1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Show Stopper
This is hands down one of the most unique vehicles running around the Japanese Classics shop. Obviously this is a USDM vehicle that was originally picked up by one of our techs as a kick around work truck, but like everything around here that was short lived. After about 600 hours worth of work you wind up with this one of a kind, show winner, unlike anything else on the road. Starting with the front is a hand build shark nose with extended fenders peaking at a hair over 10". This alone gives the front end a crazy profile that makes it nearly unrecognizable. The massive FRP flares extend all the way around the truck and down into the custom front valance. The flares are 4" wide at the top and extend 6" in front of the rear wheel wells to fit the polished 3 piece wheels. Up front are a set of 15x8.5 +0 and out back are 15x10 -38. The suspension has just gone through a full overhaul with new springs, shocks, tie rods, ball joints, sway bar end links, and control arms. The end result is a 4" drop up front and 5" out back yet with enough clearance that it can still be daily driven. The bed has been fully shaved with simply the Falken logo frenched in. The trick is that the logo is cut and backlit to serve as your turn signals, brake lights, and reverse lights. To boot four additional "F" logos have been cut out in the side of the bed and the door panels. Each logo can also be light up in purple along with the matching beacon light mounted in the cab. In keeping with the exaggerated body lines a metal roof spoiler and wing were integrated. Underneath all the race inspired stickers is a hand laid and painted livery that extends all the way through the door jambs and on the door panels. The base coat is Toyota Supra Super White (040) and top is Dodge Header Orange (PL4).
The interior has been revamped with a new set of Subaru Cross Sport buckets and a custom matching orange carpet. The interior of the Mighty Max was generally pretty sparse but well maintained. An updated Kenwood single din was fitted to make trips around town a bit more pleasant. All of the gauges function as they should and are easy to read. The cabin space is surprisingly abundant for being such a small truck. At 6' 2" I can comfortable sit without feeling like I'm cramped up against the wheel.
Mechanically the truck has been left all original since the 4G64 is a notoriously robust platform. The 2.4 liter fires right up and is noticeable thanks to the side exit exhaust. The single exhaust is routed up through the bed (and heat wrapped) through a dual exit muffler so it's no overbearing. While there haven't been any power upgrades the entire truck was overhauled to make it reliable as the day it was new. The brakes just received a full rebuild consisting of calipers, pads, rotors, drums, seals, and wheel bearings. One of the other big ticket repairs were a new clutch, linkage, shifter, input shaft, and flywheel. A full fluid flush was just performed consisting of the oil, trans, brake, rear diff, and coolant. To keep things running well we just put in a new battery, plugs, wires, distributor cap, and belts. While the odometer reads 195K miles this Mighty Max has seriously been rebuilt from the ground up. This little truck has been driven to shows all over the East Coast and is yet to enter a show that it didn't take top honors in. Finding this level of originality and unparalleled craftsmanship is hard pressed these days. The little Mighty Max seriously packs a lot of punch.