1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody
Constantly scouring the globe to bring our readers the best of the best year after year is certainly no easy task.
We've traveled far and wide in search of the craziest minitrucks in the world to keep bringing the newest and most innovative rides right to your doorstep each and every month. And just when we thought that we'd seen it all, we stumbled across Koujiro Yoshii's 1989 Nissan Hardbody.
We first spotted Koujiro's Nissan a few years ago on a trip to the Truck Masters show in Tokyo, Japan. But back then, the truck was nothing like the crazy machine you see on these pages. In fact, it began life as a single-cab Nissan Hardbody. Koujiro set out to build one of the craziest trucks to date, but that first build didn't quite have the shock and awe he had in mind. So, he did what any crazy minitrucker might do and tore it down to pieces and started from scratch.
Opting to really make a statement, he decided to go with a Dual Cab Nissan, body-dropped flat on 24s all the way around. As you might suspect, this was no easy task and many people along the way told him he was crazy and that it just wouldn't work. But after swapping on the late-model Frontier front end and using the fender flares both front and rear, the idea began to take shape and come to life as a working, driving piece of art. To take things one step further, he came up with the idea to cut the pillar out of the right side of the cab and suicide the rear door, giving onlookers a full panoramic view of the killer interior work. This was one of the more difficult mods to accomplish, as supporting the rear door to swing it suicide was quite the feat once the center pillar was removed. But it all came together as planned, and with some of the sickest mods to date, Koujiro definitely accomplished what he set out to do. Koujiro has set the standard for insane mods with clean and classy execution and has wowed the world with one killer mini!
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