Hot Rod Nissan


If you’ve been to SEMA you know that the vast majority of vehicles are either classic American or new Japanese. Here’s one that manages to combine both: a ’32 Ford Highboy powered by a VG30DE from a 1996 Nissan 300ZX with its accompanying 5-speed. Much of the running gear – spindles, brakes, hubs, diff, halfshafts – were also from a Z32, mated to a custom 5-link suspension. Follow the jump for a closeup of the engine.


Which do you prefer, the hot rod Nissan or rat rod Datsun?

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12 Responses to Hot Rod Nissan

  1. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) said:

    That’s crazy! Wonder if they beefed it up a bit? They could have always gone with a VG30DETT… but with such a light car the VG30DE was probably powerful enough to get her going. Nice to see some people that are into old hot-rods appreciate Japanese engines…

  2. Edz280zx said:

    That’s pretty cool. I personally would have used the Titan V8, cuz nothin’ sounds like a V8 rumble..lol

  3. J.Ramirez had the right idea. Plenty of room and easy access = should have used the TT engine instead.

  4. Jonn S said:

    I agree with JSchrauwen. I would have gone with the TT engine as well…exactly the same amount of work, twice the power.(maybe they didn’t want the hassle of the intercoolers….

  5. GT-R380 said:

    Remember the Mitsubishi engined rod Boyd Coddington (R.I.P.) built around 1990? The “Alumacoupe”. That build broke some new ground!

  6. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    That is hot,but I’d be even more excited if the body were based on an old Nissan.Something like this,perhaps: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Nissan_Model_70_Phaeton.jpg

  7. Sr-FairladyZ said:

    DE?……… Meh.

  8. Andrew said:

    I think the Nissan V series 6 cylinders sound nice, I love the way a 350z sounds.

  9. solidstripe said:

    Meh, personally not my cup of tea. It’s just not cricket. And that “rat rod” in the link isn’t exactly a rat rod.

  10. Kimico said:

    It is nice to see Japanese engines on “Rat Rods”.

  11. coupeZ600 said:

    I’ll take my rat-rod Datsun shakennnnn….., not stirred!

  12. justice said:

    well i’m looking for info on hot v8 nissans and old nissans that look like a camaro / corvette crossbreed with asian technology like a older model something from the 80’s and a newer engine like a v8 skyline can you order crate skyline engines?where would i find a catalog

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