Once upon a time, a very wise man named Courtney Halowell said something pretty profound, "That's not your truck, you know? You're just its custodian right now. Someday, someone is going to own that truck, and there's nothing you can do to change that.” He was right. No matter how much you think that your truck is yours, someday you're going to sell it and get something new, or circumstances will dictate that you move on. And when you do, that truck is going to go to a new guy who will call it his own. That's just the way of the world."

With that in mind, let's introduce you to Daniel Johnson—the current custodian of this 1998 Toyota Tacoma. He's not the first to own it, however. He bought it from one of the previous owners, who had already put their own stamp on the ride. They bodydropped it, laid the truck on the ground and a few other things, but eventually decided that it was time to move on. Daniel swooped in and decided to turn things around for this truck.

Even though the previous owner had put in some work, it was more of a driver than a show truck. For a bit, that's just what Daniel did. He drove the truck daily, and made sure to put a dent in the local road reflector population. Eventually though, he started to notice that a few things needed to be taken care of to lift the truck up to his high standards. There were quite a few worn components, or things that just weren't up to specs, so they were all repaired, redone, or replaced to his satisfaction. After he had his fair share of dragging through the streets, he pulled the truck into the garage, stripped it all down, and got it ready for paint.

The first round of paint wasn't really what he was looking for, but after 10 months in the shop, he decided to drive the truck to a few shows anyways. But once the 2011 show season was over, it was back to the shop (this time a different one), and a new paint scheme was sprayed on the body. Today, the Tacoma has a few dozen colors laid down across its surface from PPG and House of Kolor, creating a killer finish complete with lots of skulls, tribals, and flames just to top it off.

Although Daniel may just be the current owner of the truck, he knows that his job is to make the Tacoma as cool as he can. After all, someone is going to come next, and when they do, he wants them to see his handiwork in the best possible light. Until that day comes though, he's good with making a few more tweaks, showing the truck across the country while proudly flying the Aftermath logo.

The Lowdown
1998 Toyota Tacoma
Daniel Johnson • Princeton, WV • Aftermath

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18X7 with a +44mm offset
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Nitto

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Firestone 25C 'bags
Suspension (rear): Four-link, Firestone 25C 'bags
Shocks: '86 Ford F-150
Compressor(s): Engine driven compressor
Air/hydro Accessories: ½-inch SMC Xtreme valves, ½-inch copper and DOT airlines
Frame Mods: ½-inch plating along the bottom of the frame, bridged
Misc.: Raised stock gas tank
Performed By: Owner and previous owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Tailgate handle, door handles, squirters, third brake light, gas door, mirrors, antenna, Cali combo
Bodydrop: Traditional
Bolt-ons: Billet wiper stud covers, '04 Tacoma front clip with 4X4 fenders, billet grill, HID headlights
Performed By: Owner and previous owner

Paint
Brand & Colors: PPG custom mixed Blue Pearl, House of Kolor Neon Green, Purple and Orange
Misc.: Custom pinstriping and airbrushing
Performed By: Shon Reese at Diverse Customs

Interior
Seats: Chevy Cavalier bucket seats wrapped in light gray tweed
Dash: Painted and 'glassed
Misc.: Door panels, headliner, and accessories covered in light gray tweed, black carpet, factory gauges, custom center console
Performed By: Owner, Kenny Franklin, and Josh Sisk

Stereo
Head Unit: Kenwood DDX418
Mids & Highs: Audiobahn
Subwoofers: 15-inch Audiobahn
Amplifiers: Audiobahn 1000
Performed By: Josh Sisk

Engine/Performance
Engine: 2.4L Toyota
Intake: Custom
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Detail Work: Custom exhaust, Duralast yellow-top battery located inside the sub enclosure, trailer fenders, polished valve cover
Performed By: Owner and previous owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Special thanks to my family and my fiancé Holly Daniels for letting me do what I love and spend money even if I didn't have it, my friends—you guys know who you are, I wouldn't be where I am today with out you guys. Sam Thomas, Kenny Franklin, Jacob Phillips, Dale Jones, Josh Sisk, and Shon Reese for the badass paint work, big thanks goes out the my Aftermath family for keeping the scene classy and killin' all comers. IT DON'T STOP."