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1991 Mazda B2200 - True Colors

The Throwback Canadian Chameleon

Phil Gordon
Feb 3, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
You can say a lot about a truck that has been passed around as much as 26-year-old Brandon Steplock’s ‘91 Mazda B2200. As the fifth owner, out of the Ontario, Canada area, he vows to make sure it never leaves his ownership. “I watched this truck get built,” Steplock tells us. “I waited until I had the opportunity to make it mine.” It all started as a kid when Steplock got into dirt bikes, and eventually, into trucks. He would see a crew of trucks driving through his local town, and started imagining the day he would be part of a tight crew with his own truck.
Photo 2/10   |   02 1991 Mazda B2200 Front Three Quarter
When the fourth owner Kris Smith was attending a mini-truck gathering, Steplock wanted to buy his truck. Smith wasn’t willing to part with it then, but a couple weeks later, he contacted Steplock to see if he was serious. They made a deal and Steplock finally got the truck he had been pining over for years. A lot of the work had already been done, but it did need minor touch-ups here and there.
Photo 3/10   |   03 1991 Mazda B2200 Rear Three Quarter
The Mazda was coated with a smooth Chameleon paint job that changes colors, through eight different hues, depending on the amount of sun. When the B2200 needed to be brought down to the ground, James Day and Sean Maloney of Whoz Next Customs carried out the traditional bodydrop and added a full AccuAir ’bag suspension that brings the Mazda up to driving height at the touch of a switch. Inside the cabin, they installed a full tweed interior, as well as a compact stereo system that fits and plays perfectly in the extra cab.
Photo 4/10   |   08 1991 Mazda B2200 Acrophobia Sticker
The Mazda certainly has had its share of owners, but none have given it the extra care and attention that Steplock has. “I’m glad Brandon has it because I wouldn’t want anyone else taking care of it,” a former owner said. As an Acrophobia member, Steplock is going in the right direction with their reputation of clean builds.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1991 Mazda B2200 extended cab
Owner and City/State: Brandon Steplock; Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Club Affiliation: Acrophobia–True North Chapter
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Stock Mazda front clip, modified stock control arms, Firestone 2500 ’bags
Rear Suspension: Four-link ’bag over bar, Firestone 2600 ’bags, AccuAir manifold, AVS seven-switch, 3/8-inch airline, two Viair 444 compressors, 5-gallon seamless air tank
Drivetrain:
Engine: Factory 2.2L rebuilt, Pacesetter header, Weber carb, chrome valve cover, chrome GM 2 prong alternator upgrade
Body:
Chameleon paint, chrome trim, shaved roll pan, Ford Ranger headlight conversion, chrome grille, chrome mirrors
Interior:
Custom tweed door panels, paint-matched dash trim, Recaro seats wrapped in two-tone tweed, Billet Specialties steering wheel to match the rims, aftermarket gray charcoal carpet with custom floor mats
Stereo:
Pioneer head unit, Pioneer components, Clarion amplifier, Clarion 10-inch subwoofers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 16x7; Weld Racing Billet
Tires: 235/40R16; Toyo Proxes
Special Thanks: “James Henny and William Salazar, Chris Hawkins, Ryan Leeming and my Acro family, my amazing girlfriend Kerri, and my mother and father for always supporting me in the lifestyle.”

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