Nearly a decade ago, I walked through a small show outside of Phoenix and stumbled across a 'bagged, white Tacoma with blue flames. By all accounts it was clean and simple—a great daily driver with a pumped up stereo system. While looking it over, a college kid popped his head out, smiled with a set of teeth that dwarfed Sarah Jessica Parker's and walked over to introduce himself as Oliver Porter. I would later find out that it was his Father's gift of gab, which he possessed that made several hours of conversation seem to fly by.
Around 2005, he decided to rip the truck apart and take it to the next level.
Oliver's Tacoma made the rounds over the next few years, hitting shows, getting new work done and being featured in every major truck magazine on the newsstand. Around 2005, he decided to rip the truck apart and take it to the next level; bodydrop, chop top, suicide doors, fully shaved, one-off bed, one-off taillights, stretched back window—the list of mods was extremely long and the amount of miles between shops that he trusted were even longer.
Throughout the second build, Oliver nearly trekked across the entire country, debuting mods from Devious Customs and IF Customs in yellow and blue primer. During Oliver's tenure in the minitruckin' community, he has produced a library of DVDs covering the scene with Domination the Video as well as the very first Low Life Video.
Just about the time when everyone thought his project had stalled out, the truck was loaded up and shipped to Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms in Belleville, Illinois. After mulling through several renderings from Nick at Surface and getting some input from friends, the House of Kolor gold paint scheme was given the go-ahead.
There is a special feeling you get when a 10-year project finally gets finished and blows away every expectation that you had for the truck. It's a feeling that gives the rest of us with stalled projects sitting in the garage a glimmer of hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel—and that light isn't attached to a train.
Owner: Oliver Porter
Ride: 2002 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Wheels: 20x8.5 Raceline Jaded
Tires: 215/30/20 Toyo Tires (front) / 225/35/20 (rear)
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties 'bags
Suspension (rear): Chromed link bars, steel braided lines
Control Arms: Custom tubular uppers and lowers, painted
Compressor(s): Two Viair 450s
Frame Mods: Custom frame, compressors and battery located underbed, one-off fuel cell under the bed
Brakes: Wilwood 4-piston brakes at all four corners
Misc.: Chromed link bars and drive shaft, air tank built into bed, pre-Taco rearend
Performed By: Devious Customs and IF Customs
Body Mods: 2 1/8-inch chop top, one-off taillights & handmade lenses, stretched back window, one-off front bumper/tailgate combo with lower body line (by Grant Kustoms), lower body line wraps around bed corners (by IF Customs), shaved hump in roof for third brake light, custom extra cab glass (with custom hand painted dealer window tags), entire inside of bed has all been reworked in metal (by IF Customs), gas door in bed.
Suicide Doors: Yes
Bolt-ons: Billet grilles
Performed By: Most major body bods performed at IF Customs, finishing touches performed by Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Shimrin 2, Solar Gold base
Misc.: Graphics by Justin at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Performed By: All body work and paint done at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Seats: Honda Accord seats reshaped and wrapped in leather
Dash: '55 Chevy dash cut to fit, shaved glove box and gauge cluster
Gauges: Classic Instruments Silver Series
Misc.: Extra cab panels and pillars reworked for chop top, Billet Specialties steering wheel, custom door panels and speaker pods, custom center console, automatic windows, new carpet, factory air conditioning panel
Performed By: All upholstery by Bruce Haege at Haege's Upholstery in Belleville, IL, all other interior work done Kyle Bertsch at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Head Unit: Pioneer double-DIN
Mids & Highs: Two sets of 6 ½-inch MTX components in doors and kick panels
Subwoofers: Two 12-inch MTX
Amplifiers: Two 1,000-watt MTX for subs, MTX 600-watt 4-channel for speakers
Misc.: Street Wires wiring, two Kinetik batteries, custom sub enclosure houses amps and one battery
Performed By: Adam Weinrich
Engine: Toyota, 2.4L
Intake: Custom intake
Header/exhaust: Custom ceramic header, Flowmaster exhaust
Rearend Type: Pre-Taco rearend, painted
Detail Work: Everything has been painted, all unnecessary items have been removed
Misc.: Entire engine compartment has been smoothed, custom sheetmetal and wheel tubs
Performed By: Kyle Bertsch at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms
Special Thanks From Owner
"Huge thanks to Kyle at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms for putting as much heart and soul into my truck as I have over the years and helping me call this truck finished, Justin at Sprengel's Innovative Kustoms, Cary, Cracker and the IF Customs crew, Bob Grant and Grant Kustoms, shout out to Pops (tips back shot glass), Bobby "the creep" Moore and all of my friends in Team Awesome, Bruce Haege, Ron at AutoLoc, Adam Weinrich, Old Man Chico, Surface Nick for helping bring the colors and graphics to life, Erik Harbour at Kinetik, Tony "Deuce" Fantini, Stan Chen at Toyo Tires, Scott Harris, Cody Brokenshire, and all the companies that helped, and all of the friends who have lent a helping hand along the way. Thanks!"