SPEECH­LESS

Truckin - - BUSTED KNUCKLES - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

Some peo­ple are the silent type, while oth­ers are for­tu­nate to have the gift of gab. In the mini-truck cul­ture, Jeremy Brown is known as quite the talker. Whether it’s about the mini-truck scene or the most minute de­tail, such as which movie to watch, Jeremy is al­ways en­gag­ing with friends. As a young adult, he mowed lawns to earn enough money to pur­chase his first ve­hi­cle, a ’60s Mus­tang—and with help from this fa­ther, Mike, Jeremy com­pletely restored the clas­sic to im­mac­u­late run­ning con­di­tion.

WHEN THERE ARE NO WORDS…

As he be­gan the tran­si­tion from a young boy to an au­to­mo­bile en­thu­si­ast, he started flip­ping through mag­a­zines, and he even­tu­ally came across a Mini Truckin’ is­sue that fea­tured a pink Toy­ota pickup named Bal­lis­tic. “The minute I laid my eyes on that Toy­ota mini,” Jeremy tells Truckin, “I knew I had to have a Toy­ota.” It wasn’t an easy jour­ney to get into the truck scene, though, as it took a to­tal of four Toy­ota trucks to get to the fi­nal build. Although the first Toy­ota pickup was a gift from his grand­fa­ther, Jeremy’s next two were pur­chased and sold. The fourth and fi­nal Toy­ota was an ’89 pickup he found on­line and trav­eled to pick up. It had al­ready been ’bagged and bod­ied, but once Jeremy in­spected it, it was clear it was dated. The goal was to turn this new truck into the vi­sion he re­mem­bered from that Mini Truckin’ cover. Once Jeremy got the mini home, he brought the truck to his friend Patrick Reid at Madd Con­cepts to dis­cuss the new plans. He be­gan by pur­chas­ing an all new air-ride sus­pen­sion from David Wil­liams at The Kus­tom Edge. The older valves were then up­graded to Ac­cuair, and the en­tire sus­pen­sion was brought up to date with new tech­nol­ogy. Patrick and Jeremy con­tin­ued the trans­for­ma­tion by re­plac­ing the older Fire­stone bags with new Dom­i­na­tor bags. The next step was main­tain­ing the old-school look by find­ing the per­fect set of wheels. Af­ter a long search, Jeremy found some 17x9.5 Boyd Cod­ding­ton Deuces. They were much too wide for the Toy­ota, so Jeremy called Boyd’s son Chris Cod­ding­ton and asked if he could help. Chris re­hooped the wheels with cor­rect-style hoops from 9.5 to 8 and made sure the off­set matched the specs. Once the wheels were mounted, Jeremy re­moved the chrome front clip and added a new color-matched clip. Patrick used his paint ex­per­tise to spray the en­tire mini in GM Tang­ier Or­ange. When the usu­ally talkative Jeremy came in to see the new paint, he was ren­dered speech­less. Once Patrick saw how the paintjob stole Jeremy’s words, he be­gan paint­ing graph­ics and air­brush through­out the Toy­ota. The graph­ics were done in ’90s-style pat­terns with skulls, each one without a mouth, as they are all cov­ered by parts of the graph­ics.

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