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Year/Make/Model: ’89 Isuzu pickup

Owner and City/State: Michael Gartrell; Fort Smith, Arkansas Club Af­fil­i­a­tion: Def­i­nite Ob­ses­sions


Front Sus­pen­sion: Stock fram­erails, re­built en­gine cross­mem­ber, Slam Spe­cial­ties RE6 bags, one-off ¾-inch plate, con­trol arms with Michi­gan Metal Works uni­balls, 2.75-inch Z’d frame, slot­ted and drilled ro­tors

Rear Sus­pen­sion: Slam Spe­cial­ties RE8 bags, frame back-halved, 2x4 .250-inch-wall tub­ing, 1:3 cantilever bars built from ½-inch steel plates, four-link wish­bone setup, cus­tom-built 3-gal­lon cof­fin air tanks, dual 480 Mon­ster com­pres­sors


En­gine: ’84 Nis­san VG30T V-6, T3T4 hy­brid turbo, AR.63 trim, 2.5-inch in­take pip­ing, EMUSA 38mm waste­gate, 40mm HKS blow-off valve, cus­tom-built 1.5inch ex­haust man­i­fold to turbo, 2.75-inch ex­haust, Mag­naFlow race muf­fler, ’65 three-core alu­minum Mustang ra­di­a­tor

Trans­mis­sion: BorgWarner T-5

Rearend: ’02 Chevy Sil­ver­ado nar­rowed 20 inches, 3:73 Rich­mond gears


Mango Tango Or­ange two tone, Chevy Char­coal Black done by Ralph Ollervidez, cus­tom air­brush­ing by Solo Clas­sic Restora­tion, ’89 Isuzu Amigo fenders, core sup­port from 1x1-inch square tub­ing, hand-built Phan­tom grille, full sheet­metal bumper, sheet­metal firewall re­cessed 6 inches, shaved ev­ery­thing, Grant Kus­toms Cali combo, full sheet­metal in­te­rior of bed, 3-inch tra­di­tional body drop


Re­cov­ered Isuzu Rodeo bucket seats, black leather and gator in­serts, door panel in­serts, shift boot made from gator, black car­pet all done by Bill’s Up­hol­stery, Dakota Digital gauges, full sheet­metal dash and con­sole, stock steer­ing wheel cut and re­shaped into a spike


Wheels: 20x8.5; Voodoo 407 Tires: 255/35R20; Nexen

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