Who Would Have Thought?
We never thought someone would be mad about not being the oldest person in a particular group. It turns out that mini-truckers are competitive even in that aspect. When Corky Smith saw Gary Ellison in the Ridin' Around section from the Dec. '03 issue, he realized that being 54 years young still put Corky two years behind Gary. While Gary might be the oldest mini-trucker in California, Corky says that he is the "G-Pa" mini-trucker in Port Charlotte, Florida. His '92 Nissan Hardbody King Cab sports a mild 2/3 drop over a set of Detata Elite 18-inch chrome rims. The body has been updated with a Sir Michaels roll pan out back and a Toyota chrome bumper and valance up front, with clear lights at all four corners. He says he will be going much lower in the near future and also has plans to shave the truck. Corky gives a shout out to all the "old" mini-truckers out there. Drive low and drag hard!
This '99 Toyota Tacoma belongs to Pete Jennen of Russellville, Arkansas. He is a proud member of Intense Gravity, thanks to the countless hours spent building his Taco'. The Tacoma is shaved and painted with flames flowing well into the bedsides. It sports a '98 4Runner front end and a new cowl-induction hood. The slammed stance is courtesy of the four-wheel air suspension setup using Slam Specialties 'bags and the body drop, which brings the body down to the pavement. Pete rolls on 18-inch American Racing wheels, thumping sounds from two Selenium Extreme 12-inch subwoofers. Pete says his truck is still under construction and has more plans to go big on the buildup. We look forward to seeing it in its finished form.
Chuck VanMeter from Cumberland, Maryland, has been hard at work on his '99 Chevy S-10 Xtreme. The exterior is a bright Summit White base with purple pearl, silver aluminum flake, and purple flames outlined in orange hand-striping. The low stance is from a combination of the factory 2/4 drop, the CCE air-ride kit, and Firestone airbags. The truck rides on 245/45R17 Kumho Ecsta tires wrapped around 17-inch Centerline Trigon wheels. The bed as well as the interior were wrapped in black-and-purple "Chad Lucas Gangsta" velvet. Future plans include a Colorado Custom flamed steering wheel and 18-inch, 100-spoke chrome-wire wheels.
Raced Out Ranger
Rich Williams from Dropout Customs in Weymouth, Massachusetts, is in the process of building up his '96 Ford Ranger. He began by beefing up the performance. Rich added a K&N air intake system, a header, and a full Gibson after-cat exhaust system. The rest of the truck keeps its sporty theme with the addition of a 17- and 18-inch Zenetti wheel combo, racing stripes, 5/7 drop, and Xenon front clip. A few exterior additions such as a pair of M3 sport mirrors, a billet grille insert, and clear corners all the way around set Rich's Ranger apart from the stock cruisers. Inside the cab, a pair of '95 Grand AM bucket seats, a 6.5-inch TV screen showing the latest DVDs, a Pioneer head unit, and two 12-inch MTX 6,000 subwoofers keep him company on the way to numerous shows.