Owner: Mitchell Askelson
Jacksonville, Fl
1992 Toyota Pickup
Club: Acrophobia

Mitchell Askelson is what we might refer to around here as the "perfect minitrucker."

He's highly dedicated, loves minitrucks and the scene, but more importantly, he's matured to the level of realization that trophies are just plastic and what this scene is about are the FRIENDSHIPS that last a lifetime. He's in it for all the right reasons, and knowing that, you couldn't ask for a better guy to have as a friend. Which gives us great joy to run such an amazingly clean Toyota in our pages for the world to see.

Mitchell purchased this 1992 Toyota pickup in 2005 with only 47,000 original miles. He knew he had to have it for a future project, and as soon as he was ready to get started he dove in head first. Even though Mitchell lives in Florida, he came across Chase from Real Life Kustoms in Georgia and the two instantly hit it off. It didn't take much before Chase had Mitchell's 'Yota completely stripped for a ground-up build. The two knew that this Toy was destined for pavement, so a full air system and a 3-1/2-inch bodydrop were added to the to-do list.

Over the course of the next two years, Mitchell and Chase's friendship grew as did the mods being done to the Toyota pickup. Fortunately, Mitchell was in good hands with the Real Life Kustoms crew. His Toyota drove in completely stock and before he knew it, Mitchell was cruisin' the truck of his dreams. Chase being skilled at both suspension and body fab gave him the ability to completely transform Mitchell's 'Yota into the custom creation you see before you. The goal of staying simple and clean never faltered. A smooth-as-glass exterior, bright red paintjob, and slammed stance over a set of 18-inch billets make for a truly killer combo to fear on the show fields. With Chase finishing up the custom duties all that was left was to wrap the interior. Mitchell came across Dale at Xhibit Upholstery who worked out a clean and classy interior to match the look and feel Mitchell was going for with the rest of his truck. That literally wrapped up the build, and at Mitchell's first show he was all smiles! Even though he is definitely not in it to win trophies, nobody said he doesn't like the acknowledgement of a job well done. Everyone enjoys a nod, handshake, and knowing that other people like your truck as much as you do.

Even though Mitchell named his truck "The Fear," don't let that fool you; he is as nice as they come. If you ever get a chance to check out his truck in person, make sure to have a chat with Mitchell and you will see what we mean. For more details on all the mods, check out The Lowdown.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18-inch Bonspeed Ramones
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Nitto 555s

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Type: Air
Suspension Rear: Two-link
Airbag: (Front): Slam Specialties RE6 (Rear): Slam Specialties RE7
Control Arms: Custom uppers
Spindles: Belltech drop spindles
Valves: Four 1/2-inch Blitzluft and four 3/8-inch SMC
Compressors: Air-Zenith
Air Accessories: AVS 7-switch box
Frame Mods: Custom tube work
Detail Work: Painted suspension, bedlined frame
Performed By: Chase at Real Life Kustoms

Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, gas filler, mirrors, hood squirters
Body-dropped: 3 1/2 inches
Front End: 4-Runner front end, 4x4 fenders
Back End: Full Grant Kustoms skin
Performed By: Chase at Real Life Kustoms

Paint
Brand and Colors: Mazda True Red
Performed By: Chase with Real Life Kustoms

Interior
Seats: Stock bench with headrests cut off
Material: Black vinyl with red stitching
Dash:Smoothed and painted to match body color
Door Panels: Black vinyl with red stitching
Misc.: Horrible light-up shift knob, ("thanks SpeedFab")
Performed By: Dale with Xhibit Upholstery

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids and Highs: 4-inch Alpine Type S
Performed By: Owner

Engine/performance
Intake: Custom tube with a cone filter
Header/Exhaust: Spintech Cruiser series muffler and custom pipe
Battery: Optima RedTop
Detail work: Painted motor, valve cover, intake manifold
Misc.: Electic fan, kept A/C and heat
Performed By: Chase with Real Life Kustoms

Special Thanks by Owner
"First of all to God for blessing me with the family, friends, and support I needed for the build. Chase Shiver with Real Life Kustoms deserves more credit and thanks than a simple article or a pat on the back can give, the same goes for his fiance Becky. Big thanks to Dale with Xhibit Upholstery for working with me on my interior. Also, thanks to my AcrophobiA family and friends: Chase, Rigo, Scream, Dan, Smoke Dog, Thomas, Chris, Richard and James. My cousin, Ken Anderson, for getting me started...and our US Armed Services for fighting for our freedom to do the things we do."

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