Since the day he turned 15, Curtis Hagemeyer has dreamed about building custom minis worthy of these very pages, and after wrenching on his brother's S-10 and a few customs of his own, he knew that he wanted to go big. It was time for a real show winner.
Thing was, times were tight. Although he had three trucks on his mini-building resume (a first- and second-gen S-10, as well as an '86 Mazda), he found that he was putting off more important things like college. He just could never seem to have either enough money to sink into his projects or the time to make them as awesome as he imagined. It was this endless cycle of frustration that led him down a different path; the road less travelled, as it were.
Every guy who turns a wrench on his truck knows that eventually, someone is going to have to buy it. It's how we all move on to the next project. At some point, we have to get rid of the previous one. Well, Curtis had plenty of half-done trucks in his time, now he needed something cool that was pretty close to complete, but still needed a few finishing touches. This way he could enjoy it during his free time, yet still have the status that comes with a tricked out mini. He sold what projects he had, scraped up some cash, and headed out to look for a finished minitruck.
Enter David and Darryl Livingston of Gray, Tennessee. David bought this Mazda a few years back, and had been working on it with his father Darryl to get the thing in tip-top shape. Finally, after two years of busting knuckles, the truck was done and looked pretty sweet. Now they just needed to take it to a show.
Before they could make it out of the driveway, Curtis came along with a stack of cash and a smile. After the money exchanged hands, the Livingstons had a bit of extra coin to play with, and Curtis had a show truck that had never been shown before. Perfect.
Today, Curtis drives the truck back and forth to med school, where he's working on getting his degree. He only had to do a few things to the Mazda to really make it perfect—a little bit of tint, some paint on the bumper, stuff like that—and now it's exactly what he was looking for. In a few years, once he's done with school, he'll build something on his own again. But for now, this is the perfect truck for Curtis, and he loves every minute that he's behind the wheel.
Owner: Curtis "Diggler” Hagemeyer
Ride: 1987 Mazda B2000
Hometown: Blanchester, OH
Wheels: 20X8 Milanni 453
Tires: 225/30ZR20 Falken
Suspension (front): Air Lift Dominator 'bags, drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Air Lift Dominator 'bags, bag-over-axle configuration
Control Arms: Stock uppers, modified lowers
Shocks: Custom upper shock mounts
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: Eight ½-inch SMC valves, ½-inch hydraulic lines
Frame Mods: Dropped from frame horns, plated lower frame
Performed By: David Livingston and Madd Odom
Shaved: Emblems, body seams, side mirrors
Bodydrop: Traditional bodydrop, cut pinch molding
Body Mods: Molded roll pan
Performed By: David Livingston and owner
Brand & Colors: Toyota Crystal White Pearl
Performed By: Volunteer Collision
Seats: Shaved headrests, tan leather and ostrich fabric
Dash: Dyed tan to match the leather
Misc.: All plastic panels custom wrapped, stitched, and dyed to match the leather, Billet Specialties Stiletto steering wheel with ostrich half-wrap, custom center console, custom door panels, tan carpet, custom-built headliner, custom-built rear seats
Performed By: Classy Chassis Interiors
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids & Highs: Alpine tweeters mounted in rear console
Performed By: David Livingston
Engine: 2.2L four-banger
Intake: Chrome air filter
Transmission: Stock five-speed
Detail Work: Chromed and painted accessories, performance header, Cherry Bomb exhaust, custom inner fenders, red top Optima relocated to underneath the bed
Performed By: David Livingston and owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"First off, I have to thank my parents for letting me take full reign of their garage for the last several years. Adam Brown and Jason Gardner for their help, David Livingston and his father Darryl for building a beautiful truck. And most of all, my Aftermath family! IT. DON'T. STOP.”