CALI CRUISIN’

Keep it in the Fam­ily

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MOST PEO­PLE IN THE CUS­TOM TRUCK SCENE ARE USED TO SEE­ING BUILDS COME AND GO. It’s pretty rare that any­one stays with a sin­gle spec­i­men through­out their en­tire ten­ure in the scene. When Chris Galdi de­cided it was time to sell his beloved ’92 Toy­ota pickup, he hoped his pride and joy would go to a good home. Luck­ily, Daniel “Bubba” Cas­taneda was ready to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity. Chris and Daniel are fel­low mem­bers of For­bid­den Fan­tasy truck club, and the ’92 ’Yota was built pri­mar­ily by mem­bers of the Nor­cal For­bid­den Fan­tasy chap­ter, so as we say in the mini-truck scene, Chris kept the truck in the fam­ily.

The body-dropped ’Yota fea­tures a C-notched frame and a re­con­fig­ured rear sus­pen­sion that uses a cus­tom 4-link setup and Slam Spe­cial­ties airbags. Dual Air Zenith air com­pres­sors are housed in a re­lief cutout of the bed, and their satin black fin­ish and con­trast­ing stain­less steel lines match the truck’s styling flaw­lessly. The front sus­pen­sion drop is achieved with cus­tom Sadis­tic Iron Werks up­per and lower con­trol arms and 2-inch drop spin­dles.

The dra­matic drop com­ple­ments a full sus­pen­sion re­vamp, and a tra­di­tional body drop al­lows the truck’s frame and pinch to com­pletely lay flat on Mother Earth, just the way we like it. Nine­teen-inch fully pol­ished Corsa Wheels wrapped in 225/35R19 Toyo Proxes rub­ber work with the slick graph­ics and black back­ground to round out the ex­te­rior.

Be­neath the glossy sur­face of the truck’s hood lies a beau­ti­fully or­dered en­gine bay. The black paint stretches over the cus­tom in­ner fen­ders and be­yond. Much of the wiring and ac­ces­sory hos­ing has been rerouted or tucked for an ap­pear­ance that’s far cleaner than fac­tory. The con­trast­ing chrome and black ac­cents help draw the eye to the pol­ished valve cover and in­take man­i­fold. Toy­ota’s ul­tra-re­li­able 22re is mated to a five-speed man­ual gear­box in true mini-truck fash­ion. The four-cylin­der is sup­ported by a pol­ished alu­minum ra­di­a­tor and K&N cold air in­take. The ex­haust has been mod­i­fied to ac­com­mo­date the truck’s low ten­den­cies and now ends with a Mag­naflow muf­fler.

De­spite its ro­bust sus­pen­sion work, im­pres­sive styling and world-class in­te­rior, the ’Yota’s body and paint work are still the most no­table fea­tures. The body has been fully shaved of its door han­dles, gas filler and an­tenna. For a unique bit

of styling, the front bumper and fas­cia from a 4Run­ner were adapted. The rear bumper has been re­placed with a steel Grant Kus­toms roll pan and the back-end cus­tomiza­tion is fin­ished with fully molded Cadil­lac tail­lights. Af­ter Kal Kon­cepts sealed up the body­work, the iconic ’90s Cali-style paint pro­duc­tion be­gan.

First, a per­fectly ap­plied and fin­ished layer of Stan­dox Black was ap­plied. On its own the clas­sic black works per­fectly with the fully pol­ished wheels and chrome ac­ces­sories, but the multi-col­ored, hand-painted green, gold, pur­ple and blue graph­ics take it to the next level. The tear-and-wave el­e­ment is a clas­sic mini-truckin’ theme that still wears well to­day.

The in­te­rior com­pletes the pack­age with a clean and time­less de­sign that boasts a unique at­ti­tude. Start­ing things off, the low-back buck­ets were cov­ered in black leather up­hol­stery ac­cented with black suede that con­tinues through­out the cabin. The floor and head­liner dis­play cus­tom black over­lays, as do the dash and con­sole. The cus­tom cen­ter con­sole is in­te­grated with the dash and shifter boot and houses the sus­pen­sion switch­box. Be­hind the seats rests a cus­tom-built sub box, also wrapped in black leather, which houses dual 8-inch sub­woofers and dual JL Au­dio am­pli­fiers. The im­mac­u­late in­te­rior was put to­gether by En­riched in Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia.

Daniel’s ’92 ’Yota is a quin­tes­sen­tial mini-truck with clas­sic ’90s styling. When viewed in­di­vid­u­ally, each com­po­nent—from the sus­pen­sion, chas­sis and rolling at­tire to the paint and in­te­rior—speaks vol­umes about the pas­sion it was built with. When they all come to­gether in a sin­gle pack­age, this cus­tom ’Yota rep­re­sents the mini-truck scene to the hilt. Part of the magic be­hind such a well-done build is the sim­ple com­mit­ment to keep it in the fam­ily.

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A TIME­LESS, CLASSY IN­TE­RIOR HOUSES AM­PLE CREA­TURE COM­FORTS FOR LONG CRUISES TO SHOWS.

CLEAN AND TIDY, THIS 22RE BAY IS MAN­I­CURED AND AS RE­LI­ABLE AS THEY COME.

TRUE CLAS­SIC CALI GRAPH­ICS LAID DOWN BY KAL KON­CEPTS RE­ALLY BRING THIS ’YOTA TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

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