Owner: Jeffery and Penny Madden
Ride: 1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Hometown: Kent, WA
As men, we’re predominantly cursed with piss-poor relationships. It’s our own fault though. We latch onto anything that we can put our wick into and then wonder why the whole affair blows up in our face. Before you go and drown your sorrows though, there is a glimmer of hope for all of us sewn into the story of Jeffrey and Penny Madden.
I know what you’re thinking: Oh please, I’ve heard the story of the supportive girl before, to which I retort, no, you haven’t. Not like this.
Jeffrey picked up the Mighty Max off of Craigslist a few years ago and worked with Brand-X Customs to get the truck ’bagged and bodydropped. Unfortunately, he lost his job before all of the work could be completed, and throughout that experience Jeffrey realized that if he wanted to complete the truck, he would have to do it himself.
When Jeffrey announced that he was going to enroll himself into an auto body tech course at the local community college, he was surprised when his wife told him that she was going to enroll in the auto upholstery course so she could stitch up the entire interior. Penny isn’t interested in trucks, but she made it quite clear that she was interested in supporting her husband.
As both of them worked through their courses, they came back and put their new knowledge to trial on the Mitsu. Jeffrey worked with the welder and mud to complete the body mods, while Penny worked with ’76 OEM Ford materials to piece together a unique interior. A couple of local minitruckers, Mike and Jason, gave a helping hand to finish off the bodywork and paint.
The final result is a very clean and unique build, but more importantly it’s an extraordinary reminder to the rest of us that amazing, supportive women do exist. The men who have these women should never let them go, and the men that have never experienced this type of relationship need to stop settling.
Wheels: 20x8.5 Intro Pentia 6
Tires: Toyo Proxes 4 225/35/20 (front) / 245/35/20 (rear)
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE6 ’bags, 2-inch drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE6 ’bags
Control Arms: Tubular upper, modified stock lower
Shocks: Monroe rear
Compressor(s): Viair 380s
Air/hydro Accessories: SMC valves
Frame Mods: Dropped horns, sectioned and shaved trans mount
Misc.: Frame painted black
Performed By: Brand-X in Lynwood, WA
Shaved: Door handles, gas cap, antenna, tailgate, cab light, ghosted bodyline
Bodydrop: 1.75-inch traditional
Body Mods: 2.5 inches sectioned from center of bed
Performed By: Owner, Brand-X
Brand & Colors: PPG DCC Drum Boogie Beige, Mazda Brawny Yellow
Misc.: Orange, Sublime Green pinstriping
Performed By: Owner, Michael Munoz
Seats: Modified stock covered in brown vinyl and OEM ’76 Ford F-series material
Misc.: Door panels covered in same material as seats, custom flooring and headliner
Performed By: Owner, Penny Madden
Head Unit: JVC kd-avx2
Mids & Highs: Polk Audio db
Performed By: Owner
Misc.: Optima YellowTop battery
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
I’d like to thank my wife first and foremost, Mike Dizzle De Jesus, Eric, Brandon, Mark Millbauer and Keith Line from Green River CC, Jerry Glasgow and Ray Lofgren from Clover Park CC, Michael, Scotty Potty, and the rest of the fam.