Owner: Location: Rotorua Occupation: Accountant
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.