One of the coolest things about going from state to state, year after year for shows is meeting and getting to know so many different types of minitruckers. We all share similar stories, but bring our unique outlooks and personalities to the table. The name Eli Griffin might sound familiar, probably because he's been around the block a few times. His last appearance in Mini Truckin' was the cover of October 2005 with this very same truck, which was dubbed Reincarnation. And Eli definitely brings a personality and flair all his own to every ride he builds.

To catch you up on the story, Eli's first Mazda, which was featured in '01, burnt to the ground and fueled Eli's fire to build a new one. So, after a battle finishing that '92 Mazda, Eli and the boys at Twin States Customs began to kick around the idea of going for a rebuild on the same truck. It only took a second, as Eli is always eager and willing to grab the Sawzall and start cutting.

Wanting to keep that same sleek and clean hot-rod look that he's strived for with this build, Eli knew that the changes needed to be big enough to make an impact, yet small enough to remain classy. Eli also knew reinventing Reincarnation would include a body-drop this time around. So, doing what any minitrucker would do in his shoes, he began cutting away and planted his truck on the ground in no time. Keeping with the clean hot-rod look, the next step was to find a nice wheel that was still unique enough to set this truck apart from the rest. Eli came across Coy's Wheel and knew right away that they were the wheels for this build. Wanting to go bigger than the previous 18s, but still maintain a staggered look, Eli settled on a 20, 22 combo, which tuck nicely into the wheel wells after the body-drop.

The next big step was to ditch the fully detailed Mazda motor in favor of something with a little more rumble. Only the best would do for this build, so a 383 stroker found itself bolted between the framerails of Eli's new Reincarnation. With a new stance via a body-drop and big rollers, a super-slick motor, and more detail work, all that was left was to lay some color and redo the interior.

For the interior, Eli decided it was time to add some tunes, so he turned to Justin McCary to handle the sounds. With an arsenal of Rockford Fosgate gear, Reincarnation now sounds as good as it looks. After the interior and stereo were out of the way, it was time to do what Twin States does best. Eli and the crew quickly made work of the old two-tone, and switched it up to a much brighter Hot Hues DuPont Viper Red on top and Bright Platinum on bottom, which would be sure to finalize the amazing changes in such a short amount of time.

Once again, Eli and his buddies accomplished their goal of building a very clean, yet drivable cover truck. Congrats, guys. Job well done! Be sure to check out The Lowdown for all of the detailed specs.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 20x8 Coy's polished
Wheels (Rear): 22x10 Coy's polished
Tires: Nitto NT 555

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Mustang II tubular upper and lower
Suspension (Rear): Ford Courier rear and custom four-link
Airbag type: Firestone
Control arms: Tubular Mustang II
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindle Mustang II
Compressor: Viair
Air line: Copper
Frame mods: Completely smoothed and painted
Gas tank: Custom-built 15-gallon stainless
Brakes: 11-inch Mustang II disk in the front
Performed by: Owner Christopher Griffin, Twin States Customs
City/state: Meridian, MS

Body Modifications
Shaved: Everything
Body-dropped: 2 inches
Taillights: Shaved
Misc.: Hagen flush-mount LED tails, Mazda 626 powered sunroof
Performed by: Owner Christopher Griffin, Twin States Customs
City/state: Meridian, MS

Paint
Brand and colors: Hot Hues by DuPont Viper Red on top and Bright Platinum on bottom
Style: Classic two-tone paint
Performed by: Owner Christopher Griffin, Twin States Customs
City/state: Meridian, MS

Interior
Seats: Stock, reshaped
Material: Leather
Dash: '51 Ford
Door panels: Custom with '51 Ford accent
Center console: Custom-built
Flooring: Carpet
Headliner: Leather
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Misc.: Ididit column chrome tilt, Wilwood master cylinder and pedal assembly under dash, and a Lokar gas pedal
Performed by: Owner Christopher Griffin, Twin States Customs
City/state: Meridian, MS

Stereo
Head unit: Alpine
Mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate
Amplifier for mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Rockford P2
Amplifier for subwoofers: Rockford
Wiring/accessories: Rockford
Custom fabrication: Head unit pod, kick panels, console, and box
Performed by: Justin McCary
City/state: Meridian, MS

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 383 Stroker
Head type: Aluminum
Camshaft: 292 Comp Cams
Transmission: Muncie four-speed
Intake: Aluminum
Header/exhaust: Custom-made block huggers to clear steering shaft, jet coated
Ignition: HEI Mallory
Driveshaft: Custom
Rearend type: Ford Courier
Battery: Kinetik
Misc.: Billet Specialties valve covers, and accessories
Performed by: Owner Christopher Griffin, Twin States Customs
City/state: Meridian, MS

Special Thanks From Owner:
My parents, my brother, Justin, David, Twin States Customs, Justin McCary, Robby Odom, Erik at Kinetik, Talbert Goldman, Mr. Ronney Rawson, Pee Wee's Muffler, Les Carr, Eric Dear, and whoever else I forgot. Also, a special thanks to the entire R.A. 'fam.

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