Being a chick in the minitruck world is kind of like watching a movie where Tom Cruise doesn't run. In other words, it's pretty rare. Not that there aren't some phenomenal women building great minis, but let's face it; this "scene" has more testosterone than a frat house at SDSU.

Fortunately, she had an in—her husband, known to most as "Fat Jap." When they were first married back when she was 19, he couldn't stop talking about how cool minitrucks were. Granted, he drove a Dodge Intrepid at the time, so she didn't really take him very seriously. They did hit lots of local shows together, and after hanging out at all the events, and meeting a handful of Freaks of Nature members, she was hooked.

When she bought the Mazda, it was 'bagged, but still needed a lot of work—and that's when the opinions started rolling in. After all, she is a girl, what could she know? More than most guys as it turns out. So Samantha decided to build the truck the way she wanted: with no outside input.

To the untrained eye, it must be said that this Mazda sports some seriously awesome conversions. It came as an extended cab, sure. But then it was stretched 18 inches to make it an extra cab long bed, a vehicle that never came out of the Mazda factory. In addition, 4X4 sheetmetal was added up front. But the incredible feature here is the 4X4 long bed—this is the rarest of the rare, because Mazda made just a handful of 4X4s, and even less 4X4 long beds. Now all that fancy sheetmetal is rocked on a truck that lays frame, and we can certainly appreciate that.


Owner: Samantha Penwell
Ride: 1988 Mazda B2200
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Club: Freaks of Nature

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8 Bonspeed Palisades
Tires: 215/35/18 Sailun Atrezzo

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Firestone 2500 'bags
Suspension (rear): Firestone 2600 'bags, four-link
Control Arms: Stock
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 380
Air/hydro Accessories: Two 5-gallon tanks
Frame Mods: Rear frame stretched 18 inches for the long bed conversion, step notch
Brakes: Cross-drilled and slotted rotors
Performed By: Tommy Harmer at Tommy Rocker Fabrication

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood squirters, cowl, emblems, handles, gas door, antenna, rock guards, and taillights
Bodydrop: Raised bed floor
Body Mods: Cadillac taillights, Cali combo, inside of bed tubbed and smoothed
Bolt-ons: '05 Ford Ranger headlights, '94 Toyota bumper and valance
Misc.: Pop-up motorcycle gas cap, 4x4 sheetmetal fenders and long bed, 2600i hood
Performed By: Tommy Harmer at Tommy Rocker Fabrication

Paint
Brand & Colors: Custom mixed pink by Matrix Paint
Misc.: Custom pearl coat
Performed By: Mike Salerno

Interior
Seats: Factory seat with shaved headrests
Dash: Painted by Shannon Van DerAa
Misc.: Interior wrapped in perforated black vinyl, regular black vinyl, and accented with pink stitching, Freaks Of Nature steering wheel by Colorado Customs, billet shift knob,
Performed By: Uptown Upholstery

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Alpine
Subwoofers: Two 10-inch Rockford Fosgate P1
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate
Performed By: John Joynt

Engine/Performance
Engine: 2.2L four-banger
Intake: Weber carb
Header/exhaust: Pacesetter
Transmission: five-speed manual
Rearend Type: Factory
Performed By: Owner and Mark Johnson

Special Thanks from Owner
"To Freaks of Nature and Shannon Van DerAa for founding such an awesome organization, I don't think the minitruck scene would've gotten me hooked without such an awesome group of people. Thanks everyone who helped not only get my truck finished, but for also keeping it on the road and off a trailer, Mark Johnson, Ryan Richmond, Rick Kelley, Tommy Harmer, Joe Silva, and Aaron “Mankandy” Miller."