Relationship goals came from this ’94 Toyota T100
They say the best way to make a relationship work is to indulge in each other’s hobbies and lifestyle choices. Courtney Carroll of Deer Park, Texas, grew up around her older brother Mickey, who tinkered with and drove custom vehicles. “I never went into the garage when he would work on them,” Courtney tells Truckin, “but I shared his admiration for the hobby.” At 16, she received her first vehicle, a ’78 Celica, which she had for three years until purchasing an Oldsmobile Cutlass she owned for the next six years.
Her life changed in 2010 when she met Chris Malone at a car race in Beaumont. Chris had been involved with the mini-truck scene for years and was driving a bagged Toyota Tacoma. The two immediately grew close, began dating, and eventually married. And it wasn’t long before Chris’ hobbies began to grow on Courtney. As a manager of a local pawn shop, oftentimes, Courtney could exchange certain goods for things she wanted. At a New Year’s Eve party with Chris and his club members, she struck up a conversation with Chris Silvey about his Toyota truck that hadn’t been running properly. He showed interest in some things Courtney had at the pawn shop, and before long a trade had been made.
The ’94 Toyota T100 had been sitting on a trailer for more than a year, but Courtney knew the potential was there. Once the trade was made, she and her husband were able to fix the wiring issue and replace the airflow sensor to get the new mini running. The first step was to bring the truck down to the ground, so Courtney enlisted Committed club member Patrick Reid of Mad Concepts for a traditional body drop as well as a full air-ride suspension.
Patrick turned his attention to the bodywork and paint prep. The stock red color was turned into a custom paint masterpiece, with Patrick spraying Purple Passion and a mix of 10 other colors in graphics throughout the body. The interior of the Toyota was, as Courtney calls it, “Junk.” So Patrick again took the reins and stripped it down and custom-built a new dashboard. For the retro look, Courtney added Honda Civic seats and had Arjona Upholstery wrap them in tweed along with ostrich inserts.
The truck was completed in a little less than a year and made its debut at Lone Star Throwdown in Conroe, Texas, taking home Best Mini out of 2,000 vehicles. “I was in absolute shock when I won,” Courtney adds. “It verified what I already felt about this Toyota: They knocked it out of the park on the build!” Courtney wishes to thank her family as well as her loving and supportive husband Chris. Although she wasn’t familiar with the mini-truck lifestyle before she met her husband, you can bet she’s deeply involved and truly committed.