Ever think about how much motorcycle guys are just like minitruckers? They have a passion for custom vehicles just like the rest of us, but theirs revolves around machines with two wheels, which are usually a lot faster, too.
This was the situation for Anthony Lesher. Back in September of 2009, he was riding a custom motorcycle but felt he needed a change. The bike was posted as for sale online and someone offered him a trade. It was a ’94 Isuzu pickup, and although it needed some work to get to the level Anthony desired, it was still pretty sweet. Ownership paperwork was exchanged, and soon he was driving on four wheels instead of two.
Anthony knew a little bit about minitrucks. After all, his buddy Ran was into the scene. His minitruck mentor taught him the ways of the custom truck, showing him why laying body was cool and how every properly done mini should have the rockers firmly laying on the concrete. That became Anthony’s new mission, and fortunately, his sensei was there to guide him.
The Isuzu is purely a home-built affair. The traditional 21⁄4-inch bodydrop was executed at Ran’s house, just to get things down to terra firma. Somewhere in this whole process, Anthony got involved with Aftermath, and that’s how he met Jason Freeman. Once the bodydrop was done, the Isuzu went to Freeman’s house to get the back half of the frame rebuilt with 2X3 steel tubing. Along the way, he picked up a Dana rearend from another buddy, and that was narrowed 3 inches to clear the rear wheels. By the time that and the custom two-link with wishbone rear suspension was done, his truck was ready for the next stage.
A minitruck isn’t complete without shaving a few body parts, so off came the usual suspects: door handles, antenna, hood squirters and all those factory extras. But since Anthony wanted a real show truck, he also yanked the engine so the firewall could get cleaned up and a pair of tubs put up front as well. Between him and his buddy Tayfur, they got the entire truck cleaned up, blocked, and sanded, then it was off to Tayfur’s shop for a smooth coat of House of Kolor paint.
The truck has been cruising the road ever since, and taken home a few trophies along the way, too. Since our shoot, Anthony has taken the truck an extra step with a sweet two-tone paintjob, and a slightly tweaked interior. What’s next after that? Who knows? But we do know one thing about those Aftermath guys. They. Don’t. Stop.
Owner: Anthony Pesher
Ride: 1994 Isuzu Pickup
Hometown: Englewood, OH
Wheels: 20x8 Centerline Snipers
Tires: 225/35 20 Wanli S-1088
Suspension (front): Tubular upper control arms, notched lower control arms, Slam Specialties RE-6 ’bags
Suspension (rear): Two-link with wishbone, narrowed Dana rear end, Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags
Compressor(s): Air Zenith
Frame Mods: 2x3 steel tube backhalf
Performed By: Owner, Freeman, and Burkett
Shaved: Door handles, third brake light, tailgate handle, firewall, antenna, hood squirters, front corner lights, frenched license plate box
Bodydrop: 21⁄4-inch traditional
Bolt-ons: Early ’90s Isuzu grille and bumper, stock taillights
Performed By: Owner and previous owner
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Black Pearl and Ultra Orange
Performed By: Owner, Booger, and Tayfur.
Seats: Black vinyl wrapped bench seat with orange stitching
Dash: Painted House of Kolor Black Pearl
Performed By: Owner, Tayfur, and Wicked Whips
Head Unit: Sony
Mids & Highs: Sony
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 2.3L four-banger
Intake: Weber carb
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Detail Work: Pacesetter header, Magnaflow catalytic converter and muffler
Special Thanks From Owner
"To my wife Ashley for supporting me through this build. I can’t thank Freeman, Tayfur, Burkett, and Booger enough for helping me get this truck done while they where building their own at the same time, and Big Ran for getting me into the minitruck world, and the entire Aftermath crew."