Throw One to the Dogs
Dear MT,
I picked up my first issue in April 1999 and have been a subscriber since 2002. Now that I'm 14, I am thinking of building a mini. I want to start with either an S-10 or a Ranger. I know I'm young, but I want to build a mini anyway. I was wondering if you have any suggestions to help me get started.
Westin Salazar
Glendora, California

It's always good to see avid, young readers. It assures the future and growth of our sport. Without telling you how to build your truck, we can give you some good suggestions. Since you have been buying our magazine for some time, we're sure you have an idea of the style of vehicle you like. Look for some of the simpler vehicles we have featured that you were attached to. Take your cues from those who have already been there and then add your own flare. You're most likely on a tight budget, so you will need to plan out your ride more than most. Suspension is the most important piece of a mini; you will need to decide how low you want to go. Both vehicles you stated have plenty of aftermarket parts available, so there will be grilles and other bolt-ons at competitive prices. There are always parts for sale, so be patient and keep your eyes open, so as to maximize your dollar. Places such as eBay and local classifieds would be a good place to look. Mini-Truck Dismantlers in Montclair, California, is an excellent place to start if you need any replacement parts. They're just a couple cities away from you, with boatloads of goodies to chose from. Here's to a phat truck and an empty pocket book in the near future! Please drag thru.

Frozen Assets
Dear MT,
First off, would like to say that your mag is like the Bible to me. I'm kind of new to the scene, so I have a stupid question. I was thinking about 'bagging my '94 S-10. Problem is, I live in the Midwest where it's cold and snowed-over most of the year. Since my truck will be driven daily, what would be my best course of action to be sure that I don't get stranded in the winter months with frozen air lines? Also, when people use nitrogen, do they use distribution blocks or what? Thank you for your time.
Rich Pendergast
Norfolk, Nebraska

Hey Rich,
No question in this scene is a stupid question. We are sure that a lot of people have similar questions. There is no 100 percent fix, but here are some ideas. The biggest problem is going to be your air solenoids; mount them inside the cab so they aren't exposed to all of the elements. Around your air lines, you could use insulating wrap similar to that used on headers. Also, a water separator would be a good bet to keep ice out of the lines. As far as your question about the nitrogen, the gas would start at the bottle exiting out of a regulator. From there, it would be directed to your solenoids, which will direct the airflow to its proper corner. Distribution blocks in an air setup would only exist in a setup with a manifold, which would house multiple solenoids. Good luck not freezing your tail off. We hope this keeps you from lighting a fire under your truck.