If you know Big Rob personally, then you know the "big" part is much more than just a nickname—he really is a sizable dude. He does have a big boy Chevy dualie project in the works to match his 6'4", 335lb stature, but he's been cooking up a smaller side dish that he just finished not too long ago.
The Hardbody on these pages has been a two-year work in progress, but when we asked Rob why he chose to finish his mini before his dualie, he responded, "I've been into minitrucks since boomerang antennas, and I've always loved Nissans—the bodyline is just sexy."
Being a rebuild, the truck's reincarnation wasn't too bad of a process according to Rob. "During the final days when everything was starting to come together, friends stopped by to help without me even asking. That's how you know who your real pals are."
Now that this build is officially in the books, Rob took a second to tell us a little more behind his motivation.
"I built the Nissan my way, not by trendy ideas, and I wouldn't change a thing about it. It's not about trophies or being able to say ‘My truck is better than yours.' This whole thing is about good times, good friends, and custom trucks."
And believe me, you don't want to find yourself in disagreement with big, bad Rob.
Owner: "Big" Rob Brown
Ride: 1996 Nissan Hardbody
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Club: Twisted Koncepts
18x8 TSW Jarama silver (front) 20x8.5 (rear)
215/35/18 Nankang (front) 225/30/20 (rear)
Slam Specialties 'bags, Toyota hubs, five-lug conversion
Slam Specialties 'bags, Pete and Jake's four-link
Upper ball joints re-angled, triangulated lower arms
Monroe (front) / Toxic (rear)
AVS switch box, scuba tank in bed
2x3 frame from firewall back
Frame serves as air tank, painted satin black front to back
Taillights, antenna, hood squirters, wiper cowl, keyholes, third brakelight
3-inch stock floor
Taillights molded to top of rear cab, added bodyline under door handle
Brad Roper and Casey Brisson
Brand & Colors:
House of Kolor Brandywine Kandy over black base
No fancy paint booth needed
Painted inserts, black ultra plush carpet, full tweed wrap
Mids & Highs:
Kicker 5-1/4 and 4-inch coaxial
Kicker 12-inch CVT
DEI five-channel hybrid
Owner and Big Chris
Summit Racing 10-inch air cleaner
'89 Toyota conversion
Metalworks Fab custom overflow
Owner and Hellbent Kustoms
Special Thanks From Owner
"R.I.P. Mom and Dad, thanks to my sons Amir and Aidan, my wife Quisha, Brad Roper, Casey, Big Chris, Trevor at MetalWorx, Twisted Koncepts, Pebble Pushers, East Coast Nomads, and B.M.T.'s worldwide!"