BLOOD, SWEAT & GEARS

Home-Brewed Stout

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE ALEXAN­DER PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

SWIM­MING OUT­SIDE THE MAIN­STREAM, AS THE OWNER DE­SCRIBES HIS BUILD STYLE, IS A SPOTON DESCRIPTION OF THIS ’65 TOY­OTA STOUT BUILD. Robert “Odd Rob” Zoller, as friends know him, has a pen­chant for col­or­ing out­side the lines. His sig­na­ture ratty style has been worked out through years of jump­ing from one unique project to the next. The Gil­bert, Ari­zona, res­i­dent has en­joyed his cre­ative free­dom of ex­pres­sion with his most re­cent build the most. One of his mo­ti­va­tors is to leave other en­thu­si­asts with a one-of-a-kind prod­uct to ad­mire that in­spires.

Odd Rob took own­er­ship of the in­creas­ingly hard-to-find Toy­ota while at­tend­ing the Bon­neville Speed­week in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The pre­vi­ous own­ers had cus­tom­ized the Stout with a sim­i­lar vi­sion in mind, which cre­ated a clear goal and di­rect course of ac­tion when Robert took over. He used the spe­cial plat­form to dis­play his own cre­ative pref­er­ences and style by re­plac­ing nearly all of the mov­ing parts.

Be­gin­ning with the chas­sis of “Toy­olet” (Toy-oh-lay), the frame has been short­ened and the rear sus­pen­sion con­verted to a

WHILE THE HYBRIDIZATION OF THE RARE TOY­OTA STOUT, CHEVY TRUCK AND MUS­CLE GOODIES IS PLENTY UNIQUE, WHAT TRULY SETS ROB’S TRUCK APART IS ITS ‘RAT-ROD-ES­QUE’ VIBE.”

tri­an­gu­lated 4-link. The front uses the fac­tory con­trol arms from a Chevy S-10, with drop spin­dles to min­i­mize ground clear­ance. All four cor­ners of Toy­olet are sus­pended with

Air Lift Dom­i­na­tor airbags. The ’bags are fed from a sin­gle 5-gal­lon tank mounted in the bed along with dual VIAIR com­pres­sors and an Ac­cuair

EXO Mount setup in the bed.

Rolling with ease by way of the cus­tom sus­pen­sion is a set of Nat­u­ral Fin­ish US Mags Ram­bler wheels sport­ing a dra­matic lip. The fronts sit at 17 inches tall and 7 inches wide, and the slightly stag­gered rear mea­sures 1 inch wider. All four are wrapped in Kumho low pros. The fronts are 215/45R17, and the rears are 256/47R17. The wider rear rub­ber does its best to ef­fec­tively put down Toy­olet’s power and is backed by a front and rear disc brake con­ver­sion.

Un­der­neath the Stout’s table­top hood is a Chevy Vortec 350 mak­ing 425 hp and 465 ft-lbs of torque. The Amer­i­can mo­tor makes use of a roller cam, lifter and rock­ers. The heads also are fin­ished with a full port

THE COM­BI­NA­TION OF THE ROUGH, RUSTY, ORIG­I­NAL BODY PAN­ELS WITH THE ONE-OFF CUS­TOM FEA­TURES AND SIN­IS­TER STANCE MAKE FOR A TRULY PER­SONAL AND EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY TRUCK BUILD.”

and pol­ish. The Hol­ley carb breathes through a cus­tom hood scoop as the hole in the hood serves as the first vis­ual cue that the truck has been prop­erly hot-rod­ded. How­ever, it’s far more likely that the Stout will be heard long be­fore it’s seen. The beefy power plant ex­hales through Hooker head­ers and a cus­tom dual ex­haust end­ing in a pair of Dy­na­max muf­flers. The power is sent through a TH350 trans equipped with a B&M shift kit to a Chevy rearend with a

3.43 gear ra­tio.

While the hybridization of the rare Toy­ota Stout, Chevy truck and mus­cle goodies is plenty unique, what truly sets Rob’s truck apart is its “rat-rod-es­que” vibe. The style is com­plete with the truck’s orig­i­nal red patina. The sim­ple top-chop of the in­ner fend­ers is a brash al­ter­na­tive to the usual tubs, and fur­ther cut­ting re­veals in de­tail the rear sus­pen­sion con­fig­u­ra­tion. The in­te­rior fea­tures hand-made bomber-style seats with alu­minum back­ing. The backs are em­bossed with the “Amer­i­can Pow­ered” and Toy­ota icons. The seats are up­hol­stered in cus­tom vinyl for a com­fort­able cruise, and a sin­gle driver’s seat com­bined with the dual pas­sen­ger bench is an added mea­sure of cus­tomiza­tion for the in­te­rior. The door pan­els are armed with match­ing riv­eted alu­minum, while the dash is equipped with a Squeegee’s Cus­tom steer­ing wheel, So­cal Gauges and cus­tom 3D-printed switches for the air con­trol.

The com­bi­na­tion of the rough, rusty, orig­i­nal body pan­els with the one-off cus­tom fea­tures and sin­is­ter stance makes for a truly per­sonal and ex­tra­or­di­nary truck build.

Odd Rob’s work in tak­ing over a unique plat­form is in­dica­tive of his en­tire life as an en­thu­si­ast. His ef­forts to give peo­ple some­thing dif­fer­ent to look at are far from wasted on this project. The fi­nal prod­uct is an ex­ceed­ingly strong case for the ex­cel­lence of proper rat trucks. When­ever a project is backed with as much cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion as this, it’s sure to pro­duce un­par­al­leled re­sults.

RIGHT. THE RUGGED AND RAW IN­TE­RIOR LENDS IT­SELF PER­FECTLY TO THE OVER­ALL LOOK

AND FEEL OF THIS BITCHIN’ LIT­TLE TRUCK, COM­BIN­ING CLAS­SIC AMERICANA WITH A LIT­TLE JDM FOR THE PER­FECT CRUISER.

TOP. WHEN YOU HEAR THIS TOY­OTA STOUT RUM­BLE BY, YOU IN­STANTLY RE­AL­IZE THERE’S NO TOY­OTA LEFT UN­DER THIS HOOD.

THE 17X7 AND 17X8 US MAG RAM­BLERS RE­ALLY SET TOY­OLET OFF, COM­BIN­ING THE TWO GEN­RES PER­FECTLY.

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