My story is bitter sweet.
A sunny truck just happened to pop into my life, yep I know many people dream of having such luck however I live in South Africa and these things are everywhere and the chances of this happening is fairly high.
When I purchased it, the sunny truck craze was not a thing yet and definitely not even a thought in my country , a place where lets just say the thinking is “bigger is always better!” and also a place where people rather spend the same money on replica parts rather than used authentic items (as an example to paint a picture) is the norm.
With my Girlfriend being a huge Japanese car enthusiast she emails me pictures of tastefully modified Nissan Sunny trucks in Japan, and from that moment I was purchasing parts from Japan. I was creating something unique and something that was a blast to drive and very much a conversation starter at every stop. There were times i would end up late for an occasion because a conversation that starts off with ” Nice Nissan!” ends up with me knowing that persons whole life story and that was the joy of owning a classic Japanese vehicle for me.
We would go everywhere in the little Nissan and when i say we , it was my Gf; our Doggo and myself and for a few years it was perfectly fine and the Nissan was you know… part of the family i guess one could say.
The truck handled amazing after i added a properly setup suspension but i would end up on the passenger side from sliding due to it having a bench seat, so only solution would be to add some bucket seats. I tend to sometimes do things without thinking about how it could affect others and this time I did not realize or think that adding some much needed buckets seats would be the reason why I can tell you a fitting story.
I found some awesome Kameari seats and now the truck was looking like a snack, and now not only did it handle amazing I actually came out of a corner still positioned in front of the steering wheel which is very useful at times and as you can tell I was very happy and I was having the time of my life and I this and I that and yes I was thinking of myself in this moment. However my Gf would now have to fight with our Doggo when he wanted to put his head out of the window and Shiba-inu’s are very stubborn which made it really difficult and cruises now became more of a game of twister ,you know that game where humans have to bend and twist into positions humanly impossible, now try playing that with a canine. The nail in the coffin was when I had to do an evasive maneuver due to an inconsiderate road-user jumping a red light and our Doggo lost his footing on the bolsters of the cool bucket seats and almost hit his head against the dash. We tried compromising but this would always end up in our trio being split and that just did not sit well (see what i did here) with me.
I got to work one Monday morning and reluctantly posted an advert, the kinda advert you type that you hope would chase a potential buyer away. Unfortunately my phone blew up and the Truck now resides with someone else.
of the truck that is, a car i always wanted even before the truck was a KE70 and in SA we did not get quad light version. We managed to find a good condition KE and as they say, the rest is history. My little Family still cruise in a JNC and we can now enjoy every moment of it.
Well Doggo still thinks the front seat is his, so i guess the fights will never stop… I cant imagine what would happen once a kid comes along, good thing I now own a four door JNC. However I will update in a few years if there is another thread like this, because playing twister with a kid; canine and two adults can’t be fun surely?!
All i know is, it will be a 7 seater JNC, Hi-ace maybe?!
I do miss the truck but I still have all the memories we created and I have one my bucket list JNC’s now to create more memories. Win win situation i say.