Anthony Alfonso of Hialeah, Florida, owns Slammin' Nissan, an '88 Nissan Hardbody. The lowered stance was achieved by cranking the torsions down and installing lowering blocks between the leaf springs and the rear end. The front sheetmetal was updated to '96 model-year specs, and the one-piece chrome bumper has billet inserts. Under the hood, the engine received some chrome-plated parts, a painted valve cover and air cleaner, blue plug wires, and steel-braided hoses. Anthony's dad, Tony, performed the miraculous transformation that changed his mini from stock brown to the 12-color graphic-adorned beauty it is now. Domingo Seat Covers of Miami stitched the Mazda 929 bucket seats as well as the rest of the interior in blue and grey tweed. Tony also shaved and painted the door panels. Speed and Truck World in Broward, Florida, constructed the door pods and the custom amp rack, covering both in matching tweed. The speaker enclosure, which resides behind the seats, houses four 8-inch Kicker Solobaric subwoofers, and each door holds a pair of Kicker midbass drivers and tweeters. The source unit and the equalizer are by Kenwood, and the system is crossed over using Kicker crossovers and is powered by an Optima battery.
Lone Star S-10
This severely hammered '98 Chevrolet S-Dime is the product of Cody Reynolds imagination and the hard work of some good friends and shops. Rob Rodell of Underground Customs laid the mini out using DJM drop spindles and Firestone 2600 airbags up front. In the rear, Rob installed a reverse-triangulated four-link and another pair of 'bags. Mike Lilley of Erratic Trends in Nederland, Texas, performed the 3-1/2-inch body drop that laid the rockers flat on the pavement. Cody's brother made the 20x8-inch rims and tires tuck cleanly into the fenders of his truck. The body is shaved of all extraneous parts with the exception of the taillights. A Sir Michaels roll pan replaced the rear bumper, and a Checkmate tonneau cover keeps the inside of the bed protected from the inclement weather that frequents the Lone Star state. A 35x35-inch sliding rag-top clears the way for the sun to shine into the all-tweed interior that plays host to a clean audio/video system. One of the more unique mods on this truck has to be the custom pop-up license plate that is squeezed between the bed and the rear of the cab. Cody's plans include a complete makeover by Texas Heatwave 2002. See you there, Cody.
Long, Long, Long S-10
From the Holy Crap, That Thing Is Cool! section of the MT files comes this Chevrolet S-10 Crew Cab dualie. David D'Amico wrote us to say that his 9-year-old son, Greg, designed the truck because David needed something large enough to haul the family around town in. The dualie wheel conversion was accomplished by having Greg's grandfather Al machine the front hubs and the rear axles from a five-lug to an eight-lug, 1-ton dualie pattern. David constructed the rear dualie fenders by mating two sets of fullsize Chevy fenders together. The Crew Cab is merely two Extended Cabs welded together with a Dodge Caravan rear window in between. David says he can seat five fullsize adults comfortably with the extra 36 inches of room he gained inside the cab of his mini. Power comes from a 2.5L, four-cylinder motor, and David is reporting a downright economical 24 mpg. A 5-inch drop and 2-inch lower-profile tires gives this Crew Cab the low look and excellent gearing.
Travis Stover's pride and joy is this Nissan Hardbody, which he calls Bad Habit. It has been extensively modified with a full air-ride suspension and 16-inch Chevy Z-71 rims that tuck cleanly under the 4x4 fenders. The suspension is powered by a Blojax compressor that is hard-lined to a 9-gallon reserve tank and is controlled by MIC 3/8-inch manual valves. Travis has also shaved the Nissan's emblems, fuel filler door, wiper cowl, hood squirters and antenna. Clear corner lenses, Altezza taillights, Nissan Sentra side mirrors, and a Toyota 4x4 front-end conversion make up the list of add-ons. Bad Habit's interior is chock-full of cool mods. Custom door panels and interior bezels were built and painted to match the exterior of the truck. A Grant GT steering wheel is in there, too, along with a full JL Audio system. A single 12-inch sub and 6-1/2-inch component speakers provide the beats that are powered by a Soundstream Reference amplifier and a Pioneer CD head unit. In the near future, Travis plans on repainting his mini and shaving it more. He would also like to see a set of suicide doors opening up to him and a set of big rims stuffed into the fenders.