Back in the mid-90s, Hector Manrriquez was in high school and attending the local football games; trucks and cars were the last thing on his mind. At one point, he ended up spotting a red S-10 with a tilt bed that was all tricked out. Hector thought it was the coolest thing he had ever seen. Since he was about to buy a ride, this threw a mini-truck ballot into the mix.

At the start, Hector was into the lowrider scene, but the red S-10 he had seen was never far from his thoughts, and eventually, he decided to take the mini-truck plunge. His first endeavor into the mini domain was an '84 S-10 that he fixed up as a basic little cruiser. After reading magazines set his ambitions a little higher, he opted to join the B-squad and picked up a Mazda B-2200.

Hector picked up his Mazda in 1995 and has been working hard on it ever since. At one point, a car sideswiped the B-series into oblivion, and it was actually on the road to being totaled. With a little bit of luck, Hector was able to get his baby back and fix the damaged passenger side.

Even though nine or so years had gone by, Hector always kept the finished image of his truck in the back of his mind, knowing that one day, some high school kid would see his truck and feel the same way he had when he saw that red S-10 . Hector knew that the feeling he had when he was first introduced into the scene couldn't be replicated by anything else than another dope mini. Mission accomplished, Hector. Now go park your truck at the local high school football game. All the high school girls will go for the burning paint and the slammed stance. That feeling of high school cool is right around the corner.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 17x7-inch Center Line Thrusters with Nitto 205/40ZR17s
Backspace: 5 inches

Suspension/Chassis
Suspension type: Air
Rear suspension: Air Ride Technologies four-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: 2,500-pound Universal Air airbags
Control arms: DJM dropped control arms
Shocks: Shocks
Valves: Air Ride Technologies
Compressor: Viair
Frame mods: C-notch
Performed by: Shorty's Hydraulics, Houston, TX

Body Modifications
Shaved: Antenna, Toyota 4x4 bumper, turn signals, door handles, tailgate handle
Front end: Projection headlights
Back end: Roll pan
Taillights: Clear taillights
Exterior bolt-ons: Chrome mirrors, Mazda 4x4 hood and grille, CheckMate tonneau cover
Misc: 35x35-inch Street Beat sliding ragtop
Performed by: Bradley Krasucky, El Campo, TX

Paint
Brand and colors: PPG Prowler Orange, VW Green, and orange pearl
Style: Flames
Pinstriping: Fluorescent green
Airbrushing: Flames airbrushed inside the flames
Performed by: Bradley Krusucky

Interior
Seats: Honda CRX
Material: Gray and orange vinyl
Dash: Painted
Door panels: Brushed-aluminum with speaker pods
Center console: Custom by the owner
Flooring: Gray carpet
Headliner: Gray vinyl
Misc: Grant GT 14-inch steering wheel
Performed by: Ricardo's Upholstery, Houston, TX

Stereo
Head unit: Pioneer CD player
Mids & Highs: Infinity
Amplifier for mids and highs: 200-watt Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Two 15-inch Kicker Solo Baric L7s
Amplifier for subwoofers: 1,000-watt JL Audio
Custom fabrication: Custom box covered in brushed aluminum
Misc: Speaker pods
Performed by: Owner

Engine
Header/exhaust: PaceSetter header with a Turbo II exhaust
Battery: Optima Yellow Top
Performed by: Owner

Special Thanks
Hector's wife, Tina Camacho; Bradley Krasucky; Shorty's Hydraulics; Moises Manrriquez; Jason Garcia; J-Ray Camacho; and Ben M.