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1987 Mazda B2200 - Probation Blues

The In-Between Time

John Mata Jr.
May 1, 2012
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
Photo 2/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 devino Dv450 Wheels
Jason Lekvold's Mazda is one mean mother for sure, and it sure isn't his first full-custom attempt. "I've previously built a couple other Mazdas and a Honda Civic (everyone makes a mistake here and there.) I actually petitioned the club with a different truck. It had a lot of body mods and a 5.0L Ford engine, but the day I got put on probation with it, I pulled the plug on its progress," says Jason about the earlier days of his most recent project.
With the extra time Jason found himself with after ditching his previous build, he spent time on his new vision. In just six months, he had himself a fully detailed and painted rolling frame that was good enough to land him a full-fledged membership. "My other truck just wasn't turning out as nice as I wanted. It was my first try at a traditional bodydrop, and I knew that I could do much better on this second go-around."
The rolling chassis was a stock-floor frame that was bought separately from the truck, and Jason lucked out and stumbled upon a B2200 with an automatic transmission—somewhat of a rare find these days. "I then rebuilt the motor and painted it as it was being put back together. I painted the bottom of the cab, put it on, completed all the body and paintwork, and finished the interior. I really wish I would've put everything together and drove it around in primer to get all the kinks worked out before painting though."
Photo 3/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 jl Audio 10w3 Subwoofer
Jason took advantage of the time he had during his initiation period to bring a high-caliber build to the table. "I just wanted to represent my club and my home state of Idaho to the fullest with this truck," Jason tells us, and there is no doubting his sincerity.
Photo 4/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 shaved Tailgate
Owner: Jason Lekvold
Ride: 1987 Mazda B2200
Hometown: Mountain Home, ID
Club: Severed Ties
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x7.5 Devino DV450
Tires: 225/55R/18 Maxxis

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Toyota 5-lug with 2-inch drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Ford 7.5 IRS from a Super Coupe
Control Arms: Kustom Werks
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 480c
Air/hydro Accessories: AccuAir eLevel, GC 3/8-inch manifold, 3/8-inch hard line
Frame Mods: 2x3 tube frame
Brakes: Stock Toyota and Ford with custom stainless braided lines
Performed By: Frame by John Yoakum in TN, paint and assembly by owner
Photo 5/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 ford Rear Suspension
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, locks, emblems, taillights, tailgate, gas door, top bodyline
Body drop: 3-inch stock-floor
Body Mods: Kept it simple, sheetmetal bed
Bolt-ons: Chrome front end
Misc.: LEDs and license box in skin
Performed By: Owner and friends

Brand & Colors: PPG Fiji Blue
Misc.: LEDs molded and cleared into the paint
Performed By: Owner

Seats: Stock with headrest removed, recovered in tweed gray with blue inserts
Dash: Stock smoothed and painted
Gauges: Stock with a Dakota Digital air gauge
Misc.: New gray carpet with blue floormats from ACC, rest of plastic interior panels smoothed and painted.
Performed By: Owner and Mo Rodriguez
Photo 6/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 dakota Digital Gauges
Head Unit: Kenwood
Mids & Highs: JL Audio
Subwoofers: JL Audio 10w3
Amplifiers: JL Audio
Misc.: Fiberglass speaker box painted to match
Performed By: Owner

Engine: 2.2L
Intake: Weber 32/36 carb
Header/exhaust: Pace Setter Header with turbo muffler
Transmission: Stock auto
Rearend Type: Ford 7.5 IRS
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Most importantly my wife Robin for all the nails she broke, my dad for everything along the way, Dave at Tech Auto Body for the job and allowing me to work on the truck at work, Grant Kustoms, to everyone who lent a hand to get the truck to this point, and everyone in the ID ST chapter for believing in me."
Photo 7/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 weber 32 36 Carburetor
Photo 8/8   |   1987 Mazda B2200 viair 480c Compressors



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