OWNER: Justin Thomas Wyatt...
OWNER: Justin Thomas Wyatt
RIDE: '92 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
LOCATION: Chilhowie, VA
Very rarely do we get a tech sheet that is filled out to the fullest, let alone with all of the exact information we like to hear. Justin Wyatt of Chilhowie, Virginia, puts a smile on our face, as he has poured his heart and soul into letting people know why, how, and what kind of mini-trucker he is. Some of you may look at this as him just having a couple extra minutes to spare and scratching down more nonsense. The way we look at it is that mini-truckin' runs deep in his blood and that he has more to express than he could ever put on paper. Now that we are done stroking Justin's tech sheet, let's get on to the flavor of the article.
Justin got into mini's at the age of 13 while he lived at the beach in North Carolina. After attending the Magical Concepts Beach Cruise he was hooked. A friend of his had an older brother in a car club with a slammed Mazda on some 15's, with a camper shell. He would take them to the skating rink in it and even though they had to sit in the back and it rode awful, he couldn't replace the feeling. After that, Mini Truckin' magazine was his rag of choice and he even had a short stint with lowider bikes due to his inability to have a license.
"The cop told me that I needed...
"The cop told me that I needed to raise my truck up. I told him that if anything, it would keep getting lower and lower until one day he would see sparks when I rode by him. At graduation I decided to drive my truck and the same cop was directing traffic. I saw my chance and took it."
Another reason that Justin is so attached to his Mitsu is due to the fact that his father has as much time into it as he does. He considers his mini his dad's as much as it's his. The time they spent together working on Maximum Impact will be something that he'll remember forever. Having owned twelve mini's already at such an unripe young age, Justin managed to go back to his original truck, which was this Mitsu you're looking at. Maximum Impact is his keepsake and his first complete custom.
Justin has history with his Mitsu that few could rival. From the day he started customizing it the local ham factory would pull him over constantly if not every day. One po-po in general seemed to have an undying devotion to replacing the green paper in Justin's wallet with yellow certificates. At one point they tried to impound the Mitsu but the case wouldn't hold up in court.
Justin has no regrets on his build. The mistakes he made on his truck have only made him more aware of what to do right on the next one. His advice to new mini-truckers is to get a game plan and stick to it. Your wallet will be a lot heavier and you'll have less heartache. Justin's made a lot of friends in the mini-truck game and lost a few on the way. The true friends will stay and support you, but just remember that it's just for fun.
Wheels: 18-inch Equus 902s
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Nitto Neo Gen rubber
Suspension type: Air
Airbag type and size: Front: 2,500lb Firestone Rear: 2,600lb Firestone
Spindles: 2-inch Chassis Tech drop spindles
Shocks: Belltech Nitro
Valves: 3/8-inch Parker
Compressor: Viair 450
Air line: 3/8-inch dot black air line
Frame mods: Reworked transmission crossmember and gas tank crossmember, 6-inch "V" notch, and tube work with Mitsubishi Diamond Star bag mounts
Gas tank: 10-gallon polished aluminum fuel cell
Detail work: Rear frame painted black with blue pearl, Porsche Riviera Blue-painted accents on Diamond Star mounts, four-link and shocks, Viair compressor and watertrap hidden under bed
Performed by: Matt Davenport, Tom Wyatt, and owner
Misc: Toyota rearend and Toyota hubs and rotors
Performed by: Air ride performed by Josh Long at Wicked Kustoms; 5-lug conversion performed by Jeremiah Meade at 3D Kustoms
City/state: Wicked Kustoms in Lavergne, TN, and 3D Kustoms in Castlewood,VA
Shaved: Middle body line in hood, bed seams, door handles, antenna, taillights, cab light, rear body lines, gas door, key holes, and emblems
Body-dropped: 2-1/2 inches by Billy Ward and Rich Hopkins; 4-inch body drop on bed performed by Jeremiah Meade at 3D Kustoms
Front end: Chrome bumper, billet phantom grille, clear corner and bumper lights
Back end: FBI skin and Grant Kustoms taillight fillers
Taillights: FBI LEDs
Exterior bolt-ons: Clear corner and bumper lights, chrome bumper, billet phantom grille, and chrome Mazda mirrors
Misc: Mitsubishi Eclipse hood bubble molded into hood
Performed by: Door handles, cab light, and gas door shaved originally by T.J. Willis in Beaufort, NC; Skin, taillight fillers, and bed seams installed and readied for paint by B&L Collision in Blountville, TN; key holes, Eclipse hood bubble, and final prep work for paint by Michael Dotson, Tom Wyatt, Matt Davenport, and Owner
Brand and colors: Sherwin-Williams Porsche Riviera Blue
Style: Basecoat clearcoat
Performed by: Great Paint by Nate
vCity/state: Wise, VA
Seats: Stock bench seat
Material: Covered in black tweed and blue vinyl with black vinyl piping
Dash: Painted Porsche Riviera Blue by Tom Wyatt and Owner
Door panels: Black tweed
Flooring: Black ACC carpet
Headliner: Black tweed with skull and flames
Gauges: Stock with factory tachometer
Misc: BAD Hellfire steering wheel, billet window cranks, billet rearview, and billet cigarette lighter
Performed by: Everything but seat covered by Kenny Franklin of WV; seat covered by Jack Sanders of Bristol, TN; everything installed by Tom Wyatt and owner
Head unit: Aiwa
Mids & highs: Four-inch Planet Audio
Performed by: Owner
Rearend type: Toyota
Intake: Eclipse adapter with Matrix air filter
Header/exhaust: Turbo muffler high-flow cat
Driveshaft: Stock machined for toy rearend
Detail work: Painted timing belt cover and intake pieces, stripped and polished radiator
Misc: NGK Blue wires
Performed by: Justin Wyatt and Tom Wyatt
City/state: Chilhowie, VA
Justin would like to thank God. With faith you can achieve any goal. Secondly is his father for helping him do whatever it took to reach his goals, even if it meant staying up for days at a time. Thanks go out to Justin's mother, Nykki Wyatt, for the support, and also, Brandon Smith, Barry Barr, Jason Seay, T.J. Willis, Matt Davenport, Nate Powers, Michael Dotson, Billy Ward, Rich Hopkins, Jeremiah Meade, Kenny Franklin, Jack Sanders, Josh Long, B&L Collision, all of his Acrophobia brothers, and every friend he's ever made in this sport. Lastly, he would like to thank everyone who has ever touched his truck, cleaned it, or told him they liked it. Thanks!!!