Story: Evan “Evo” Yates
Photography: Costas Stergiou
If you copped the most recent Donk, Box & Bubble mag, you obviously peeped the ruby-red ’72 rockin’ the first set of staggered 30s on skinnies and possibly read some lofty claims from us in the story. For example, we mentioned it would “take an Overhaulin’ cast’s worth of people and a couple hundred stacks” to get to that level again. Well, someone has done it—and only months later. Insert wheel in mouth.
The owner of this voluminous ’vert is Jonathan Ivy, a 24-year-old entrepreneur extraordinaire reigning from Kilgore, Texas—not exactly a mecca for outlandish Donks. “Honestly, it started for me when I saw the checkered-flag Donk in the Rick Ross video [Editor’s note: And on the cover of DBB Vol. 1] back in the day, and I started looking for a clean one,” explains Jonathan. “I ended up finding one in perfect condition in town.” Jonathan’s journey launched in January 2009 with his favorite piece of the puzzle: the motor. “I think the motor is one of the main components in having a top-notch Donk,” he says. “Why spend the money on a paint job, rims and custom interior, but your car is smoking and won’t crank half the time?!” Jonathan employed Smitty’s 4×4 of Hallsville, Texas, to go all the way in on the 496 big block, adding forged internals and a supercharger, among many other performance components, resulting in an estimated 1,300hp. Smitty’s also beefed up the drivetrain, adding a stout rear end and tranny that can withstand up to 2,000hp.
Scrapping his original plan, Jonathan decided to up his shoe game a bit. “I originally was going to do 28-inch Asantis, but I decided to step it up,” explains Jonathan. “I wanted to have the baddest Donk around so everyone would know Texas can build one just as bad as the Florida boys, and nobody was doing staggered Forgiato 30s, so I went with those.” Adhering to the unspoken rules of the game, the crew at One Stop Automotive in White Oak, Texas, played a Donk-sized version of Operation to get the 30s properly tucked under the car. “I think the lifted cars are played out and have been for years,” says Jonathan. “I personally like to see as much of the rim as possible tucked in the fender—it just looks a lot better and gives it a cleaner look.”
With the car complete (for now), Jonathan is appeased by his sled’s stature. “At the moment, I feel that I have the baddest one out until proven otherwise,” proclaims Jonathan. “There are a lot of clean cars in the game, and the red one from Duval is the biggest competition. But I see a few things on his I would change, and I am sure there are a few things on mine he would change too.” Jonathan continues, “I don’t see anyone else with staggered 30-inch Forgiatos and 1,300 horsepower, though!”
Spec The Technique:
Performance: 496 BBC with 4340 Eagle Competition rotating assembly; two-valve relief flat-top pistons; Comp Cams roller cam; Brodix BB-2 ported heads; Weiand 6-71 supercharger with twin 600 Holley carburetors; MSD Ignition; Detroit Locker 9-inch rear end with 4.10 gears; 4340 hardened Dana 60 axles; Turbo 400 transmission built by Smitty’s 4×4
Interior: Quad Bonneville bucket seats wrapped in leather and suede with gold French seams; chrome ididit steering column; Billet Specialties billet steering wheel; Dakota Digital Instrument System; custom fiberglass dash, “floating” console, door panels and trunk enclosure
Exterior: Golden Honey candy over silver metallic paint; suicide doors; shaved door handles, firewall; Mercedes-Benz blinkers molded into new-style mirrors; Tiarra Luxury grille
Ice: Pioneer AVH-Z130BT head unit; three 22-inch LCD monitors; two JL Audio 13W7 subwoofers, two Slash v2 1000/1v2 amplifiers, three 450/4v2 amps; 12 Orion XTR652 6.5-inch coaxials; push-button start; LED taillight conversion
Wheels/Tires: Custom-painted 30-inch staggered Forgiato Ritornos; Tri-Ace tires
Fabrication: One Stop Automotive