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1977 Datsun 620 - What's Cookin'

Mooneyes Minitruck Tribute

Mike Alexander
May 1, 2010
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Owner: Akihiro Misono
Ride: 1977 Datsun 620
Hometown: Marita City, Japan
Photo 2/11   |   1977 Datsun 620 rear Left View
Mooneyes has had a huge impact on the entire automotive culture over the last few decades and they continue to keep the custom culture alive both here in the states and abroad.
Here in the US, the custom automotive culture spawned in sunny Southern California and quickly spread throughout the country. This custom crowd multiplied and many brands and companies have come and gone throughout the decades. As spread out and saturated as the automotive industry may seem, Mooneyes still plays a vital role in the custom community and has upheld the traditions of years past.
Akihiro Misono from Narita city, Japan wanted to honor the vital role that Mooneyes has played in the automotive industry. So "Chef" built this 1977 Datsun 620 using mostly Mooneyes parts to be the minitruck that he knew they would build. Misono was the head Chef at Mooneyes Café for years and has always been into both American food, and American style customs. So beginning with a very classy and simple custom theme, Misono ended up building himself one cool cruiser with the taste and style of a pro!
Photo 3/11   |   1977 Datsun 620 custom Interior
Sticking to the plan of using mostly Mooneyes parts, and keeping a simple and clean custom theme, Misono opted to stick to the basics. A super slammed stance, a clean and light single color, an old school interior, and Mooneyes wheels, complete the perfect tribute to the automotive custom culture that Mooneyes has continued to support through the years. Both Misono and Mini Truckin' magazine would like to thank Shige Suganuma, president of Mooneyes U.S.A. and Mooneyes Japan for keeping the dream alive for generations to come. For more information on "Chef's" killer Datsun check out the specs listed in the Lowdown.
Photo 4/11   |   1977 Datsun 620 steering Wheel
Rolling Attire
Wheels: Mooneyes Speed Master, 17x7s
Tires: 205/40ZR17s
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Air
Suspension Rear: Air on IRS from Nissan Skyline R32 GTS
Shocks: Toxic
Compressors: Thomas
Air Accessories: Firestone 'bags in front, air cylinders in rear
Frame Mods: Back-halved to match IRS crossmember from Nissan Skyline
Brakes: Four-piston caliper and rotor from Cedric Nissan in front, rear is disc brakes from Nissan Skyline
Misc.: 12-gallon fuel cell
Performed By: B-DASH in Sanbu City, Japan
Photo 5/11   |   1977 Datsun 620 front Right View
Body Modifications
Shaved: Side markers on fender, door handles, wiper cowl, bed hooks, tailgate
Body-dropped: 2-1/2 inches
Body Mods: Big back window from Datsun King cab
Bolt-ons: Streebeat rag top
Misc.: Ford-style LED teardrop taillights, custom made rollpan, three pointed headlight rings on Xenon headlights, Bellflower-style exhaust tips, front airdam skirt
Performed By: B-DASH in Sanbu City, Japan
Brand and Colors: Beige, solid color
Performed By: B-DASH in Sanbu City, Japan
Seats: Third seat from Chevrolet Suburban, wrapped red with tuck 'n' roll style
Dash: Custom made dashmat tuck 'n' roll style
Gauges: Mooneyes tach and fuel gauges
Misc.: Budnik steering wheel, Genie shifter, pinup girl shift knob, custom made switch box built using Mooneyes fuel block
Performed By: B-DASH in Sanbu City, Japan
Head Unit: Kenwood
Mids and Highs: Orion
Engine: Nissan SR20DE
Transmission: 5-speed Nissan Silvia (240SX in US)
Rearend Type: IRS from Nissan Skyline
Performed By: B-DASH in Sanbu City, Japan
Special Thanks from Owner:
"My wife Yukiko, my family and friends, Takuji from No Regrets, Mooneyes, and my builder B-DASH. Also to Makoto from Truck Trends and Mini Truckin' magazine for the support."


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