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1992 Mazda B2600i- Raphael

The Night Watcher With the Red Bandana

Phil Gordon
Jan 2, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the top craze in America. Almost everything green was referred to as Ninja Turtle Green. When Jonas Taylor originally purchased his ’92 Mazda B2600i, it was a bright green, and all his friends named it The Ninja Turtle. When he was a child, Jonas was initiated into the truck scene by his father, Stan. He and his cousin Johnie were always fascinated by the truck culture.
Photo 2/11   |   1992 Mazda B2600i Raphael Rear
Jonas and Johnie started a truck customizing business called J&J Kustoms and began honing their newfound truck talents. Johnie was searching for a truck to use as a creative billboard to showcase what he could do, but he also wanted to drive it. For months, he looked through online ads, until he came across a Mazda mini for $500. Once Jonas obtained it, he ripped out the original suspension and added a full air-ride suspension.
Photo 3/11   |   1992 Mazda B2600i Raphael Engine
The Mazda was swapped to a five-lug Toyota front and rear and was laid out on the Toyota axle. Of course, the outside was still the obnoxious green color. When Jonas began doing some bodywork and found the original color, he thought it was fitting to bring the Mazda back to the stock hue. A PPG Cinnabar Red was sprayed on by Anthony Holder (who added a little extra mix, which he keeps a secret). Once the Mazda was painted, Jonas’ friends changed the nickname from Ninja Turtle to Raphael because of the color.
Photo 4/11   |   1992 Mazda B2600i Raphael Wheel
For the interior, Jonas got a deal on aluminum bomber seats. Based on recommendations from good friends Matthew Lawson and Greg Miller, he brought the truck to Gulf Coast Upholstery for the interior wrapping.
Photo 5/11   |   1992 Mazda B2600i Raphael Interior
During the build process, Jonas was dealing with a serious family emergency. Twenty days before her seventh birthday, his daughter, Marley, passed away from complications of a heart condition she was born with. “She was everything to me,” Jonas tells Truckin. “She loved this Mazda even more than me.” Jonas says the Raphael build was done in her honor, and he and his wife, Callie, carry on their love for Marley through the Mazda.
Jonas lost the motivation for Raphael when Marley passed, but he was eventually able to continue the build to get his mind off things. Jonas wishes to thank his beautiful wife, Callie, for her support as well as their daughters Celina and Cheyenne for their understanding. A special thanks to his parents Brenda and Stan for their love and for always being there. Raphael will always be the best ninja turtle in the Taylor family.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’92 Mazda B2600i
Owner and City/State: Jonas & Callie Taylor; Mobile, Alabama
Club Affiliation: Acrophobia
Front Suspension: Airlift Dominator 2,500-pound bags, custom lower and upper control arms, five-lug swap, custom steering with all Heim joints done by J&J Kustoms in Theodore, Alabama
Rear Suspension: Airlift Dominator 2,600-pound bags, custom link setup by Johnie at J&J Kustoms, ’88 Toyota rear end, five-lug swap, Accuair Switchspeed, 7-gallon tank, York 210 compressor
Engine: 2600i four-cylinder, custom intake, engine-driven compressor, painted valve cover, complete wire harness tuck and stretch, Magnaflow exhaust
Transmission: Stock with custom crossmember for exhaust clearance
Rearend: ’88 Toyota five-lug swap, mated with custom -built driveshaft with slip joint for Toyota running gear
Body/Paint: PPG Cinnabar Red paint done by Anthony Holder at KC Designs in Lucedale, Mississippi; shaved rear; Grant Kustoms Cali Combo; custom-built tag mount for smooth rear; smoothed and tubbed bed; Line-X bedliner; shaved gas door relocated to rear of bed; shaved antenna; HID headlights; Phantom grille; clear corner and bumper markers; Australian taillights; tubbed front
Interior: Aluminum bomber seats by Handmade Seat Co.; fiberglass center console with billet accents; billet pieces cut by Simmie Kelly of Saraland, Alabama; hand-fabbed door panels and seats covered by Gulf Coast Upholstery in Pascagoula, Mississippi; 14-inch Gearhead billet steering wheel with tan leather half wrap
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Pioneer 4-inch dash components, Pioneer 6.5-inch rear panel components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8.5; Centerline Tracer
Tires: 225/35ZR20; Pirelli Scorpion



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