1979 Datsun 620 - Death Machine

Richard Cabeza
Mar 1, 2012
Contributors: Wes "Wolfgang" McCrea
Photographers: Lindsay Freeman
Very few people would want to own, let alone ride, in a death trap like this. It's loud, it's ugly, it's rusty, and on top of all that, it's beat to hell. Enter Wes "Wolfgang" McCrea. This guy had balls big enough to take ownership of this metal misfit built by Mike Partyka. But just owning the devil Datsun wasn't good enough for him—he wanted to drive it into the ground. And that's exactly what he did. "I have to take this opportunity to mention my buddy Dennis ‘Shorty' Howard or he will kick my ass," Wes says. "He did a 200-mile hell trip with me in this truck when it was 120 degrees out." Gosh darn, Arizona heat is no joke!
Photo 2/6   |   1979 Datsun 620 Death Machine side View
Now that's a ride that's sure to stick for a lifetime—if you survive it, that is.
Owner: Wes "Wolfgang" McCrea
Ride: 1979 Datsun 620
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: Six-lug steelies (front) / four-lug steelies (rear)
Tires: 195/75/14

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Triple cantilever and torsion setup with Slam Specialties RE7 'bags
Suspension (rear): 280Z IRS shocks on cantilever and Slam Specialties RE7 'bags
Control Arms: One-off tubular
Shocks: Only in the rear and blown to hell
Compressor(s): Two Viair 380s
Frame Mods: Full back-half, mini cage for a firewall
Performed By: Mike Partyka
Photo 3/6   |   1979 Datsun 620 Death Machine rear Angle
Body Modifications
Shaved: "Yeah, I shaved today."
Bodydrop: Total of 5 1/2 inches
Body Mods: 2-inch section of the body, 4-inch chop, 10-inch bob on the rear of bed
Bolt-ons: "LOL!"
Performed By: Mike Partyka

Brand & Colors: Clearcoat only
Performed By: "I can’t point a finger, not too sure."

Seats: Honda buckets covered with flags for now
Dash: Two big-ass spiked cantilever arms pointed right at your goodies
Gauges: "These are for the weak—only a dual-needle air gauge."
Misc.: One-off pedal assembly, all three pedals are only 2 inches long and the face area is about the size of a thumbprint, and only 3/4 inch of throw each. Gas from the top, clutch from the bottom, and brakes from the LEFT.
Performed By: Mike Partyka
Photo 4/6   |   1979 Datsun 620 Death Machine shifter
Head Unit: "I can’t even hear myself think in this thing let alone any tunes!"

Engine: Stock
Transmission: Five-speed
Rearend Type: 280Z
Detail Work: Paint-matched valve cover, air cleaner, and oil filter. Pitchfork oil dipstick, PBR coolant catch can
Performed By: Mike Partyka and owner
Photo 5/6   |   1979 Datsun 620 Death Machine engine
Special Thanks From Owner
"Most important thanks to the creator and builder of this truck, Mike Partyka. You are a crazy bastard. Fester’s Garage for all the help, Mouse’s Kustom Fab, Superior Auto Sound for keeping me employed so I can pay my tickets, Surface DVD, and Alex from The Shop."
Photo 6/6   |   1979 Datsun 620 Death Machine rear Suspension



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