Tyson Clement of Outkast Kustoms loves his Jimmy (no pun intended). Tyson wanted to get things moving a little quicker, so he added a K&N Filter, a throttle body spacer, and a Phase II chip to increase the truck's performance. The Jimmy sports a smooth look due to the shaved body line, door handles, cab seams, emblems, wiper cowl, roof rack, and taillights. The roll pan has been molded in and some sport mirrors, a billet grille, and a 4-3/4-inch cowl-induction hood finish off the exterior. Tyson's GMC has been stock-floor body-dropped 4-3/8 inches and 'bagged all the way around. He used a four-link setup in the rear and lowered control arms up front, setting the frame on the ground to match the body. The gas tank was raised to prevent any holes forming from the constant drag shows Tyson puts on. The floor was rebuilt to cover the notch and clean up the rear interior. the truck's air tanks are painted to match the painted dash, and everything in the interior that could be was wrapped in tweed. The tunes play through a Pioneer head unit, while three 12-inch MTX subwoofers rumble those low notes. Throw in a PlayStation 2 and 7-inch screen, and you have yourself a tailgate party (just add beer). Tyson's ultimate goal is to finish his Jimmy and have a daily driven show winner.
Joey Marshall of King, North Carolina, rolls this pimped-out '94 Nissan Hardbody. The truck lays hard, thanks to a four-way adjustable air suspension and a 3-1/2-inch body drop. The air suspension employs 3/8-inch Parker valves, which feed through a 3/8-inch air line. Two Viair 450C compressors pump the air to a 5-gallon tank. Drop spindles and a Hack Shack reversed four-link help slam the frame to the ground. The exterior is fresh, thanks to a full phantom billet grille and chrome Toyota bumper and valance. The body has also been smoothed over, sans the door handles, the locks, the hood squirters, the wiper cowl, the gas door, and the third brake light. The rear of the truck was welded shut using a full tailgate and roll pan skin combo. The interior houses a BAD skull billet steering wheel, flamed billet pedals, billet window cranks, billet arm rests, and Honda bucket seats. Future plans include some House of Kolor paint, a full dash swap, and leather interior. Joey would like to thank his brother Bradley for all the long nights spent working on the truck and Mini Truckin' for making the trip to his mailbox each month worth it. Although Joey doesn't belong to a club yet, he hopes to roll with Pebble Pushers once his ride is ready.
Louis Franco has been reading our monthly rag for the past year and says that it inspired him to start working on his own mini. He owns this silver '94 Chevy S-10 that has become the target of his obsession. So far, he's lowered it via an Autobahn 4/5 drop kit, but has plans to go even lower. Louis proceeded to scour the junkyards for parts that he could use on his S-dime. He managed to find some bucket seats and a center console, along with a roll pan. He swapped out his factory bench seat and rear bumper for the bucket seats with the center console and the roll pan. With the help of some clear taillights and limo tint, the exterior is beginning to transform. The stereo system consists of a Clarion head unit along with two JBL 10-inch subwoofers powered by a Kenwood 600-watt amplifier. Louis just recently added the 20-inch Hype American Racing wheels with low-profile Sumitomo tires and says he's just getting started.
When you were 17, did you have the privilege of dragging the sweetest truck in your high school? Well, only one guy per school can say that and for Brian Reitz of Seale, Alabama, he can safely claim that honor. Brian was fortunate enough to be able to build this '94 GMC Jimmy, thanks to his dad. The truck was Brian's 14th birthday present from his father Steven who told him, "If you want a badass ride, then build one." The truck's original purpose was as Brian's daily transportation, but after three years of hard work it has become much more. The GMC gets its low stance with Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles, C-notched framerails, a two-link rear suspension with a Panhard bar, and 2,500-pound airbags at all four corners. After the truck was dropped down nicely over the 17x8-inch Center Line Flare II wheels wrapped with 235/45ZR17 rubber, the exterior came next. The luggage rack, third brake light, and roof lines were all shaved. Then, Stillen Ground Effects and a custom-built steel roll pan were molded permanently to the truck. A Trenz billet grille, Street Scene mirrors, and a cowl-induction hood complete the exterior. The truck was painted Sikkens Red with a PPG Blue-to-Red Harlequin by Ronnie Hughes of Columbus, Georgia. The Jimmy also sports a 75hp shot of NOS ready and willing at the push of a button, a painted rollcage, and a bumping sound system. The license plate sums it all up: URDRULN. Brian would like to thank his dad Steven, his girlfriend Christy Griffin, Debra Ann Johnson, Ronnie Hughes, and Mike Piratte for all their help and support.
Built at Home
"Built, not bought" is a familiar expression to anyone who's been around the mini-trucking scene for any length of time. Adam Hicks of Kodak, Tennessee, exemplifies this expression. He and his Dad have been working on this trick '89 S-10 Blazer for about two years in their garage. Using an Air Ride Technologies air ride kit, including the ShockWave setup in the front and triangulated four-link with air springs in the rear, the duo managed to lay the frame smack on the ground. Then, the Blazer received a 4-1/4-inch body drop. Adam shaved the door handles, antenna, wiper cowl, and taillights. He also welded the rear end shut and frenched in a set of Caddy taillights. The front end has been updated with the addition of a '93 Blazer grille conversion and a Goodmark steel cowl-induction hood. The built 4.3L motor is cleaned up with an assortment of chrome and billet pieces. The 17x8-inch KMC Venoms wrapped in 215/40R17 rubber set this truck off just right. Adam says the interior is still in the works, but so far he's built a smooth dash that houses an Autometer temperature gauge and the switches that control the air system. Adam's Blazer is a fine example of what can be accomplished in your own garage if you really take your time and do things right.With all of Adam's future plans, we are sure we haven't seen the last of this Blazer.