Take it easy—you haven't missed a thing. The reason the story of Abracadabra I hasn't been told yet is because the tale was never finished, even though it was started some 20 years ago. Chris "Lucky" Brewer began this novel (now turned legend) in the most humble of beginnings back before the complications of adulthood introduced themselves. But it was the same complications and hardships, along with a few windows of opportunity that have brought about a spell's end—or assisted in bringing it to its highest level of potency. The conclusion is subjective based on how the plot is interpreted.
Back in 1991, Lucky's parents handed him the keys and title to a less-than-desirable car but was soon sold behind their backs to fund the purchase of a pickup truck. The make and model pickup in particular was an '83 Toyota Hilux—the very same seen here. After scraping some change together it was painted the exact color it is now, with a similar Sorcerer Mickey Mouse mural inspired by Disney's 1940 film Fantasia. During a long chat, Lucky tells us "I spent two years on the road taking the original Abracadabra to shows on the East Coast, but retired it once I learned that my first kid was on the way. I bought a four-door car, and started tearing the truck apart—man it was built. It was air-shocked on 17s, had a razor roadster window, and tons of shaving and molding. A few years into the build, the truck met its fate during life's obstacles and a few ordeals with a couple shops. The truck was eventually torn into pieces, parted out, and the cab was drug behind a four-wheeler to my unknowing. I just can't understand the joys of being destructive." And just like that; POOF—the magic was extinguished.
"Sometimes life takes you from a hobby, and sometimes it takes a turn and brings you right back to it," Lucky continues. Over a of 24-month span, he lost his brother, went through a divorce, found the true love of his life, and bought another minitruck after going through a handful of vans, wagons, imports, and performance cars throughout the course of several years. "It only felt right to build another minitruck. I found a good-looking Toyota out of state, and to my surprise, my mom hopped online and bought it for me as a gift. My life was back on track, and nothing was standing in my way." After reuniting with a few minitrucker friends from the past, Lucky found himself answering quite a few unanswered questions about the original Abracadabra. The more he reminisced about his first Toyota, the more he felt the necessity to rekindle his vision. "Most people hated the idea of me starting where I left off, and I couldn't understand why.
Whether you like it or not, the '90s style minis are part of our history, and I planned on incorporating a modern touch to my throwback project. Never let anyone pull you from a plan despite what hateful things they have to say."
The interest in the old school aesthetic has really started an upward trend in the last year or so, and a build like Lucky's couldn't have come at a better time. Capturing the essence of a time gone by is one thing, but gathering the scarce parts to make it happen proved to be a whole other dilemma. The endless hours of searching and the spending of any available funds took its toll on the Brewer household, and there were moments of what seemed like pure wizardry, "I bartered, traded, hustled, and rolled pennies for most of what you see. One day, I walked out to the shed where my dad stores tons of junk, and found the original grille and headlight bezels from my old truck just hanging on the wall!" Finding these parts that were considered long gone years ago may seem like a small occurrence in the grand scheme of things, but it helped keep Lucky's hopes and spirits high—especially because of how much his old truck was influencing the new build. "Most of what you see here is what I wanted in high school. This whole thing has haunted me for 20 years. Sometimes I walk out to the garage and just laugh. It's crazy to think the idea that lived in my head for more than two decades is right here."
Most people hated the idea of me starting where I left off, and I couldn’t understand why.
1983 Toyota RN34 HiLux
Chris “Lucky” Brewer • Hendersonville, TN • ///RA
Wheels: 15x7 Elite Viper (restored and rechromed)
Tires: 195/50/15 Falken ZIEX ZE-512
Suspension (front): '89 Toyota spindles, Slam Specialties RE-5 'bags
Suspension (rear): Twisted Minis wishbone three-link, Air Lift D2600 'bags
Control Arms: KBS upper arms, independent lower arms
Compressor(s): Two chome Viair 444's
Frame Mods: Z'd front frame clip, lowered motor mounts, modified engine and transmission crossmembers, C-notch, smoothed, painted and pinstriped frame rails
Brakes: NitroPlated front rotors and caliper housings, powdercoated calipers and lines
Performed By: Owner and Tony Armstrong at Tony's Rods and Ends
Shaved: Emblems, marker lights, body moldings, cab seams, keyholes, door locks, windshield wipers and posts, antenna
Bodydrop: Nope but lays flat frame
Body Mods: Australian Toyota HiLux letters canted and flipped in tailgate, roll pan with side-mounted license plate
Suicide Doors: Reverse suicide doors
Bolt-ons: Vitaloni baby turbo mirrors, JW Enterprises chrome tube grille, chrome headlight eyelids, Toyota Mojave imported chrome taillight lenses, restored and chromed door handles and tailgate latches
Performed By: Jason Graham Hot Rods, Mike Howell, Bob Lunsford, and Billy Bob Customs
Brand & Colors: Bob Lunsford's Porn Star Purple
Misc.: Airbrush work by Brent Loveless Designs
Performed By: Mike Howell and Bob Lunsford at Pro Touch Services
Seats: '88 Toyota split bench
Dash: Tweed cover, color-matched dash, shaved and airbrushed dash insert, Mickey Mouse autograph on glove box door
Misc.: Mickey shifter knob imported from Japan, '90s style car phone with switch box for 'bags, custom armrests, heather and purple tweed, grey ultra leather inserts
Performed By: Jason Graham Hot Rods, Driven Upholstery, Complete Upholstery Services
Engine: Toyota 22R four-cylinder
Camshaft: LC Engineering
Intake: Stock Nitroplated and plugged
Header/Exhaust: Hedman heders, custom Flowtech stainless muffler
Transmission: SR5 five-speed
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: Steel braided hoses, color-matched and splatter painted parts, chrome and billet pulleys, chrome hood latch, hinges, and other misc. pieces, LC Engineering billet wire loom, chrome plated billet oil cap, custom machined valve cover, shaved air filter mounts, CNC
machine engraved and powdercoated candy purple
Misc.: 36/36 Weber carb with deleted emissions and VW filter to clear hood
Performed By: Owner, Chris Rock, and John Hartley
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to My Wifey, Julie Brewer for allowing me to fulfill a dream and never letting me lose sight of it, my kiddos Logan, Grace, Ethan, LiLie, and Ellah for encouraging me with fun additions and helping out in the garage, mom for buying me the truck as a gift, Bob & Mike, Jason & Tasha, Tony, Don Don, Lumpy, Chris Rock, Brent, Ben, Donny D, Mom & Dad, Billy Bob, NitroPlate, LC Engineering, Tennessee Speed Sport, Tim, anyone who sent or helped me find antique parts, ///RA family, OG MiniTruck Coalition, and the guys at O'Reilly Auto Parts #1121."