(1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max)
In the heart of Tennessee, where the spirit of persistence resonates, Justin Wyatt’s 1992 Custom Mitsubishi Mighty Max, aptly named “Tri-Star,” stands as a testament to his dedication and love for minitrucks. This is more than just a vehicle; it’s a story of passion, a 22-year journey of constant evolution, and a family legacy in the making.
The Genesis of Tri-Star
Justin purchased the Mighty Max at 15, two weeks shy of his 16th birthday. Originally lowered with a modest setup, this truck was destined for more. The name “Tri-Star” isn’t just a nod to Justin’s Tennessee roots; it symbolizes the three major phases of the vehicle’s transformation, each iteration outshining the last.
A Dream Molded in Steel and Sweat
Tri-Star reflects Justin’s inspiration drawn from the 90s minitrucks – an era marked by clean, straightforward designs. Unlike other fleeting interests, this Mighty Max was special, captivating Justin’s attention and remaining his “true love” through numerous automotive flirtations.
Under the Hood
Tri-Star’s heart is a 1995 Mitsubishi 2.4L engine, enhanced with Eagle rods and pistons, a bigger injector, and a custom-made air intake, among other mods. A balance shaft belt delete and a shaved head suggest Justin’s attention to both performance and detail. The vehicle breathes through NGK plugs and wires, staying cool with an aluminum radiator.
Stance and Style
The chassis, bagged all around with a 4 link and revamped crossmembers, showcases the truck’s formidable stance. The body, dropped 2.5 inches, paired with Firestone airbags and Belltech front shocks, ensures that Tri-Star doesn’t just look good – it rides well, too.
A Canvas of Audi Brilliant Red
The Mighty Max dazzles in an Audi Brilliant Red, a choice that exemplifies boldness and beauty. Details like the shaved door handles, custom-built tailgate, and a Mitsubishi Exliose hood bubble add uniqueness to its classic form.
Interior: A Mix of Function and Elegance
Inside, Tri-Star boasts a custom interior blending vinyl, suede, and VW Jetta plaid, anchored by a Pioneer BHT-280 head unit and Rockford Fosgate sound system. The mix of practicality and luxury creates an environment as thrilling as the truck’s exterior.
More Than Metal
The build, costing well beyond the initial $3300, is a secret Justin jests he might keep from his wife. But beyond the financials, it’s the personal connections – the thank-yous to family, friends, and club members from Negative Camber Worlds Lowest – that reveal the community and relationships built around Tri-Star.
The Road Ahead
Justin‘s future plans involve more than just maintaining Tri-Star. He dreams of passing on this legacy by building a Mitsubishi Mighty Max for his son, ensuring the flame of custom truck building burns across generations.
Tri-Star isn’t just a vehicle; it’s a narrative of perseverance, community, and familial bonds, masterfully woven around a 1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max. It’s a story of a man, a truck, and a relentless drive to create something timeless. Justin Wyatt, through his Tri-Star, doesn’t just show us how to build a truck; he shows us how to build a legacy.
Owned by: Justin Wyatt
Photos by: Chris Gosda