1972 Toyota Hilux Pickup – Ink-Redible Power


Leave well enough alone. Be grateful. It’s adequate for government work. Work together with what you have. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Don’t you know kids are starving in Africa? For many, whatever they have-what they’ve been given, what they’ve been able to scrape together through their particular means-is enough.

And then there are the outliers who demand more, and push themselves to attain it. To them, standard-issue is merely a starting point. Where there’s the chance to make something one’s own, they seize it and obtain to work on realizing their vision, though not that what they have is insufficient. If and thumbnail and spitball; they’re so busy working that only when they look up would they realize just how far they’ve come, they tinker and tweak and what-. Frequently, their efforts become a tangible reflection of the experience in addition to their determination. Done right, the result is additionally reflective from the journey it took to get there.

Scott Kanemura is among one of these outliers. Inevitably, the Torrance, California-based promotions-company owner starts small: a splash of ink on his arm, a lowered (if dilapidated) early Toyota Hilux in the driveway. Next, thing you know, his entire back is a mural combining Japanese and Christian imagery, and his awesome little Hilux is pumping out 641 and 739hp lb-ft (at 24psi) to the rear wheels.and also the names of most of my siblings tattooed on his arms,” Scott recalled, “and after he passed in 2006, I got his name in kanji on my small arm.” Soon Scott added a koi, a brocaded carp that is a Japanese symbol of hard work, having a name that is a homonym for affection. Quickly his ink expanded to a pair of half-sleeves, until finally he went for the big one: a complete back piece. “I’m not the smartest person around, so I’m willing to continue to work harder and more than most. [Once again] I picked a koi. If you look at the tattoo, there exists a dragon’s go on a koi, in the bible, the devil is referred to as a dragon or serpent;. That’s my inner self: sometimes a hard working koi, and quite often influenced by not-so-great things turning me into a dragon. The samurai is God; He is killing the dragon-headed koi. When you know what you’re looking at, the meaning [is my desire] to kill my inner evil before it gets to be a dragon and to bring me back on the path to be a nice person.” The story tells itself. If it’s not based exactly in the bible.?, in spite of this, “I really don’t give a crap as to what other people think, or?

Scott’s “inksperience” will give you an idea of precisely what happened with his slightly mental Hilux. “My tattoos snowballed from a little kanji character into two half sleeves and my whole back. Likewise, the truck was supposed to be something to tinker with and it also snowballed into this import-style monster.”

Now, a word about “import style” here. Scott has been into the import scene for better than 30 years now, so he’s seen a lot of trends and styles go are available. “You understand how lowriders aren’t just a car, they’re a way of life? It got diluted over the years, though it was exactly the same thing with import style. If this was a Toyota, a [US-made] Pinto or perhaps a [European-built] Capri… back in the day, it was a little more about style; lowered, with widest rims you may fit, and of course power, once we were growing up, it didn’t matter. If it’s created in Compton or Japan, provided that the parts are quality and funky, it didn’t matter in which the parts came from; it doesn’t matter. Nowadays it’s JDM this or USDM that, but… I’m trying to bring import-style toAnd others roots mean getting the right parts for the position, wherever they are available from. Initially, the little pickup was only being lowered and treated into a rebuilt 18R-G; things spiraled out of control when Scott chose to drop an extra 2JZ in between the fenderwells. A couple of things send off alarm bells here. First, he enjoyed a spare, built-up 2JZ just lying around? And second, he did this because, believe it or not, he thought it would be the cheap way out. Wrap your face around that. “I’m creating a ’69 Toyota Crown with ADF (Advanced Design and Fabrication in Whittier, CA) to compete for the Ridler award at the Detroit Autorama, and I had this 2JZ built for it. Then we changed our minds and decided to go with a Century V12 in thea few years ago, I thought, there’s not a way I can sell this engine for what We have into it. No-one will buy it in this economy. Simultaneously, I didn’t want to buy a rebuilt 18R-G for the Hilux for $1,300. So, instead of buying another motor, I dropped the 2JZ into the Hilux.” Even Scott doesn’t want to calculate the costs involved, instead describing as his “left right and arm testicle.” Yet this decision informed everything he’s completed to get his Hilux in the state the truth is it here.

Luckily, the Hilux’s chassis was a sturdy starting point. “The frame was already boxed from the factory; it’s not that flimsy C-channel stuff. [But] not much of your original frame is left at this stage; the front clip is original, but narrowed, and beneath the bed the frame has been C-notched to decrease it. The only part not modified is under the cab.” Which includes a rear suspension that’s been converted from leaf springs to a completely fabricated four-link trailing arm system with QA1 coilovers.

Getting back to Scott’s definition of “import style,” there are also a surprising amount of non-Japanese mechanical parts on this Hilux. The engine sports Carillo connecting rods. The rear end, a Ford 9-inch unit with a 3.53 final drive, was built by Currie Enterprises and uses Strange axles. The front suspension is based on Ford Mustang II architecture. The radiator has come from Ohio’s favorite speed parts dealer, Summit Racing. Less so in the context of the “rat rod” movement which has taken such a your hands on the old-school American hot-rod world over the last handful of decades, even though there’s even the untreated primer, rust and white exterior, a shocker in the world of imports. “Gives it character, and no one else would have everything rust and primer and paint,” Scott says.

Unsurprisingly, Scott’s Hilux remains a operate in progress. Already, since these photos were taken, the bed is mini-tubbed, and much more plans are afoot. So that you can smooth all of it out.” Which means that for the man who thinks this too much is never enough, this story is significantly from over, “Next up, we’re putting suicide doors on it and shaving off of the cab’s rain gutters.