1987 Mazda B2000- Couples Therapy
The Family That Builds Together…
The most solid bond you can create is that between common interests. For Amber Morris of Las Vegas, Nevada, that’s where her life changed for the better. A true Mazda enthusiast, Amber has owned strictly Mazda trucks dating back to when she was 16 years old. During one of her Mazda builds, she met Will Morris, and the two clicked, talking about trucks and building. Although most new couples would have a date night to movies and dinner, Amber and Will spent date nights in the garage.
One night, Will hit a royal flush at a casino and was able to purchase a 1987 Mazda B2000 for Amber with his winnings. The original owner had been selling it because the motor was bad. The new truck was already bodydropped, but the suspension hadn’t been done right. Amber and Will got down to the motor work and decided in order to put the Mazda on the road, they would do the upgrade to a Chevy V-8 motor with help from their friend Tone Leveck to bypass any Mazda motor problems.
Because the wheel choices weren’t that aspiring, Amber switched the Mazda over to a 5-lug pattern to accommodate a better tire choice. Amber had seen an RC car that was painted a metallic grey with black pinstripes, so she contacted Tone Leveck to replicate the exact color. The suspension was completely reworked by Tone and Will by building a whole new back half for the independent rear. The back end looked perfect, and Amber wanted to show it off. She had a vision to cut open the bed. Will was against the cutting, and like a true couple, they compromised by adding a tilt rear end.
Amber’s Mazda was built entirely in a garage and has never been inside a shop. She and her husband Will would spend weekends and nights inside working on the B2000, making it the best they could. “The build actually brought us closer together,” Amber says. “It gave us a common bond and served as therapy for both of us.” As a member of No Regrets, Amber maintains the high level of excellence that is required for a club with such high-end builds. It shows that when a couple shares a common interest, there will always be success.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1987 Mazda B2000
Owner and City/State: Amber Morris; Las Vegas, Nevada
Club Affiliation: No Regrets
Front Suspension: Toyota 5-lug conversion, custom tubular upper and lower control arms, FOA shocks, Slam Specialties 2,500lb airbags, custom-made shock towers, disc brakes all done by Tone Leveck
Rear Suspension: Stock floor bodydrop with custom backhalf, independent rear end and suspension from a Nissan 300Z. 2,600lb Slam Specialties ’bags, FOA shocks
Engine: GM 350 small-block
Transmission: GM 350TH
Rearend: Nissan 300z
Body/Paint: Metal Lux Cadillac CTS-V Phantom Gray with Red Pearl, shaved firewall, gas door, emblems, cowl hood, rollpan, 4x4 sheet metal, tilt bed, rag top, shaved frame all by Tone Leveck, frame powdercoated by Ram Pro Line and pinstriped by Griffin Walker both in Las Vegas
Interior: Red leather seats, door panels, kick panels by Garcia’s Upholstery in Moreno Valley, California, custom sheet metal dashboard, center console and rollcage by Tone Leveck, custom billet door sills by Tyler Dale, painted and pinstriped to match, Dakota Digital 6-inch Gauge, Colorado Custom steering wheel, Flaming River steering column
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x8; Bonspeed Tsunami
Tires: 225/35R18; Nexen
Special Thanks From Owner: My husband Will and our daughter Sierra, Tone Leveck Ryan Richmond, Freaks of Nature—Las Vegas, Shane Thompson, Danny Harrison, Brian Peterson, Lesa Auto Body Supplies, and my No Regrets family for the support.