480s
Air line: 3/8-inch steel braided and the normal black stuff
Air/hydro accessories: 5-gallon Firestone tank, six switches
Frame mods: Boxed front and rear, step notch triangulated four-link, a custom bridge, painted Alpine Green and Black
Frame material: Steel
Gas tank: 16-gallon fuel cell, aluminum
Brakes: Discs all the way around
Detail work: Most things are chrome, or painted to match the body, or painted black
Performed by: Owner Keith Wadlington and Jonathan Graham
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Body Modifications
Shaved: Wipers, emblems, squirters, key holes, front bumper, handles, tailgate handle, mirrors, third brake light, cab seams, cowl, gas door, firewall, rear cab wall, and a full sheetmetal bed.
Frenched: License-plate box
Body-dropped: 3.5-inches
Front end: Billet grille painted to match body, all chrome bumper without molding and holes, crystal-clear headlights and corners
Back end: Molded roll pan, frenched box, and shaved tailgate handle
Taillights: '07 Ranger
Performed by: Owner Keith Wadlington and Jonathan Graham
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Paint
Brand and colors: Sherwin Williams, Chrysler Alpine Green
Style: Solid
Performed by: Johnny Graham
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Interior
Seats: Toyota bucket
Material: Off-white vinyl, green piping
Dash: Shaved shelf, A/C vents, glovebox, switch panel, Alter Images billet wheel, switches for suspension in place of A/C controls, 2.5-inch Auto Meter tachometer, and old-skool Ford gauges
Door panels: Vinyl and piping
Center console: Vinyl and piping, housing a B&M slap shifter, 7.5-inch monitor, and a 10-inch inverted sub
Flooring: Green Marine carpet
Headliner: Vinyl, electric sunroof
Gauges: Old-skool Ford gauges by Auto Meter
Misc.: Dash clip shaved and painted to match the body
Performed by: Keith Wadlington, JonathanGraham, and Panchos Upholstery
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Stereo
Head unit: Panasonic CQ-C9700U
Mids and highs: Four 1-inch MB Quart tweeters, two 4-inch MB Quart Mids, two 6.5-inch MB quart mids
Subwoofers: 10-inch Memphis
Amplifier for subwoofers: Audiobahn 800W
Wiring/accessories: Misc. from a local stereoshop
Video: 7.5-inch Audiobahn moniter, Audiobahn DVD player
Custom fabrication: Center console
Performed by: Owner Keith Wadlington
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 306, 5.0 (302 Bored 30 over)
Model/year: '82 Ford Mustang
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type: Ford Mustang GT
Internals: Wiesco Pro true Forged Flat Top pistons, Comp Cams Magnum Hydraulic roller lifters
Ported/polished: Yes
Deburred: No
Camshaft: Crane Powermax, hydraulic roller style, duration 278/286. Lift .520/.542
Fuel delivery: Two Holley blue-label fuel pumps, Holley 650cfm double-pumped HP style carb, chrome 4150 bowls, all steel-braided lines, earls fittings, Mallory billet fuel-pressure regulator
Transmission: TCI Sizzler C-4 manual-valve-body reverse pattern
Intake: Edelbrock performer RPM
Header/exhaust: L&L shorty headers, Summit exhaust cutouts, Flow Master 40 series. Header wrap, 2.5-inch pipe all the way back
Ignition: MSD coil, MSD 8.8 wire, Mallory 6al ignition box Mallory unilite distributor, Autolite double-platinum plugs
Driveshaft: Ford Racing aluminum drive shaft
Rear-end type: 8.8 Mustang, .373 gears
Battery: Two Optima YellowTops
Location: Under hood, under bed
Detail work: A lot of chrome and paint to match the body
Misc.: Fan shroud made out of 14-inch air cleaner shroud, billet overflow tank, three electric fans, and under-drive pulleys
Performed by: Owner Keith Wadlington
City/state: Tucson, AZ

Special Thanks By Owner
Freaks of Nature; Surface DVD for the past feature; Domination the Video for the upcoming feature; my roommate Dustin Langen; my friends and club, Glenn, Allison, Jeremy, Ray, Kevin, Andy, John, Opi, James, and Daniel (thanks for all of the help, guys); Rhino lining for the color-matched rhino; Rent a Wheel for the rims and tires; and Johnny for the paint.

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