The Chop Top
Mini-truckers obviously aren't the inventors of the chop top. For decades, roof lines have been brought down in an effort to lower the total height of a truck or car and give it a custom look and feel. One shop in particular that's known for chopping the top of almost every truck that rolls into its garage is IF Customs in Sylmar, California. The crew there has been steadily building the world's lowest trucks for the past six years, and with every roofline reduction, they only get better. For more information on one of the coolest body mods on a mini-truck, check out www.ifcustom.com.
Another body modification that has found a home in the mini-truckin' community is the use of old car taillights. Mini-truckers are notorious for modifying anything stock on their truck, including the taillights. LEDs, Caddy tails, and a few others are commonly used after a stock taillight is shaved. Lately, however, we have seen a few minis using the old '37 Ford teardrop tails, as well as the old-school '59 Caddy bullets. Or if you're really feeling ballsy, you can go all-out like the Grant Kustoms sheetmetal Tacoma and redo the entire rear of your mini-truck to resemble an old-school Chevy.
Frenchin' (Not the Kiss)
The old-school kustoms would sink their antenna, license plate, and even their headlights and taillights into the body for a cleaner look. This modification quickly became dubbed frenching, and has been used on mini-trucks for all the same reasons.
What better way to get that old car flavor than to steal a part off of it? We spotted a mini running around with Buick/Oldsmobile portholes installed on the front fenders. Also, some mini-truckers have taken it upon themselves to find new ways to use other old parts. Old-school bumpers, such as this modified '69 Chevy Camaro bumper on Rico's S-10, adds a little old flair to the lines of modern mini-trucks.