One look at Chris Gilder’s ’92 Mazda B2600i and you’ll realize this truck is a true standout in a very small sea of true one-of-a-kind builds. First of all, it’s been converted to a righthand drive. Who does that, just for the hell of it? Chris did. And have you seen the frame? It’s one hell of a build, but more so, one hell of a story to tell.
For Chris, who grew up riding BMX bikes and hanging out at his grandfather’s garage, all it really took was a couple of new kids moving into his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, to turn his life in a completely new direction: customizing cars. “I became intrigued,” he says. “My life turned into everything Honda, and I spent a lot of my spare time working on a handful of Civics. I always had a love for low trucks and custom paint, but I didn’t know how to weld and didn’t have a garage.” Chris did all his wrenching in apartment complex parking lots but knew he would eventually need a garage if he was going to transition into crafting more involved builds. Once he got into a house, there was no looking back. Chris began teaching himself how to weld, and though he admits he really had no idea what he was doing, he knew he wanted to build a mini-truck. “I snagged this truck for $900 and within a few weekends, it was ’bagged. I fell in love with Mazdas immediately once I started ripping into this truck. The body lines and interior cab space make it the best-looking mini, in my opinion.”
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