1995 Nissan Hardbody
Tim Davis had a simple dream when he was in the 11th grade: He wanted to drive a truck like the one he has now. Money is usually short for the average high school scrub, which is the main reason why Tim’s vision didn’t materialize back in the day. The difference 20 years can make is astounding.
Don’t get the story wrong, however, Tim did have an ’89 Hardbody as a school kid, and it was customized, just not the way his current Nissan is. Back then, he was rolling his ride around with a ground effects kit, a Texas tail, and “fatty” wheels and tires. Tim would bounce ideas around with his good buddy Lucky in Economics class about the ultimate mini, but things have a good way of not working out sometimes. After graduating into adulthood, Tim managed to build a couple custom cars and trucks, but none even remotely resembled the mini hauler he once envisioned. The fire to build the truck in his imagination was sparked again after a trip to the ’08 Relaxed All-Star Event in Millington, Tennessee.
While at the show, Tim saw a few quality minis that pumped up his creativity. During the four-hour ride home, his mind was bombarded with new ideas and a refreshed outlook to finally getting around to bringing his high-school obsession to being. After shopping around for another Hardbody on the Internet, he found a two-tone blue and white, ’bagged and bodied specimen on 18s in Florida. He took a trip out there, shelled out some money, and drove it back to Tennessee where he ripped it all to hell to start creating his most coveted ride.
Tim would be the first to admit that he has learned many things along the way since his first taste of minitrucks back in the days of cheerleaders and detention. “Something that lives in your mind can still be built after 20 years of dreaming. My friend Lucky has stayed true to minis for over 20 years, and he introduced to a whole new level of the game.”
Tim still says that there are a few minor tweaks that need to be made in order to perfectly mirror the image that’s been lodged in his head, but one thing is for certain—the top will never be welded back on. Driving a convertible truck around town is something he’s wanted for two decades now, but he might need to unearth his old Econ book to rediscover the sketches and notes he initially used as his template years ago.
18-inch Intro Mulholland
Suspension (front): ’Bags
Suspension (rear): ’Bags over axle
Control Arms: Stock uppers with triangulated lowers
Compressor(s): Dual Viair chrome 460s
Air/hydro Accessories: Mac valves with silencers
Frame Mods: Bridge and notch
Misc.: Smoothed and painted back half and bridge, flames cut in the bridge with a torch
Performed By: Owner and Dave Bonin at Bonified Customs
Shaved: Gas door, tailgate handle, tailgate lettering, rollpan and handbuilt shaved cowl by Ice at McClary’s Metalworks
Bodydrop: 3-1/8-inch traditional
Body Mods: 4x4 front fenders flipped and sectioned to rear bedsides
Bolt-ons: Chrome headlight “sleepy eyes”
Misc.: Ratical Top convertible ragtop kit
Performed By: Owner and Dave Bonin of Bonified Customs
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor sealer, DuPont Guards red base, DuPont clear
Performed By: Owner and Eric Nichols at Nichols Automotive
Leather Nissan Maxima seats
Smoothed and painted (no fiberglass)
Ragtop stitched by Bennet’s Upholstery, handbuilt console with cupholders and air gauges
Owner and Dave Bonin
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids & Highs: Alpine
Performed By: Owner
Owner and Nissan
Special Thanks From Owner
“Thanks to Lucky for the many phone calls, and most importantly, for not letting me give up on my dreams while pushing me forward in the minitruck scene. Julie Brewer for letting Lucky come out to play trucks! Dave Bonin at Bonified Customs for building such a reliable and well-built mini that set the foundation for the truck you see today. Chris Luck at SunCool for being an old-school minitrucker and remembering how to install a Ratical top! Jerry Lewis for allowing me to be part of the nation’s finest. Ice at McClarys Metalworks for making a badass, ready-to-prime shaved cowl. Thanks also to Eric Nichols, Mike Howell, the RA crew and anyone else I’ve overlooked.”