First off, you guys have a totally kick-ass magazine. I have a '78 Datsun 620 extended cab. I was wondering if you had any info on it or if I could do a different front clip, like one from a Hardbody or a Frontier. See, I just rear-ended someone and instead of going back to the original I want to do something totally different that no one else has done before on that truck. I was also wondering if it were possible to lay frame with 20s on the front and 22s on the back. I know I'll have to do some pretty extreme fabricating, but a little help won't hurt. Anyway, you guys keep up the great work.
Warner Robins, Georgia
What's up, Ben? As far as it goes, anything is possible. It just depends on how much work you want to do or have paid for. It wouldn't be any harder to put a new clip on the front of a Datsun than any other truck. The only variance would be in the width and how you want to address that. The front end you put on might have to be narrowed, and you would also have to make new motor mounts unless you want to keep the engine from the clip you're using. Make sure you keep the very front of your stock clip in front of your suspension so you don't have to come up with new mounting options for your core support and miscellaneous other accessories. As for fitting those wheels, the suspension wouldn't be a problem if you're using a new front clip. The back is as easy as a bigger notch and more cutting.
Dear Mini Truckin',
I recently bought a truck. It's a '97 Chevy S-10 and it has air suspension all around. Right now I have a good start on my ride but it's hard because I don't make much money. I wanted to know if I could get a Mini Truckin' sticker. Also, I was wondering if you could tell me the name of some shops in the Riverside area. I hope that one day my truck will be in your magazine. Thank You
As far as shops are concerned, in that area you could try Devious Customs in Ontario, California, or Bio Kustumz in San Jacinto.
I just got my buddy's '99 Ranger in and bagged it. My question is, how do people get the front framerails to lay out on this truck? I've searched for drop spindles, control arms, etc. Only thing I can think of is to start cutting the frame and/or stock control arms. I see all the tranny crossmembers for I-beam Rangers. Who has these? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.
There are companies with lowering components for your Ranger. You could get DJM dropped control arms from Stylin' Concepts. That should handle your lowering problems. As for the tranny crossmember, give www.3rdshiftkustoms.com a yell; they have a three-bolt and four-bolt version for the '98-and-up Ranger.