Owner: Brandon Lambie
Ride: 1989 Toyota Xtra Cab
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Club: Freaks of Nature
We are all about old-school, retro-inspired paintjobs, and seeing Brandon Lambie's 1989 Toyota Xtra Cab garbed in colorful, multi-patterned '90s attire had us feeling a little sentimental.
"Pinky," as Brandon affectionately calls his 'Yota, isn't a one-color, one-trick pony as anyone can clearly see. Its skin has been pigmented with airbrushed cheetah-fur graphics and elements of traditional, hot-rod-inspired flames mixed with tribal flavor. House of Kolor Hot Pink Pearl is, of course, the thematic star that pulls the supporting cast of colors together to recreate the wild look that once defined the minitruckin' scene. Being a painter at Kal Koncepts also doesn't hurt when it comes to creating the perfect time-capsule paintjob mixed with some new tricks.
Pinky, although standing apart as a show-worthy piece in its own right, was solely created so Brandon would have something to take to events until he wrapped up his in-progress Tacoma build. It seems a bit overwhelming to have two, full-blown custom projects piled up, but guys like Brandon live for this kind of action. Having so many modifications going on, he learned to pace himself and be patient so as to not have to back-peddle, which can and will lead to wasting more time and even more money. Along the way, Brandon even acquired some new skills like learning how to properly bodydrop his 'Yota-something that pumped his pride when talking about his ride at shows.
Aside from trying to free up time to spend in the garage, Brandon struggled with a few variables that we can all relate to. Money, and the lack thereof, often throws a wrench in the works, so instead of doing things the "right" way, he had to jumble the order of completion around to make things happen. First, the suspension was handled, followed by a few body mods and a monotone hot pink paint bath. After that, things got crazy, as the bodydrop took place next with the crazy paint and the interior/stereo work trailing shortly behind. After two and a half years of bouncing around back and forth, Brandon finally stacked up enough chips and cleared enough time from his busy schedule to complete his hot-hued, throwback mini.
For more info on Brandon's old-school-cool Toyota, check out the Lowdown for all the juicy details.
Wheels: 18-inch Devino
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Nitto
Suspension (front): ContiTech 2500
Suspension (rear): ContiTech 2600
Air Accessories: Old-school paddle gauges
Frame Mods: Monster Notch
Performed By: Owner, Steve Prince, and Black Sheep Customs
Shaved: Handles, gas door, antenna, taillights, and hood squirters
Body-dropped: 4-inch traditional
Body Mods: Eclipse hood bubble, rear tailgate skin
Bolt-ons: 4Runner front end, CanDo Cali Combo, StreetBeat ragtop, Checkmate tonneau cover
Performed By: Owner and Kal Koncepts
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Shimerin Hot Pink Pearl, Violet, White, Sunrise Pearl, Tangelo
Misc.: Graphics, flames, and pinstriping by Craig Fraser
Performed By: Kal Koncepts and Air Syndicate
Seats: Kal Koncepts "boat seats" wrapped in cheetah fur by Roy Perkins
Dash: Smoothed and painted in HOK Subversive Pink
Misc.: Fiberglass door panels by Nino Brown at Mob Shop, white "lowrider fur," pimp stick shift knob, Ryno Manufacturing steering wheel, and custom billet rearview mirror
Performed By: Kal Koncepts, R&A Interior Shop, Bakersfield Aircraft Interiors, and Sara Lambie
Head Unit: Kenwood
Mids & Highs: AVI Precision loudspeakers
Subwoofers: Three 10-inch Addictive Audio
Amplifiers: Addictive Audio
Misc.: Fiberglass box
Performed By: Rich Wyman at Noise Inc.
Engine: 1989 22R-E
Header: Custom header
Misc.: Optima RedTop battery
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"My wife Sara, Dion Giuliano, Craig Fraser, Rich Wyman, House of Kolor, Chico, Monte at Pickup Tech, Steve at CanDo, Addictive Audio, Devin at California Truck, Tristan Sr. and Jr., Roy Perkins, Dave at Coast Airbrush, Ryno Mfg., Steve Prince, Freaks of Nature, and James and Jenn Kirkland."