2MoDays

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

If at first you can’t sell your ’98 Nis­san Fron­tier, keep it and build it bet­ter

The life of a mini-trucker isn’t all about par­ty­ing and ex­cite­ment—it’s also about change. As mini-truckin’ is one of the big­gest and most ex­cit­ing life­styles, own­ers of mini-trucks of­ten­times buy and sell their rides to get some­thing dif­fer­ent and start over. Benji Har­less of May­nardville, Ten­nessee, first be­came aware of the lifestyle at the young age of 15, when he and his fa­ther, Briscoe, at­tended an an­tique car show and saw a mini-truck pull up. “I was driv­ing a 4x4 Toy­ota truck, and the minute I saw my first mini, it changed me,” Benji tells Truckin. “I em­braced the lifestyle im­me­di­ately.”

His foray into the mini world started with a Chevy S-10, and he even­tu­ally sold his Toy­ota for the funds to bag it. Benji met and got en­gaged to his now-wife, Emily, and sub­se­quently sold the Chevy to be able to af­ford the en­gage­ment ring. Af­ter land­ing a good job as an as­sis­tant man­ager of a sport­ing goods store, Benji fo­cused his at­ten­tion and time on his new fam­ily and work. Of course, he be­gan itch­ing for an­other mini-truck, so he be­gan search­ing for some­thing new.

His fa­ther’s friend was sell­ing a bagged ’98 Nis­san Fron­tier, so Benji went to take a look and fell in love with it. The next day, he went back to pur­chase the Nis­san, and it was gone. He was heart­bro­ken and told his fa­ther he wasn’t able to pur­chase it. But when Benji pulled into his fa­ther’s drive­way the next day, the Fron­tier was there. His fa­ther had bought the mini as a sur­prise for him!

IF AT FIRST YOU CAN’T SELL IT, KEEP IT AND BUILD IT BET­TER

The next few years, Benji went through a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent styles on his Nis­san, un­til one day he ac­ci­den­tally backed over a curb and dam­aged the roll pan. He sent the mini to paint guru Joey Bandy, and they re­al­ized the bed wasn’t done prop­erly and once the truck was re­paired, the paint wouldn’t match up. De­jected, Benji started putting feel­ers out to sell the truck when a guy con­tacted him to pur­chase it for his fi­ancée (but he sud­denly backed out of the sale af­ter be­ing caught with an­other woman). Benji and his friends de­cided to af­fec­tion­ately name the truck 2MoDays, be­cause had the guy not been caught with his fin­gers in the cookie jar and stayed faith­ful for two more days, the truck would have been sold. Since Benji main­tained own­er­ship, he de­cided to be­gin a new face-lift of the Fron­tier by hav­ing Joey Bandy do a com­plete color change to Porsche Mint and a bright red and shav­ing the body. Once the paint and body were com­plete, Jonathan Chas­teen at Kus­tom Stitch in Knoxville, Ten­nessee, switched the black in­te­rior over to a bright red to match and added a ton of bil­let good­ies in the process. Cus­tom cuphold­ers were built into the cen­ter, and be­cause Benji doesn’t drink al­co­hol, he jokes and calls them Moun­tain Dew hold­ers. Benji wishes to thank God for all he has as well as his beau­ti­ful wife, Emily, for her sup­port. The big­gest grat­i­tude he has is to his fa­ther, Briscoe, for sur­pris­ing him with a truck he fell in love with. Although the ini­tial da­m­age had him look­ing for a new buyer for 2MoDays, he’s grate­ful things hap­pened the way they did. The name “wa­ter­melon” might fit the vis­ual ap­pear­ance bet­ter than the name Benji chose, but 2MoDays is a re­minder that any­thing can change, and he’s glad he held out on sell­ing the Fron­tier for those ex­tra days.

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