Owner: Clark Dufrene
Ride: '92 Isuzu
Hometown: Westwego, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
We're going to make this story short and sweet because we have some cool photos of Clark Dufrene's '92 Isuzu to show you. Clark's story, in a nutshell, goes something like this: Back in 1997, Clark decided to stop rolling his '65 Ford Mustang and build a mini. One thousand bucks later, his 'Stang would belong to someone else, and he was rolling home in the Isuzu. The next few years passed by quickly, occupied by a nonstop custom buildup of the mini that culminated in this photo shoot. Along the way, Clark made some great friends, joined Negative Camber, and had the help of several talented shops to complete his mini. To save space, you'll find the details in the Lowdown section, and the photos tell the rest of this custom story.
Warren Stanbro of Kunfuzed Customs in Westwego, Louisiana, snags all of the credit for the suspension work on Clark's ride. Starting with a pair of #2500 Firestone airbags, Warren hammered the mini by replacing the coil springs with the 'bags and relocating a pair of Gabriel shocks to the outside of the control arms. The rear suspension received the same treatment, with a pair of #2600 'bags and a Pete and Jake's reverse-triangulated four-link taking the place of the old leaf springs. Gabriel shocks were used again, which were custom-painted to match the body of the truck. A Jeg's 10-gallon aluminum fuel cell replaced the stock fuel tank. Gretna Plating chromed the rear brake drums, the four-link, and the front suspension components.
17x7-inch Colorado Custom Alamosa rims were wrapped in P205/40ZR17 Sumitomo tires.
Before any shaving was performed, Wayne Stanbro body-dropped the Isuzu 4 inches until the rockers laid as hard as possible on the pavement. Kevin Holland of Kunfuzed Customs then updated the front of the truck with Isuzu Rodeo parts and added a Trenz billet grille insert along the way. The list of shaved items is long, and it includes the hood squirter holes, the door handles, the antenna hole, and the gas door. The rear of the truck was also molded shut with a tailgate skin/roll pan combo. A Street Beat sliding ragtop lets the sunshine in on hot summer days.
Kal Smith of Kenner, Louisiana, laid down the Sunbelt/House of Kolors paints that cover every inch of Clark's mini, including the Checkmate tonneau cover.
Prestige Customs of Metairie, Louisiana, skillfully stitched up the gray heather tweed over the RCI racing bucket seats and the rest of the interior. It also performed the fiberglass work necessary to recess the Auto Meter gauges into the dash. Kal Smith then painted the fiberglass accent pieces inside the cab to match the outside paint scheme. The steering wheel is a Colorado Custom Alamosa wheel that matches the rims on the truck.
Jason Snyder of Prestige Customs and Autosound installed the bangin' system, which is filled with Kenwood and Kicker equipment. A Kenwood KDC-9017 head unit controls a KMD-D400 mini-disc player and a KGC-9044 equalizer. The signal from all of these components goes directly to Kicker ZX460 and ZR-120 amplifiers. They in turn power a pair of Kicker 10-inch Comp VR subwoofers that reside in the bed of the truck and a set of Kicker Resolution component speakers that are custom mounted in the doors.
The 2.3L four-banger engine features a chrome valve cover and pulley set along with a K&N Filtercharger air intake. Dual 10-inch fans keep the motor cool in traffic, and a Flotech exhaust system that is Jet-Hot-coated makes some power. Taylor Spyro Pro plug wires light the fire in the motor.
"I built this truck for the love of the game. I'd like to send a special thanks out to my wife Callie, Warren Stanbro, Cory Himel, Matt Dufrene, Chad Caro, Kal Smith, Jason Snyder, Nolan Menne, Kevin Holland, and Les Holland."