If I told you that a guy would come and pick up your truck, go through all the work of polishing it into magazine cover material, and then hand it back to you, would you go for it? It's not often when a minitruckin' fairy shows up on your doorstep to do exactly that. And it's even less often when that fairy happens to go by the name Bobby the Creep.
Let's not get hung up on nicknames though, some of the greatest people I've met in the minitruckin' scene go by stupid names like Poop, The Creep, or Bob Grant. All of which at first send a shudder down your spine, but then you later find out they've just been topped off with a special brand of awesome.
When Bobby saw the Tacoma, it was an epiphany that all of us have experienced at some point. "That's exactly what I want my truck to look like, but with my own twist," he said to himself. Bobby tracked the truck's owner, Eric Easterby, down, who explained that he wanted to keep the truck for his son's first ride. Bobby shrugged and proposed a simple exchange, "I'll build the truck the way I want to and then sell it back to you so your kid can drive it later down the road." After a little pondering the pros and cons that day, the Tacoma found a new home.
Manchester, Maryland, is a town with gravestones and farms from the late 1800s. It's filled with small businesses and coffee shops, like the one where Bobby sketched out the newly envisioned interior on a napkin. The street rod-meets-minitruck interior set the tone for the whole truck, it was clean and simple, but with a focus on the small details—panels, big back window, cut-down seats, billet accents, and everything wrapped the way a Euro-style car would come fresh from the factory.
The exterior was changed from a solid blue to a Fiat Olive Verde with silver and bamboo graphic accents that tie into the wood bedfloor. Bobby's take on the bedfloor seems simple: "It's an import truck, it should have bamboo in the bed."
So what is this truck a testament to? Simply put, once you know your style, every vehicle is a blank canvas, and the way Bobby incorporated his take on timeless style, Eric's son will be proud to roll it once it's exchanged hands once again.
Owner: Bobby Moore
Ride: 1995 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: Manchester, MD
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere
Wheels: 19-inch Intro Vista II
Tires: 215/35ZR19 Avon Tech M500
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE5
Suspension (rear): Three-link with wishbone, lift bars with swing shackles
Control Arms: Sadistic Iron Werks
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 380s
Brakes: Four-piston Wilwood at all four corners
Performed By: Owner and Killer Concepts
Shaved: Hood pissers, third brakelight hump, door handles, tailgate handle
Bodydrop: Traditional 3 1/2 inches
Body Mods: 3-inch bigger back window, DeVille third brakelight, Eclipse hood bubble, bed smoothed and bamboo floor with seamless strips by Bedwood and Parts
Suicide Doors: Yep
Bolt-ons: Billet grille and billet interior accents
Performed By: Suicide doors by New Era Hotrods, back window by Killer Koncepts
Brand & Colors: Fiat Verde Oliva
Misc.: Painted bamboo wood grain, hand-laid gold leaf, and hand-pinstriped
Performed By: Cracker Chico, Jason Sprengel at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Seats: Factory seats without headrest
Dash: Stock dash, took some curve out of it and wrapped
Misc.: Door panels are partially stock and partially custom, snakeskin inserts
Performed By: Driven Fab and Upholstery
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids & Highs: Alpine
Subwoofers: 13-inch JL Audio
Misc.: Audio components hidden
Performed By: Owner and Delicious
Detail Work: Painted wheeltubs
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Team Awesome, Driven Fab, Eric Easterby at Killer Concepts for letting me do all the slave work and talking me into the rear window, Jeff Barnes, Brad Wurzbacher, ARO, Mulligan, Brad Vance, the Blacks, Adam Rhodes, Chico Shaw and fam, Dusty, Jason Sprengel and crew, my real family Relaxed Atmosphere and NC."