ONWER: Clint Mochinski
RIDE: 1989 Toyota Hilux
HOMETOWN: Surrey, BC, Canada
Show trucks aren't born overnight and in the case of Clint Mochinski's 1989 Toyota HiLux, it survived three years of daily driving before it went under the custom knife.
Exactly 42 days after Clint yanked his 'Yota off the road, he gave the truck a close shave, fabricated a complete 'bag setup, conducted a 2-inch bodydrop, imported a 4Runner frontend, and had the Dodge Viper Yellow paint sprayed. That's a busy month and a half, but of course, Clint and his No Limits Customs crew didn't stop there.
Clint started the process of building a show truck by locking down a complete 1995 4Runner makeover kit, which included fenders, headlights, bumper, valance, and mirrors. After the usual parts fit for shaving were deleted, Clint cut up the roof and fit a Street Beat sliding ragtop into place, which directs light into the cab and adds a nice touch of class. After Scott, from Wicked Performance, laid down a few coats of PPG Viper Yellow paint, Brad from Sublime Artistry decorated the hood, fenders, and doors with a subtle set of tribal ghost flames. And, in case you haven't noticed, the wipers have been given the ol' switcharoo to accommodate one of the HiLux's most praised modifications - a righthand drive configuration. The firewall, steering column, dash, and a five-speed with a lefthand column shifter were all ripped from a 1992 Japanese Toyota and transplanted into Clint's truck for a proper righthand conversion.
Not only does this `Yota look and handle unlike most minitrucks in the States, it also hugs the asphalt with the best of them. An original No Limits Customs four-link, was paired with Firestone 'bags and two Firestone 9210 compressors for an impressive suspension setup. Clint selected a set of 18-inch Driv Kick wheels with a front wheel drive offset and Dunlop FM901 tires for devilish good looks and excellent road contact abilities. Behind the rear chrome rollers, resides a Downey Off-Road rear disc brake conversion, and up front, Clint's own one-off, 12-inch disc brake creation features Wilwood four-piston forged and polished aluminum calipers.
Although Clint displayed a great deal of patience before ripping into his Toyota, it was nearly impossible to slow him down once he put the gears into motion. Once the truck was complete, Clint and crew took a little trip to Drop Zone, where the truck made its grand unveiling and took home the Best of Show title. Clint would like to thank his wife, Jodi, and everyone else who made a contribution to the build, whether it was in the form of shop equipment or encouragement. For more information on the slick mods check out the Lowdown.
Wheels: 18-inch Driv Kicks
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Dunlop
Suspension Front: Frame horns dropped two inches with Firestone 2600-pound 'bags
Suspension Rear: NLC four-link with Firestone 2600-pound 'bags
Control arms: NLC
Compressors: Two Firestone 9210s
Air accessories: NLC 'bag and shock mounts
Brakes: Downey Off-Road rear disc conversion, NLC front disc conversion
Misc.: GC Extreme 450 -inch nickel-plated
Performed by: Owner and No Limits Customs
Shaved: Door and tailgate handles, antenna, gas door, box side guards, wiper cowl vents, hood squirtersBody-dropped: Two inches
Body mods: 1995 Toyota 4Runner fenders and frontend
Bolt-ons: Sprint Canopy shell with air cylinder lift system
Misc.: Street Beat sliding rag top
Performed by: Owner/No Limits Customs
Brand and colors: PPG Dodge Viper Yellow
Misc.: Tribal ghost flames
Performed by: Paint by Scott at Wicked Performance, flames by Brad at Sublime Artistry
Seats: Two-tone tweed
Dash: 1992 Japanese Toyota righthand drive swap
Gauges: White face
Misc.: Tweed and painted dash pieces and custom arm rests
Performed by: No Limit Customs and Dan at D-Side Creations
Head unit: JVC
Mids and highs: Alpine Type R 6-inch components
Subwoofers: Alpine Type R 10-inch
Amplifiers: Alpine V12 MRV-F340 for components, Alpine V12 MRD-M300 for sub
Performed by: Owner/No Limits Customs
Header/exhaust: Hedman Shorty header, 2-inch ceramic coated exhaust
Transmission: Five-speed, righthand drive
Detail work: Optima Red Top battery painted to match exterior color
Misc.: 0.020-inch over, rebuilt head with mild camshaft
Performed by: No Limits Customs and Ron's Engine Machine
Special Thanks from Owner:
No Limits Customs, Scott at Wicked Performance, Brad at Sublime Artistry, GC Extreme Valves, and Dan at D-Side Creations. Brad, Ryan C., Ryan M., Darren, Jordan, and Douglass Chassis for use of their shop equipment. Harlod at WV Dependable plating for the chrome work, Kool Cat for the ceramic coating, and Lordco Auto parts.