Owner: Kyle Osborn
Ride: 1994 Toyota Pickup
Hometown: Harrisonville, MO
Kyle Osborn has gone through the fiery pits of damnation and back during the process of piecing together a truck that would simply horrify the mini scene.
Through the course of six years, both Kyle and his terrorizing Toyota have weathered trials and tribulations that almost ended in defeat on multiple occasions. Once the storm settled, consistent, positive progress overshadowed the darkness, and the Toyota's final state is a physical reminder of just how dire Kyle's situation became.
After selling his first completed Toyota, Kyle realized he'd made a hasty mistake and started browsing the classifieds for yet another one he could sink his teeth into. For a little more than he had sold his prior custom for, Kyle was rolling in yet another 'bagged and 'bodied small-haulin' 'Yota-perfect for what he had envisioned to be a future Mini Truckin' cover model. His first few days of ownership, however, weren't as easy as just hopping in and turning the key. Kyle had to call in to work and fake a cough in order to clear some time to fly from Missouri to Arizona, where his "new" '94 was awaiting his arrival. On the way back home, the gas pedal got stuck while cruising down the highway, which nearly halted Kyle's ticker instantly. Luckily, the return trip was completed without any major on-road hiccups, but when other things have half a chance to go wrong, they usually do. During the journey back, the tires had been slowly eating away at the fuel lines, which finally burst upon arrival in Kyle's garage. To further tip the scales in bad luck's favor, Kyle discovered a deflated tire drowning in the pool of gas surrounding the truck. The picture didn't exactly promise an easily achieved storybook ending, but a little adversity goes a long way in long-term character building.
With the truck finally inside the confines of a legitimate chop shop, Kyle had devised a plan that included ditching the sluggish four-banger and creating a theme resembling an evil spaceship, but after four years of 'work', all he was presented with was a rusted, gutted turd with a locked-up 305, a warped bed, some foam spikes in the back, and worst of all-empty pockets. With a hole in his heart, and one in his wallet to match, Kyle had no other choice than to ask for the help of his friend, Josh Zumwalt, to push the Toyota into the general vicinity of the right direction. With a few more bumps along the way, the two managed to design and execute a plan that materialized just before Showfest, where it was one of the hottest breakout stars in attendance at the event's monumental 2010 return.
At first glance, most onlookers may look at this killer ride-one of the most radically designed trucks to date, and judge its menacing skull graphics and demented interior at face value. To some extent, an evil demeanor was Kyle's top priority, but he had much more to say about it's background: "The biomechanical twist on the design transformed the truck into something that would not be allowed to pull into a car show at any church. I wanted the theme to fit the experience I had with the truck because finishing it was going to be the death of me."
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