Mazda B1600

Owner: Lo­ca­tion: Ro­torua Oc­cu­pa­tion: Ac­coun­tant

NZ Performance Car - - Daily Driven -

Hey, Brad. Why did you pick an old Mazda B1600 for your daily-driver?

Brad: Hi, guys. I only bought it back in Fe­bru­ary this year and had been look­ing for an old Mazda ute to add to the col­lec­tion for a while. Plus, the wife was get­ting sick of her car get­ting nicked to be used as my parts wagon, so this filled the job nicely.

So, you have a few old-school cars then? Is there some­thing you pre­fer about the oldies over mod­ern ex­am­ples?

I’ve al­ways been a strong be­liever of ‘there’s no cool like the old school’. They are a lot eas­ier to work on, too; no deal­ing with com­put­ers or elec­tron­ics, etc. I just like the clas­sic style, ya know? I’ve also got a Mazda RX-7 and a Toy­ota Corona.

It does have that clas­sic charm to it. Have you touched much on it?

The ba­sics — made it a lit­tle lower, chucked on the white­walls; tinted the win­dows; ti­died up the in­te­rior, chas­sis, and en­gine bay; then fixed a lit­tle rust.

Does she still func­tion nicely for tow­ing and lug­ging parts around in the tray?

Just as well as the day she rolled off as­sem­bly, that’s the best part about it. I can still load the tray up and tow my other cars with­out any is­sues.

A bit of ex­tra power would prob­a­bly help with that too, huh?

When the mo­tor gives up, she will get bit of a power up­grade, ei­ther in the form of a 13B turbo or maybe some­thing dif­fer­ent like a V6 turbo. For now, though, I’ll keep her stock as my daily-driver.

With those de­cals, we have to ask, do you re­ally own a chop shop?

[Laughs] Nah — al­though, I have bit of a hobby buy­ing and sell­ing Mazda parts to fund my car ad­dic­tion, and the name ‘Kiff’s Chop Shop’ be­came the run­ning fam­ily joke. As a laugh, I de­cided to get a logo made up and put it on the doors; plus, it adds to the old-school char­ac­ter of the ute.

Nice one, Brad, she’s a beaut.

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