Toyota Class 7 Race Truck

This is South Bay Truck & 4x4 owner Frank Gilliland's personal race truck - a 1983 Toyota Xtra Cab. 

Built with the help of LC Engineering and Link Motorsports, it won the MDR 7S overall championship in 2007 and 2009.

Off-Road Magazine did a feature on Frank and his ride in October 2010. Read it here.

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  • From the Front

    Link Motorsports built front and rear bumpers and mounted three Hello 4000 lights on the front. Pro Comp 100-watt lights have taken the place of the headlights in the grill. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

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  • The front Toyota axle has been trussed to keep it from bending. Deaver leaf springs are utilized at all four corners for a race-worthy ride. Sway-A-Away 3.0 front shocks do the damping while Energy Suspension competition bumpstops stop the suspension from going metal to metal. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • South Bay Truck built a Ford 9-inch with Currie 31-spline axles, disc brakes, and a Detroit Locker. The axles use 5.29 gears to put more torque to the 33-inch BFG Baja T/A tires. Dual Fox 2.5 shocks reside on either side of the third member. This might seem like a lot of shock but Frank has had Fox valve them to work in conjunction with the weight and spring rate of the rear Deaver leaf springs. Link also built traction bars with rod ends to prevent the Deaver leaves from wrapping while racing. A 22-gallon fuel cell sits in the back of the rear axle along with dual Optima Yellow Top batteries (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • LC Engineering built the engine for Frank's truck. They used a 22R block and built a custom four-banger with dual side draft carburetors that pushes out 175 horsepower. An LCE header feeds the exhaust into a custom exhaust system. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • Link Motorsports did an extensive amount of new cagework to bring the truck up to current race-legal specs. Suspension seats and five-point harnesses keep occupants in place while a Parker Pumper feeds them air during the race. A PCI race radio and Lowrance GPs unit have updated the interior cabin. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

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  • Link did the additional cagework on the truck and added the aluminum scoop that holds dual transmission coolers just behind the cab. At the bottom of the bed near the cab, Frank has mounted a Sun Performance air compressor and air tank for emergencies. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • From the Front

    Link Motorsports built front and rear bumpers and mounted three Hello 4000 lights on the front. Pro Comp 100-watt lights have taken the place of the headlights in the grill. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • The front Toyota axle has been trussed to keep it from bending. Deaver leaf springs are utilized at all four corners for a race-worthy ride. Sway-A-Away 3.0 front shocks do the damping while Energy Suspension competition bumpstops stop the suspension from going metal to metal. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • South Bay Truck built a Ford 9-inch with Currie 31-spline axles, disc brakes, and a Detroit Locker. The axles use 5.29 gears to put more torque to the 33-inch BFG Baja T/A tires. Dual Fox 2.5 shocks reside on either side of the third member. This might seem like a lot of shock but Frank has had Fox valve them to work in conjunction with the weight and spring rate of the rear Deaver leaf springs. Link also built traction bars with rod ends to prevent the Deaver leaves from wrapping while racing. A 22-gallon fuel cell sits in the back of the rear axle along with dual Optima Yellow Top batteries (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • LC Engineering built the engine for Frank's truck. They used a 22R block and built a custom four-banger with dual side draft carburetors that pushes out 175 horsepower. An LCE header feeds the exhaust into a custom exhaust system. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • Link Motorsports did an extensive amount of new cagework to bring the truck up to current race-legal specs. Suspension seats and five-point harnesses keep occupants in place while a Parker Pumper feeds them air during the race. A PCI race radio and Lowrance GPs unit have updated the interior cabin. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)

  • Link did the additional cagework on the truck and added the aluminum scoop that holds dual transmission coolers just behind the cab. At the bottom of the bed near the cab, Frank has mounted a Sun Performance air compressor and air tank for emergencies. (courtesy of Off-Road Magazine)