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  • 1990 Mazda B2200- Busted Knuckles: The Phoenix

1990 Mazda B2200- Busted Knuckles: The Phoenix

Rising From the Ashes

Phil Gordon
Aug 16, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
In mythology, the phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is reborn. When you ask about Scott Refice’s Mazda project, he refers to it as The Phoenix, because at one point it was a full custom show truck. But once Scott purchased it, he decided to give it new life. Scott got into vehicles when he was around 13 years old. While living next door to a muscle car owner, he gradually became close to him and started to learn mechanics. “I’ve learned everything I know from hands-on experience, from baseball to trucks. I taught myself as I went along.”
Photo 2/5   |   1990 Mazda B2200 The Phoenix Rear
Before long, Scott was buying his own custom trucks and making them unique, each time exceeding the result of the prior build. He began working on his friends’ trucks in the Panama City, Florida, area and soon joined Vital Signs, the premier truck club in his area. One of his close friends and club member Rudy found a ’90 Mazda B2200 online and showed the listing to Scott.
Scott already owned a Mazda that was in the process of being built and just loved the way the lines flowed through the body, so it was a no-brainer to negotiate the price of the ’90 Mazda and bring it home. He decided to stop working on his original truck and use it as parts for the new B2200. He disassembled everything, painted the frame, replaced the doors, shaved the handles, and finished up the dashboard to make it unique. The Mazda came built for a Ford motor, and because Scott was vehemently against the Ford motor, he decided to go with an LS motor instead. Of course, the firewall had to be modified to fit the larger motor with new motor mounts.
Photo 3/5   |   1990 Mazda B2200 The Phoenix Engine
Photo 4/5   |   1990 Mazda B2200 The Phoenix Custom Frame
The Phoenix, under a different name, graced the pages of Mini Truckin’ back in the day, so Scott knew the potential for his new project was sky-high. He wishes to thank his club Vital Signs, his family, Rudy for helping him find his Mazda, Rodney for helping him secure the motor mounts setup, and his club president and friend Doug Augustine for constantly pushing him to excel. The Mazda was certainly at its height years ago, but Scott knows with his talent he can exceed all expectations on The Phoenix.
Photo 5/5   |   1990 Mazda B2200 The Phoenix Empty Interior

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’90 Mazda B2200 extended cab
Owner and City/State: Scott Refice; Panama City, Florida
Club Affiliation: Vital Signs
Front Suspension: Custom chrome upper and lower control arms, Firestone 2,600-pound bags, Toyota rotors for five-lug conversion drilled for Mazda control arms
Rear Suspension: Mazda RX7 IRS setup, custom-built frame and cradles, polished main body of rear end, painted ends, Firestone 2,600-pound bags, stainless steel hard lines
Engine: Mazda RX7 IRS, LS1 motor, American Products polished intake, billet fuel rails, polished 78mm throttle body
Transmission: 4L60E
Body/Paint: Shaved door handles, B2600 hood
Interior: ’59 Chevy Impala dashboard
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: BAD Rockstar 20/22 on passenger side, BAD Gunslinger 20/22 on driver side
Tires: Dunlop



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