Jason Lekvold's Mazda is one mean mother for sure, and it sure isn't his first full-custom attempt. "I've previously built a couple other Mazdas and a Honda Civic (everyone makes a mistake here and there.) I actually petitioned the club with a different truck. It had a lot of body mods and a 5.0L Ford engine, but the day I got put on probation with it, I pulled the plug on its progress," says Jason about the earlier days of his most recent project.
With the extra time Jason found himself with after ditching his previous build, he spent time on his new vision. In just six months, he had himself a fully detailed and painted rolling frame that was good enough to land him a full-fledged membership. "My other truck just wasn't turning out as nice as I wanted. It was my first try at a traditional bodydrop, and I knew that I could do much better on this second go-around."
The rolling chassis was a stock-floor frame that was bought separately from the truck, and Jason lucked out and stumbled upon a B2200 with an automatic transmission—somewhat of a rare find these days. "I then rebuilt the motor and painted it as it was being put back together. I painted the bottom of the cab, put it on, completed all the body and paintwork, and finished the interior. I really wish I would've put everything together and drove it around in primer to get all the kinks worked out before painting though."
Jason took advantage of the time he had during his initiation period to bring a high-caliber build to the table. "I just wanted to represent my club and my home state of Idaho to the fullest with this truck," Jason tells us, and there is no doubting his sincerity.
Owner: Jason Lekvold
Ride: 1987 Mazda B2200
Hometown: Mountain Home, ID
Club: Severed Ties
18x7.5 Devino DV450
Toyota 5-lug with 2-inch drop spindles
Ford 7.5 IRS from a Super Coupe
Dual Viair 480c
AccuAir eLevel, GC 3/8-inch manifold, 3/8-inch hard line
2x3 tube frame
Stock Toyota and Ford with custom stainless braided lines
Frame by John Yoakum in TN, paint and assembly by owner
Door handles, locks, emblems, taillights, tailgate, gas door, top bodyline
Kept it simple, sheetmetal bed
Chrome front end
LEDs and license box in skin
Owner and friends
Brand & Colors:
PPG Fiji Blue
LEDs molded and cleared into the paint
Stock with headrest removed, recovered in tweed gray with blue inserts
Stock smoothed and painted
Stock with a Dakota Digital air gauge
New gray carpet with blue floormats from ACC, rest of plastic interior panels smoothed and painted.
Owner and Mo Rodriguez
Mids & Highs:
JL Audio 10w3
Fiberglass speaker box painted to match
Weber 32/36 carb
Pace Setter Header with turbo muffler
Ford 7.5 IRS
Special Thanks From Owner
"Most importantly my wife Robin for all the nails she broke, my dad for everything along the way, Dave at Tech Auto Body for the job and allowing me to work on the truck at work, Grant Kustoms, to everyone who lent a hand to get the truck to this point, and everyone in the ID ST chapter for believing in me."