Mighty Max owners these days are few and far between. Owners of clean, 'bagged and body-dropped ones are even fewer and farther between. But proud owners of a bright pink one? Well, friend-o, you could probably count 'em on one hand and have a few digits leftover. And this is pretty much what Matthew "Daytona Matt" Davis of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, had in mind when he started this project.
Matt got into minis like so many guys do, in that he had trusted mini-trucker friends to spur his newfound interest. After going to some shows with a few buddies and helping one particular friend on a Toyota build, he caught the proverbial bug and decided it was high time to start his own project. However, he wanted a challenge, something unique. A Mitsu seemed to offer just that.
In tackling the buildup, it was those same friends who got Matt into the scene who would prove so valuable as all the suspension work was handled by the owner and his pals. In fact, Matt tells us the best part was all the late nights in the garage with his closest friends, spending seemingly endless hours solving all the problems they encountered. But those late-night brainstorming sessions bore fruit—the modded chassis you see now is the very one produced at the beginning.
Getting back to the problems though (since they always make for a better story. If you want an even better story, just ask Matt about the Miata handles, if you ever run into him.), Daytona Matt answered the obvious question of 'Why pink?': "When you mix neutral primer/sealer with Volvo Red, you get the pinkish-purple color that my truck sported for a season, and hence the birth of the idea to paint it pink."
Hey, that's as good as any reason we've ever heard. Oftentimes, the accidents that come from experimentation yield the most pleasing results. It's dudes like Matt and his mighty low Mighty Max who are helping to keep this hobby alive and kicking. So take a cue and think outside the box. Call up your friends and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and try something new and bold. In the words of Daytona Matt Davis, "Even if you can't make it to every show or you can't afford to go on that long trip, get out there and do what you can to keep the scene alive! Build trucks, make new friendships, and most of all be safe."
Sounds like mighty fine advice.
Owner: Matthew Davis
Ride: 1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Club: Royal Tz
18-inch Bonspeed Intense 6
215/35-18 Kumho Ecsta
2,500-pound 'bags, relocated sway and radius bars
2,600-pound 'bags over the axle, four-link
Two Viair 450
Two switches, eight valves, all 3⁄8-inch lines, 5-gallon tank
Front framehorns lowered, frame Z'd at firewall, 6-inch C-notch
Rear axles removed, hub centering ring milled down to accommodate a variety of wheel styles
Mike Butry, Mike Muldowney, Mark McKeown, owner
Front corner lights, antenna, door handles, third brake light, body seams in the bed and full shaved tailgate/roll pan with Flush LED tails
Molded hood bubble from a '94 Dodge Shadow—not an Eclipse!
Brand & Colors:
PPG Vibrance Pink Panther
Factory Mitsu bench seat wrapped with black and gray vinyl
One-off dash wrapped with gray vinyl
Upholstery by Aimes Custom Auto Upholstery, dash by Justin Sosa aka "Sosatheshark" aka Sosa's Fiberglass Creations
Mids & Highs:
Orion Cobalt 4½-inch and tweeters in dash
Special Thanks From Owner
"Mark McKeown for all the long hours and late nights, Mike Butry and Mike Muldowney for getting me in to the scene, my parents, and all the members of Royal Tz who offered their time or advice when I was stuck on something, and everyone in the scene who kept me motivated day after day, and those I may have forgotten."