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.