Thankfully, most of our trucks are built from sheetmetal, which as we all know, has unlimited possibilities for custom modification. From entire front end swaps that update the nose, to full shave jobs, the ultimate goal is to change the look of your mini-truck so that it stands apart from the rest. With the quality of mini-trucks pushing the boundaries of truck building each and every season, it's becoming more difficult to stay ahead of the pack and to do something original. However, if you're looking for that next one-of-a-kind idea, Bob Grant of Grant Kustoms is your guy.
Bob "The Metal Man" Grant has been in the mini-truckin' scene for years, building mind-blowing rides, such as his Twisted Metal Toyota (where he actually cut the top off of a square-body Blazer and molded it to an '82 Toyota pickup) and Chad Lucas' body-dropped Pathfinder (Cover of the Nov. '03 issue). Every single ride or product that Bob and his crew put out always has that innovative edge, which sets him apart from the rest.
When he was building the Twisted Metal Toyota, Bob wanted a smooth front bumper that really followed the body lines of the truck. Since there was nothing out there that resembled what Bob had in mind, he decided to build a complete bumper from scratch. He built his first full bumper for the Toyota back in 2001, and his ideas have just been getting crazier and crazier ever since.
Since we are in the process of building Project Dragged Daily, we figured what better way to show you how Bob and the crew at Grant Kustoms do their thing than to build one of his one-of-a-kind front bumpers for the 'Yota. This time, we used one of Bob's original ideas and started with a '94 Toyota 4Runner front bumper (minus the valance). From there, Bob just did what he does best and very patiently formed the rest of the bumper out of sheetmetal, complete with license plate box, and custom body lines. Follow along to see how Grant Kustoms builds amazing sheetmetal products from scratch. For more information, contact the company listed in the source box.