Clay Powell from Liberty, Missouri, is lucky enough to not only drive a dope '94 Ford Ranger Splash, but also to have a loving and supportive family by way of his grandparents. They helped him get the truck when he was 15 and have helped him work on it ever since. With the help of family friends Tim Stafford of TRS Mobil Custom and George Lafal of Independence Classics, the truck has been transformed from stock to a bright-red shaved and 'bagged Splash laid out on 17-inch billet Scorpions. The last four years of working on the truck have not only brought Clay and his grandpa closer, but have given them a full dose of mini-truckin' in all its glory. Patience, hard work, and dedication is the recipe for all great trucks, and Clay's Ranger is no exception.
Mean Green Xtreme
Rollin' the streets of East Liverpool, Ohio, James Reed's '99 Chevy S-10 is a constant source of stares and attention. For only being 17, James sure knows how to draw a crowd. He started by shaving the antenna, door handles, tailgate handle, and taillights to smooth out the exterior. He then added a custom roll pan, which included a set of frenched teardrop taillights. The factory mirrors were replaced with a set of Street Scene sport mirrors, and the orange turn signals were ditched for a set of APC clear corners. To finish up the external package, the truck was sprayed with custom-mixed PPG Lime Green with ghost flames. The interior has been updated with flamed tweed and bumps supplied by Alpine and JL Audio gear. Future plans include a 'bag job.
Z. Ruzzuia of Hartford, Connecticut, says he's been a gearhead since he was old enough to turn a wrench. Now 24, he's dedicated himself to the autobody side of customization. His first project truck was the family beater. A 200,000-mile '86 Ford Ranger 2.3L turbo, with an 8.8-inch rearend and no A/C or power anything (not to mention what the paint and body looked like) was the truck that Z started with. He began working the body over, and when it was to his liking, he sprayed it with '02 Subaru WRX Blue with silver racing stripes.
Chicks Drag, Too
Carly C. from Cocoa Beach, Florida, likes to keep the guys guessing. She has been into mini-trucks for a few years now and has learned a lot about doing her own modifications on her '94 Nissan Hardbody. Many guys give her heat about it, but she has big plans to show them up. So far, she's swapped the stock rims out for a set of chrome Pathfinder rims. Moving inside, Carly pulled the stock radio out and installed a JVC CD player and Alpine amplifier to power her JL Audio subwoofers. She also installed a set of Pioneer 6-1/2-inch component speakers to give her the mid- and high-range sound she was after. She lowered it 3 inches and says there's still plenty to go. She hopes to 'bag and body-drop it herself, along with doing the paint and interior. Keep us updated, Carly.