How This Tacoma Supreme Breaks All the Rules


With the frame and suspension knocked out first, the slicing and dicing of the body began. A slew of mods was planned to set this build apart from the rest, including right-hand drive, a suicide right-side door, shaved everything, Kindig It door handles, sunroof cut out of a Cavalier, roll-down back window from a 4-Runner and a custom hood, giving the exterior the ultimate custom look.
Massaging the body to perfection was quite a feat with all of these mods, so Mark called in some help and Phillip Gamaz joined the crew to knock out the bodywork. With an exterior and frame/suspension this custom, there was no turning back.


Mark knew from day one that he was going to do something with a bit of shock and awe and stuff an LS2 under the hood. We can’t say this is the first Tacoma to be LS-powered, but we can definitely say with certainty that it’s the very first to be body-dropped on 20-inch wheels and still have room for the massive V-8. To make this possible, Mark mounted the engine with a clearance firewall, and using a few tricks from MSD, Performance Products, Comp Cams and Sanderson, he made this engine combo fit as if it came from the factory.


The interior was the finishing detail, sort of like the bow on a present. Mark and fellow club member Anthony Pena went to town building a full custom interior suitable for Taco Supreme and highlighting the right-hand drive and full Kicker audio setup.
Mark built a custom dash to house the Dakota Digital gauge set and the Colorado Custom Severed Ties steering wheel in a perfect red leather shroud. The custom seats and center console built to accommodate the rest of the Kicker sounds were also wrapped in blood red leather by Jerry Vincent at Jerry’s Custom Upholstery.

While the interior was being built and buttoned up, fellow club member Patrick Reed was working his paint magic designing a front-to-back, full-graphic paint job with Mark to really complement this wild build. Mark’s always been a fan of blue, so DuPont Blue was based, and then Patrick went to town night and day taping off colors and graphics.





When we say that SEMA builds of this caliber are completed due to sheer willpower and working around the clock, we aren’t exaggerating. Mark called in the troops for final assembly, and the truck was completed in 10 months and four days, which was only a couple of days before it had to be shipped off to Vegas for the show. A final once-over and it was off to the spotlights at SEMA so that everyone could witness what had been created in Mark’s garage.

Watch the video below.


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