Every truck needs a name to give it an identity. Not one to get all fancy and technical, as do a lot of mini-truckers who name their projects things like Satan's Revenge or Chemical Combustion, Lance just named his truck after his wife, Victoria. That was pretty cool of him and we're sure she appreciates it. So far, this '01 S-10 has been outfitted with a set of Pacer Daytona rims and Remington tires, which dropped the ride height just a bit from stock. Lance has obviously been cruising the custom catalogs because his truck is chock-full of new parts. Stainless steel bedrails adorn the bed, APC mirrors replace the stockers on the A-pillars, and Euro lenses have replaced all the stock lighting. The front end of the truck has also received a Lund grill insert and an Auto Vent Shade bug deflector. Under the hood, a FBI air intake can be found working in unison with an electric fan, a set of underdrive pulleys, and Bosch Platinum spark plugs to make more power. Inside the cab, the factory speakers have been upgraded to units from Pioneer and a Pioneer CD player and amplifier pump bass through an 8-inch Bazooka Tube. With a license to ill from his wife, Lance has turned his plain-Jane S-10 into a crowd-pleaser and he says he still has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Laid Out Lo-Lo
This '92 GMC Sonoma came to us all the way from Abbotsford, British Columbia. Yeah, we don't know where that is either. Kyle Williams owns this juiced mini that rides on 8- and 10-inch cylinders and is actuated by a single pump and four batteries. Hy Tech Welding gets credit for the juice install and the suspension revamp that required a pair of Belltech drop spindles to be installed and a bridge to be welded into the rear framerails. Rolling stock for this lo-lo is a set of 15x7-inch chrome Roadster wire wheels and 195/50R15 Dunlop tires. Kyle has also spent a little time enhancing his truck's 4.3L V-6 with a K&N air filter, an aftermarket computer upgrade, a Blue Streak ignition system, and a free-flowing exhaust system. If this story ends up on a color page in the magazine, and if you were wondering, Kyle's truck is painted with House of Kolor's Micro Flake over '95 Ford Mercury Blue. The interior of Kyle's ride has been tweeded and wrapped in blue velvet by his girlfriend, Angele. A Grant Signature Series billet steering wheel brightens up the driver's cockpit and an audio system comprised of equipment from Pioneer, MB Quart, and Kenwood provide the beats.
Anthony Tyminski's '97 Nissan Hardbody is laid out and lookin' good. Rollin' low and sporting a Down and Dirty club logo, this mini exudes style and creativity. The backbone of the suspension lies in the Bell Tech drop spindles, AIM Industries lowered leaf springs, and Firestone airbags that Anthony and friends installed. A C-notch and tubular crossmembers help the lay the frame on the ground and tuck the hell out of Billet Specialties' 17x7-inch Psycho rims that roll inside of BFGoodrich Euro T/A tires. Walo's Autobody of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, installed the Nissan 4x4 front end conversion, which provided additional turning clearance when Anthony lays his mini out. Walo's also installed a phantom billet grille and rolled the rear fender lips before spraying vivid Teal paint over the entire truck. Anthony handled the interior work himself and installed a Pioneer head unit, midbass speakers, tweeters, and a 15-inch Soundstream subwoofer and amp. So far, Anthony's hard work has taken home two Best of Show trophies which is pretty remarkable considering that his ride has been smashed up twice in different fender benders.
Hurry Up And Finish That Thing!
Chris Jones of Snow Hill, North Carolina, owns this extremely clean and radically modified Chevy S-10. The impressive list of mods includes a 4-inch body drop and a full set of 20-inch rollers. The rims are Eagle 212s, in case you were wondering. Chris says the entire truck was customized in the shop that the truck is parked in front of in the photo. The body has been given the once over, leaving a smooth firewall and shaved door handles, hood squirters, tailgate handle, and fuel filler door. Tidying up the rear end of this custom mini is a smooth roll pan with a frenched-in license plate box. Air Ride Technologies provided the suspension system that almost has the rockers smacking the pavement. Chris says almost because his four-link has apparently been lost in the mail and ended up in Antarctica. This truck is worthy of its own feature. We hope Chris finishes it soon so that we can give it a proper welcome into the MT world.
First, we have to congratulate Jo-Jo Keeth on this awesome action shot of his '92 Ford Explorer. Second, we have to congratulate him for building something completely different for a change. Jo-Jo's mini SUV is hard to find parts for, so he combined AIM Industries control arms that were originally built for a Ford Ranger and 'bag mounts that were designed for an F-350 Super Duty truck to achieve the massive drop in ride height. The front suspension received Firestone 2500 'bags while the rear scored a set of 2600s. Toxic shocks were relocated at all four-corners. Two 7-gallon reserve air tanks were relocated in the space that the spare tire once occupied, and a pair of Firestone compressors power the system. Fender Bender International provided the 3/8-inch orifice electric valves, and the 3/8-inch d.o.t. air line and four switches control the moves. Rolling stock on Jo-Jo's ride come courtesy of 17x7-inch Mondera Gullwing rims and 205/40ZR17 Falken Ziex rubber. The body had all of its extraneous items removed, and the holes for the door handles, wiper arms, door locks, antenna, hood squirters, and fuel door, shaved. In addition, the cowl was molded to the tops of the front fenders to score even more points on the judge's sheets. It took 46 yards of Snow White vinyl, 3 gallons of fiberglass, and 10 tubes of hardener to smooth out the entire interior of Jo-Jo's Exploder and prep it to for paint. Once it was done, though, the plastic panels perfectly matched the custom center console and snow-white carpet. Obviously, after going this far, Jo-Jo couldn't stop at the audio system. A Kenwood CD head unit takes control of an MTX two-channel crossover and a pair of MTX amplifiers. JL Audio 15 W-0 subs pound out the bass while the stock speakers take care of the midrange and high frequencies. The system is wired using Streetwires 4-gauge power cable. Jo-Jo says he's not finished with his Explorer and that next year a small-block will find its way under the hood after the body drop is performed.
If you passed this HOK Iced Pearl Green S-10 driving down the streets of Toronto, Canada, you might take notice that it's being driven by 40-year-old Luis Davila. After all, its not every day that you see a grown up cruising a lowered mini. But if you knew that Luis is a U.S. Customs agent who routinely seizes contraband and narcotics during his daily grind, you would really be surprised to find out that outside of work, he's a true mini-trucker. After attending a local auto show, Luis entrusted Creative Customs and Detailing to alter his ride's appearance. American Eagle 203 rims and BFGoodrich 245/45ZR17 tires make up the rolling package. The custom paintwork is accented with a Street Scene grille insert, custom front air dam, and billet antenna. The interior has been dressed up with bucket seats wrapped in gray leather and embroidery that features the familiar Chevy Bow Tie. To enhance his driving experience, Luis installed a Hypertech Power Programmer and thermostat, an MSD ignition, an APC air intake, and a custom stainless steel after-cat exhaust. Nice ride, Luis!