The SEMA Show rush is something that only a brave few get involved with every year, and Ekstensive Metalworks is one of the few annual adornments of the insanity that is the SEMA Show. Each year, the Ekstensive crew brings out something new to wow the crowd. SEMA Show 2007 was no different as Eric Rankins, the fabricator at Ekstensive, drove in his brand-new '06 Toyota Tacoma and laid it out in the Air-Zenith booth.

But it's not all fame and glory like some would have you believe. In fact, it goes something like this: Most SEMA Show builds consist of a six-week tornado the two months before the show, where you could count the hours of total sleep on one hand. Since time is of the essence, there's no way to go step by step and ensure that all is done right the way you want it, as there could be any number of different things going on simultaneously. In fact, Eric said it best when he said, "Everything was done at once. I built the frame while the body shop shaved the body, the stereo shop was doing the box and wiring in the cab, while at the same time, the upholstery shop was working on the interior, etc. Why? Because of the time crunch to get ready for the SEMA Show." Imagine the chaos of six dudes tearing into one truck together, only to hope it comes out right when it's all put back together, under a hectic time crunch, and then once it's all back together, the painter usually has the toughest time crunch of all. That's about what went on. Chaotic Rod & Customs pulled through big time, with literally a day or two to paint everything and get the Tacoma to Vegas.

Everyone jokes around that nothing is ever truly "ready" for SEMA, but Eric's Tacoma made it and it's his only form of transportation-it's daily driven 70 miles to and from work! How's that for finished? And yes, Eric is crazy enough to cut up a brand-new lease at least once to make the SEMA Show dream we all strive for but would he ever do it again? "Not unless I had a lot more money and time to spare, but that don't mean I don't like the truck." Eric, we'll see you at SEMA Show next year, and we're sure you guys will have some new tricks up your sleeves!

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 24-inch Rozzi Egos
Tires: 295/30ZR24 Toyo Proxes

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air suspension
Front suspension: Custom upper and lower control arms
Rear suspension: Two-link
Control arms: Custom-built Ekstensive Metalworks
Spindles/springs: '00 Chevy Spindles
Valves: GC 450 Xtreme
Compressors: Air-Zenith
Air line: Aluminum hard-line
Frame mods: Custom-built frame, bumper to bumper
Frame material: 2 x 3 x 1/4-inch
Gas tank: Custom aluminum fuel cell
Brakes: Stock, without the booster
Misc.: Mustang II Rack and Pinion

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood squirters, door handles, fender flares, tailgate, antenna, and the fuel door
Body-dropped: Stock-floor
Front end: Smoothed bumper
Back end: Three-piece roll pan from Grant Kustoms
Exterior bolt-ons: T-Rex mesh grille and bumper insert
Misc.: Built complete bed, except for the quarter panels and tailgate. It comes stock, all plastic. The owner built the bed and Chaotic Rods & Customs did the body work.
Performed by: Chaotic Rod & Customs
City/state: Tomball, TX

Paint
Brand and colors: PPG Lunar Mist-lower half of the truck. PPG Galaxy Gray on top half of truck. Graphic colors are custom-made.
Style: Two-tone
Performed by: Chaotic Rod & Customs
City/state: Tomball, TX

Interior
Seats: Recovered by Advanced Auto Trim
Material: Hammer Tone vinyl centerwith stock fabric on the outside
Dash: Smoothed and painted by Chaotic
Door panels: Smoothed and painted by Chaotic. Speaker inserts made by Dante's Sick Designs
Misc.: Iron fence topper for the shifter

Stereo
Head unit: Clarion
Mids and highs: Rockford
Amplifier for mids and highs: Rockford 800 Watt four-channel
Subwoofers: Rockford
Amplifier for subwoofers: Rockford 2000 Watt two-channel
Wiring/accessories: Rockford
Video: Directed headrest monitors
Custom fabrication: Lower door panel has mid mounts and a sub box
Performed by: Dante's Sick Designs
City/state: Pasadena, TX

Engine/Performance
Intake: K&N
Header/exhaust: MagnaFlow
Battery: Kinetik
Location: Engine compartment
Inner fenders: Custom-fabricated
Misc.: Built fan shroud and under-hood filler plates
Performed by: Owner at Ekstensive Metal Works

Special Thanks From Owner:
My boss, Bill Carlton, Mitch, Billy, Derek, Dante, Chaotic's Crew: Mike, Chris, Rocky, Rey, Jesus, Brent, Joe from Advanced Auto Trim, David, Denis, Brandon at Detata, Alex Anderson, and my loving wife, for not protesting about me cutting up my new leased truck.

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