Matt Gyles
Vineland, NJ
Negative Camber
1997 Toyota Tacoma

Never ever underestimate a man with a solid plan, especially one with the ability and talent to see it all the way through.

When it came time to build this truck, Matt Gyles, owner of Haggard Fab, had a plan. After building his last project, a near complete Toyota pickup, Matt decided to go a different route. He came across this neglected 1997 Tacoma that had sat for two and a half years and knew that this was the truck that he wanted to build. Matt decided to part with his pickup and give this Taco the attention it was begging for.

The Haggard Taco started off as a little more "haggard" than Matt would have liked. The truck wasn't stock, but the 'bag job on it was less then desirable. It didn't take Matt long to tear into his new project, and within 24 hours the truck was down to a bare chassis. The original plan was to build a simple, practical mini body-dropped on 20s, but nothing fancy. That plan was quickly tossed aside when Matt decided to go all out and build the sick Taco that you see here.

Matt wanted to build the perfect rolling business card to show off the talents of his shop, Haggard Fab. He began by building a chassis to stock-floor bodydrop the truck and scrapped all but the front clip. The frame was built in a matter of days, but there were a few weeks involved in reengineering the front to eliminate the bumpsteer, build new control arms, and set up the air suspension. The rearend was narrowed 8 inches to hold the 20x10.5 Element wheels wrapped in 285/30ZR20 Falken tires. To assist in the stopping power, Matt designed a Wilwood rear disc setup. He also added Fox shocks on all four corners to keep it riding smooth.

After the chassis was complete, the process of smoothing out everything began. Shaving the handles, hood squirters, gas door, smoothing out the under side of the fenders, and adding a flush-mount gas door under the extra cab window all added to the rolling business card showing off Matt's multiple talents. As if that wasn't enough, Matt gutted the bed, leaving nothing but the bedsides, built a new floor and walls, and added a Grant Kustoms full skin combo to give the back the sleek look he was after. Once all of the bodywork was straight, Matt once again relied on his own skills and sprayed the House of Color True Blue Pearl from front to back. Matt didn't want to have all show and no go, so he dived in under the hood and added a T3/T4 .50 trim turbo, stainless intercooler, and Turbonetics wastegate to give the four-cylinder that extra "get up and go" he was after. For the interior, Matt turned to Carl Miller to wrap the seats and upholster the cabin in comfort to seal the deal on the perfect plan.

In exactly one year and eleven months, Matt built this whole truck from top to bottom with the help of a few friends along the way. Matt has zero regrets for this build and if he had to do it all over again he wouldn't change a thing. Since completing this truck, Matt now proudly sports his Negative Camber oval. To check out some of the buildup on this Haggard Taco or any other builds they have done, check out Haggardfab.com.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Front: 20x8 Element wheels wrapped in 225/30/ZR20 Falken rubber
Rear: 20x10.5 Element wheels wrapped in 285/30ZR20 Falken rubber

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Highly modified stock clip with Slam 'bags
Suspension Rear: Three-link with 'bag on lower bar
Control Arms: Custom upper arms and modified lowers to A-arms
Shocks: Fox Shox with reservoirs
Compressors: Dual Viair 480s
Air Accessories: 3/8-inch stainless hardline
Frame Mods: Only part still stock is the engine crossmember, the rest was built from scratch
Brakes: Wilwood 12-inch rotors with four-piston calipers
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood, gas door, door handles, tailgate
Body-dropped: Stock-floor
Body Mods: '01-04 front-end swap, Grant Kustoms combo
Bolt-ons: 2004 Tacoma one-piece mirrors
Misc.: Flush-mount gas door under ext. cab window, shaved horizontal bars on grille
Performed By: Owner

Paint
Brand and Colors: House of Kolor True Blue Pearl
Misc.: Airbrushing on hood by Mike Foy
Performed By: Owner

Interior
Seats: Tacoma bench seat with no headrests wrapped in black leather
Dash: Smoothed and painted black
Gauges: Auto Meter boost and Dakota Digital air gauge
Misc.: Door panels wrapped in black leather and tan suede
Performed By: Carl Miller and Haggard Fab

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer AVH-P4000
Subwoofers: RE 12-inch
Misc.: Custom sub enclosure
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: 2.4L 2RZ
Turbo: T3/T4 turbo
Boost: 14 psi
Intake: Custom-built aluminum intake
Header/Exhaust: Custom ceramic-coated header, 2.5-inch stainless exhaust
Rearend: Narrowed 8 inches
Detail Work: Engine, trans, rearend all painted custom blue for contrast
Misc.: Custom intercooler, exhaust dumps in front of front wheelwell
Performed By: Haggard Fab in Newfield, New Jersey

Special Thanks From Owner:
"A very big thanks to everyone who helped me throughout the entire build, even if it was just helping to pick up parts or keeping me motivated to finish it. Also to Carl for helping on the interior, Dan Mont, Phil Marchini, Brandt and Shelly at Graphic Disorder, Adam Rhodes, Mike Foy, Brain and Scott Hughes, Chris Kane, Scott Blair at NAPA, Negative Camber and also S-Dimez and the Back Alley Orchestra."

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