Meet the Trucktopus, Steve Francis’ street rod that took two decades to build, boasts eight wheels and an incredible body that is nothing like the original Isuzu truck it started as. TRANSFORMING a standard pick-up truck into an eight-wheel, 21ft-long beast has taken a Tennessee man 20 years and some “epic man-hours”.
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Steve Francis, 48, has customised nearly every aspect of his truck, lowering the body by three and a half inches, adding six 20-inch rims, packing in a V8 engine, and adding suicide doors.It was a 1989 Isuzu LS SpaceCab, which Francis bought as a weekend vehicle. While used as such, Francis kept the four-cylinder engine it came with, but he’s since replaced it with a small-block Chevy 350ci V8 and a 700R4 transmission.
He equipped this fantastic machine with two 32-inch LCD screens to make it even comfortable. It runs on a 350ci Chevy engine.The vehicle started life as a plain 1989 Isuzu LS SpaceCab, but since being transformed has won numerous competitions and taken home multiple trophies at car shows.
Steve, who owns his own towing company, told Barcroft Media: “When you get that feeling of winning a ‘best of show’, a ‘best overall’, that is such an incredible feeling and adrenaline rush.