1986 Mazda B2000 Roadster- Old Dawg

Learning New Tricks

Phil Gordon
Feb 22, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Frank Icenhour put that theory to test. Icenhour’s uncle Rodney first purchased an Isuzu pickup to move belongings from house to house. The weight from the cargo had gradually worn the truck and suspension out. As the years went on, the truck became a lawn ornament. It sat on Rodney’s lawn under a pine tree for 10 years. On his 16th birthday Frank asked his uncle Rodney to give him the truck.
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The engine was worn out but Icenhour and his father managed to get the truck home, grinding the gears. Icenhour’s hometown of Mountain City, Tennessee, is about an hour from civilization. As a result, he spent a great deal of time scouring Truckin and Mini Truckin’ magazines for parts and information.
The progress with that Isuzu gave him the experience to get straight to work on a new roadster. Icenhour worked hard and saved enough money to purchase a half-built ’86 Mazda B2000 pickup truck from fellow enthusiast Jonathan Morehead. The top had already been removed, and Icenhour began putting his own personal touches on the topless beauty. “The truck really wasn’t ready to drive,” he tells Truckin. “I needed to fix some things first.” One of the first things he repaired was the air management system.
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Once he able to lift and drop the truck, Icenhour turned his attention to the motor, replacing it to make sure it started and ran every time he turned the key. The upgraded exhaust now flows with the body lines. In the interior, he added tweed with flames throughout to replicate the classic feel and match that truck year. The roadster stands out in a custom blend of Mazda Blazing Copper Metallic.
Icenhour took a classic mini-truck and gave it a twist with modern and past flavors. Old Dawg has gone through a fair number of owners, and Icenhour considers himself a caretaker. He took in a neglected truck and made it his own with unique, custom touches. As a member of Aftermath truck club, he lives by a their high standards and makes sure his truck is always the top MazDawg.
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Inside the build Year/Make/Model: 1986 Mazda B2000 Roadster
Owner and City/State: Frank Icenhour; Mountain City, Tennessee
Club Affiliation: Aftermath
Front Suspension: Front crossmember moved up, modified control arms, 2500 Firestone ’bags
Rear Suspension: C-notched, reverse triangulated four-link, 2600 Firestone ’bags mounted on the bars
Air System: Viair Compressors, 1/2-inch SMC Valves, 1/2-inch lines, 5-gallon air tank
Shocks: Monroe, relocated front and rear
Engine: 2.2L 4-cylinder, bored .030 over, MSD Ignition, Pacesetter Header, Weber Carb, custom cam, electric fans, painted and polished parts, full custom exhaust
Transmission: Five-speed with a polished case, custom driveshaft
Rearend: Ford Courier
Top removed, windshield chopped 8 inches, tops of the doors and cab capped off, shaved door handles, gas door, taillights, corner lights, wiper cowl, emblems, and antenna, T-Rex Phantom Billet Grille, chrome bumper, Lexan windshield, 6-inch LED taillights, H4 headlights, clear turn signals, Billet Side Mirrors, 2600i hood, vinyl bedcover
Paint: Mazda Blazing Copper Metallic
Upholstery: Full tweed interior with gray flames stitched in the seats and door panels; shaved headrests; smoothed, shaved, and painted dash
Accessories: Flame Billet steering wheel, pedals, and shifter knob; custom switch box
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 17x8, KMC Stealth
Tires: 215/45R17, Kumho
Special Thanks: “My dad for helping me work on the truck, and my mom for supporting me. God, my Aftermath family, and Kerissa; and Phil Gordon for taking the time to shoot the truck.”



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