Datsun 620 drift truck




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  • The Rat Bastard: VQ-powered Datsun Drift Truck. July 1, by Greg. We first ran across Zackhery Damrau on a Facebook page As most of you know.

    '78 Datsun Drift Project First off, I'm Zach, and this is my build thread. . It'll be tucked away until I 4link and coilover my red truck.

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    Datsun 620 drift truck

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    It's a vehicle which has been transformed, and serves its purpose apparently very well. He just sent me some background info and mentioned all of the people who helped him out along the way. For everyone like you and me, to a limited extent who want to test their skills and the capabilities of their car, there is at least another person who has simply latched onto the "Drift Scene" because it's an easy image to adopt. For cooling, he added a duct from a helicopter and moved the radiator to behind the cab with an external water pump. There are a couple of videos on my blog of it at Turner and at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    HCOTY Nominee: Chad Copeland’s Datsun Drift Truck | Hooniverse

    However, there is no doubt that the participants in these events are talented drivers, gifted wrenches, or both. They take a rear wheel drive vehicle, burn off copious amounts of rubber while flogging their chariots around a course, and make it look graceful. The combatants have captivated a new generation of enthusiasts, while quickly becoming a pop culture phenomena.

    Those who choose to be a part of this sport seem to gravitate to cars that are at least a decade old or more, with the Nissan sx as the predominate make. The truck was an automatic, and Chad knew this would never do, so he sourced a with a stick, and began the tear-down process on his way to building one of the most unusual drift machines ever. But what good would a stonking engine be without drastically changing the suspension?

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    All the stock suspension pieces were jettisoned, and a SX front subframe was used, with an R32 Skyline steering rack. However, it was the rear suspension setup that separates Chad from the rest of the boys. Chad had to angle the frame rails and fabricate mounting points for the rear suspension sub frame. Just check out the mad welding skills. The way the rear suspension fits is nothing short of amazing. To help stiffen the modified rear frame, Chad welded a couple of cross braces.

    The rolling chassis was complete by April of , and the cab was fitted to see how everything lined up. Just look at the pictures of that gorgeous chassis! The cab was then started with a rollcage fabrication, with a firewall and transmission tunnel that had to be made. Chad simply made part of the transmission tunnel from a True Temper steel wheelbarrow! So with Chad sitting on the right side, his weight would be shifted to the middle of the truck with most of the turns.

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    With the cage finalized, the gauges were set into place, and everything started coming together. The truck was buttoned up just before Christmas of , and as with any build a few bugs had to be sorted out. Once checked out, the truck was producing at least HP at the rear wheels!

    To keep the beast cool, Chad relocated the radiator behind the cab, with an electric water pump and an electric fan. This also helped the efficiency of the intercooler because there will be less heat soaking issues, creating a little cooler air into the intake. He has been experimenting with running the truck without the rear bed.

    Chad also installed custom switches and knobs to control everything from the horn to the headlights and labeled all of these switches with stamped dog tags.

    Datsun 620 drift truck

    A 4-panel mirror was also installed, as was a Circuit Sports hub, quick release, steering bushing, MOMO steering wheel, and Wilwood pedals and custom fluid reservoirs. The truck has been captured in a number of enthusiast sites, from SpeedHunters, to Hella Flush, to Sumospeed, and even here on Hooniverse. Chad told me that this winter he is going to fab up a top mount setup so there can be a straight feed into the turbo instead of the drastic turn that the intake makes before the turbo.

    That should make it a bit more efficient, it should be able to pull a little more power out without having to starve the motor of air. He is also looking to redo the cooling system for a third time. While I was writing this piece, I asked what other cars he either owns or has owned. He let me know that prior to the , he had an Infiniti M This is what he told me about that car:.

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