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1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max- In Due Time

Three times a charm

Phil Gordon
Apr 11, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
If at first you don’t succeed, you have to try, try again. For Justin Wyatt of Chilhowie, Virginia, this story eventually has a happy ending but it doesn’t get there quick. As a child, Justin’s father had a restored Chevy C10 and would often take it to shows. At the age of 12, a young Justin accompanied his father to a local truck show and saw his first mini-truck. He was instantly hooked and asked his father for truck magazines to see more.
Once old enough, he started hanging out with local truck owners and learning about them. “I actually learned how to drive a slammed truck around a grocery-store parking lot.” Justin says. “They were inside working, and I was driving their trucks.” Next door to his home was a black 1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max he would see drive down the block all the time. Justin kept picturing himself as the owner. Until one day, the owner traded the truck to a car lot, and Justin convinced his parents to get it for him.
Photo 2/12   |   1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Rear
Justin decided he was going to completely redo the mini-truck and found a shop in South Carolina to send it to. The shop shut down and never finished his truck as promised and guaranteed. Justin had to make three separate trips with a car trailer to take all the pieces of the Mighty Max back home.
The second attempt to redo the mini-truck was a shop in West Virginia. After five months of the mini sitting outside and hearing excuse after excuse as to why it hadn’t been started, Justin decided to take the truck back. During this time, he was on the edge of just giving up and sending it to a crusher. But he remembered why he had chosen the mini-truck path. Eventually, he met Adam Quissenbury and everything changed. Adam was eager to help Justin once he heard the stories of the ill-fated truck. Within three weeks, the Mighty Max was completed and out of his shop and back on the road.
Photo 3/12   |   1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Engine
Photo 4/12   |   1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Bed
Justin wishes to thank his dad for not giving up on him and not letting him give up, as well as Jason McCraken, Darrell Poe, Jr., and all his Negative Camber members. A special thanks to Jonathan Chasteen and his staff at Kustom Stitch and Adam for all his hard work. In Due Time didn’t get to the finish line quickly, but nobody can argue it didn’t make an impact when it did arrive.
Photo 5/12   |   1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Interior

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Owner and City/State: Justin Wyatt; Chilhowie, Virginia
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 2,500lb Firestone airbags, 2-inch drop spindles, Toyota hubs and rotors, adjustable tension rods
Rear Suspension: V-notch, tubular Mitsubishi diamond-star crossmember, four-link by Josh Long, Tom Wyatt and owner Justin Wyatt
Drivetrain:
Engine: 2.4l Fi, Eagle rods and pistons, Eagle cam, balance-shaft eliminator kit, shaved head, bigger valves
Rearend: ’92 Toyota axle
Body/Paint: Shaved emblems, antenna, middle body line, door handles, taillights, dome light, molded Eclipse hood bubble, Cali combo with LEDs, clear corner and bumper lights, painted GM Black with Audi Brilliant Red strip by Adam Quissenbury
Interior: Red pleather with black stitching, Colorado Customs Sing Sing steering wheel, fiberglass molded dash, Billet Specialties air vents, rear view mirror, window cranks and door handles, LED accent lighting, custom arm rests, seats cut and modified, fiberglass headliner and kick panels console,
Stereo: Planet Audio in-dash TV, Focal components performed by Kustom Stitch in Knoxville, Tennessee
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x7; Intro Twisted Vista
Tires: 215/35R18; Kumho
Photo 6/12   |   1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Wheel

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