OWNER: Walter Lamb
RIDE: 1993 Nissan Hardbody
HOMETOWN: Franklinville, NC
CLUB: Severed Ties
When a minitrucker buys a truck with intentions of building a top-to-bottom show-winner, normally there is a game plan of sorts.
Yet, sometimes when that plan gets executed, the owner still isn't happy with the result, so he tears into the truck again. That's exactly what Walter Lamb did with this 2003 Nissan Hardbody. He built it to plan, then redid it again and again. This truck has actually been painted five different times and had the interior redone four times. You can envision your outcome all you want, but if you don't get it right the first time around the only option is to tear it all back apart and start over. Luckily for us, Walter kept it together long enough for us to get a few photos of it in this "finished" state. While doing all of the rebuilds, Walter points out that it takes the help of plenty of friends to actually accomplish the build.
To best explain the progress of this truck, we decided to let the owner tell us the phases:
"The first thing I did was lower the truck with 4-inch blocks and cranked down torsion bars. Next came some new wheels. Then I installed a fiberglass camper shell and cut a walk-through to make room for a huge stereo. Next I wanted a lower look so I installed a set of Stillen ground effects and had the truck painted a grape purple and still wasn't happy with it. I sent the truck back to the body shop several different times having door handles shaved, smoothing in the ground effects, and so on. After changing the paint and interior twice, I still wasn't happy. I had the truck media blasted and repainted with a custom chameleon and chameleon flame paintjob and tweed interior. By this time, body-dropped trucks were the way to go so I removed the ground effects, torsion bars, and leaf springs. I installed Belltech drop spindles and 'bag brackets from West Coast Customs with 2,500-pound Firestone 'bags up front, and an 8-inch C-notch and custom bridge in the rear. Next, we installed a custom five-link made from solid 1-inch hexagon stock and 2,600-pound Firestone 'bags in the rear. Now that the frame was laying flat, I cut the cab and bed for a 2 3/4-inch traditional bodydrop. Next the truck was sent back to the body shop to be repainted with chameleon and flames again. While in the paint shop I decided to have the taillights, tailgate, and roll pan shaved and molded into the rear. I showed the truck for a couple years, redoing the interior one more time, this time with black and grey suede and a custom rolled dash with Dolphin gauges, a fiberglass center console, and a few other custom fiberglass parts. Finally, I was happy with the interior. But I decided it was time to change up the paint one more time, so that's what you see here."
Wow, that's a lot of changes through the years, but the final outcome was well worth the wait. Check out the Lowdown for more info on all of the current mods, but hurry-we have a feeling it will probably change soon!
18-inch Panther Juice
Front Suspension: WCC 'bag brackets
Rear Suspension: 8-inch C-notch, custom five-link
Airbags: Front: Firestone 2,500-pound Rear: Firestone 2,600-pound
Spindles: Belltech 2-inch drop
Valves: 3/8-inch gold valves
Compressors: 110 Thomas
Air Line: 3/8-inch stainless steel
Air Accessories: Six switches
Frame Mods: 8-inch C-notch
Performed By: Owner
Door handles, gas lid, taillights, tailgate
Traditional 2 3/4-inch
Chrome Toyota two-wheel drive bumper, phantom billet grille
Sir Michaels roll pan and tailgate skin
Grant Kustoms taillight fillers
Auto Body Shop in Asheboro, NC
Brand and Colors: House of Kolor Stratto Blue, Orion Silver, Planet Green and Nova Orange
Style: Flames with true fire inside and out
Airbrushing: By Reggie Robbins
Performed By: Nick Wilson from Randleman, NC
1994 Toyota Paseo with no headrest
Black suede and grey ostrich inserts
Rolled sheetmetal covered in black and gray suede
Stock covered in black and grey suede with raised flame graphics
Stock covered in gray suede with raised flame graphics
Nick Wilson from Randleman N.C.
Mids & Highs:
6 1/2-inch Alpine Type R components
Amplifier for Mids & Highs:
Two 12-inch Alpine Type Rs
Amplifier for Subwoofers:
7 1/2-inch flipdown monitor
Slot ported box wrapped in black suede, fiberglass door speaker pods
Nick Wilson from Randleman, NC
Rearend Type: Stock narrowed 3 inches
Detail Work: Painted valve cover with chrome breather
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Nick Wilson, Anthony Green, Brad Mayo, Reggie Robbins, and all of Severed Ties."