’92 Mazda B2600i: The night watcher with the red ban­dana

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles were the craze in Amer­ica. Al­most ev­ery­thing green was re­ferred to as Ninja Tur­tle Green. When Jonas Tay­lor orig­i­nally pur­chased his ’92 Mazda B2600i, it was a bright green, and all his friends named it The Ninja Tur­tle. When he was a child, Jonas was ini­ti­ated into the truck scene by his fa­ther, Stan. He and his cousin Johnie were al­ways fas­ci­nated by the truck cul­ture.

Jonas and Johnie started a truck cus­tomiz­ing busi­ness called J&J Kus­toms and be­gan hon­ing their new­found truck tal­ents. Johnie was search­ing for a truck to use as a cre­ative bill­board to show­case what he could do, but he also wanted to drive it. For months, he looked through on­line ads, un­til he came across a Mazda mini for $500. Once Jonas ob­tained it, he ripped out the orig­i­nal sus­pen­sion and added a full air­ride sus­pen­sion.

The Mazda was swapped to a five-lug Toy­ota front and rear and was laid out on the Toy­ota axle. Of course, the out­side was still the ob­nox­ious green color. When Jonas be­gan do­ing some body­work and found the orig­i­nal color, he thought it was fit­ting to bring the Mazda back to the stock hue. A PPG Cinnabar Red was sprayed on by Anthony Holder (who added a lit­tle ex­tra mix, which he keeps a se­cret). Once the Mazda was painted, Jonas’ friends changed the nick­name from Ninja Tur­tle to Raphael be­cause of the color.

For the in­te­rior, Jonas got a deal on alu­minum bomber seats. Based on rec­om­men­da­tions from good friends Matthew Law­son and Greg Miller, he brought the truck to Gulf Coast Up­hol­stery for the in­te­rior wrap­ping.

Dur­ing the build process, Jonas was deal­ing with a se­ri­ous family emer­gency. Twenty days be­fore her sev­enth birth­day, his daugh­ter, Mar­ley, passed away from com­pli­ca­tions of a heart con­di­tion she was born with. “She was ev­ery­thing to me,” Jonas tells Truckin. “She loved this Mazda even more than me.” Jonas says the Raphael build was done in her honor, and he and his wife, Cal­lie, carry on their love for Mar­ley through the Mazda.

Jonas lost the mo­ti­va­tion for Raphael when Mar­ley passed, but he was even­tu­ally able to con­tinue the build to get his mind off things. Jonas wishes to thank his beau­ti­ful wife, Cal­lie, for her sup­port as well as their daugh­ters Celina and Cheyenne for their un­der­stand­ing. A spe­cial thanks to his par­ents Brenda and Stan for their love and for al­ways be­ing there. Raphael will al­ways be the best ninja tur­tle in the Tay­lor family.

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