We'll tweak the old saying a bit and say that cleanliness is next to awesomeness. It's not an idea that's overly profound, granted, but it is fitting for this situation. This Toyota was built slowly but steadily over the last 16 years, and its owner, Kevin Gibbs, has had his hands in the mix every step of the way.

Back in his community college days, Kevin spent his time in paint and body courses, became ASE certified a few years later, and started work at a small two-man shop. It was there that he brushed up on his skillset that would eventually enable him to build himself a dependable, respectable truck. "I've never had my own fully-built custom before" Kevin says, "working in the business means that everyone else's vehicle comes first. The truck was purchased in '96 as my everyday driver, and since then, I've really cut into it and changed the suspension setup alone at least four times. No matter what you plan, you WILL always change your mind."

Being that this has been a long-term project means that it was funded completely on Kevin's personal dime. He moved at the only pace he could, and celebrated the little accomplishments when they presented themselves. But since his hands are responsible for a high percentage of the modifications, the experience and practice became invaluable to Kevin. "I learned a lot about suspension geometry and true fabrication work, and that well thought out planning makes the biggest difference for success. At least at this point I can look back at last 16 years and take pride in knowing I built my own truck. It makes me appreciate the compliments it gets."

Now, you'd think that Kevin would have his truck dialed in and sitting exactly where he wants it by now. There's always room for improvements, and his truck is not exempt from that dose of reality. "I plan to continue working on the truck and get a few more things done to it. I would love a slight bodydrop and Z-notch the front. I'd also like to update the bed and interior, but I'd still keep everything "simply clean" as I like to call it. I tear into this truck because it's what I like to do."

…working in the business means that everyone else's vehicle comes first.

The Lowdown

1992 Toyota Pickup
Kevin Gibbs • Selma, AL

Rolling Attire

Wheels: 18x7-1/2 Nexo PX-5
Tires: 215/35/18 Nankang Ultra Sport NS-2

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): Firestone 2500 'bags
Suspension (rear): Four-link with Firestone 'bags on lower bars
Control Arms: Reworked stock
Shocks: Monroe Sensa-Trac
Compressor(s): Viair 450
Air/Hydro Accessories: 10-gallon handmade stainless air tank, Black Max and SMC valves
Frame Mods: Half-round step notch and Cando crossmember
Brakes: Stock
Misc.: Cando transmission mount (stock E-brake still works)
Performed By: Owner, tank built by Brett

Body Modifications

Shaved: Tailgate handle, gas door, exterior door mirror mounts
Bodydrop: Nope
Body Mods: 4-Runner fenders and front bumper, Mazda Miata door handles, molded roll pan
Bolt-ons: Nope
Misc.: Grille and bumper inserts hacked out of a phantom grille, taillights made from stock red and aftermarket clear lenses
Performed By: Owner

Paint

Brand & Colors: DuPont Grey Metallic and Bluish Silver
Misc.: Bright silver accent strip between colors
Performed By: Owner

Interior

Seats: '94 Mitsubishi Maxima two-tone
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Misc.: '94 Acura Integra center console trimmed to fit, Lokar door handles and window cranks, hot rod-style armrest smoothed and painted
Performed By: Owner, seats by Tyner Upholstery

Stereo

Head Unit: Panasonic
Mids & Highs: JL Audio 6½-inch
Subwoofers: JL Audio 8-inch
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate 250
Misc.: Bandpass enclosure
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance

Engine: 22RE
Intake: FBI cold air
Header/Exhaust: Custom
Transmission: Auto
Misc.: MSD Blaster two-coil, relocated battery and fuse box, handmade battery hold-down, chrome and billet accessories
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner

"I would like to thank my parents Glenn and Marie, my wife Shana and the family, Tonya, Russell, and Corey, my grandmother Betty, Mr. Ronnie, and all my buddies (they know who they are)."