The story of Eddy Cebreco's Payback Toyota is like many of our stories that have had a truck in process for more than a decade. Crappy shops, promises broken, loss of money, less and less time, the list goes on.
You see, Eddy's story began back in 1994 and would fill this entire magazine with the number of changes and mods that this 1993 Toyota has seen. Eddy bought the truck in 1994 and took it straight from his brother's car lot to JS Customs in West Palm Beach, Florida, to be lowered with a few minor touches. He had a roll pan installed and shaved the tailgate with a tag box under a purple neon plate ring, and back then he thought he was clowning!
Fast forward a couple years to 1996 where Payback saw it's first cut and unfortunately, it's first crappy shop. After years of back and forth's, Eddy knew he had to get it out of there, so him and a couple buddies pulled the truck and took it to storage. When Eddy finally got the courage and funds to try again, he took it to Jimmy from Jimmy's Rods & Customz (at the time he was Srcape-N-Customs) to be put back together and running in time for the first "It Don't Stop" show around 2001-ish. Johnny O was actually the last person to drag in it at that very show. After that it was back to storage again. As funds permitted Eddy brought it over to another "bust" audio shop in Georgia (knowing what he knows now he says he should have left it at Jimmy's to finish no matter how long it would take or how much it cost). In the process of this long truck build Eddy was also producing Blood Drag and a couple other shows. He then got a job offer to move to California and produce the Havoc Shows that he jumped on. So after a run around with the audio shop in Georgia, Eddy had what was left of his truck hauled out to Los Angeles for another stint in storage.
At this point Eddy was working hard getting the Havoc shows up and running so the truck sat during this transition. The year was now 2005 and Eddy was at the point of giving up on his truck. He let it sit for another year or so and then decided enough was enough, and he was ready to put it out of his misery! Good thing Big Jay from No Regrets never listens to anything Eddy has to say, because if Jay would have listened and brought the sawzall to that night's meeting, then Eddy and Painter Shak Mike would have cut the truck into pieces. After some time to cool down and rethink his strategy, Eddy came across Terry from Draggers Inc. Terry came to the rescue and jumped at the challenge of taking Payback from scrap metal to SEMA show truck with only four months of build time left. With help from friends near and far they actually pulled it off with more mods than Eddy could have imagined! At this point Eddy was finally relieved to see his dream of having a SEMA truck realized and a photo shoot in Mini Truckin' become a reality. Although he isn't quite done yet, the end is actually near and now Eddy can finally taste it!
With another job offer out in Bowling Green, Kentucky and a little more storage time, Eddy decided it's now time to finish what he started more than 15 years ago. Payback is currently at the Tin Shop in Alabama working on the steering, shock mounts, frame repair, brake and fuel lines, and hopefully a motor so we can see that big Eddy smile back on his face as he's finally cruisin' his baby once again! For more detailed information, check out the Lowdown, and for pics of the build and continued progress you can visit myspace.com/paybacktoyota.com.
Wheels: Sartori 20-inch S-5 rims
Tires: Nitto 235/25ZR20 NT555
Draggers Inc. Mustang 2 front clip, Slam Specialties 'bags, Tin Shop steering set up, QA1 shocks
Draggers Inc. back-half
Full Draggers Inc. chassis front to back
13-Inch Baer with four-piston calipers
All bushings from Energy Suspension, Devious Customs Fuel Cell
Terry at Draggers Inc.
Everything; door handles, taillights, tailgate, roll pan, corner lights, cowl, antenna, key holes, and more
Stock-floor full frame
Fenders molded to cab and cowl, Grant Kustoms bumper sectioned and molded to fenders, full custom firewall, hood welded shut then center section cut for new hood. The fenders brought in eight inches and braced and boxed. The grille was sheetmetaled over to make the whole cab and front end one molded piece. The sub enclosure is welded as part of the cab and the bed is sheetmetaled hiding the sub box, but showing off the frame, Air-Zenith OB2s, two Kinetik 1800s, a Devious Customs' fuel cell, and the suspension. The back of the bed sheet metal is rounded to match and follow the dovetail of the frame
Terry from Draggers Inc., Art and Dave at Go-Ez, Mike Cotton from Midwest Images, with help from Lou Santiago
Brand and Colors: Auto Body Paint & Supply's PPG Santiago Gold. Eddie Macias hit it with a flattener to give it the suede look
Performed By: Eddie Macias did all the paint for the SEMA crunch, then Moonshine customs fixed some bodywork and repainted using the same Auto Body Paint and Supply, PPG Santiago Gold
Seats: Twisted Stitch
Dash: All metal, right-hand drive
Gauges: Dakota Digital dash cluster, Air-Zenith black face digital gauges
Misc.: Auto Loc interior power window switches, B.A.D. Steering wheel
Performed By: Terry from Draggers Inc.
Mids and Highs:
Two sets of Orion 6.5 two-way components, one set mounted in custom kick panels, the other set built into the dash
Two Orion HCCA 12-inch 4-Ohm Subs, in custom all-metal enclosure welded to the back of the cab
HCCA-D5000 for the subs, and an 800W four-channel for the components, custom amp rack in the roof of the cab
Directed TVs and Viper 7900 alarm
Greg Mamendola, Robbie Friedman from South County Auto Sound, Terry, and Mike Alexander
Engine: Wally from the Tin Shop is working on a 350 with Truckin' Magazine's resident gear-head Bob Ryder and goodies from Summit Racing and Auto Loc. I hope to have something planned out by the time you read this, but who knows, it might be back in storage, or traded to NR Big Mike for his 88-98 dually, just kidding Mike!
Rearend Type: Custom 1984 Toyota rearend by Mike Cotton at Midwest Images using Yukon gears and Superior Axle shafts
Special Thanks from Owner:
Well I was going to save this for my Lowlife Video feature, but I'd like to thank Chad Lucas and Josh Freeman haha. But seriously, I'd like to thank my mom, the lovely Jenny Lucas, Coco & Petey (my dogs), Paul from Air-Zenith for years of friendship and support, Lowlife Video Mike and Mini Truckin's Mike Alexander, Terry from Draggers Inc, Lou Santiago and Mike Cotten for coming down and helping with the SEMA crunch build. Devante Whitaker, Lil Tim, Seth the Jew, Big John, TC from Slamfest, Eric Cryan, Big B, Jason Red, Diesel Gear Dave, Dan Ward, Bob Ryder, Calin Head, Mike Finnegan, Michael R. Panda, Johnny O, Jewish Timmy Blecker, Christian and Tattoo John, Just Dave, Fat Dave, Jimmy and the crew from Scrape-N-Customs, Bruce R.I.P., the beautiful Hannah for doing my first studio shoot. A big thanks to No Regrets, Ernie, Big Jay, Lil Steve, Painter Shak, E-ron, Munchies, Juan G, Ricky, Tiny, Tyson, Yankee, Big Shawn, Scott -R.I.P. AND all my brothers from Japan to Australia. They are the real reason I decided to finish this beast, they're the best group of guys I have ever had the honor of being a part of. The friendships I have gained since 2005 have inspired me to not give up, and keep building. All of the people listed above have in one way or another inspired me to keep going and not give up on my truck. I consider each and everyone I have named in this feature a true friend. Thanks guys, you're the best!