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1993 Toyota Pickup Project Truck - Taking Our Toy To The Next Level

Posted in How To on June 1, 2009
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Photographers: Nicole PitellTom Nissley

You might remember our $5,000 Toyota prerunner toy that we put together in November 2008's issue. We bolted on the Downey Grand Slam suspension (a killer deal for what you get), installed an All Pro rollcage, cut-out the fenders a bit, and threw on a set of 32-inch BF Goodrich tires on Pro Comp wheels. It's been serving us well over the last seven months, acting as a parts hauler, fun desert beater, and as transportation when everything else is in the shop. And our little '93 Toyota has done it all with 190,000 miles on the odometer. Man, we really love American fullsize trucks, but our Dodge, Jinxy, is on its third engine, our Super Duty, The STD, is lying in our parking lot with a messed up Powerstroke, and our Bronco, The Juice, recently received a new engine as well. Hmm, maybe there is something to these compact foreign pickups....

With tax-return time coming up, we decided we'd take our budget-build prerunner the next step and add some performance seats, five-point harnesses, a couple more tubes to better reinforce our rollcage, and some gauges to better monitor what's going on underneath the hood. We also took the time to do some serious tire clearancing, as we found a rubbing issue when stuffing the 32-inch tire if the steering wheel was turned.

We went to two shops, Total Chaos and T and J Performance, to use their expertise to build a better Toy for ourselves. Total Chaos knew how to hack out the firewall for more tire clearance and add the Glassworks fenders, and T and J was able to get a couple extra bars onto our rollcage while adding some Mastercraft seats, belts, and Auto Meter gauges at the same time.

This little Toyota has gone from stock beater to a nice modified machine, but we still have no name for it. We've toyed with the idea of naming it "Greenie" since it is green in color, our sales guy, Nick Green, is the owner of it, and our future plans include turning it "green" with a propane conversion. It makes sense to us, but Nick doesn't seem to like that name (hater). Some other suggestions were The Green Lantern, The Flying Pickle, and Vomit. What do you think it should be called? Email us at and tell us your suggestion. If we pick your name suggestion, we'll send you some OFF-ROAD swag and give you credit in the next story on this truck.

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Sycamore, IL 60178
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