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1997 Nissan Hardbody - Mary Jane

Phil Gordon
Jul 20, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
They say the greatest relationships begin with mutual bonds or interests. However, in the case of Tampa, Florida, resident Yolanda Ferraro once knew nothing about what is now her greatest passion. Eighteen years ago, Yolanda was introduced to Vince Ferraro and immediately fell in love with him. Vince was pretty well known in their area for building trucks. The two became inseparable, and Yolanda started going to all the truck events and learning about the culture. Of course, she eventually had to have her own truck.
Vince had already built himself a custom Nissan and thought it would be unique to have a his-and-hers Nissans. He located a partially built 1997 Nissan Hardbody. The truck wasn’t as clean and nice as Yolanda wanted, but it had the perfect shell to build upon. Vince took the Nissan by the reins. He redid the entire suspension and added an all-new ’bag suspension in his home shop. Vince began the bodywork, making sure all the bodylines were straight.
Photo 2/14   |   1997 Nissan Hardbody Rear Right
The next step was upgrading the engine. Vince chose the motor from a Nissan 240sx because of the increased torque. While the truck was getting the engine makeover, Vince decided to add a traditional bodydrop to the Nissan to lay out her new beauty. The cabin was next to get a makeover, as Vince updated the entire interior. Vince’s good friend Dale Meek lent a hand with the upholstery, and then the stereo system was installed.
Yolanda had complete control during the build, deciding each and every color to be added to the Hardbody, as well as the styles and material of the seats. As members of Relaxed Atmosphere, they have to maintain a level of superior build quality. Vince had the truck finished and completed in time for their 10th anniversary. Affectionately titled “Mary Jane,” the love interest in the Spiderman comics, Yolanda also gets her strength and passion through her loving husband Vince. “At its very first show, Mary Jane won the award for best paint,” Vince tells Truckin. “It’s not an easy task for a debut truck to win.”
Photo 3/14   |   1997 Nissan Hardbody Engine
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Nissan Hardbody Queen Cab
Owner and City/State: Yolanda Ferraro; Tampa, Florida
Club Affiliation: Relaxed Atmosphere
Front Suspension: 2-inch drop spindles, Slam Specialties SS-5 ’bags
Rear Suspension: Four-link, Slam Specialties SS-6 ’bags Dual Viair 380 compressors, 3/8-inch SMC valves, 5-gallon air tank
Shocks: Monroe shocks
Engine: KA24E from a 240SX, Edelbrock air cleaner, 2-inch straight exhaust to Thrush Turbo Muffler
Body/Paint: 3-inch body drop, shaved hood squirters, cowl, third brake light, door handles, tailgate with frenched license-plate holder, 4x4 front fenders, wheel tubs front and rear, smoothed inside of bed, black stained oak bed floor with hidden fuel tank fill
Paint: Full graphics using custom mixed Laffy Taffy Pink, Bubble Gum Pink, and White Pearl with barbed-wire pinstriping and custom airbrush
Interior: Smoothed and painted dashboard, diamond tuck two-tone seats and door panels by Dale Meek, new ACC carpet, full Dynamat headliner
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Phoenix Gold amplifier, two Kicker 10-inch subwoofers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x8; Eagle Alloys
Tires: 205/35R18, Sunny
Special Thanks From Owner: My husband Vince Ferraro, and anyone who has ever given the truck a compliment or thumbs up.