Five years ago, Nathan Bagby from Fenton, Missouri, picked up an '89 Mazda B2200 for $1,700 as his first project. Since he was about 10 years old, he's attended truck show after truck show with his dad. He eventually became completely addicted to minis, which forced him to buy one of his own. His dad had a custom S-10, and Nathan and his pops have been avid readers of Mini Truckin' for years. It was only a matter of time 'til Nathan's creation would make its first appearance in these pages.

Nathan works at Schaeffer Auto Body in Missouri, where he decided to tackle the Mazda buildup and prove to his friends and himself that he could build one badass mini with his own hands. He began with the chassis and suspension, with hopes of laying the frame on the ground. First things first: Nathan did a five-lug conversion so he wouldn't have a problem finding rims to tuck. After the hubs were converted, he picked up a set of 17x7-inch chrome Polo Projects to bolt up and took all the necessary measurements. Nathan then installed drop spindles up front and began to build the front 'bag mounts for the Firestone airbags. He also cut out the old shock mounts and relocated a pair of Doetsch shocks to stabilize the ride.

Once the front was laid out, Nathan moved to the rear. Using a CanDo Specialties four-link, Nathan reworked the rear suspension to allow the Firestone airbags to deflate and lay the frame flat to the floor. With the frame on the ground, Nathan wasn't quite satisfied. He wanted to go much lower, so in his spare time he began to chip away at the 3-inch body drop. Since this process was so labor- and time-intensive, Nathan just took it day by day and did what he could, making sure not to rush the process. The result was well worth the patience: The body drop came out perfectly, laying the rocker flat to the floor. With the truck kissing pavement, Nathan was ready to get down to business and put his autobody skills to the test.

Nathan decided to suicide the doors, but he also wanted to build his own hinges and mounts. After the doors were set swinging backward, he started to smooth the exterior by shaving the door handles and wiper cowl. With the handles gone, Nathan liked the smooth look so much, he decided to shave the entire bed of the truck. He accomplished that task by capping the bed with 1/8-inch steel and molding the rear shut using a tailgate combo with Toyota Supra taillights. After massaging the exterior and blocking it smooth, Nathan enlisted help from Sherwin Williams Paint for the Porsche Riviera Blue and clearcoat. He sprayed a two-tone paintjob using Sherwin Williams' Porsche Riviera Blue and House of Kolor's Snow White Pearl.

With the exterior smoothed and slammed, Nathan knew he couldn't stop there. Moving inside the cab, he built a pair of custom door panels and a center console, which were then wrapped in tweed. Nathan also swapped in a pair of Mazda 626 bucket seats with the same graphite tweed. The dash was yanked out, shaved, and painted Porsche Riviera Blue, and then reinstalled. This helped bring the smooth exterior styling into the interior of the Mazda. Nathan finally decided to get some help and had Grand Auto Upholstery & Stereo add the tweed flooring. After five years of hard work, Nathan is excited to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Many have told him that his truck is excessive, but in our opinion, you can never have too much of a good thing.

Wheels/Tires
17x7-inch Polo Project wheels wrapped in Wanli 205/40R17 rubber

Suspension/Chassis
All suspension modifications performed by owner / Chassis Tech drop spindles / chromed control arms / five-lug conversion / 2,500-pound Firestone 'bags in the front / 2,600-pound Firestone 'bags in the rear / Doetsch shocks relocated at all four corners / CanDo Specialties four-link / two VIAIR 450C compressors / 1/2-inch Blitzluft electric valves / two custom-made 4-gallon tanks welded into the frame

Body Modifications
Owner performed all modifications / 3-inch body drop / FBI full phantom grille / FBI show-chrome mirrors / CanDo Specialties skin with Toyota Supra taillights / capped bed / 4x4 sheetmetal / shaved door handles / shaved wiper cowl / suicide doors with owner-fabbed hinges

Paint
Paintwork completed at Schaeffer Auto Body / Sherwin Williams' Porsche Riviera Blue two-tone with House of Kolor Snow White Pearl and Sherwin Williams clearcoat

Interior
Mazda 626 bucket seats / white-face gauge cluster / custom-made door panels and center console / carpet, headliner, doors, and seats wrapped in graphite tweed

Engine/Performance
Radiator shortened 4 inches / Weber carburetor / Pacesetter header / exhaust by Jeff Joplin at Quality Auto Repair

Special Thanks
Nathan's dad for the garage space and help / Sherwin Williams Paint / Grand Auto Upholstery & Stereo / Schaeffer Auto Body / Jeff Joplin at Quality Auto Repair / Nathan's girlfriend for her patience / fellow club members in Severed Ties Missouri for all their support

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