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    SR20DET Datsun 1200 Ute

    There's a lot to post here (two years worth of work), so try to keep any questions until I'm done... :wink:

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    In case you fellas from down under and in Japan didn't know, we never got these cool cars here in the US. But my friend Steve managed to get one here.

    And he's putting a monster SR20DET in it. Notice the big BLITZ front-mount too...





    He's aiming for 400hp, so no Datto rear end would do...

    Putting in a narrowed Ford 8.8" with a locker:



    Mocking up the mounts for the diff lateral links


    Same thing, welded in and undercoated


    Other side


    Lateral link mounts on diff


    Other side


    Custom panhard rod


    New flat face headlights fitted

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    Adjustable coil-overs fitted


    Rear overall view, and yes, that's a BIG diff (from a Mustang FYI)


    Turbo manifold, view from the bottom (as that's the only way to see it)


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    The car picked up a few scratches and dings while fitting the new rear axle so Steve decided to two-tone the ute.

    Back from the paint shop (for the 3rd time!)






    Shot of the intercooler. It won't be visible at all when the truck is done.




    And he should be able to fit some decent rubber under there... May be tubbing the rear to fit even more... :-o




    When making a new trans tunnel, it helps to have no windshield and to be 6'3".


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    Some more progress pics...

    He opened up the grill for more airflow, but since the IC will be anodized black, it will look fairly stock from 5-10 meters away. ;-)




    Modified the stock core support top to be removable...




    Yet another custom intake manifold... I think this is his third? :P




    Overall view...




    Here you can see where the middle of the firewall is being moved back about 6-8cm...




    He's basically building a whole new tunnel from scratch. In progress photo...


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    More progress...

    Took a bench seat from a Mazda truck and cut it down to fit the ute...



    If you look close, you can see where it was cut and rewelded in 8 places...



    Working on "tubbing" the back now...

    Using 3pc BBS RS wheels, sized 15x6.5. As it fits right now, it looks like the wheels can be stretched out to 15x8.5 and still tuck in nicely. :-D



    One more of the wheel...

    Yes, the diff has been narrowed quite a bit... :wink:


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    Update...

    11.75" scalloped Wilwood rotors on AP Racing aluminum hats.


    Nice used door panels sourced from South Africa...


    New headlight eyebrows, also from SA...


    11.5" rear rotors...


    Front rotor with wheel on. Not much daylight there...



    It's nice to have a lift... ;-)


    Made a new crossmember. Version 2 was made to be stronger and fix some geometry problems that the version 1 had...


    He made a neat screw-in boss for the engine mounts so there's no nut to install underneath.


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    Updates...

    Front brakes, Wilwood calipers, Wilwood rotors...


    New lips on the wheels...


    Front versus rear...


    Rear brakes going on. 11.5" rotors and Ford calipers...


    Rear view...


    225/50-15 Toyo Proxes...


    Custom bench seat covered and in...


    Custom embroidery...

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    wow :shock: I love it!

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    Custom driveshaft:



    Rear arches widened 3":


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