Dustin "3-D" Artz
Rockwell, NC
Skund Up Kustoms
1989 Mazda B2200

When you have walked around show fields for over twenty years like some of us old minitruckers, you can start to feel a little jaded towards the new generation of minitruck enthusiasts.

You see these crazy kids with big wheels, no respect for their elders or rides, and you start to think about the good old days of 15-inch wheels and neon wiper blades. But every once in a while, I'm reminded why (20 years later), I'm still here in the minitruck scene. While walking through Slam Session in North Carolina, I ran into Dustin Artz and this very cool Mazda B2220.

Dustin was only 19 at the time the truck was shot, but he had already been into minitrucks for ten years. Yes, you read that correctly. Dustin met one of the guys from the club Pebble Pushers when he was nine years old, and he's been addicted to minitrucks ever since.

Dustin and his dad worked on several projects together before building this truck. Dustin told me this crazy tale about his first Mazda. It was everything a minitrucker could want, a Mazda extended-cab longbed that was 'bagged and body-dropped. But, this truck was short-lived. After attending its first show, the truck was T-boned right when they were leaving the show grounds. But this didn't deter Dustin at all. In fact, he went right out and found a new Mazda project, and with the guidance of his dad, friends, and four long years of dedication, you see he accomplished the goal he set out with.

Dustin's Mazda went through it's fair share of struggles along the way. After several fire incidents and several different interiors, the first time Dustin rolled his truck out it was a nice glossy brown color. This is where Dustin and his truck aquired the name "Milk Dud." Knowing it would take a little more to catch the attention of us old guys, Dustin hit the drawing board again and did a lot more smoothing and added the electric green color you see here. Dustin says he is nowhere near finished though, so keep a lookout for this truck and some more mods in the near future.

The lesson here is that when you walk around the show grounds wondering where the future of the truck scene lies, look no further. Guys like Dustin are turning out sick trucks at an early age with help from some great mentors and peers. Maybe there is hope for the future of minitruckin' after all. For more details on the mods, performed check out the Lowdown.

Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 19-inch Axis
Backspace: 40mm
Tires: 215/35ZR19 Nitto Neo Gens

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: 'Bagged with Firestones, pie-cut control arms and spaced ball joints
Suspension Rear: Reverse four-link, Firestones
Valves: 1/2-inch Blitz
Compressors: 3/4-horse Viair
Frame Mods: Cut and capped, notched 10 inches, tubular bridge
Detail Work: Flamed notch, false frame bar in rear, everything painted
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Body Modifications
Shaved: Cowl, emblems, corners, handles, locks, window frame, bodylines, mirrors, gas door, taillights, back bumper, all seams, pillar caps
Frenched: 2003 Explorer taillights
Body-dropped: 3 inches but kept heat and air factory
Front End: 2003 Explorer headlights, custom grille and bumper insert, Toyota bumper
Exterior Bolt-ons: Motorcycle mirrors with turn signals
Misc.: Front bumper is 2WD Toyota with 4WD valance extended 3 inches, bed smoothed, Jeep radiator
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Paint
Brand and Colors: PPG custom-mixed green
Misc.: Frame painted same as exterior
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Interior
Seats: Wrapped in broke brown leather and cream and brown tweed
Dash: Fully fiberglassed and wrapped in leather with a 15-inch monitor
Door Panels: Wrapped in leather and tweed with club name 3-D imprinted
Center Console: Smoothed with back wrapped in tweed with working Atari game console
Headliner: Peanut butter suede
Misc.: Torquethrust Two steering wheel
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Stereo
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids and Highs: JL Audio
Amplifiers: JL Audio
Subwoofers: JL Audio
Video: 15-inch TV/DVD player/Atari game console
Custom Fabrication: Custom-wrapped standard cab box
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Engine/Performance
Internals: Bored 20 over
Ported/polished: Yes
Detail work: Painted and polished valve cover
Misc.: A little chrome here and there
Performed By: Skund Up Kustoms

Special Thanks From Owner
"To my dad who kept me working to make sure my truck looked better than his, my mom for letting me turn my backyard into a junkyard, my girlfriend Audrey for letting me ignore her for five years, my friends Will, David, and Adam, and the rest of the club Skund Up Kustoms for making my dreams a reality."

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