Dale Hill (R.I.P.)
1991 Mazda B2200
West Fargo, ND
Dale Hill represented the minitruckin' lifestyle no matter where he was geographically or financially. Having been raised on the East Coast and in Texas, and finally settling in North Dakota after completing a stint in the military, Dale's choice in vehicles was well established in any time zone he found himself. A trip to Camp-N-Drag in '09 was enough to motivate him to finish his Mazda and return the following year to debut his creation, but an unfortunate work-related accident in May of 2010 cut Dale's life way too short.
Having bought the B2200 for $500 back in the day, Dale slowly modified it as best he could, which was getting especially harder since there was a new baby in the house. He stashed a few bucks aside here and there whenever he could and eventually was able to pull the trigger on an AIM convertible kit, which was installed with some help from his friend, Brett Erickson. While leaving a local show, a careless showgoer pulled out in front of him and ended up smashing the front end-bad news for sure, but it wasn't all that terrible once the insurance check arrived. There was enough cash to not only make the necessary repairs, but there were some funds left over that Dale used to purchase a full air-ride setup. Jamie Narum of Autotronics opened up his shop to Dale so they could cover up the collision rash and hook up the 'bag system. As anyone can see, Dale was never alone as he gradually built up his Mazda, and after his passing, his friends honored his memory by taking over right where he left off.
Knowing Dale's vision of completing the truck before Camp-N-Drag, a group of dedicated pals rallied around the Mazda. Jamie even kept his shop open 24 hours some days in order to get things handled. Brett, along with Darin, Dave, Seain, and Chad of Glenn's Autobody also volunteered countless hours of prep work, while Shawn Haakenson, a fellow North Dakota buddy, drove hundreds of miles to lend his assistance with the interior. Jim Koncker stepped in to help weld the box frame and finish up the rear disc conversion, and Mike from South Carolina, donated some time to re-drill the hubs and rotors since Dale had already purchased a set of five-lug wheels for this Mazda that has become his immortal memorial.
Needless to say, Dale's buddies pulled out all the stops and constructed his truck for all to see by the time Camp-N-Drag '10 rolled around. Any guy would consider himself blessed to have such a supportive and dedicated group of friends.
For more on Dale's bad B2200, check out the Lowdown.
RPM 18x8 five-lug
Suspension (front): 2-inch AIM drop spindles, Slam Specialties RE6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Custom four-link, Slam Specialties RE8 'bags
Control Arms: Stock
Compressor(s): Two Viair 380s
Air/hydro Accessories: 3/8-inch line, 3/8-inch SMC valves
Frame Mods: Monster C-notch
Brakes: Rear disc conversion
Misc.: AVS green rocker 7-switch box, 7-gallon air tank, hubs and axles drilled for 5-lug wheels
Performed By: Owner, brakes by Jim Koncker, plumbing by Jamie Narum
Door handles, antenna, wipers, drip rail, fuel door
'92 Cadillac De Ville tails, '95 Toyota 4Runner front bumper, sheetmetal bed
Boat mirrors, chrome grille
AIM convertible kit, Grant Kustoms rollpan, Al's spray-on bedliner
Owner, Brett Erickson, one-piece floor by Sheyenne Forming Inc., floor frame by Jim Koncker and Jamie Narum
Brand & Colors: PPG Viper Snakeskin Green Pearl
Misc.: Pinstriping in green and silver, airbrushed memorial on tank
Performed By: Paint by Brett Erickson, pinstriping by Steve Arso, airbrushing by Smiley, club logo by Kevin Smith, bodywork by Brett, Darin, Dave, Seain, Chuck, Jamie, Mike, and Matt
Buckets covered in green microsuede with Mazda embroidery on headrests
Sprayed with aerosol speckle paint
30-inch handmade shifter with green skull, door panels center console covered in microsuede, billet window cranks, Ford Mustang armrests
Owner, Shawn Haakenson, seats by Billy's Custom Cover Up, embroidered by Designs by Diane, door panels and center console by Gina Hill
Phase 7-inch flip DVD player
Mids & Highs:
Sony 6.5-inch speakers in kick panels
Owner and Jamie Narum
Engine: Stock 2.2L
Header/exhaust: Pacesetter header, Cherry Bomb turbo
Performed By: Owner
To Dale's wife Gina Hill and their three children Cassie, Robert, and Matthew, Jamie, Brett, Shawn, Jim, Darin, Seain, Jeremy, Chuck, Dave, Kayla, Matt, Mike, Kyle N., Steve, Smiley, Vanessa, Lisa, United Automotive, Glenn's Auto, Sheyenne Forming Inc., Midland Bifold Doors, Autotronics, Thurlow, No Regrets, Ernie Macias and Rory Borho, MazdaBscene, Todd Luck and Mikey, and everyone who followed the build and donated to the completion of Dale's dream.