A show truck always comes out better when its owner throws pieces of himself or herself into the mix. These bits of inspiration can rise from hobbies, pastimes, or even funky quirks of someone’s personality. For a guy like Jason Welliver, however, who takes pride in what he does for a living, looking for inspiration was as easy as taking a look around his work environment.
Since Jason is in the business of hardwood flooring, incorporating a wood theme was definitely on the agenda, although he wasn’t about to install any type of cheesy paneling on the exterior. Instead, he sought out the talent of Shroom’s Custom Airbrushing to create the woodgrain effect with the use of paint. Besides being easier to maintain and not having to cut and weatherseal planks of redwood, airbrushed graphics will never rot or fall prey to pesky termites over the years. Although the tie between Jason’s line of work and taste in vehicles were strong enough to spawn the theme of this build, there was another driving force behind it all.
Jason had a taste of the Mini Truckin’ spotlight back in 2000 with a four-door Honda Civic he had built for this wife. Former MT editor, Lance Martz, shot it back then and the buzz from the attention lasted awhile, but Jason was ready for another dose.
After three months spent tucking a few extra bucks aside and building the truck from the suspension up, Jason finally had another vehicle that he felt was worthy enough to park in front of the camera again. If you see Jason’s Toyota at a show or if he’s nice enough to add you on Facebook, maybe he’ll share a few paint modifications that just wouldn’t come out right in our photos. Don’t worry, they aren’t just some random pinstriping pieces or skulls of any kind—they actually fit Jason’s hardwood theme quite well.
1994 Toyota King Cab
Wheels: 20x8 Martin Bros. Sharktooth
Tires: 225/35/20 Nitto
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE-7
Suspension (rear): Triangulated four-link, Slam Specialties RE-7
Compressor(s): Two Viair 444s
Air/hydro Accessories: 1/2-inch SMC
Frame Mods: C-notched
Performed By: Chris at Frame Works
Door handles, third brakelight, hood squirters
One-piece tailgate skin, sheetmetal bed, raised bed floor
4x4 fenders and hood
2WD grille with 4WD bumper and valance
Jason aka Shroom at Shroom’s Airbrushing
Brand & Colors:
Corvette Inferno Metallic, all airbrushing is House of Kolor
Nick Dodgens and Shroom’s Airbrushing
Honda Del Sol
Custom console, tweed and vinyl-covered door panels, seat, headliner, etc.
ZZ’z Top’s and Interiors and TS Fixer
Mids & Highs:
6-1/2-inch Memphis Audio
Two 12-inch Sundown Audio
Sundown 2500.2 and Sundown 125.2
Sean at Sundown Audio
Special Thanks From Owner
“I want to say thanks to my girlfriend Jessi for giving up all the date nights and for her support. I want to say thanks for Jon Fulmer for talking me into building the truck. I also want to say thanks to Chris Gibson and his nephew, Shroom, Shaggy, Nicky, Billy, Sonya, Foose, Rodney, Amy, Virginia, Toady, Tyler Mann at Finishmasters for the paint, Baker Truck Parts, Brandon, Rollpans.com for the tailgate skin, Hornblasters, Frame Works, Dave and Sean, and Kinetik.”