Chassis/Suspension A full-tube rollcage built out of 1-1/2 x 0.95-inch mild steel by Gabe connects the frame and the custom-built suspension. An off-road-style four-link with urethane bushing ends locates the rearend, and Firestone 2500 'bags are mounted off of the link bars in a mechanical advantage-style setup. Koni double-adjustable shocks damp the rear suspension. Gabe also fabbed mounts for a 7/8-inch Stock Car Products sway bar. The front suspension consists of another pair of Firestone 'bags mounted to custom-built control arms and frame mounts. Gabe built the A- and H-arms to eliminate negative camber throughout the suspension travel. Another pair of Koni shocks is cantilever-actuated by pushrods that are mounted to the lower H-arms with Heim joints. One-half-inch lines, a 5-gallon air tank, and electric valves make up the rest of the air suspension. Bob Gall of R.W. Little Company in San Diego powdercoated the entire chassis in crush silver and the suspension and motor parts in candy blue.
Engine/Drivetrain The engine compartment is as clean as it gets. You could eat lunch off of the painted, polished, and powdercoated 22R motor. Gabe built a smooth fan shroud out of aluminum and relocated an Optima Red Top battery to the bed. The motor also features a TRD camshaft, an Injen intake, a Downy off-road race header, an MSD 6AL ignition, and NGK spark plugs and wires. Power on demand comes from a two-stage NOS fogger system plumbed into the intake. A larger radiator out of a V-6-model truck keeps things cool.
Wheels/Tires 18x7-1/2-inch KMC Porn Star rims are stuffed into P215/35R18 Nitto NT550 rubber bands. The wheels have a 42mm offset and are mounted with 1/4-inch spacers. The bearing dust covers for the front rotors had to be removed to allow the center caps to be installed on the wheels.
Body Mods Gabe installed a full 4Runner front end from a '95-model Toyota. The hood is a fiberglass piece built for Baja trucks. Gabe entrusted his friend Boomer to straighten out the body of his Toy and cover it completely in shiny goodness. Boomer shaved the doors, the antenna, the fuel door, and the tailgate and spent hours making the fiberglass hood straight. Gabe also cut the bed floor out to save weight and mounted the bed to the rollcage so that it could be disassembled in three pieces whenever he wanted. He also built the trick wheeltubs and mounted everything with Dzeus fasteners.
Custom Paint/Graphics Boomer based the truck in brilliant blue and ran the graphics inside the bed, on the backside of the cab, and into the interior and the doorjambs.
Interior Upgraded items include Sparco seating, five-point harnesses, and a MOMO quick-release steering wheel. Gabe fabbed the dash out of aluminum and installed the Auto Meter Phantom gauges. His friend, James Stewart, built the custom door panel and the center console and installed the complete audio/video system.
Audio/Video System James Stewart installed a Pioneer DEH-P7200 CD head unit and Aura mids and tweets in the kick panels and the doors. The underdash sub is a 10-inch JL Audio and the amp is from Aura.