Custom 1999 Toyota Tacoma - D-Lowest
West Coast Style
From the December, 2007 issue of Mini Truckin'
By Mike Alexander
Photography by Mike Alexander
Owner: Joel "Gromit" Sadenwasser...
Owner: Joel "Gromit" Sadenwasser
Ride: '99 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: Escondido, Ca
Club: Xtreme Lowz
Model: Mercedes Terrell
Have you ever met the ultimate minitrucker? You know, the guy who is always super stoked just to go to a cruise night, hang out with his buds, and talk trucks 24/7. That's the case for many of us, but Joel "Gromit" Sadenwasser takes it a step further. His first truck run was Spring Splash '93, back when he was only in the fourth grade! His ex-brother-in-law, Lani Ho, promised Joel that if he helped him work on his car for the show, he would take him along for the ride. Little did Lani know, this would spawn the obsession of a lifetime. From that moment when Joel was merely 11 years old, he vowed he would one day grace the cover of Mini Truckin' magazine.
Fast forward a few years to the very first time I ran into Joel at a truck run. It was Summer Madness '99, back when the event was held in Bakersfield, California, dead in the middle of summer. It was about 115 degrees-so hot that me and a few buddies decided to head to the mall to buy a kiddie pool to stay cool. Back at the campgrounds, we had our pool filled up and were relaxing in style when I looked over and saw some buck-naked dude running full blast at our pool ...cannonball! It was hilarious! After we made him put on some clothes, we all hung out and talked trucks until the sun came up, not knowing that our paths would cross again one day.
A few more years passed and after messing around with a custom Tundra, and a couple of cars, Joel finally got his hands on his dream project, a '99 Toyota Tacoma. He slowly began to tear into it as time and funds permitted. But before long, he couldn't hold back any longer. After maxing out a few credit cards-AKA minitrucker money-Joel began working at Extreme Audio in Murrieta, California. This was the final straw on the camel's back, as building insane interiors for everyone else was leaving Joel itching for more. After the 'bags, body-drop, suicide doors, chop top, sheetmetal galore, and an MT Construction Zone feature, Joel still wasn't satisfied and lusted for more. Talking with Danny Albert from Albert Design Studio only made the itch spread, and Joel threw up his arms and told Danny to go nutz! If you saw Joel's truck at Reso, all silver, you might not recognize it today as the same truck, thanks to hundreds of hours of the most insane airbrush work imaginable. Danny worked for nearly three months straight-with the blisters to prove it-as he created a true work of art by using Joel's truck as his canvas. His insane airbrushing flows through every square inch of the truck: through the heavily modded exterior metal, into the interior, over the roof, through the bed, onto the bridge, through the doorjambs, under the hood-you name it and Danny's handiwork is surely there. Although the entire build of Joel's Taco took more than four years, the last six months of paint, interior, and finish work not only left Joel, Danny, Adam, and friends sleepless, but they left us in awe as they created the amazing work of art that sits before you today!
Last Look started the West Coast movement and was the beginning of insane minitrucks, the Time Machine kept it going, and now D-LOWEST put Cali back on the map! This truck is truly amazing. So, if you ever get a chance to see it in person, be sure to walk around it at least 20 times to take in all it has to offer.
Wheels (Front): 18-inch Devino Road Concepts
Wheels (Rear): 20-inch Devino Road Concepts
Tires (Front): Wanli 215/35R18
Tires (Rear): Wanli 225/45R20
Suspension type: Airbags
Suspension (Front): Slam Specialties
Suspension (Rear): Contitech with steel bbraided air lines, and a chrome four-link
Valves: GC Extreme valves
Shocks: Chrome Pro shocks
Compressors: Air-Zenith compressor
Air accessories: Five-gallon stainless tank
Detail work: All stainless nuts and bolts, a powdercoated axle, powdercoated front arms, a custom tubular notch with graphics to match, and chrome links
Rearend: '92 Toyota rear axle to help fit the20-inch wheels
Performed by: Aaron Gardener and Mark Blakely at SCD Fabrication
Chop top: First '99 Extra Cab Tacoma with a 3-inch chop top, custom glass built by Kelly Ferris Mobile Auto Glass with etched Xtreme Lowz logo, and all new-rubber moldings
Shaved: Door handles, hood squirters, front corner lights, tailgate, third-brake light, brake-light hump, gas door, antenna, and roll pan
Other mods: Custom sheetmetal bed, inner wheel wells both front and rear, a one-of-a-kind custom sheetmetal front bumper, with Silverado foglamps, built by Grant Kustoms. Molded front fenders, molded inner doorjambs, flared bed sides, a gas door was relocated in bed, 4x4 front fenders, a smooth fiberglass cowl by RAW in Florida
Bolt-0ns: Clear Tacoma front headlights, '96 4x4 chrome shell with billet insert from FBI, Custom made billet insert for bumper from FBI, and '01 smoked Tacoma taillights
Performed by: SCD Fabrications, Street Rod Factory, and owner Joel Sadenwasser
Paint: House of Kolor
Basecoat: Orion Silver
Airbrush colors: House of Kolor ppc43 Black and Snow White
Candy: House of Kolor SG100 with Oriental Blue (candy intensifier)
Pinstripping: House of Kolor Orion Silver
Airbrush details: About 226 different characters, and more than 600 hours of intense hour-on-end painting, taping, and airbrushing. Danny Albert had blisters on his fingers! Danny Albert was inspired by his grandfather, Anthony Patasio, who drew the first Mighty Mouse, and was a cartoonist from Terry Toons.
The theme: A tribute to minis: West Coast Style with skulls, Rat Fink, Grant Kustoms logo, Coast Airbrush Logo, Ed Roth, Von Dutch flying style, hip-hop styling, a Barrachos skull, a skull with an MT4LYFE hat on, portraits of the owner's and the painters' girls, Adam Radovich's knuckles (handmade tattoo), and a whole lot more to be seen. After circling the truck more than 50 times, we found new stuff to look at every time!
All paint work done by: Danny Albert at Albert Designs the Studio in Murrieta, California.
All prep work done by: The owner JoelSadenwasser and Chris Caruso
All bodywork done by: The owner JoelSadenwasser and JD Lusadri at Street Rod Factory
All products purchased: At Coast Airbrush in Anaheim, California (Luckily, they are open on Saturdays).
Seats: Prelude bucket seats, wrapped in black suede and black vinyl with blue stitching
Headliner: Custom headliner with paint, vinyl, and suede
Dash: Full custom, custom vents on top, a custom gauge cluster, 9.5-inch TV flushed into the passenger side, 10.5-inch TV flushed into the center, with Adam (Handmade) Radovoch billet accessories, and a one-off steering column.
Center console and custom work: Custom-fiberglass center console, fiberglass speaker box with molded flames, custom fiberglass amp rack, capacitor and batteries under plexiglass, door panels, fiberglass speaker pods, billet arm rests, billet window cranks, billet oval handles, ignition relocated into the driver door panel, Memphis logo embroidered onto suede, all interior painted with graphics and wrapped in suede and vinyl.
Performed by: Extreme Audio in Murrieta, CA, by Adam "Handmade" Radovich and bodyworked by the owner Joel Sadenwasser, and Chris Caruso
Chrome:2.4L 4-cylinder with a custom-made chrome intake, chrome plenum, chrome valve cover, aluminum radiator, electric fan, all-steel-braided lines, billet overflow bottle, chrome hood latch, chrome hood prop, 170-amp alternator from Ohio Generators
Battery: Odyssey battery relocated into the cab
Stock: A/C and heat
Inner wheel wells: Custom
Performed by: JD Lusardi at Street Rod Factory, custom covers for relocated fuse box and vacuum lines by: Adam "Handmade" Radovich at Extreme Audio. All engine compartment and covers with full graphics painted by Danny Albert at Albert Designs the Studio.
Head unit: Alpine 9885
DVD: Nesa DVD player
TVs: Nesa 10.4-inch and 9.5-inch
Door speakers: 6-1/-2-inch and 5-1/4-inch MSQ M-Class Memphis Audio components
Subwoofers: three 12-inch Memphis Audio M-Class woofers
Mids and highs amp: 75x4 M-Class Memphis Audio
Base amp: 2500x1 mono-block M-Class Memphis Audio
Crossover: Memphis three-way crossover
Power and wires: Two Memphis capacitors with digital read out, all Memphis RCAs and wiring
Performed by: All installed at Extreme Audio in Murrieta, CA, by Cody Williams and Adam "Handmade" Radovich
Special Thanks By Owner:
To Mini Truckin' magazine and all of the guys out there who go to shows and have inspired me to build this truck. And a huge special thanks to Danny Albert at Albert Designs the Studio in Murrieta, California, Adam "Handmade" Radovich at Extreme Audio, and JD Lusadri at Street Rod Factory. Grant Kustoms, and Chris Caruso from Xtreme Lowz, Riverside. My finance Lindsey Valero for letting me come home for the past five months around 2 or 3 in the morning while me and my boys finished the truck, and supporting me through it all. Cody Williams at Extreme Audio, Aaron Gardener at SCD, David Guerra and Joe at California Auto Center, Kelly Ferris Mobil Auto Glass, Keith Evanoff, Memphis Audio, Ohio Generators, RAW, Devino Road Concepts, Coast Airbrush, FBI (it's nice to talk to another minitrucker when you're in a hurry for parts for a cover shoot), Lowlife Video, Custom Carnage Video, my crew Xtreme Lowz, my ex-brother-in-law Lani Ho for taking me to my first truck run (look what you've done!). And last, but not least, my hommie Mike Alexander for completing my dream with a cover shot for Mini Truckin' magazine. Thanks to everyone for helping me to make my dream come true.