Almost every human being with access to the net or cable TV has heard of the shop West Coast Customs, made famous by the MTV show "Pimp My Ride," and its work on big-name celebrity cars. West Coast Customs has come a long way from the garage of owner Ryan Friedlinghaus. Most people probably don't remember, Ryan made his mark in the minitruckin' scene and first appearance in Mini Truckin' magazine on the cover of the Nov. '97 issue with his mini Blazer, which was dubbed Highly Explosive. This was long before any TV shows began to air custom work to the world.

But it didn't stop there. Ryan also had his blue Mazda B2200, named West Coast Lo- Lo, featured in the Oct. '98 issue. As Ryan began to build a bigger crew at the shop, many jobs that were previously outsourced were done in-house. In fact, he returned to Mini Truckin's cover with the infamous Laid Runner for MT Oct. '99, which was the first completed full-custom 4-Runner.

Getting a start in the minitruckin' world, West Coast Customs has now grown to be one of the world's premier builders with an unbelievable amount of talent. An average build, that might be built for a celebrity or shipped to one of WCC's franchises in Dubai, Germany, Australia, and others can run anywhere from $200,000 or more. But, the succes of West Coast Customs and Ryan Friedlinghaus has not been an easy road.

Not being happy with the direction and style of "Pimp My Ride," Ryan sought a new venture where he could build custom cars more to his style and taste. When WCC landed the Street Customs and Kingz of Customs tour, they had officially hit the proverbial nail on the head. Finally getting to show off their real talents in building some of the craziest custom cars the world has ever seen, the WCC crew can really shine. They quickly outgrew a couple of their old facilities and employees and Ryan created a dream team with talent in every corner.

This brings us to the head fabricator, Sean Mahaney, whose name might sound familiar to some of the really old-skool minitruckers out there. We interviewed Sean down at the shop to share a little minitruckin' history and give some insight on his journey through the years.