1989 Mazda B2200
Olive Branch, MS
For someone who builds trucks for a living, the idea of extra time and inspiration for a personal project can sometimes be nothing more than wishful thinking.
Jack Porter, a former Silver Star Customs fabricator, hardly modified anything that didn't belong to a paying customer. Customizing became a full-time gig, and setting aside the time to make progress on a personal build, let alone even start one, became unattainable. When Jack decided to leave SSC, he finally began noticing the Mazda that had been rotting away in his backyard for the past six years. It was extremely rough around the edges, and wasn't even close to being driveable, but a motor swap at least got the truck mobile. After a few tweaks, Jack had a new day-to-day driver to whip around in.
With a fire sparked beneath him, Jack took his now running junker and began building a three-link cantilever rear setup and a one-off frame from the firewall back. With the truck's frame finally on the ground, Jack fabricated new front fenderwells from 1/2-inch pipe and sheetmetal and laid down some 16-gauge stock and trailer fenders in the rear. From this point, things just got out of control with the Mazda as Jack started making up for lost time. Hacking up the truck and building it back to its current pristine condition sent him into a state of mania that wouldn't let up until the truck was finished.
Jack has a newfound appreciation for minitrucks now that he has one to call his own. Having built a few customs in the past, and having the ability to create a clean custom from a truck in such poor condition, Jack serves as a prime example of just how to dig deep for refreshed inspiration. He admits that his true source of motivation for piecing his Mazda together is the everyday builder: "I look up to the guys who build badass trucks."
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