1992 Nissan Sunny Truck
The Datsun Sunny Truck was a staple in the Datsun lineup for 23 years, remaining largely unchanged throughout its production. These utilitarian mini trucks were built as city friendly work horses designed to tackle anything thrown its way. Despite it's humble origins our Sunny has a new lease on life. A suspension over haul has it sitting the way it should have come from the factory. While still a functional truck, the lower ride height has it looking considerably more aggressive. Fortune Auto coilovers handle business up front while a 5" static leaf levels things out back. The paint and body have been well maintained considering it's humble beginnings, free of any notable dents or dings, which is impressive seeing as these were typically designed for function over form. The White (002) paint shows very well for it's age; the clearcoat shows no signs of peeling or fade. Since we wanted our truck to function as well as it looks we've added a full spray in bed liner. While increasing the durability of things, it also plays well with the full black and white theme. The body has been left unmodified and give the signature look. With only 44K verified miles it comes as little surprise just how well the truck shows. Hands down one of the best parts of the classic Sunnys were the fender mounted aero mirrors. This old school look has made a huge resurgence recently, so why not go with them from the factory?
While the interior is a bit utilitarian, it has been well maintained. The highback bucket seats have the headrest built in which made for a more sleek profile when you peer through the windows. The two tone cloth and vinyl does show some, age as it has some staining and discoloration. Unfortunately it is relatively common to see this with the more work oriented vehicles. The passenger seat is in great shape, free of any rips or tears. While minimalist, the interior is cozy and fitted with all of the available options for the time. The round, retro gauges, are an awesome touch that look right at home behind the open steering wheel. Below the passenger side of the dash is a storage cubby, really making the most out of such a small area. Air conditioning was not an option from the factory, however it is equipped with heat and a defrost function and crank windows making it driveable year round. These really take you back to simpler time before all the digital dashes and thousand switch center consoles which is refreshing.
Powered by the thundering 1.2 liter A12 4 cylinder the Sunny churns out a blistering 70hp. Making it both fuel efficient and a light weight race truck all at the same time. The capable 1200cc will get you up to highway speeds and handles better than you would anticipate with such a simple suspension design. The upgraded coilovers up front offer a much more stable ride that what came out of the factory. The lowering blocks out back do make it a little more stiff ride, but nothing that you couldn't daily drive still. The 15" wheels add to the more aggressive tone and really fill out the wheel wells with it's lowered stance. Because it's simplistic in design means it's easy to modify as well which has made this chassis extremely popular for builds. In stock form they drive well, the unassisted steering is fantastic as the Sunny weighs nothing. Because of that light weight it stops on a dime. The 4 speed shifts with ease and the little 1.2 liter is rather rev happy. Kicking around town in it is a blast, and with it's current modifications it turns heads everywhere it goes. Whether you need something fun to "take the trash out" or looking for a a full on show build, this little Sunny can do it all.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.