Anji Brown and Matt Vaughn
1989 Nissan Hardbody
Anji Brown and Matt Vaughn put in some work to get the mini of their dreams. They spent some money a few years back and purchased a real bucket-an '89 Hardbody that they had to pawn off quicker than they would have liked due to a sad excuse for a 'bag job. They soon got rid of it and bought a '96 S-10 that was fully 'bagged and was decent in almost every category.
After it sat sidelined with engine problems, Matt and his dad rebuilt the S-10's engine and it was soon up and running like a champ. Everyone from Pearland to Alvin, Texas, knew their truck, and most guys who asked who it belonged to were always surprised to hear that a chick could be it's co-owner. "Yeah, the truck belonged to both Matt and myself, but just the thought of me driving it made everyone curious," says Anji. But as with any project, they sometimes lose their steam and end up getting scrapped for something fresh.
The time came for Anji and Matt to once again clear out the garage and put the Dime up for grabs. "Someone showed us another S-10 they wanted to trade. It was a single cab, but I guess fate made that guy back out. Matt got mad, but I told him that good things come to those who wait, then-BAM!-a guy came along with the Hardbody you see us with today wanting to exchange it with our S-10. The Nissan had a lot of things wrong with it, but we made the trade anyway." A few sleepless nights in the garage fixed that problem though.
In the span of three years, the couple moved up the ranks of the custom minitruck rungs by practicing strategic buying, selling, and trading. Maybe they'd have a knack for the finance game if they had a chance to practice their brand of coming up on Wall Street. In fact, they have nicknamed their newly acquired holding "Hella Good Trade," which is the most fitting description this truck could receive.
For full details of Anji and Matt's hot Hardbody, find them listed in the Lowdown.
18-inch Billet Specialties
Suspension (front): ContiTech 'bags
Suspension (rear): ContiTech 'bags
Control Arms: Stock
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Frame Mods: Custom bridge
Misc.: 3-gallon stainless tank
Performed By: Previous owner
Door handles, third brakelight, gas door, mirrors
Cali combo with LED lights
Colors: Silver with red flames
Performed By: Previous owner
Seats: Red leather
Dash: Custom fiberglass
Misc.: Fiberglass center console, Billet Specialties steering wheel
Performed By: Kingpin Customs
Mids & Highs:
Sony Xplod 10-inch
Intake: Harley-Davidson air filter
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: Wire tuck
Performed By: Gravel Driveway Customs
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to Robbo Crowell-without him, the truck wouldn't fit in the trailer without fixing the link bars and bushings. Will Parker for all the late nights in the garage getting the truck torn apart and put back together again. Pugz for giving us an opportunity to be showcased in Mini Truckin' and for putting the truck in the Infamous Nissan calendar. To our parents for believing that we were always number one at all the shows."