Clint’s 87′ Pickup

I've had this truck for about four years now, with the first 2 years sitting on my trailer in my yard. After a bunch of harassment from my buddies about not working on it (we all have those friends :), I finally pulled it into my garage, and started to strip it down. About halfway through the first phase of the build (basically the teardown), I tore my rotator cuff in my dominant arm. It slowed the build down quite a bit, however this was the only thing keeping me from going crazy from not doing anything, and sitting at home from work with a bum arm. It took quite some time to get used to doing everything left-handed, but I eventually got the hang of it. Two years and two surgeries later, the truck is pretty much finally done.

Parts List:

  • Rebuilt 22RE (w/ cam)
  • Header
  • W56 5-speed
  • Solid Axle Swapped
  • Double Transfer cases w/4.7
  • Long slip drive shafts
  • 5.29 gears
  • Lockers (front and rear)
  • Longfields (front and rear)
  • 19 Gallon Ford fuel tank
  • Short throw shifter
  • Internal cage
  • Smittybilt winch
  • Rear long travel spring in front
  • Chevy springs rear
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Bobbed rear
  • 36” TSL’s
  • Custom paint (by me)

I'm sure I'm forgetting other items. I have always built trail trucks for off road only, this was my first for building street legal machines. I figured why spend all the time and money on a rig you can’t enjoy on a daily basis. That's the basic summary of my truck and style. I know the truck has many imperfections, however it was built with my left hand, and with help from my daughter's (which will give me memories I will never forget). Thanks Clint Peterson 1987 Toyota pickup ("LEFTY" built by Clint Peterson (#Peterson_built).

The truck got its name from building it basically with my left hand. I hurt my shoulder a couple years ago, and along with having two surgeries, this truck kept me from going insane. Built it in my garage, slow moving build, but it means a lot. It's not perfect, but it's what a gearhead has to stay positive. Thanks for the parts guys! I find myself just flipping through the old paper catalogs just to dream haha.