Low 4 Ever
In Canada, it's hard to find custom mini-trucks in the sea of stock rides, but the numbers are definitely increasing. Innisfil, Ontario, is where you can find Daniel Wilson rolling in his '85 Chevy S-10 Extended Cab longbed. He has owned the truck since 1996, and back then the S-10 was originally a regular cab longbed that Daniel picked up from a buddy for a case of beer. The truck was immediately shaved, lowered, and roadstered. After a few kids were added to the family, Daniel needed more room for passengers, so the single cab became an extended cab. Daniel wanted to keep the longbed as well, so he stretched the frame to allow for the new cab space. After many winters with the truck torn apart in his garage, he finally ended up with what you see here. The truck is laying on the ground with a 6-inch body drop, complete air suspension, suicide doors, and hydraulic-lift tonneau cover. Daniel's ride tucks the 20-inch chrome Boss Motorsport rims well through the hood, and the fuel-injected V-8 makes for plenty of power. After all the cutting and welding was complete, the truck took a trip to Imlay City, Michigan, for some radical paint by United Automotive. A full custom interior and a Clarion 6-inch TV make for many comfortable trips to shows. This truck screams individuality, especially in Canada.
By His Side
The number of letters we get from dedicated mini-truckers' girlfriends is rather inspiring. It proves that there really are women out there who understand a man's need to lay his truck flat on the ground. Shaunna Penn is one of these dedicated girlfriends who actually can't wait to thumb through her copy of MT each month. Her lucky boyfriend, Danny Cavey, has owned this '91 Nissan Hardbody since he was 14, which is when they started dating. Since Shaunna has been around through the whole buildup, she really appreciates all Danny's hard work on his Hardbody. He started out by 'bagging the whole truck and plumbing the system with 1/4-inch valves, a VIAIR 450C compressor, and a 5-gallon tank. He then bolted up some 17-inch wheels, a billet grille, Nissan Pathfinder mirrors, clear corners, and a tonneau cover. He practiced his body skills by shaving the tailgate handle and gas door. Next, he taped and sprayed some Chrome Illusion flame graphics to liven up the truck a bit. A set of racing seats, some tweed, and some more Chrome Illusion paint bring the interior to life, and the tunes from Danny's system keep him company when Shaunna isn't around. A cool truck and an awesome girl - you got it made, Danny.
Simple And Clean
Rick Hohl from Lakeland, Florida, is the proud owner of this '94 Ford Ranger. He bought his truck knowing that he was already addicted to minis. Rick stepped right into the project by swapping his '94 shortbed with a '96 Stepside from Grace's Tire and Auto Salvage. After that, he turned to his pops for some help and guidance to smooth out the body. With the much-appreciated help of his dad, Rick shaved the tailgate handle, the stock emblems, and the step rails. After the shaving was complete, the truck received a complete color change from Maurice's Auto Body, where Nick and Romeo sprayed a generous coat of Honda's Electron Blue Pearl paint to brighten up Rick's Ranger. After it was painted, Rick decided he wanted it much lower so, he installed a Chassis Tech 4/5-drop kit, as well as 2-inch drop coils and 2-inch blocks for an overall drop of 6 inches in the front and 7 inches in the rear. Next, Rick bolted up a set of 17-inch Konig Tremor wheels wrapped with 215/45R17 Falken Ziex tires. Some other miscellaneous modifications include a billet antenna and rearview mirror, a Rhino spray-in bedliner, and a few color-matched interior pieces. Rick wanted to say thanks to his dad for all his help, and his wife for putting up with his mini-infatuation. Thanks also go to Mike at Speed Tech Superior Performance for all the aftermarket parts.
Josh Robinette takes much pride in his ride. Being a resident of Pikeville, Kentucky, he has plenty of time to attend to his hobby since there isn't really a whole lot to do. He picked up this '99 GMC Sonoma truck for his 16th birthday and has been working on it ever since. So far, it's been painted red with silver smoked tribal flames. The Sonoma has been outfitted with an Xenon body kit complete with a roll pan and front bumper cover, along with a cowl-induction hood and Street Scene mirrors for a sportier look. The front grille was custom-made, and a fiberglass hardtop tonneau cover keeps Josh's valuables safe. A pair of 12-inch Kicker Competition subwoofers are powered by a Rockford Fosgate 1,200-watt amplifier that rumbles the cab. Josh plans to reach a lower stance on 18-inch rims and perform a few interior upgrades in the very near future.
Shaved And Laid
Stan Lee of Cumming, Georgia, rolls this pimped-out '99 Ford Ranger. Stan has dedicated much of his time and money to his Ranger in the past couple of years. This Ranger boasts an air-ride suspension controlled through MIC gauges and 17x8-inch Niche Bellas wrapped in 215/40R17 Kumho tires. The door handles, mirrors, wiper posts and cowl, taillights, tailgate handle, step plates, and bedrails have all been ditched and smoothed. Cadillac taillights replace the Ranger lights at either side of the tailgate. After the bodywork was finished, the truck was sprayed with PPG Pumpkin Orange paint, and White Pearl tribal flames were taped and sprayed up front, running from the ground up. Clear blinker corners and a Razzi front bumper set the front end apart from all the stock Rangers out there, while the glass has been blacked out with 5 percent Limo tint. Moving inward, the entire dash and door panels have been smoothed and fiberglassed with molded 3-D skulls. A custom-built center console and '00 Civic SI seats take up most of the room in the single cab, but make for a comfortable ride. An APC billet steering wheel and a Sony Xplod 600 finish off the interior. Stan looks forward to the day his truck is ready for a feature, and from the looks of things, he's on the right track.