A Datsun Truck Dream That Came True – Speedhunters


And what is a lowered custom truck without proper stance. This comes courtesy of set of Work Equip 40s that are aggressively fitted into the cut and extended wheel arches. Hakosuka-style works flares were then added to complete the look and contain the new wheel and tire combo.


The 720 rides lower at the front, as some suspension travel – and therefore loading capability – has been left for the rear.


At the same time as the truck was being built, Erdem also put together a custom BMX sporting the same color. It’s fixed onto the custom wood-deck inlay on brackets that lock onto the bike’s pegs.


With the two-tone paint and the exterior vision taken care of, attention shifted to the interior.


Setting the overall theme is the Nardi Classic wood-rimmed steering wheel. To ensure continuity in the cabin, Erdem had a wooden shift knob made up to match the wheel, topping it with his shop’s emblem. Next up was the instrument cluster, which was taken apart, cleaned up and customized with machined aluminum bezels.


Custom-trimmed seats and door cards followed, along with an audio system built around Focal speakers.


While performance was never going to be a goal of this truck, having things under-hood match the overall theme was something Erdem wanted to get right.


While the truck was stripped down, the original SD23 diesel engine was brought back to factory-fresh condition. With 73hp to its name, the non-turbo four-cylinder oil burner provides enough go for a chilled cruise, which is all Erdem ever wanted.


Erdem proved that a dream, no matter how hard or unrealistic, can actually be turned into reality of you put your mind to it. He’s now the proud owner of this customized Datsun 720, which may very well be the only one in Turkey. Job well done I say.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: dino_dalle_carbonaredino@speedhunters.com

Photos by Yiğit Eken

Datsun related stories on Speedhunters