(2001 Toyota Tacoma)
In the world of custom rides, there’s something undeniably special about a vehicle that stands the test of time. The Toyota Tacoma “Lo St8x,” owned by Kim and Doug Wilson, is a prime example of this phenomenon. Named for its card-inspired graphics and body drop, this 2001 Tacoma has undergone a remarkable transformation over the years, making it a true gem in the custom truck community.
Inspiration and Transformation
The inspiration behind “Lo St8x” was simple yet ingenious – playing cards and a body drop. The Wilsons’ love for poker and the desire to create a standout ride led to the birth of this remarkable truck.
Originally built in 2001 by Master Image Customs, “Lo St8x” received a fresh breath of life when it underwent a repaint and bodywork by Alan at AK Airbrushing in 2022. The truck boasts a remarkable list of contributors, including Steve Vandemon for the initial paintwork, Jeremy Kauffman for the body drop, Swayd Customs for the engine compartment and rear end, and MTW Wheels for the new set of wheels. The interior was expertly redone by Elegance Auto Interiors.
Kim and Doug Wilson have no plans of parting ways with “Lo St8x.” Their goal is to keep this cherished truck in the family, ensuring that its legacy continues to shine brightly.
“Lo St8x” is powered by a trusty Toyota engine from the same year, 2001. It’s equipped with a 4-cylinder powerhouse and features engine modifications such as an air intake, stainless header, and a complete wire tuck. The engine bay gleams with chrome and polished accents, adding to the truck’s overall visual appeal. The engine work was skillfully executed by Swayd Customs.
The driveline of “Lo St8x” is designed for both performance and style. It features a Will Wood big brake setup and custom-cut rotors by Qustance, showcasing playing card-themed details. The gears and other driveline components were expertly installed to ensure optimal performance.
A custom chassis modification sets “Lo St8x” apart from the crowd. The frame underwent significant modifications, including a front z’ed frame and a rear 4-link bag on the bar. A monster notch further enhances its low-slung appearance. The suspension setup includes KYB shocks and a custom-made four-link system. Dual Viair 485c compressors and an AccuAir E+ VU4 valve system provide precise control over the air suspension. Slam Specialties SS5 and SS6 airbags ensure a comfortable and adjustable ride. Additionally, the truck boasts a 94 Toyota rear-end conversion with a Will Wood disc brake kit.
Wheels and Tires
“Lo St8x” rolls on a striking set of MTW Thorn wheels, replacing the older Lexani wheels. The front and rear wheels both measure 18×8 inches and are fitted with 215x25x18 tires, adding to the truck’s commanding presence on the road.
Paint and Graphics
The custom paintwork on “Lo St8x” is a sight to behold. The color palette includes silver, black, blue, and green, with House of Colors Lime Time Green, True Blue, Silver Max, and Black Max paint types. The graphics feature tribal blue and green patterns with playing cards and poker chips scattered throughout the truck. The attention to detail is astonishing, with a full deck of cards (no jokers) incorporated into the design. The original paintwork was handled by Steve Vandemon, while the 2022 repaint was skillfully executed by Alan at AK Airbrushing.
“Lo St8x” underwent extensive body modifications to achieve its distinctive appearance. A 4 1/2-inch traditional body drop, channeled body, and chopped hood create a sleek and aggressive look. The front grille is billet, and billet accents extend to the bumper. Additional body mods include shaved corner markers, door handles, wipers, cowel, gas door, tailgate, and tail lights, with custom tail lights seamlessly integrated into the tailgate skin to match the graphics. All of this was originally executed by MIC and later reworked by AK Airbrushing.
Inside “Lo St8x,” the attention to detail continues. The dashboard is smoothed and painted to match the exterior, providing a seamless transition from the outside in. The gauges, steering wheel, and console are carefully selected for both function and style. A Pioneer head unit and Diamond Audio amps and speakers deliver an impressive audio experience. The interior upholstery, including fiberglass doors and seats that match the paintwork, was expertly crafted by Elegance Auto Interiors. Custom blue seat belts add a final touch of personalization to the interior.
“Lo St8x” is more than just a custom truck; it’s a testament to the passion and dedication of its owners, Kim and Doug Wilson, and the talented builders who contributed to its transformation. With its striking visuals, powerful performance, and attention to detail, this 2001 Toyota Tacoma continues to turn heads and inspire enthusiasts worldwide. We salute the Wilsons and all those involved in making “Lo St8x” a timeless classic in the world of custom rides.
Photos by: Cheri Delgadillo