OWNER: Lincoln Doring RIDE: '90 Toyota HiLux LOCATION: Queensland, Australia
From the beginning of time man has always been judged by what he can accomplish with his own two hands. Civilizations have come and gone with little more than the blood, sweat, and tears of individuals coming together to share one common goal. Well, building a full-blown custom mini-truck in your own garage requires the same amount of perseverance and commitment. Lincoln also hits the nail on the head, saying that "you must have a solid plan and stick to it."
When Lincoln Doring of Queensland, Australia, set out to build his first full custom show truck he knew that anything less than perfect would just not do. Lincoln previously 'bagged and cruised his first daily driver and longed for something more. He got the perfect opportunity when a company car was in his near future, so away he went. Lincoln drove his '90 HiLux into the carport and it didn't roll back out on its own power for three years. Considering the amount of work and detail that went into the buildup of Skool Road, that is actually fairly quick. Every single nut and bolt on Lincoln's Yota has been touched, modified, painted, polished, or chromed. Nothing was safe from Lincoln's vision of what the perfect mini-truck would be. And to think that it all began with four jack stands. Lincoln set the truck up and proceeded to cut the floor out and ditch the pinch to lay his sills (rockers) flat on the ground. From there, Lincoln knew there was no turning back.
"Some modifications can hurt a car. Too much of something can be a bad thing. I wanted it
A fully bagged and body-dropped truck (especially past the pinch) is fairly rare in Australia. As you've read in this issue, the laws governing the Aussie mini-truckers are quite stringent. Every modification that we take for granted is actually specifically outlawed and the fines are outrageous. If you want to have any hope of keeping your 'bagged truck, you have to have it tested and signed off by an engineer (which could get quite costly). This is a good idea to keep hacked-up trucks off the road, but it's still quite a headache for legit builders. But Lincoln didn't fear the engineers, as he knew his work would meet their stands. His concern focused on the ultimate show ride. Everything so perfect you could eat off the undercarriage, engine bay, or anywhere else that most trucks lack such attention to detail.
That's where the name of the truck comes into play. The saying of "schoolin' someone" refers to showing someone up or obviously teaching someone how something is done. Well, Lincoln's truck is a lesson in detail, and the name Skool Road is the long road it took to realize his dream! We're very proud to see a beautiful truck like this built all the way in Australia because of the inspirations of this very magazine. For all the crucial details on this one-of-a-kind masterpiece, check out "The Lowdown."