Daniel Dennison has been into the minitruck scene heavily for more than 15 years. He's already had a few builds under his belt, which he creates as fast as he can once they're in his hands. When Daniel picked up his Nissan, he realized a couple of things. First, he should have started with a complete truck. Second, he would go crazy nuts on this truck, until he had built a truly one-of-a-kind creation. Everything, even down to the paint, needed to be customized and one-off.

When he started his project '88, the Nissan was nothing more than a cab and a frame. To Daniel, this meant the obvious spot to start would be chopping the top. He didn't go crazy, but he modified it just enough to be very noticeable. Along the way, Daniel began to pick up more and more parts for his project.

Somewhere along the line, Daniel decided he didn't need things, such as a regular roof; but he didn't want a convertible either. So, he put a big hole in it. He also wanted to lose that pesky back window, because it was pretty much worthless. Then, Daniel decided he didn't need a real interior. This was where things went crazy, because before he knew it, it was all metal. Even down to the seats.

No chopped and 'dropped truck is complete without a body-drop. For a really mean and lean look, Daniel 'dropped his truck to the rockers. A little nip here, a tuck there, and the creation could have come from a surgeon's mind. When it came time to paint it, Daniel didn't have to look very far for inspiration. It seems Daniel had some gloves in the shop that were a crazy Smurf-looking blue. So, he took the gloves to the paint store, and the rest is history, as far as that's concerned.

To this day, we've never seen another truck look more like its name than this truck: a Hardbody. Considering almost everything on this truck is metal, it is certainly hard.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18-inch Mazzi Sphnyx
Tires (Front/Rear): Kumho 215/35R18

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air Ride
Front suspension: Control arms
Rear suspension: Reverse four-link
Airbag: (Front): Firestone 2500lb (Rear): Firestone 2600lb
Control arms: Lowered 2 inches
Spindles: 2-inch drop spindles
Shocks: Toxic drop shocks
Valves: Parker 1/2-inch
Compressors: Thompson 335
Air line: 1/2-inch lines
Air accessories: 10 switchbox
Frame mods: Monster notch air tank frame
Gas tank: 10-gallon stainless fuel cell by RCI
Detail work: Bent tubing connecting frame to air tank, paint, and hand pinstriping
Performed by: Owner Daniel Dennison
City/state: Maynardville, TN

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, wipers, wiper cowl, squirters, antenna, taillights, signal lights, windows, rear window, mirrors, front bumper, bed interior, and gas door
Body-dropped: 4 inches
Chopped: 3.75 inches
Front end: '95 Nissan fenders and hood, 2WD Toyota bumper and valance
Back end: Combo skin
Taillights: Custom
Suicide doors: Yes
Exterior bolt-ons: Billet grille
Misc.: Open top, hood cutouts
Performed by: Owner Daniel Dennison
City/state: Maynardville, TN

Paint
Brand and colors: Diamont clear basecoat, custom-mixed blue
Style: Clear base
Pinstriping: Retro hand pinstriping
Performed by: Owner Daniel Dennison and pinstriping by Pioneer Pinstriping
City/state: Knoxville, TN

Interior
Seats: 16-gauge sheetmetal
Material: Sheetmetal
Dash: Custom sheetmetal
Door panels: Custom sheetmetal
Center console: Custom sheetmetal
Flooring: Custom sheetmetal
Headliner: None, open top
Misc.: Colorado custom steering wheel, Hurst shifter, and billet interior door handles
Performed by: Owner Daniel Dennison
City/state: Maynardville, TN

Special Thanks By Owner:
To my wife Cami for her financial support, ideas, and to Skrill and Squirrel for their late-night support in the garage.

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