Owner: Jim Sanders
Ride: 1993 Toyota Pickup
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Club: Art Of Noize
There is an unexplainable, almost paranormal force that sometimes surrounds a truck and its owner just before the big photo shoot.
This isn't some isolated, freak occurrence, as we've heard countless stories from countless truck owners about airbags, tires, and even engines blowing up at the absolute, worst possible time imaginable-just minutes away from their spot under the limelight. Of course some fellas have it worse than others, and Jim Sanders, from Simi Valley, California, definitely got a mighty healthy dose of the shaft when trying to get his 1993 Toyota in front of our camera during the last 13 years. You may or may not recognize Jim's truck as the Alpha McClean Cruiser that was featured in some MT tech stories in 1995. Jim took delivery of the truck in February of 1996 and jumped right into fixing it up.
But it would be years and not months before Jim would see any flash bulbs go off, or hear the clicking of a camera shutter. What he did experience, however, was picking up pieces of his truck time and time again after it had been the victim of three hit-and-run accidents while it was parked. Walking out to your pride and joy all smashed up just once would be enough to really get under any custom truck owner's skin. But three different times and occasions all before scheduled photo shoots! Seriously, who the hell hits a parked vehicle, much less the same truck three times? Unless you completely lose control of your car by swerving to avoid an adorable newborn baby (or maybe a really cute puppy) in the middle of the road, there shouldn't be any acceptable excuse to smash into a parked car and just leave, no note, no "I'm sorry" - nothing but smashed in quarter panels. Some people just don't deserve the air they breathe!
After hearing about Jim's tough luck, we couldn't help but sympathize with the poor guy. Seeing all the backbreaking work and dedication being flushed down the commode time and time again would be enough to drive any man to the brink of homicidal intent toward whoever was personally responsible for the damage. With that said, any other guy would have folded that crap hand the first time it was dealt, but not Jim. He called fate's bluff by constantly putting his all into repeatedly rebuilding his truck for its much-deserved close-up right here where it all started, Mini Truckin' magazine.
Jim didn't cut any corners during the entire buildup process, and with plenty of amazing detail to boot, his Toyota is much more than just a pretty face. If you don't believe us, check out the Lowdown to find out for yourself.
Wheels: 20X8 Detata Double D
Tires: 215/30/20 Toyo Tires
Suspension Front: Superior spindles, two-ply Contitech 'bags, Rancho 9000 shocks, four Tork valves
Suspension Rear: 14-year-old Firestone 2500, Custom four-link TCI lower bars, custom triangulated upper, Rancho 9000 shocks, four Tork valves.
Control Arms: Tubular upper arms, custom triangulated and reinforced lowers by Intense Kustum
Compressors: Two color-matched Air-Zenith
Air Accessories: Firestone paddles for front leveling, two dual needle Firestone gauges
Frame Mods: Notched rear, custom raised front crossmember
Brakes: Stock with color-matched drums, relocated CPP master cylinder with dual diaphragm 7-inch booster
Performed By: Brad Haber at Intense Kustum, Chris Daley, and Brian Jendro at the original Chop Shop
Shaved: Door handles, hood squirters, mirrors, gas door lock, and interior door locks
Body-dropped: 2.25 inches by the original Chop Shop
Bolt-ons: 4x4 frontend
Misc.: Walk-thru by the original Chop Shop, Speedliner underhood and in bed, flipped tailgate handle
Performed By: Body mods and paint by Chris Daley and owner
Brand and Colors: Mitsubishi Biscayne Green Mica with two additional bottles of gold pearl, and House of Kolor candy organic green intensifier in the base
Performed By: Latest paint done by Chris Daley
Seats: Acura Integra
Center Console: Custom fiberglass covered in medium gray
Flooring: Three-piece dark grey carpet
Misc.: Accumat in doors and bed floor, SPAL power windows
Performed By: Intense Kustum
Head Unit: Eclipse
Mids and Highs: Kicker SS65.2 separates in the door, tweeter in the kick panel
Amplifier for Mids and Highs: Kicker KX850.2
Subwoofers: Kicker two S12l7 and two Solo-Baric
Amplifier for Subwoofers: Kicker KQ30 equalizer, Kicker KX2500.1 amp
Misc.: Scosche power and speaker cables, connectors, distribution blocks, and stiffening cap
Performed By: Brad Haber at Intense Kustum
Camshaft: Mild Street
Header/Exhaust: Downey Header, custom pipe all the way out the back, Magnaflow muffler
Transmission: Stock five-speed, relocated clutch master cylinder
Detail Work: Polished: upper intake, valve cover, MAF sensor, radiator, misc. painted items, all vacuum lines clear yellow, all front end sheetmetal bolts switched to stainless steel Hex bolts
Chromed: Custom intake tube, misc. brackets, wiper motor cover, engine pulleys, and oil pan-that's right.
Misc.: LC Engineering injectors
Performed By: All polish, paint, and accessories by owner, chrome by Totally Polished back in 1996
Special Thanks from Owner:
"The wife and family, Brad Haber at Intense Kustum for all the custom work and help getting this thing done, Chris Daley for the years of work on the truck, Eric Scarlett, Cary Iaccino, Buffalo for starting it all, Gumby, Kicker, Detata Wheels, Scosche, Toyo Tires, CPP, and SPAL for all their great products and support."