Knock­out

Re­la­tion­ship goals came from this ’94 Toy­ota T100

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

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.

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