Owner: Shon Curtis Reece
Ride: 1988 Toyota Pickup
Location: Easley, SC
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere

There’s no sense in holding onto a completed build for too long. It eats up valuable garage space, has to be handled too delicately, and quite frankly, the thrill of the chase just isn’t there anymore. This is how Shon Reece assesses the situation once he’s reached the pinnacle of any project: “I named my ’88 Toyota pickup ‘Traded’ because when I finish a truck, I trade it off and find something else to start on.”

Shon has been involved in the sport of minitruckin’ for a total of 18 years now, and since then, the pedigree of his builds has become increasingly sophisticated. One thing that hasn’t changed about the way Shon builds trucks is his method of funding the project. Sponsorship parts on his Toyota are non-existent. Nothing but Shon’s own hard-earned cash and credit cards were used to pay for every bolt and drop of paint, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The Toyota had been previously ’bagged and bodydropped by Tony Mooney when Shon purchased it, leaving him with everything else to worry about. He dove right into bodywork, shaving the door handles and bodyline and welding the tailgate shut. Once the metal was flattened out and tailored to his liking, Shon then devised a paint scheme that would draw attention from across the street. Plenty of industrial machinery parts and demented skulls as well as layers of glowing tribal and traditional flame graphics have been applied to the ’Yota’s panels. The combination is nothing short of an attention trap.

You’d think anyone in his right mind would want to keep a Toyota like the one that Shon now has on his hands, but a builder of fine rides must look into the future. There isn’t a single regret or even half a doubt in Shon’s mind about the finished product, “Nothing can go wrong when you are doing something you love. I think the build turned out great, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire

Wheels: 18-inch D Centi wheels
Tires: 215/35/18 Nitto (front) 215/35/18 Nitto (rear)

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): Firestone ’bags
Suspension (rear): Firestone ’bags with chrome shocks and chrome four-link
Control Arms: Stock arms chromed
Shocks: RideTech shocks chromed
Compressor(s): Two Viair 450s
Air/hydro Accessories: Six 3/8-inch valves for front and back, fronts have side-to-side to even out ride height
Frame Mods: Frame, super C-notch, and custom bridge smoothed and painted
Brakes: Braided brakelines
Misc.: All front suspension components are chrome-plated
Performed By: Tony Mooney

Body Modifications

Shaved: Door handles and bodyline
Bodydrop: 3-3/4-inch traditional
Body Mods: AVS mini Caddy LED lights, billet mirrors, tailgate welded shut, sheetmetal bed, and spray-in bedliner
Performed By: Bodydrop by Tony Mooney and owner at Diverse Customs

Paint

Brand & Colors: PPG and House of Kolor
Misc.: Airbrushed graphics by Jason Miles
Performed By: Owner

Interior

Seats: Factory seats re-covered with black and gray tweed
Dash: Fiberglassed and painted black
Gauges: All aftermarket gauges
Misc.: Tweed door panels, billet pedals and window cranks
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance

Engine: Toyota 20R
Camshaft: LC Engineering
Intake: Chrome LC Engineering
Header/exhaust: Chrome header and stainless exhaust
Transmission: Factory trans with polished, all-aluminum trans brackets
Rearend Type: Factory smoothed and painted black
Misc.: Dual Weber 45mm carbs, polished Griffin radiator and chrome LC Engineering valve cover
Performed By: Tony Mooney

Special Thanks From Owner

“I would like to say thanks to my wife Talia Reece for letting me finish another truck, and also thanks to my kids Sabastin, Zasia, Storm, Raven, and Lance for the help. Thanks to John Jackson for his photos and Jason Miles for the amazing airbrush work.”

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