In Northern Idaho, it's good to be pissed. As we travel around the country doing our job, we catch lingo from all over the U.S. and bring it back to the L.A. offices to confuse each other. Ben Spinney, who owns this totally custom Toyota, taught us this one. Example: If you told Ben his truck was pissed, he'd say, "Cool! Thanks, man."
This exoskeleton creation started as an '85 Toyota that Ben started to work on five years ago. But with a Holley fuel-injected 383 Chevy stroker and a TH350 tranny attached to a Klune-V and NP205 spinning 1-ton axles, there's not much Toyota left. We caught up with Ben last year at Krejci's Mud Bog, where he was chargin' through the deep mud. Ben designed his Toy at his shop, Spinney-Built Fabrications, in Sandpoint, Idaho, for any type of situation that a crazy Idahoan could get himself into, whether it be trails, mud, snow, or running over cars. As you can see, Ben is no stranger to going big, launching his exoskeleton warwagon into an awesome end with a Dana 60 knuckle exploding at the tie rod.
The front of Ben Spinney's rig has a very similar setup to the rear, except it uses a Dana 60 front axle; 18-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers were used with 500-pound dual-rate coils, 4130 chromoly radius arms, and a track bar control the axle's movement, and the 60 is stuffed with a Detroit Locker and 4.56 gears. Ben built the entire suspension at his shop, Spinney Bent Fabrications, and topped it off with spherical bearing rod ends at the pivot points. The crossover steering is controlled via an insufficient stock steering box that Ben plans to enhance with a Rock Ram. The brakes are stock Chevy 1-ton discs fed by a hydroboost steering system also yanked from a 1-ton.