Owner: Larry Joe McCumber II
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina
Ride: '85 Toyota
Club: Flat Line Designs
Our sport has come a long way since the days of air shocks and chrome fuel filler doors. The trucks are cleaner, the technology has improved, and the craftsmanship used to build today's mini-trucks has grown by leaps and bounds. No doubt about it, today's mini is a lot more that just a lowered truck. Cutting out your truck's inner fenders in the name of being low is still cool, but it's much cooler to build trick replacement panels. Cutting up your mini's bed is still necessary to get your truck flat on the pavement, but covering up the holes with wheeltubs and smooth sheetmetal is the standard today. Cleanliness is in and hacked up trucks are out. A fine example of today's mini-truck can be found in Larry McCumber II's '85 Toyota. His truck wasn't built overnight. Instead, the mods were carefully planned and executed throughout a six year period while the 'Yota served as Larry's daily driver. His truck does in fact lay out, but he doesn't have to pressure-wash the inside of the bed or engine compartment every week to remove the road grime that comes with having no inner fenders. Thanks to a carefully crafted engine compartment shroud that is color-matched to the truck, the thousands of miles Larry drives each year have no ill effects on the pristine motor, which is also a finely detailed and powerful motivational tool for his truck. The age of this truck doesn't affect its performance because Larry had a remanufactured motor - built by Recon - installed in his truck. He then added a few well-chosen performance-enhancing goodies from Weber, K&N, LC Engineering, and Flowmaster. Moving rearward, the bed has been reconstructed for maximum drop and maximum appeal. The holes that were cut for the step-notch and wheels were covered up with a smooth set of round wheeltubs. Inside the bed, an aluminum fuel cell has been mounted, which looks a million times better than a stock Toyota gas tank laying inside of the bed. All of this fabrication excellence strives to create a more useful mini capable of serving as a daily driver and show killer. This is just part of the equation, though; the rest of the mods that make this truck shine can be found in the photos and Lowdown portion of this story. Have fun.
The masterminds at Str8twizted Customs 'bagged Larry's truck using a Master Image Customs Mass Flow air ride kit. Up front, a pair of AIM Industries drop spindles were installed between the control arms, and a pair of 2500 airbags was bolted up to custom 'bag mounts. In the rear, a pair of 2600 'bags was mounted to the bars of a custom-made four-link suspension. All of the 'bags are 1/2-inch ported and are plumbed with 1/2-inch lines to a pair of 3-gallon reserve tanks. A pair of compressors fill the tanks and MIC valves control the front, back, and side-to-side motion. A 6-inch step-notch was required to make the truck lay frame in the rear, and an Alter Images tranny crossmember was added up front.
17x7.5-inch Arreli Q wheels were stuffed squarely into 205/40R17 G/Spirit tires.
A remanufactured 22R motor was purchased from Recon and installed into the truck. A Weber carb meters the fuel requirements of the thirsty motor, while an LC Engineering Pro Billet air cleaner and distributor add air and spark, respectively. Eight-and-a half-mm plug wires transfer the spark from the distributor, and a Flowmaster exhaust system releases spent gases once the combustion process is complete. Larry also replaced the radiator and installed a Flex-A-lite Black Magic fan, an Optima battery, a chrome valve cover, and a billet oil filler cap.
Tommy Floyd of Vizible Changez Collision Center in Effingham, South Carolina, is responsible for the smooth appearance of Larry's truck. Tommy started at the front of the truck by installing a JBM '89-model truck bumper, valance, and a phantom billet grille. Next, he shaved the front corner lights so the sheetmetal would meet with the billet grille. He then kept on shaving until the hood, cowl, fenders, doors, and bed sides were smooth as a baby's butt. Stand-out mods include the shaved body in the bed and molded tailgate with Cadillac taillights.
Vizible Changez is also responsible for laying down the House of Kolor Platinum pearl paint.
Don's Trim Shop is right in Larry's back yard, so it was only natural to have the company restore the interior of his truck. The old bench seat was retired and replaced with a spankin' set of bucket seats from a BMW 318i. A custom center console was made, and the rest of the interior was covered in gray tweed, with the doors getting special attention in the form of 3-D graphics. The dash was dyed to match with a white-face gauge overlay installed in the stock instrument cluster. Billet accessories can be found all over the interior, with a billet rearview mirror and window cranks taking center stage.
Inside the custom center console lies a Sony Mobile CD head unit. A Sony PlayStation is also there, playing through a 7-inch Micro TV that is mounted in the stock radio location inside of the dash. Infinity 6x9-inch speakers are powered by a Memphis Audio 50-watt amplifier.
"I purchased my truck when I was 17 and have worked on it for six years. I'd like to thank my father, Larry Joe McCumber, for all of his patience. I'd also like to thank Tommy Ray Cherry for installing the engine, all of my friends, and my girlfriend."