Having your mini since before any of Mini Truckin's editors had a license is one thing. To get it featured for its second time, 11 years later, is another. That's right - Kregg Scarcello of Grants Pass, Oregon, graced the pages of our magazine in the Sept. '94 issue with the same '87 Mazda.

This may seem funny, but Kregg's creation has been in its current state for nine years. How this truck has gone so long without being shot again is beyond us. Part of this would have to do with Kregg's busy schedule. Kregg was away at school for four years and has had multiple other projects in the mix for some time. Time for shows is a luxury Kregg doesn't have. If Kregg's Mazdawg gives you wood, it would be due to the fact that he ran over a load of 4x4 lumber that just about destroyed his bed.

Owning a truck as long as Kregg has would be a sin if something didn't go wrong - especially since Kregg's truck has never seen a trailer. This is impressive, considering that Kregg's list of shows attended are Bon-Ton 8-10, Reso dating back to 1991, and Spring Splash back to 1995. If you know a little geography and your run history, this makes for multiple 2,000-mile round-trips.

Building older vehicles such as rat rods is Kregg's current passion. We know he will always have a soft spot for what got him where he is automotively. You never know, in another nine to ten years Kregg's Kreation may grace our pages again with 30-inch wheels, the back-in-style hydraulic Z-rack, magnetic suspension, and a freshly designed Truxarossa body kit. Thanks for holding out for Mini Truckin', Kregg - we won't have our heads up our exhaust pipe for that long again.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: Budnik
Size: 17x7-inch
Backspacing: 5-3/4 inches
Tires: BFG Euro TA
Size: 205/40ZR17

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Airbags
Airbag/cylinder type and size: Firestone 2,500-pound airbags
Frame mods: Boxed, C-notch, de-arched leaf springs
Detail work: Frame and suspension painted
Misc: De-arched leaf springs
Performed by: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Taillights, door handles, tailgate handle
Frenched: Electric antenna
Body drop: 2-2/3 inches
Back end: Sir Michaels roll pan
Taillights: Custom, in roll pan
Misc: Handmade tonneau cover, metal finished convertible, custom fenders under the hood, crawl through
Performed by: Owner

Paint
Colors: Toner White with Green Pearl and Winter Mint
Style: Two-tone
Performed by: Randy Hamilton and Dennis Epple of Grant's Pass, Oregon

Interior
Seats: '89 Honda Prelude bucket seats
Material: Gray leather
Dash: Handmade, steel by owner
Flooring: Charcoal-gray carpet
Headliner: Gray leather
Misc: Custom-made steering column
Performed by: Stereo and gauges in hidden motorized compartment

Stereo
Head unit: Sony CD
Mids/highs: six 5-1/4-inch Kicker midrange and four D14s
Amplifier for mids/highs: Phoenix Gold M25, MPS2240
Subwoofers: Four 12-inch Kicker
Amplifier for subwoofers: Phoenix Gold MPS2500
Custom fabrication: Custom subwoofer box in the bed that blows into the cab
Performed by: Owner

Engine/Performance
Fuel delivery: Weber carburetor
Header/exhaust: Doug Thorley ceramic-coated header, turbo muffler
Misc: Custom air cleaner cover
Performed by: Owner

Special Thanks
The entire Nu Choice crew - all four of them