Dave Lai is originally from Hawaii, where he bought his then-brand-new '92 Toyota pickup from the dealership. Way back then, big systems, walk-thrus, and 15-inch wheels made for a killer mini-truck, so Dave went to town and pimped out his 'Yota. After Dave cruised his mini from beach to beach and hit his hydros for many years, he decided it was time for a change. Fast forward to 2004: Dave now lives in Las Vegas and his truck has recently received an update. It now sports a 3-inch body drop, full air-ride suspension, bigger wheels, and no more walk-thru. Dave is very proud of all he has accomplished and looks forward to his next project.
This '02 Chevy S-10 belongs to George Lysicatos from Edison, New Jersey. George bought his truck new in 2002 and has been working on voiding the warranty ever since. George wanted to slam his ride as soon as it rolled off the lot, so he installed a set of Belltech drop spindles up front, along with Easy Street Air Lift springs at all four corners. After the stance was taken care of, a set of 18x9-inch Eagle rims wrapped in 255/35R18-series tires was bolted on. To smooth out the body, the door handles, tailgate handle, and antenna were all shaved. A pair of Street Scene mirrors, an FBI roll pan, clear corners, and a billet bow tie make for an extra-clean exterior package. The truck is coming along great, and George hopes to have a lot more done for this show season.
We mean the Nissan truck, not the girl - jeez. John DiNovi rolls the streets of Cocoa Beach, Florida, mobbing his '95 extended-cab Nissan Hardbody. So far, it's been lowered 4 inches, but John has big plans for body dragging in the near future. He ditched the stock rims in exchange for a set of 18x8-inch Shoguns. To clean up the nose, John installed a phantom grille and clear corners. The front bumper also sports billet inserts. Inside the cab, John has a bangin' system that consists of a Sony CD player with JL Audio subwoofers. John is itching to 'bag and body-drop his ride as soon as his funds permit.
The Mini-Truckin' Family
Pops has passed the mini-truck gene down to not only his son, but to his daughter as well. Jack Downey's (aka Dad's) '03 S-10 sports a 5/6 drop, 17-inch Eagle rims, raised transmission and carrier-bearing crossmembers, SS mirrors, and a bumpin' stereo system. Dad also has a '90 Ranger with a Fabtech lift and 31-inch tires. Jack's son Michael chose an '03 Ranger Edge that also has a Fabtech lift and 31-inch tires, along with a full stereo system that includes four JL 12-inch subwoofers. Jack's daughter Jaclyn owns the '90 Toyota, which has a prerun lift built by her dad and rolls on 29-inch tires. Once again, what Downey ride would be complete without a full stereo system? The Downey's enjoy MX, BMX, loud stereos, and working on their trucks together as a family.
While most kids in Flowery Branch, Georgia, were busy playing on the playground, Justin Gooch had other things in mind. He bought his first mini-truck at age 13 by saving the cash he had earned from working the past three years. Justin has made some minor changes to this '86 Mazda, but constantly works to keep it in top shape. Justin entered the Nopi Nationals and placed Fourth, becoming the first 13-year-old to get a trophy. Justin has big plans to update his truck by shaving, baggin', and body-dropping it. He also wants to ditch the tandem axle and suicide the doors. We know we haven't seen the last of little Justin Gooch and his Mazda.