Jeff Garner is runnin' things down in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, with his '97 Chevy S-10 and his club Magnetic Minis. As the president of the New Jersey chapter of the club (isn't he from PA?), Jeff has the job of not only keeping his chapter organized but also leading by example. From where we sit, it looks as though he's doing pretty well. His truck has all the right mods and the right stance to give others something to look down to. The body has been shaved of nearly all the factory bolt-on items and been retrofitted with LED taillights, a molded-in roll pan, and door poppers to open the newly shaven doors. The front end of his mini scored a 4wd lower valance taken from a '94 S-10 as well as Altezza clear lenses, a Speed Grille, Street Scene mirrors, and a sun visor from Lund. All of these parts were color-matched with dark cherry-red metallic paint.
Jeff's truck has the distinct ability to keep his parking spot warm by laying hard whenever the air from the Firestone 'bags is released. Jeff's truck lifts off the ground easily with 3/8-inch ported solenoids, a Viar 450C compressor, and a 7-gallon reserve tank. Jeff's wheels of choice are none other than Ace Spade rims in 17x7.5-inch diameter with 205/40ZR17 Kuhmo rubber mounted at all four corners.
This truck doesn't lack in the comfort zone, either. The plush interior space has been outfitted with Pontiac Grand Am bucket seats and a Dodge Neon center console. A full tweed job and painted accents adorn the interior panels along with a Grant GT carbon-fiber steering wheel and billet aluminum shift knob. No mini would be complete without a sick audio system, so Jeff installed an Alpine CD head unit, a Sony crossover, and Infinity Kappa speakers. Bringing the boom is a pair of JL Audio 100-watt subwoofers. Rockford Fosgate provides the amplification, and a 6.4-inch LCD screen provides all the Sony PS2 entertainment Jeff can handle.
Doin' it Myself
If you can get past how painfully slow a stock Mazdawg is, then you'll appreciate what a great custom truck they make. The lower body lines are an example of some of the best mini-truck styling ever. Plus, a B-Series mini will lay rocker with a minimal body drop. Shawn Beier's '93 B-2200 mini got the once over with help form his friend Scott Conkright. Together they own SM Kustoms and have turned out a really clean mini. The suspension work consists of Firestone airbags at all four corners and a four-link adapted from a '96 Pontiac Grand Prix. The door handles, antenna hole, tailgate handle, emblems, and rear body line were shaved, and SM Kustoms welded the tailgate shut and fabbed its own roll pan from 18-gauge steel. The interior was redone by Shawn in gray tweed and faux cheetah-print cloth. Next on Shawn's to-do list is a 4-inch body drop and a new paintjob.
Ben Sabin's '96 Chevy S-10 must have serious problems with traction to need such an outrageous wing on its bed. Then again, it wouldn't take many ponies to destroy the Falkens that are wrapped around those 18-inch Mondera X-tacy rims. At the moment, Ben's mini features a 5-inch drop and air shocks, but he says that in the future he'll pony up the dough for a full air suspension and a body drop.
The body has been dressed to the nines with a phantom billet grille, a custom front airdam, clear corner lights, Euro taillights, and neon underbody lighting. The rear end of his mini was cleaned up considerably by shaving the tailgate handle, frenching-in the license plate, and replacing the factory bumper with a roll pan. At just 20 years old, Ben is pimpin' this clean S-Dime and rollin' with his friends in Vital Signs out of Pensacola, Florida. Cool!
Truly astute readers of this fine magazine will remember Tony Libutti's name, and the slightly less astute will definitely remember his potato-plowin' Honda Civic. Tony owns Pirate Customz, and his last project, a green and graphic-covered Honda, gained feature fame inside MT a few years back.
After the feature shoot, Tony didn't rest on his laurels and instead built this way different Toyota mini. The need to prove that he could 'bag and body-drop a truck led Tony to sell the Honda and work this Toyota. Well, Tony went a bit farther than just installing the 'bags and performing a body drop. Tony completely shaved the body of his mini using a Grant Fab tailgate skin for the rear end and a PT Cruiser hood for the front. A custom set of bed fins gives his truck a look like no other. The 4-inch body drop, 4wd front fenders, and air suspension work in perfect harmony to tuck the 18-inch Pinnacle Armegeddon wheels. The inside of the bed received new wheeltubs, fresh sheetmetal work, the Pirate Customz logo, and a coat of Line-X bedliner.
The interior is also awe-inspiring. The stock dash was replaced by a dash from a Honda Civic Del Sol that was transplanted between the A-pillars. Tony didn't leave the dash stock, either, shaving the A/C vents and other miscellaneous bezels and then matching the exterior graphics on the dash and upper door panels. The rest of the interior received a two-tone gray tweed job and a new audio system. Tony must have brain-farted when he sent his letter in,leaving out most of the technical information on his truck and offering up these pictures taken during a snowstorm. Hey, at least they are in focus, right?