Attending Relaxing in So Cal reminded me of the 80’s and 90’s when we cruised Carl’s Jr’s and Camolot (scam-o-lot) in Anaheim. Mini-trucks had crawl-throughs and walk-throughs and a wall of subs took place of the factory windows. The frames were so low they were knocking reflectors off the streets and notching frames was common. Since then, the scene has slowed down because of the rapid growth of Sport Compacts. Honda’s were peaking as the choice of vehicle. Owners were trading in their air-cooled VW’s, Mazda B-Series trucks, and Toyota’s with 22Rs for 1.6 and 1.8 litre Hondas and Acuras. What’s different is the heart and soles of some never left. The truck scene was still around, and the club Relaxed Atmosphere was always there.
Fast-forward 3 decades, the truck scene is very much alive and kicking. The builds have become more radical with extensive body drops, frame offs, and elaborate interiors. We chose to attend Relaxing in So Cal because we wanted to bring out our latest creation, the Tjin Edition widebodied F150. While the mods may not be unique, the style certainly is.
Briefly, Neil managed to design a truck that is both functional and appealing. It features an Unique Fabrication step-notched frame, 4-link suspension, raised gas tank, widened bed & front fenders, smoothed roll pan, air suspension, custom body work, Baer big brake kit, and custom 24x10F; 24x12R Rotiform wheels. The best of all, it is also our tow vehicle and pulls our 24’ cargo trailer. The air suspension auto levels with Accuair’s e-level air management system with dual Viair 480 compressors to keep the tank full.
The truck scene takes a different approach than the sport compact scene. Often times, builds are themed with elaborate displays or insane paint jobs. I am glad to see the exclusion of cotton in places where owners try to hide dirt.
This was pretty fresh, I believe it’s an older Toyota XCab with a factroy carbed 22R, but I could be wrong. It was sitting on a set of HRE’s with shaved everything and suicide doors, a body drop, and a matching trailer. The theme of this truck was all rock ‘n’ roll, featuring airbrushed faces of popular and famous artists. Definitely a lot of time and money spent on this truck!
We hope to attend some truck runs in the future and more events. The guys at RA did a great job in organizing and had pretty awesome wooden awards to boot! Thank you Relax Atmosphere for having us and thank you to Justin, Michelle, Jayson, Liza, and Paul for helping out that day.
until later… Den