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1986 Mazda B2000: About Time

The Seven-Year Build

Phil Gordon
Feb 27, 2019
Photographers: Phil Gordon
There is no timetable for building a truck. Some will take a year to construct one from the ground up and some could take a lifetime. It took Michael Brott seven full years to create his masterpiece. Albeit it wasn’t seven straight years of building; he took time out to have a career, earn money for the project, and develop ideas. As a child, Michael inherited a gift from his father: “My dad was a painter,” Michael tells Truckin. “He painted canvas oil paintings, and I learned from him.”
Photo 2/13   |   1986 Mazda B2000 About Time Rear 3q
At 12, Michael attended a local truck show in his hometown and was mesmerized by a mini named Juke Box Hero, which was built by students and teachers at a psychiatric hospital. It was four years later that he purchased his first truck: a standard cab Mazda. After working his magic on the standard cab, he wanted something a bit bigger. He was able to purchase an ’86 Mazda extra cab from a close friend who had it all set up for shows. The theme on it was old school and it was already lowered, so Michael wanted to do a complete makeover.
Photo 3/13   |   1986 Mazda B2000 About Time Front
Almost immediately, the older checkerboard paint was stripped from the body and the four-link was added with the help of good friend Dave Jackman. The 3-inch traditional body drop was performed and the engine mounts were lowered 1 inch for the engine to clear the hood. Using his own artistic ability, Michael coated the Mazda with silver metallic. The next step took a couple of years, with bodywork coming slowly. “I was doing everything myself, so it was pretty time consuming,” he adds. “I had to shave everything I could as well as do the 4x4 sheetmetal bed, fenders, and B2600l bubble hood.”
Photo 4/13   |   1986 Mazda B2000 About Time Bed
As the years passed, Michael was once again ready to paint and decided it was time to change the color. The silver was done well, but he wanted something that would stand out even more. The ’00-to-’03 factory Ford Mustang Bright Atlantic Blue was chosen, and he used a friend’s shop to finish the paint and bodywork. With the exterior now sporting a new color, the cabin had to be reworked. Using his flare as an old-school mini-trucker, Michael mixed tweed with vinyl to add a little update to the classic material. His friend and stereo installer Brandon Brewka of Dream Gear Mobile Audio in St. Joseph, Missouri, added all the fiberglass and helped with the audio and visual upgrades.
Photo 5/13   |   1986 Mazda B2000 About Time Engine
Michael’s final steps were making the Mazda even more unique by adding a full sliding ragtop as well as a motorized tonneau cover using air cylinders. Custom plexiglass air tank brackets were made by Doug Lundy. When the stock motor seized, a better performing and more updated 2.2L motor and transmission were installed. The hubs and axles were redrilled to a 5x4.5 bolt pattern to provide better options for wheels.
About Time may have taken a lot longer than most builds, but with the gaps of time in between, Michael was able to develop different ideas during the process to make it perfect for himself. He wishes to thank his loving parents for all their guidance and support and for teaching him that perseverance pays off in the long run.
Photo 6/13   |   1986 Mazda B2000 About Time Interior

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’86 Mazda B2000
Owner and City/State: Michael Brott; St. Joseph, Missouri
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Firestone 2500 airbags, 2-inch drop spindles, chrome pro shocks
Rear Suspension: Firestone 2600 bags, Suicide Doors rear bridge kit, chrome Pete and Jakes triangulated four-link, chrome pro shocks, dual Viair 480 compressors, 7-gallon slim tank
Drivetrain:
Engine: ’88 2.2L, four-cylinder, painted and chromed, Weber carburetor, Pacesetter header
Transmission: Five-speed
Rear end: ’85 Ford Ranger, custom disc brakes, cross-drilled rotors
Body/Paint: 3-inch traditional body drop; 17-gallon RCI aluminum fuel cell; shaved antenna, emblems, door handles, tailgate handle, taillights, and rollpan; B2600l hood and 4x4 sheetmetal; ’93 Cadillac taillights; Street Beat 35-inch sliding ragtop; Checkmate tonneau cover; HDC Airlift for tonneau; FBI chrome grille with billet insert; FBI Toyota chrome front bumper; tinted rear Lexan glass window with plate and light; Lesonal Bright Atlantic Pearl Coat; bodywork and paint by owner
Interior: JEGS racing bucket seats; gray tweed and vinyl seats; bed kit covered in gray tweed and vinyl; fiberglass dashboard, console, door panels, sub box, and amp rack painted to match; AutoMeter white-face gauges, fiberglass done by Brandon Brewka at Dream Gear Mobile Audio
Stereo: Alpine RXA701 5.1 surround-sound processor, Bazooka components, four 12-inch Bazooka subwoofers, three Bazooka amplifiers, Tsunami wiring, two BlueTop Optima batteries, 10-inch monitor in dash, two 7-inch monitors in doors, audio installed by Brandon Brewka
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 17x7.5; Enkei Spider 1
Tires: 205/40R17; Yokohama
Special Thanks: My parents, my family for believing in me, my club Negative Camber, David Jackman, Brandon Brewka, Doug Lundy, Greg Simmons, Mark Page, Clay Ide, and my wife, Kelly, for her help and support

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