Owner: Jeffrey Raymond King
Ride: 2000 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Club: Acrophobia

Minitruckin’ just isn’t an ordinary hobby or even an addiction for Jeff King. For him, this lifestyle is a sickness—one that he has an incurable case of. Not that he wanted to shake this bug that first overtook his system in ’97—he was merely looking for a means of feeding it, and feeding it, and feeding it.

Having built an ’87 Mazda B2000 convertible-top before, Jeff figured it was time to put his big boy pants on and take another project to a whole other dimension. He finally got his hands on the ’00 Toyota Tacoma photographed on these pages, but it was far from looking anything like this back then. It took five long years of agony and overcoming the symptoms attached to the flu that’s been ailing Jeff. “I had the truck bodydropped and 4x4 front fenders added in ’04, and I spent a stupid amount of money having the fenders painted and blended into the stock maroon color only to have the truck torn apart and redone months later,” says Jeff of a few rash decisions that were a direct cause of his mini mania.

Another modification that Jeff feels he was compelled to make by unguided forces was installing the ragtop. “I never thought I would do a ragtop, but one made it onto my truck. It doesn’t leak, but it’s not the friendliest mod that’s for sure. There are too many ‘what ifs’ involved.” It seems like Jeff must have felt obligated to take on more modifications that he would’ve normally avoided under different circumstances, but his actions were altered due to his infected condition.

As time went on, Jeff’s Toyota started to shape into what he had envisioned for it. He used his time more wisely, spent his money more cautiously, and positive progress was noticeably building upon itself as a result. “If I could offer advice to anyone, I’d say to take your time and think twice before making any decisions. Also, take your truck only to people who you can trust with your life.”

This is a bold statement coming from someone who happens to be a self-diagnosed sufferer of VD (vehicular disease). For those with similar symptoms to Jeff’s, heed his warnings and learn from some of the mistakes he has made. Building a mini doesn’t have to be done through a fog of sickness, but if you find yourself there, just know that others have survived and celebrated full recovery.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire

Wheels: Center Line Daggers 18-inch
Tires: 245/35/18 Toyo

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): EAI four-corner air setup, Firestone 2500 ’bags
Suspension (rear): EAI four-link, Firestone 2500 ’bags
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Two Viair 450s
Frame Mods: C-notched
Performed By: Hack Shack Georgia

Body Modifications

Shaved: Antenna, third brakelight, taillights, tailgate handle, gas door, smoothed and painted bed
Bodydrop: 2-1/2 inches performed by Jay Harper
Body Mods: ’02-’04 Tacoma front clip, billet grille and valance, HID conversion, smoothed and tubbed under the hood
Bolt-ons: Hot-rod-style billet grille, round side mirrors
Misc.: Tri-color LED lights smoothed into tailgate and rear of cab
Performed By: Chris Voorhest

Paint

Brand & Colors: Standox Honda Accord Blue and Mercedes Benz Silver
Misc.: Lime Green pinstriping
Performed By: Chris and Johnny Voorhest

Interior

Seats: Pontiac Sunfire buckets wrapped in Katzkin gray leather
Dash: 1950 Studebaker Champion
Misc.: Door panels wrapped in leather with sheetmetal armrests, billet window cranks, one-off interior billet door handles, sheetmetal center console
Performed By: Chris Voorhest

Stereo

Head Unit: Myron and Davis
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance

Engine: Stock four-banger
Intake: Injen
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster exhaust
Misc.: Dual Optima batteries under the bed
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
“Special thanks to Fernando and Shaun, Jay Harper for all his hard work, Chris and Johnny Voorhest for the killer work, Kim Voorhest for dealing with my truck and letting go of her hubby for hours to work on my truck. Thanks to my wife and family for supporting me through my continuing habit.”

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