If you pick up the Dec. '07 issue of Mini Truckin' and flip towards the back of the magazine, you'll see my past column entitled, "Built Not Bought." Similarly, the owner of this truck not only felt just like I did about the subject, he even decided to show people up about it. Chad Cooper picked up his '92 Toyota a few years back, after the truck had already been a feature. Even though Chad enjoyed cruising around in his truck, he was definitely getting sick and tired of people making comments about the previous achievements of his truck. Instead of griping, he did something about it.

What he did was go buck-wild on the truck. Every nut and bolt of this truck has been gone through and redone. The truck obviously had a great start. All Chad did was finish it the way he thought it should be. Along with his good friend, Dan Green from Greenbilt Customs, they ripped into this truck as far as they could. The two started by tearing out the old suspension and completely redoing it. Next, new racks were built, including a rack to hold the solenoids and a Street Charger under the bed. Once this was accomplished, they moved on to the body. Things that had been shaved were touched up, while things that hadn't been shaved were. Also, they added a new Grant Kustoms bumper to bring a new flair to the front end.

The interior of the truck was no different; everything was changed, including the stereo system. Power windows were added, so the cranks and door handles were removed from the door panels. With the outside looking pimp and the inside matching, they moved on to the engine bay. The entire cooling system was redone; all new brakes and hardware were also added. What Chad now had was a truck he could call his own. Chad couldn't have done this without the help of people like Dan Green, Rudy Herrera, Dave Prater, and Dino Rocciola. When it came down to it, they were ready to help get Chad's truck out on the circuit again and ready to do some damage.

THE LOWDOWN

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18x8 Foose
Backspace (Front/Rear): 45mm
Tires (Front/Rear): 205/35R18

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Hydros
Cylinder type and size: Hoppo cylinders (Front): 8 in. (Rear): 8 in.
Spindles: Belltech spindles
Hydro accessories: Street Charger
Frame mods: FBI four-link, C-notch, new crossmembers and supports
Frame material: Metal
Detail work: Pump and battery racks
Performed by: Dan Green of Greenbilt Customs
City/state: Santa Rosa, CA

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood pissers, ant hole, mirrors, door handles, gas door, tailgate, roll pan, and a full sheetmetal bed. Also, the vents in the wiper cowl were completed by Dan Green
Body-dropped: 3-inch standard 'drop
Front end: Grant Kustoms bumper
Back end: FBI full skin combo
Taillights: FBI LEDs
Performed by: Jake Bigger
City/state: KS

Paint
Brand and colors: PPG Silver and PPG Sunset Orange
Style: Two-toned
Pinstriping: Green
Performed by: Dave "The Pimp" Prater
City/state: Santa Rosa, CA

Interior
Seats: Gray tweed
Material: Tweed
Dash: Painted
Door panels: Tweed and painted panels
Center console: Tweed and painted plexiglass
Flooring: Carpet
Headliner: Tweed
Performed by: Grays Auto Upholstery
City/state: Santa Rosa, CA

Special Thanks By Owner:
To my wife, Heather; my kids, Brittany, Chris, and Kiara; my brother, Colin; my mom, and to my friends and family of Forbidden Fantasy, who were always there to support me. Without any of you, the truck would not be where it is today!

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