Owner: Trevor Anderson
Hometown: Velva, North Dakota
Ride: '96 Toyota Tacoma
Club: Xtreme Machines
At just 19 years of age, Trevor Anderson rolls a severely customized truck that anyone would be proud to own. He most likely didn't win the lottery and probably isn't financed by the bank of mom and pop, either. Rather than sit on the sidelines and just pay someone to build his truck into a turnkey dragger, Trevor chose to get in the ring and learn about one of the most important aspects of any mini: its paintjob. Trevor is a body shop assistant, and this is his in. It's not a bad gig if you can get it. You basically get to learn a ton about the autobody industry and its practices while getting paid. Drawing on his hookup at the body shop, Trevor set out to build a killer mini and gain some respect for having a hand in building it. Paint will make or break any truck, no matter what size wheels it's running, how big the audio system thumps, or how much rocker it drags. If the paintjob looks like ass, a shiny set of wheels and a hammered stance won't save it in the eyes of your peers. Trevor knows this, and that's why he went balls out when it came to painting his ride. Rather than choose a stock color or even one out of a paint manufacturer's catalog, Trevor had Fisher Motors body shop mix up its own concoction of orange paint and even threw in some pearl and ghost flames to set if even further apart from the norm. Trevor was also smart enough to have a real street rod builder slice into the sheetmetal of his most prized possession, laying the body firmly on the pavement. He entrusted Black Magic Rod and Custom of Devil's Lake, North Dakota, to cut up his mini and then bring it back together. It performed a clean body drop that enabled Trevor's Toy' to lay hard and be just as road worthy as it was when he dropped it off at the company's shop. By nailing two of the most important aspects of building a clean mini, Trevor had only some interior and detail work left to put his mini over the top and into MT magazine. Follow along with us as we salivate, drool, and otherwise obsess over this clean mini from North Dakota.
Randy Miller 'bagged Trevor's Taco using Firestone airbags up front and Toxic shock absorbers. The ball joints were also flipped to the tops of the control arms to help the suspension geometry. In the rear, Randy and Neal Nathan laid out the mini using another pair of Firestone 'bags and a reverse-triangulated four-link. Gabriel shocks were used on the rear suspension. The rear frame clip is sprayed in orange spray-in bedliner material, and the four-link bars, the driveshaft, and the brake drums were painted to match the exterior of the truck.
17x7-inch Niche Jetgear rims and P205/40R17 Kumho tires are Trevor's rolling combination of choice.
Black Magic Rod and Custom in Devil's Lake hammered Trevor's Toy' by body dropping it 3 inches over the framerails. The body was then customized by Brent Podoll, who shaved the doors, the gas filler door, the antenna hole, the mirrors, the hood squirters, the front corner lights, and molded the tailgate shut. A tailgate skin/roll pan combo was used to accomplish this and features an angled and frenched license plate box. 4x4 front fenders are combined with a 4x4 bumper and valance for the wide look, providing additional clearance for the front wheels when the truck is laid out.
Les King sprayed the custom orange base, and then followed it up with ghost flames under a custom-mixed orange and gold pearl.
Williams Upholstery of Minot, North Dakota, stitched the factory Taco's interior in orange and white vinyl. Williams also made a new headliner out of the same white vinyl and tossed out the stock carpet in favor of white carpet. (Big-ups for having the nuts to put white carpet in your truck, Trevor.) Everything that wasn't covered in vinyl received a color-matched paint scheme that complements the exterior of the truck and the interior nicely. The final touch is the flamed gauge face and the matching Colorado Customs Fire steering wheel that we are so enamored with here at MT.
Keeping it simple, Trevor chose to install a Clarion DRX-767S head unit and Kicker RS Resolution 6.5-inch component speakers in the factory door locations.
Stock, with the exception of a K&N Filtercharger air-intake system.
"I wanted a truck that no one else had and that would turn heads whenever I'm out cruising. I'd like to give special thanks to everyone at Fisher Motors body shop, my dad for everything he did to help me complete this project, Bud, Les, my entire family, and all my friends in my club, Xtreme Machines."