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  • 1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab - Construction Zone - October 2002

1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab - Construction Zone - October 2002

Assault This!

Lance Martz
Oct 1, 2002
Photographers: Mike Finnegan, Justin Cross
Photo 2/5   |   1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab left Side View
Welcome to yet another primered appearance of The Construction Zone. We hope that by seeing more unfinished rides in the raw you'll come up with some new ideas of your own to complete the ride that's collecting cobwebs in your garage. We can definitely use your help to get the word out that every show-stopper was once a primer and guidecoat-covered beast with mods galore. If you have a ride that's not quite done but makes you want to shave, suicide, or chop something every month, then peep out the photos we use here for The Zone and snap some of your own. You may find yourself among the few, the proud, the unpainted. We wish you the best of luck and ingenuity until your own ride is painted and taking Best Of trophies. Now sit back and check out the newest inductees into The Construction Zone.
OWNER'S NAME: Scott Vann
Year & MAKE: '86-1/2 {{{Nissan}}} Hardbody King Cab
LOCATION: Valdosta, Georgia
Photo 3/5   |   1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab front Left View
17x7.5-inch '02 Cadillac Escalade wheels with Nitto P215/40ZR17 radial tires.
Include the shaved door handles, a shaved tailgate handle, shaved hood squirts, flared bed sides, a shaved Toyota front bumper, 4x4 front fenders, a smooth rear sheetmetal skin, a custom-built hood skin, a 3-inch body drop, a custom-built dash, a flip-up gauge panel in the center dash, and a wrap-around interior in progress.
Scott did all of the custom suspension work on his truck himself, saving a bundle of dough in the process. The work that brought the truck down includes bolting up a pair of DJM lowered control arms and installing Firestone 2500 air springs actuated via some slow manual valves that Scott can't wait to exchange for faster equipment. The rear was lowered by reducing the original leaf spring pack to a single leaf to get negative lift out of the original suspension (or what's left of it), and the frame was notched. To control bumps in the road, Scott installed much shorter Toxic shocks up front, and he has yet to install anything to damp the shock that the 'bags and the mono-leaf setup receives out back.
Photo 4/5   |   1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab truck Bed
Scott has already installed a polished billet steering wheel, a tribal-flamed headliner and door panels, a wrap-around interior of his own design, and has added a pair of billet window cranks and reupholstered bucket seats wrapped by Weeks Auto Trim in Adel, Georgia, to the mix.
The truck's main source of power, the battery, was relocated to the bed of the truck. The truck's new custom taillight fillers from Grant Fabrication were made to match the interior design, as well as the flamed tint on the windows of the truck.
Project Notes
Scott has already managed to make it to a number of high-profile shows with his truck since it went under the knife. The most memorable moment of his truck's buildup has been the body drop that happened in his one-car garage.
Photo 5/5   |   1986 Nissan Hardbody King Cab dash
Special Thanks
To Scott's girlfriend Kim for her help and putting up with the long nights he's spent in that tiny ass garage and for making those all-important beer runs. Scott also thanks friends Wes, Laura, Alan, and Brian for all of their help and new ideas they've come up with.
Project Completion Date
The truck is slated to be painted using silver as the base color and should have graphics on it by the time you see it next.



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