Danny Hollefreund is one of those minitruckers who's been doing it since way back when. In fact, he is one of the OG guys who spawned much of the Northwest's minitruck revival. Back in '97, he had one of the cleanest and lowest Mazdas around. That's right; the same truck you see pictured here was built more than 10 years ago!

Since this Mazda was built years back, Danny had the pleasure of seeing many of the industry's biggest innovators work on getting her to the ground. Probably the only mistake was having Brian Jendro do the body-drop before the truck was adjustable. The Dawg had to be driven all the way back to Washington from Southern California without the ability to turn. Getting off the freeway to get gas turned out to be a lesson in 25-point turns. But, have no fear. The truck went off to Rob at the Drop Shop a couple of days later to get juiced.

As it happens to the best of us, life caught up with Danny. Before he knew it, his wife had a third, then a fourth kid, and life got a little too busy. His heart is and always will be into minitrucks, though. You can count on seeing Danny at a show with a smile from ear to ear, and he'll be the first to extend his hand for a shake, then talk your ear off about what's new.

After about three years of his Dawg collecting dust nestled in his garage, his club, Sittin' Pretti, decided to bring it out of hibernation and brought it to the annual Summer Slam show, letting everyone see that it indeed still existed. It then became Sponge's job to get the "Old Dawg" to the show, which wasn't easy since all the batteries and engine were almost dead.

So Sponge, along with good friend, Jimmy Reese, who has the engine knowledge of the group, spent about a week and got the Dawg breathing again. After a quick detail to the interior and motor, it was loaded up onto the trailer and headed to Shawn Altermott's house. Shawn went to work shining the paint back up. He finished about the time the sun came up on the morning of the show.

At the show, the club's efforts were rewarded by the excitement of all the minitruckers who have met Danny over the years. Danny is a true icon in our industry, and he is proof that an old dawg can learn new tricks!

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels:
17-inch Billet Specialties
Tires: BFGoodrich Euro Tas

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
Hydraulics
Suspension (Front/Rear): One pump, two dumps
Control arms: Chrome
Springs: Accumulators instead of springs
Hydro accessories: A lot of hydraulic fluid
Frame mods: Monster notched in the rear (handmade notches by Drop Shop, before you could buy them pre-made)
Gas tank: Fuel cell
Performed by: Robb Schults at the Drop Shop
City/state: Snohomish, Washington

Body Modifications
Shaved:
Handles, body seems, tailgate handle, locks, gas filler, and door emblems
Frenched: Front and rear license-plate box
Body-dropped: 2-3/4-inch traditional
Front end: Chrome front-end treatment, clear corner markers
Back end: Roll pan with frenched-in plate box
Taillights: Old-skool clear tails
Exterior bolt-ons: chrome cowl, and chrome fender trim, keeping it old-skool
Performed by: Brandon Knoweles at Brand X Customs
City/state: Lynnwood, Washington

Paint
Brand and colors:
PPG Concept, Corvette Yellow
Style: Single color
Performed by: Brandon Knoweles at Brand X Customs
City/state: Lynnwood, Washington

Interior
Seats:
Geo Storm
Material: Gray tweed
Dash: Tweed inserts with embossed tribal
Door panels: Tweed with embossed tribal
Center console: Factory with switches built by Sponge
Performed by: Owner Danny Hollefreund, Sponge, Shawn Altermott, and Rob Schultz

Stereo
Head unit:
Pioneer FH-P95 double din CD/Cassette

Engine/Performance
Displacement:
2.2L
Number of cylinders: Four
Battery:Optima YellowTop
Inner fenders: Cut out
Misc.: Lowered motor 3/4 inch to clear stock hood
Performed by: Owner Danny Hollefreund and Brandon Knoweles at Brand X Customs
City/state: Lynnwood, Washington

Special Thanks By Owner:
Danny would like to give special thanks to his club, Sittin' Pretti; Brandon Knoweles from Brand X Customs, Rob Schultz from The Drop Shop, Brian Jendro, Shawn Altermott, Sponge, and Jimmy Reese for putting the time into his Dawg to get it running and looking great again for the shoot. And most importantly, thanks to his kids, Danika, Sydney, Piper, and Parker, and to his beautiful and most understanding wife, Michelle.

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