Joey Whitby of Phoenix, Arizona, is a long-time mini builder. For almost 20 years now, ever since he was 16, Joey has been building minitrucks. Most of them, though, have just come and gone and never really been completed; in the sense that none of them saw paint.

With family and responsibility came the need for something with a bit more room in the backseat. So, Joey bought himself a commuter car, an '06 Scion xB. He still had a mini to build, a 4Runner with a 2WD Toyota as a parts truck. But while that was being built, he had something to get to and from work.

It was a fateful day in the spring of 2006, when the annual Art of Noize show hit the Phoenix area, and Joey took his son, Tyler, to the show. A car club named Scion Apocalypse was there in full force with a huge group of done-up xBs just like Joey's. Tyler turned to his Dad and asked, "Daddy, when are you going to fix up your Scion, so you can bring me home some trophies?"

When you get a green light like that, you've got to do it, so Joey did. He went to his buddy, Jimmy, at Arizona Artworx and he tore into the xB from head to toe. The stock suspension was yanked and replaced with a two-pump Pro-Hopper Pro Competition setup with four Parker accumulators and three Optima batteries. To get the car that extra bit lower, Joey yanked the power steering box, so the half shaft could travel that much higher. Then, Jimmy painted every inch of the car with bio-mechanical graphics of skulls and tubing everywhere with a tribal pattern to break it all up. The details in the paint are amazing, and it took a ton of time to get it perfect.

It's not everyday that your 5-year-old son tells you to build something, but when he does, you'd better listen. It may not have a bed, but Joey feels that his xB is just as much of a minitruck as any of the other trucks he's built. To put it in his words, "I've got minitrucker blood flowing through my veins."

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The Home Town Low Down
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 18x7.5-inch Alba Blaze
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Wan-Li

Chassis Modifications:
Suspension type:
Hydraulics
Suspension (Front): 8-inch Pro-Hopper cylinders
Suspension (Rear): 10-inch Pro-Hopper cylinders
Shocks: Four Parker accumulators
Pumps: Two Pro-Hopper Pro-Competition pumps
Lines: 3/8-inch .049 wall stainless steel hard line
Air/hydro accessories: 10-switch panel molded into center console
Batteries: Three Optima BlueTop
Detail work: Fiberglass panel to cover dumps and accumulators, painted to match the graphics
Performed by: Jimmy Red, Arizona Artworx
City/state: Phoenix, AZ

Body Modifications
Shaved:
Rear wiper and emblems
Taillights: TYC Euro taillights
Exterior bolt-ons: Upper and lower billet grilles
Performed by: Jimmy Red, Airizona Artworx
City/state: Phoenix, AZ

Paint
Brand and colors:
House of Kolor, more than 30 colors
Style: Bio-mechanical meets tribal
Misc.: Airbrushed skulls in the paint, rivets around the door handles, custom fades, and lots of little details.
Performed by: Jimmy Red, Arizona Artworx
City/state: Phoenix, AZ

Interior
Dash:
Stock
Misc.: Dark blue suede door panel inserts, suede headliner, and a Budnik steering wheel
Seats: Dark blue and light gray suede with waterfall stitch
Performed by: Todd Jubert, The Interior Shop
City/state: Phoenix, AZ

Audio/Video
Head Unit:
Kenwood double-din DVD player
Speakers: Alpine component set front and rear
Amps: 1 JBL four-channel amp under the driver's seat
Performed by: Owner Joey Whitby

Special Thanks From Owner:
This build is dedicated to my son, Tyler. Without him, this wouldn't have gotten done.

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