A neat ‘n tidy, low-slung van is truly a thing of beauty in that it encompasses both clean lines as well as functionality.
In other words, it looks awesome and you know you can fit all kinds of goodies inside what with all the space.
Entrepreneur Moosa Jacobs from Kenwyn is known on the scene for the awesome bakkies he has built over the years, but now he’s bringing us something new.
The owner of MAD Styling in Grassy Park tells Bobby Nitro that his love for cars came naturally, saying: “I always loved engines, having grown up going with my dad to the races. I learned to drive at around 12 years old and was fascinated by various engines. I took a particular interest in modifications, trying out unique or different modifications and I was fortunate to possess innate skills and a passion to do this.”
Asked why the shift to Quantum, he says: “I love my bakkies, always will, but I also love being agile and trying out new, unique projects. Especially those projects you do not see much of every day. You hardly spot a souped-up quantum on the streets.”
That’s true, Bobby knows of only one other on the scene. This particular van arrived at Moosa’s as stock standard but without the windows or seating. Moosa says: “It looked hideous, to be honest, but I spotted the potential.”
Mods included lowering the van and fitting it with a set of 19-inch signature Lenso Speed 6 mags wrapped with 215/35/19 rubber. For those who appreciate this, they are some of the few retro styles that are still very collectible. The side windows were cut and fitted and tinted with smash and grab window film as well as automatic window closes.
Moosa says: “I colour coded the bumpers and fitted LED lights all round. The front bumper was sprayed and fitted. I wanted that bad boy look in the front, therefore modified the bonnet and included a custom grille.”
As a nice extra, the mirrors are custom, one-of-a-kind new Hilux gd6 mirrors that close up when the vehicle is alarmed. The van has also been decatted and has stage 1 software.
But it’s on the inside where we really get a glimpse of Moosa’s speciality trade. Interior mods include the roof lining, carpets and, of course, the MAD Styling sound system. The sound system consists of a Navtech 10-inch multimedia head unit and three sets of splits parametric. Two by 15-inch subs for the low down and a custom made box houses the Targa amplifiers.
Taking it up a level, sound deadening was installed through all the panels and roof and the wiring is zero gauged.
He says: “I use the van to promote the work MAD Styling does and for those quick getaways. It’s also my daily drive. I am always looking for ways to improve, yes, and if any exciting ideas come to mind, I will include it. I would like to change the van’s colour in due time.”
Asked who he admires in the car scene, Moosa says: “It would have to be the muscle car builders from Bitchin’ Rides because they are perfectionists.”