If you ever see a young man lurking around the corner, watching people stare at this sick '91 Hardbody, it just might be its owner, Travis Chavin. Though now a giant in the mini-truckin' scene, with one of the most whored-out customs, one would be hard-pressed to call Travis outgoing. The best thing to do is just go up and make a random comment to him just to get a glimpse of those pearly whites.

For the last year or so mini-truckers have seen the progression of what would be one of the most talked-about mini's in some time - a Nissan Hardbody on 22s...heck, a body-dropped Nissan Hardbody on 22s. We can't see the progression of the low meeting the big going much further than this. What makes this even better is that this Hardbody is driven. It's not one of those trucks that they have to jack up, take off the fenders, and stuff the 22s on before letting it sit there and not move. How cool is it that this truck buries close to 10 inches of billet while driving by you like it ain't no thang?!

The story about how this truck came to be is a little different than most. Travis and DIB were working away on his beloved and rarely built Nissan Pathfinder. They were already on the second frame build and were ready to blow the mini-truck scene out of the water with their new creation. Then the worst thing possible happened: Some jerk from Southern California came out with one first (and it was no slouch). Travis' skin went from green with envy to fire engine red as all of his hopes and dreams were crushed.

With all future plans null and void, what was Travis to do? The only thing he felt he could: start a new project. The project of choice was his daily driven, lowered on 17s '91 Nissan Hardbody. So on 20s it went and away the project shot off. If you noticed a lot of random Nissan Pathfinder apparel on Doin' It Big, I'm sure you could figure out why. Hey, the remnants of the once soon-to-be-great SUV had to go somewhere.

It always seemed as if Travis's Nissan was the last-minute weekend time constrainer. One weekend they would bag the entire truck. A few weekends down the road, it was all dedicated to body-dropping it. So it would suffice to say that there aren't tons of hours, or weeks, in this truck but many lost weekends, which, if you are like us, is more valuable time; and we don't mean because all of the good TV programming that's on.

We're sure to see more from Travis, Duck, and the DIB crew. It seems that every show in the South is blessed with one of their creations in the making. The name does fit the behavior of this shop and its crew, as for years to come they will be doing it big.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels, front: 22x8.5-inch Intro V-Rods 5
Wheels, rear: 22x10-inch Intro V-Rods 5
Backspace, front: 5-3/4-inch
Backspace, rear: 4-inch
Tires, front: 245/30ZR22 Pirelli P-Zeros
Tires, rear: 295/25ZR22

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Rear suspension: Modified Pete and Jake's four-link
Airbag type and size: Front: 2,500lb Firestones, Rear: 26c Firestones
Control arms: Uppers flipped and switches sides
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindles
Shocks: Ranchos painted storm gray all the way around
Valves: SMC 300-psi 3/8-inch valves
Air line: 3/8-inch stainless
Air/hydro accessories: Nitrogen in a chrome Extensive Metalworks bottle rack
Frame mods: 2x3-inch tubing from the cab back; all of the wires have been run through the frame
Frame material: 2x3-inch box tubing
Gas tank: Custom-built 12-gallon fuel cell
Detail work: Every removable part was painted and every bolt was replaced
Performed by: DIB
City/state: Houma, LA

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, gas door, cowl, radiator support, firewall, and tailgate handle
Body-dropped: 2-3/4 inches
Front end: All '95 Pathfinder sheetmetal and grille and bumper
Back end: FBI tailgate skin and roll pan
Taillights: Euro clears with candy paint
Exterior bolt-ons: 4x4 fenders, Mazda chrome mirrors
Misc: Sheetmetal bed floor with custom-made polished bed strips, boat trailer fenders in the bed, Oldsmobile port holes in the fenders, lower valance molded to one piece from three pieces, custom-built license plate holder, cab and inside of bed has all had spray-on bedliner
Performed by: DIB
City/state: Houma, LA

Paint
Brand and colors: Dupont Hot Hues Snap Bean Green on top, the bottom is Butter Bean Green, Red Hot Red, and what should have been gold
Style: Two-tone
Pinstriping: HOK by Snapper Chad at Never Satisfied Custom
Misc: DIB logo in the corner of the tailgate
Performed by: DIB

Interior
Seats: Rebuilt factory bench seat
Material: Two-tone leather
Dash: '95 dash that's smoothed and painted
Door panels: '95 Nissan Pathfinder door panels with painted accents and two tone leather
Center console: Custom sheetmetal console by the owner
Flooring: Factory gray
Gauges: Factory Pathfinder gauges and two Auto Meters in the center of the dash
Misc: BAD steering wheel with a tilt column out of a Nissan Pathfinder, sheetmetal back cab wall, doors and roof covered in Dynamat, factory power windows added, and polished door seals
Performed by: DIB

Stereo
Head unit: Alpine
Mids & highs: Crossfire 5-1/4-inch speakers in the doors and a pair of 4-1/2-inch speakers in the dash
Amplifier for mids & highs: Crossfire 202
Subwoofers: Two 8-inch Crossfires
Amplifier for subwoofers: Same amp
Accessories: Code alarm
Custom fabrication: Painted custom subwoofer enclosure box
Misc: The whole truck has been rewired to clean it up
Performed by: Jordy at DIB

Engine/Performance
Internals: JE pistons bored 10 over
Camshaft: Jim Wolff Technology's Comp Cam
Transmission: Centerforce clutch
Rearend type: '87 Toyota rearend narrowed 10 inches by Elie at Da Shop with Moser axles
Intake: '89 240 intake
Header/exhaust: Pacesetter header with a Flowmaster exhaust
Battery: Two red-top Optimas
Location: Under the bed
Inner fenders: Boat trailer fenders
Detail work: Painted with chrome valve covers
Misc: Everything is painted
Performed by: Elie McGee at Da Shop
City/state: Houma, LA

Special Thanks
To the DIB crew, including Duck, Brad, Kevin, Josh, and Jordy; Elie at Da Shop; Chad Snapper at Never Satisfied; Marc "the parts man" Breax; Clint Rogers; Hank's Car Care; Dan at FBI; Chris "Relax" Odle; Zack and Randy at Nu Era Bedlining; Dulac; Negative Camber; and anyone else who helped out

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