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scoobysmak 02-20-2012 09:15 AM

"Down N Out" the redo part I and II

Some may not be in the correct location or missing (a few I couldn't get off the site)

Well figured I had held out long enough. A few people here I have ran into over time but for others I will give a bit of history and leave my self a story so when I have an "oldtimers" moment I can go look it up. It began its life as a 1991 D21 SE V6 2wd, (see page 14 post #138 for the earliest pics I have if you so desire but on that same page is a spoiler alert for what it became later)

I got this truck back in 2001, my motivation was a truck called "Hell Raiser" from a 2001 issue of MT. The first couple of years I had it I did a static drop and most of the body work and picked up some 17" rims. I rolled like this until I took the truck and got it "juiced" 2 years later. At that point I was rolling 20s laying frame with the 5 lug swap (note to self: if you even think about wanting a body drop wait and do it all at once). A year after this I had an even greater itch for more power. I looked at my options and choose the SR20DET swap. I had not seen anyone do it a hardbody back in 2004, I am sure someone had by then but I had never ran across it. This is where it all goes down hill.

I got the motor imported to the shop doing the swap and 3 weeks later my truck was up on the lift and the old motor was out. I was like cool man, this will be bad when its done (little did I know not the bad meaning really cool). Well after they had my truck for almost a year I finaly got it back and it still didn't run right. These guys held some of the fastest US records for a toyota supra and figured they knew what they were doing. Besides feeling a little ill about my truck I still think if I had a supra they might be where I would go, just they will never touch my truck again unless its to just strap it to the dyno and see what shes got.

After all this I really didn't drive it for awhile just because I wasn't really happy with it any more but didn't have the money to fix it right. In 2006 about the time I got motivated to get back to it, I took a new job. Unfortuntately this lead to about 2 years of getting sent to different schools for the equipment we have, that left my truck sitting in the trailer for well...a long time. From 2006 until the end of 2009 the truck never touched mother earth.

After all that I was motivated and hit up a few shows in 2010 and scheduled an appointment to get the motor running right. I have had 2 shops just look at it, I even dropped it off to Batlground motorsports in Atl GA, paid a deposit and they had it for over a month. Never touched it, I swear I can't win on this thing. I did get my deposit back with no hassle but it was a dissapointment to load it back in the trailer knowing that it still has a problem.

I really wanted the motor running right before I went for a complete custom frame but with all the problems I have had so far I changed the order. I do have a shop that said I could drop it off with them after I get the frame done (these guys are known for drifting and built several SRs but I need everyone to cross there fingers for me anyway).

This will take a long to time finally complete but figure you guys would enjoy step one of the process. Just in case some people have not put two and two together the frame and work is getting done at Jimmy's Rod & Custom, this is the same person that started building the Titan dually.

This is what I got when you lift up the carpet, the SR20 computer will not reach under the passanger seat so it sat in the floor board.

Had to raise the floor so the driveshaft wont hit

And here is the frame, a few changes since this was taken but overall pretty much the same.

Ven 02-20-2012 12:05 PM

Cant wait to see the progression Scooby. No doubt in mind that it will be Siiick!

PROFIT KUSTOMS 02-20-2012 12:23 PM

Keep it going! any updates about the motor yet or no? I hate to hear about motor issues on massive projects

scoobysmak 02-21-2012 06:08 AM

I really won't have any updates on the motor until after the frame gets built. If the shop that is lined up to get it now backs out I might just do it myself. I would be able to get it running but the amount of time it will take me to hide all the wires and do it right, I would probably pull my hair out. Needless to say its cheaper to let someone that deals with it on a daily bases work on it than try and get hair replacement surgery done. If I do it, it will be a "pusher" or "roller" as some people might say for a minute...uh long minute, lol.

This is not really any different from the first pics I posted but figure some might like it

laylow 02-21-2012 07:04 AM

This sounds like a great build in progress! I can't believe you've had the truck for so long!

Any chance we could get a pic of what it looked like all together? And... Of the inspiration truck that got you into minis?

scoobysmak 02-21-2012 07:46 AM

It looked like pretty much every picture in my profile where my truck is tan, I have pictures later in this thread when I first got it almost. I have always been in to minis, I love the pre taco toyota's especially the 84-88 years but Nissans didn't hit me until after I saw the truck below. I know many other Nissans were before this one but I got hooked right here.

As for the inspiration that got me here, its a picture of a picture but you get the idea (April 2001 issue of MT)

scoobysmak 02-28-2012 09:53 AM

This is mainly a mock up but figure you can get the idea.

Bullitt_180sx 02-28-2012 11:06 AM

Keep going, want updates!

jcjcsoccerkid 02-28-2012 11:36 AM

lookin good!

Ven 02-28-2012 01:09 PM

Looking good man, keep the pics coming!

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