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Sleeping with the Fishes
The first time I met Mitchell was at the local car meet and there was his Scion XB looking clean and standing out from the rest of the pack. I walked around the event but in the back of my head I wanted to find the owner to give him credit for a clean build. As I made my rounds I ended up seeing Mitchell, the owner, standing by his car. I struck up a conversation about his car as the meet was ending. On my drive back home I couldn’t stop thinking about Mitchell’s car and wondering if he would be up for a photo shoot. A few weeks later, my buddy Paul Holst sent me a text saying he contacted Mitchell about snapping some pictures of his car and stated Mitchell was all for it. He then asked if I was up to tag along with him to shoot the XB; without any hesitation I said,” hell ya”.
Mitchell is no stranger at doing clean builds. Before the Scion he built a 91’ slammed Nissan hard body pickup truck; which was possessed with all the right personality in the Mini truck world. Therefore, going from a truck to a box was no different.
Today we met up with Mitchell and his masterpiece. First stop Percy Priest Dam; which is never a bad place to shoot a car. The gods seem to be on our side as we had all the factors in place: sun, weather and location.
After a few hours of snapping shots at the dam, we ended up chatting with a cool old man who owned a BMW Z3. He was captivated with Mitchell’s car how low it is. The greatest part was the old man was dumb founded trying to figure out how a smaller tire fits on a wider wheel without trashing the lip.
The next stops on our adventure were an old dealership and a grave yard. My thoughts are there is nothing more fitting then seizing the dead along with a sexy Scion. I was hoping zombies would make an appearance, but I’m guessing they were all catching up with episodes of the “Walking Dead”.
As the day wound down we said our good byes while thinking that what a great Saturday.
Mitchell XB specs:
08 silver scion xb
18×9.5 +20 offset
Air ride, UAS AIRBAGS over McPherson struts upfront, Airlift Airbags outback
Air management by viair 240 and viair 2 gallon tank 1/4 lines.
All controlled by old school APC manual push button valves.
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Written by Anthony Laney
Photos by Paul Holst