When we first arrived at the Port Messe, Nagoya… the venue of Autolegend, we’re awed as soon as we hit the car park. It was our very first time coming to Autolegend let alone Nagoya and it was by chance we managed to get the job as it turned out our competitor for the job was a prominent production house in Japan. Jeo must have been sleeping with lady luck for the past few months to ensure that we get the job instead.
There were quite a number of rides that caught our eyes that very day… and it was only preparationn day, a day before the opening of Autolegend. It was as if we moved back 20 years or more as most of the rides were manufactured back in late 80s and older. It was as if we’ve landed in custom rides’ tengoku.
Nevertheless, the huge custom scoop on this particular ride took my breath away. It was huge and what makes it more surprising, it’s a drag machine… built on a GB122 Datsun pick-up or better known as the Sunny Truck in most part of the world. The huge scoop were built to encase a humongous throttle and custom plenum well planted on an inline-six VQ35DE instead of a weakling 1.2cc of the stock A12 engine, whooping a staggering 380hp on a light weight chassis. Prior to this the Datsun pick-up had an SR20 transplant and with the VQ35DE taking the centre stage, apart from dosages of NOS, the owner still have a few more tricks up on his sleeves before he’ll be satisfied with it.
The Datsun pick-up is utterly a drag machine. It has been fully spot welded with roll cage strengthening the whole set-up. Suspension set-up is a custom one-off thingy and being a drag machine doesn’t mean that the owner don’t give a frat about looks as it sits rather low on a pair of 15-incher Weds at the front and Work Meister CR-01 at the rear, wrapped in drag-spec tires.
The entire set-up of this puck-up turned drag machine is quite a marvel. Radiator was placed behind at the bed and fed with fresh air from a scoop underneath the pick-up. Apart from the radiator, battery and racing fuel cell were also placed behind at the bed, all sealed up with aluminum plates. Quick-release clips were fitted to ensure easy accessibility whenever they need to.
As the young chap, who looks rather young and well-built for a Japanese instead of those K-pop physique cranks the engine, the sheer growl of the pick-up had it dancing the Harlem shake at every throttle. Music to our ears even though it does takes it toll, I’m a step further to being deaf and it has been confirmed by my wife who had to repeat at least three times to get a response from me.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims, Jeo & hage’
VQ35DE engine, 3.5L inline six, nitrous oxide, custom big-arse throttle, custom NOS injectors, custom extractor manifold, custom scoop beneath the truck, custom side exhausts, radiator and battery relocated to back, 380hp, 11-second pick-up on the strip.
Custom one-off design
15” Weds wheels (front), 15” Work Meister CR-01s (rear), Drag-spec rubbers.
NISSAN 6-pot calipers (front)
NISSAN 4-pot calipers (rear)
Fully spot-welded chassis, custom aluminum vented bed cover, quick-release clips, custom spoiler
Fully caged, interior stripped, custom aluminum meter panel, drag-spec steering wheel