"I always knew that I was going to build a truck that sat on the ground. It just so happens that my first truck was a Mazda B2200, so I just kept on rolling with it until I was satisfied", Chris Ward told us. "I got into minitrucks around 1999 when my cousin Justin Wyatt showed me his '92 Mitsu Mighty Max. It was lowered, had nice wheels, and a marble paintjob. That got me pointed in the direction of finding a small truck to slam on the ground."

With a realistic goal ahead of him, Chris slowly chipped away at reaching it. He faced obstacles familiar to all of us … not enough money or time, and something—anything that could get in the way, would. But what fun is an accomplishment without clearing a few good hurdles? "When I was on my way to the Drop Em Wear show right after I got my paintjob, a bigger truck tried to go around us when we stopped for gas. Well, he hit my truck while it was on the trailer. So much for pulling it to keep it safe. No matter what happens though, you gotta keep on minitruckin'."

And with that motto engrained into his thought process, Chris moved on with his truck without ever stopping to waste time worrying about covering ground he had already conquered. But with the crappy times, come moments of redemption. "Don't get me wrong, building it was fun, but showing her off is where it's at."

No matter what happens though, you gotta keep on minitruckin'.

The Lowdown

1987 Mazda B2200
Chris Ward • Sharpsburg, MD • Negative Camber

Rolling Attire

Wheels: 20.7.5 MSR
Tires: 235/30/ZR20 Nitto NeoGen

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE-6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE-7 'bags
Control Arms: Modified stock Mazda
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 480s
Air/Hydro Accessories: ½-inch Parker valves
Misc.: Aluminum fuel cell
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications

Shaved: Gas door, tailgate handle, antenna, emblems
Bodydrop: Traditional 2¾-inch
Body Mods: '05 Ford Ranger headlights, one-piece front bumper, tailgate relocated, roll pan
Misc.: 4x4 flared sheetmetal
Performed By: Owner

Paint

Brand & Colors: GM Bermuda Blue Metallic
Performed By: Down N Out Paint Works

Interior

Seats: Vinyl wrapped buckets
Dash: Painted and wrapped in vinyl
Misc.: Headliner wrapped in vinyl
Performed By: Owner and Hagerstown Auto Interiors

Stereo

Head Unit: Alpine
Mids & Highs: 4-inch Alpine
Subwoofers: Kicker L7 8-inch
Amplifiers: Kicker
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance

Engine: Stock four-banger
Intake: Weber carb
Header/Exhaust: Pace Setter
Rearend Type: '88 Toyota
Misc.: Optima Red Top
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner

"To my mom an dad for the use of their shop, without them I wouldn't be this far, to my girlfriend for the support, and not letting me give up, a big thanks to Justin Wyatt for being a big inspiration on the whole build, and everybody that's helped me along the way."