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1983 Nissan 720 - Greenback

Worth Every Cent

Josh Fleetwood
Oct 1, 2012
Photographers: Josh Fleetwood
Photo 2/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 audi Forrest Green Paint
For most guys who build their first mintruck, they use it as a learning experience, and that's just what Jesse Brown of Fort Worth, Texas, did with this Nissan 720. It all started out in 1996 when he and his friend David started working late into the night on both of their trucks. You see, Jesse was just starting his career as a mechanic and David was getting his feet wet as a bodyman. When they started building the truck, Jesse didn't really know the direction he wanted to go with his truck, he just knew what he liked. So, Jesse and David got underway by shaving everything that stood out or took away from the natural lines of the 720, then they went in and cut out all the truck's stock suspension.
Photo 3/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 engine
Like most minitruckers, laying the framerails is just not good enough these days. So Jesse took his work in progress to Ekstensive Metalworks for them to do the 21⁄2-inch bodydrop and all the sheetmetal work to help set the Nissan's rockers on the ground. After the guys at Ekstensive finished with their tasks, the truck made its back home for its first custom paint session.
Jesse drove his freshly dipped creation hitting up as may shows as he could and just plain getting his roll on. After seeing the wear and tear that was plaguing his truck, Jesse decided to take it all apart and give it a good going though. A new set of Slam 'bags found their way under the truck, and running from them were shiny copper hard lines. After finishing the suspension overhaul, the 720 was shipped off to Bill Seaton for a fresh paint, and after that, Cal's Top Shop spruced up the interior to where it is today.
With everything said and done, Jesse has to say the 10-year build has had its ups and downs. He's even had a few friends and family members disagree with the time and money he sank into his pride and joy but he wouldn't have it any other way.
Photo 4/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 shaved Tailgate
"He's even had a few friends and family members disagree with the time and money he sank into his pride and joy"
Photo 5/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 intro Twisted Vista Wheels
Owner: Jesse Brown
Ride: 1983 Nissan 720
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 17-inch Intro Twisted Vista
Tires: 215/40r17 Yokohama

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Slam Specialties 'bags
Suspension Rear: Parallel four-link
Control Arms: Tube with uniball from Dana Custom Fab
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Two Thomas compressors
Frame Mods:Custom crossmembers to layout, upper control arm brackets
Misc.: Reverse swing clutch pedal
Performed By: Owner, David, and Nick
Photo 6/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 rear Suspension
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate, taillights, side markers, bumper, bed seam, gas door, cowl panel, emblems, fire wall, keyholes and 8 bed hooks
Bodydrop: 2½ inches
Misc.: 10 LEDs
Performed By: Owner, David, and Ekstensive Metalworks

Brand and Colors: Audi Forest Green
Performed By: Bill Seaton

Seats: Honda CRX
Dash: Shaved and covered in tweed
Misc.: Custom center console, hand-built headliner, tweed and leather
Performed By: Cal's Top Shop
Photo 7/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 custom Steering Wheel
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids and Highs: Pioneer
Performed By: Owner

Engine: Factory '83 4-banger
Detail Work: Lots of chrome and powdercoating
Performed By: SP Coating

Special Thanks From Owner:
"To my family, wife Heather, and my friends David, Mike and Mar."
Photo 8/8   |   1983 Nissan 720 pioneer Headunit


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