Not everyone has grand dreams of building a minitruck. Let's face it—rolling around in a little low and slow pickup just isn't a cup of tea savored by all. Take Chris "Hollywood" Kometz, for instance. Even though he's familiar with building cool classic rides, the world of minis that we know and love was a new frontier for him.
And just how did he take notice of the mini scene? That was a question we asked that he was quick to respond, "I got into minitrucks after seeing a 'bagged and 'bodied '91 Mazda extended cab long box (Canadian code for "bed"). While I was living in Sacramento, California, going to school at Wyotech, I came across the Datsun you see here. It was for sale on Craigslist for $150. I couldn't pass it up." But with a price like that, it's a given to expect the unexpected. "I literally had to drive to the middle of nowhere and pull the truck out of some guy's bushes. It was infested with black widows, had moss growing in the box, and a tree had fallen on it, so the entire cab corner needed to be replaced," Chris says. So the Datsun was a little rough—no big deal. It is 39 years old for dog's sake.
So being the classically trained tinkerer that he is, Chris got to work building the suspension and engine swap in the driveway. He got the little turd up and running, and was just itching to hit the open road. There was one thing, however, that he didn't do before leaving. Bolt on a hood. "Electronics don't like water. I made it to Idaho and got caught in torrential downpour, the entire truck fried out. Having to tow it back home sucked, not to mention expensive." Wrap it up before diving in—that's today's lesson guys and gals.
But as cool as Chris' first minitruck build turned out, he still has plans to take it a few more steps up the ladder. The ideas he has in mind are going to make this little bastard beater a million times cooler. We could tell you all about the upgrades in store now, but what's the fun in that?
Wrap it up before diving in—that's today's lesson guys and gals. "
Owner: Chris Kometz
Ride: 1973 Datsun 620
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
14-inch stock steelies with Datsun 521 hubcaps and bullet caps
195/75/14 Pinner whitewalls
Suspension Front: Stock suspension, removed torsion bars, 2500 Air Lift Dominator 'bags
Suspension Rear: Triangulated four-link, 2600 Air Lift Dominator 'bags on bar
Control Arms: Stock
Compressor(s): Air Zenith
Air/Hydro Accessories: ½-inch Blitzluft Blackjack valves and lines, FBI digital gauge, 10-switch box
Frame Mods: Tortion bar crossmember removed to lay out, custom rear frame, notched for 'bag clearance
Brakes: Stock drums
Misc.: Custom motor mounts
Performed By: Owner
Shaved: Passenger door locks, mirrors, antenna, cab corner vents, front fender marker lights
Bodydrop: 3¾-inch traditional
Body Mods: Mostly stock
Bolt-ons: Chrome peep mirror
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors:
Patina. DuPont black basecoat over stock cream color and red spots, then wet sanded
Owner and Adriana Grande
Stock bench seat recovered in red and white tuck‘n roll
'65 Ford F-100 narrowed a foot
'63 Ford F-100 gauge speedometer/insert with Summit Racing digital gauges
Owner, Riley Boland of Ferro Concepts
Mids & Highs:
Truck is so loud, can't hear the stereo anyway
KA24E from'89 Nissan 240sx
Detailed and painted engine gold and metal flake
All emissions and unnecessary crap removed from engine, thinned out wiring harness, wire tuck
Special Thanks From Owner
"My girlfriend Adriana Grande for putting up with the long hours spent in my garage, Brett Patterson, my Dad and Lester for the help on the truck, Riley Boland of Ferro Concepts for the upholstery, Rex Williams, Matt Silbernagel, Eric Lindemann for helping me pull the truck out of the bushes and tear it apart and cut it up, Justin Tippett for the tow, Devin Falkowsky, Shawn Britton, Collin "Butcher" Schultz, my grandpa, Jesse Ashe, Dan Dermott, Suicidedoors, FBI, and to anyone else that I forgot to mention, thank you."