This is Lenny Pinto's '92 B2600i Cab Plus. As you can see, the truck was lowered on chromies, and there's a B.A.D. toxic billet steering wheel, but not much else has been done to Lenny's ride - yet. In a letter we received from Lenny and his mom, Dodie Pinto, we found out it's his mom who is pushing the truck toward becoming a show-winner. We're sure that one day Lenny's truck will be featured here in Mini Truckin' magazine on its own merits, but what's slowing the progress down? Well, have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people? That's what happened to Lenny. The result: he has an extended vacation at a certain facility in New Jersey. Dodie maintains her son is a great guy and has been learning all she can about mini-trucks to help further the Mazda's progress while he's away. Lenny's been directing the buildup from behind closed doors so that he'll have a more complete ride when he's home again. MT sends out mad props to Dodie, one cool mini-truckin' mom. Free Lenny!
Scott Edmunds of Birmingham, Alabama, wrote in to show us the truck he's been working on. His '84 Isuzu p'up diesel has seen its fair share of mods, and other than the glow-plug engine under the hood, this thing rocks. So far, Scott shaved the gas filler door, the tailgate, and the antenna, molded in an Eclipse bubble in the hood, added Isuzu Amigo fenders, installed a steel roll pan, and did a Cadillac taillight conversion. He's done all of this in addition to adding a '95 Honda Passport front bumper and valance, changing over to Toyota mirrors, and installing '91 Nissan Stanza bucket seats inside the tiny standard cab. He thanks Mike Gooch for the body mods and Tony Higgins for spraying the bright-blue paint that covers the entire truck. That's a killer old-school mini right there!
Check out this slammin' '94 Ford Ranger that's pounding ground all over Frederick, Maryland, this season. A dude named Josh, who has a serious thing for clean customs, owns the truck. Right now, the truck is rolling on a set of 18-inch Akuza 213 wheels and has yet to have anything shaved. Despite the stock body, Josh found time to paint everything on the exterior the same color as the rest of his body panels for a clean, Euro look. At the moment, Josh has been busy trying to find companies that want to help him work on his ride by supplying products. And to this we offer one rule of thumb: If you've never built a custom before, usually the initial building of a truck worth featuring is coming out of your wallet 100 percent. Good luck, Josh, and don't make everyone wait too long to see how that Ranger turns out.
Lee Dillehay's '99 Chevy Extreme underwent some radical changes over the last few years. Lee and his friends have been very busy working so the S-truck could make the grade. So far, Lee's ride was treated to a Cervini's ram air hood, Street Scene mirrors, and a Street Scene Speed grille, all of which have been painted to match the Victory Red color of his truck. Additionally, the truck's wiper cowl, door handles, grille, Bow Tie taillights, and Checkmate tonneau cover have been painted to match. Inside the truck, Lee tended to some of the interior work he's always wanted with flint-colored tweed upholstery and some paint that brings the exterior of his truck indoors. Lee has also installed air ride on his S-10 with 'bags at all corners, Blitzluft 1/2-inch valves, a pair of Viair 450C compressors, and 7 gallons of air supply. His truck was initially lowered with Belltech dropped spindles and notched lower control arms. In the rear, the truck sits low as can be with a KP Components six-link suspension setup and a 6-inch bridge notch. Hopefully, he'll catch up with us some day at a show for an up-close-and-personal look at his ride.