Hardbody Front Bags

Started working on the front air bags today. Last week I removed the torsion bars while working on the frame as they are not needed when bagged.

First step was to remove everything on one side. I tend to only work on one side at a time when possible incase I need something as a reference.

I am using some Chad Chris control arms and are supposed to lay frame without the use of drop spindles. I’m typically a big fan of drop spindles but Ben Osborn parts supply suggested these. They are very similar to the stock lowers.

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EnSlaved – sectioning the frame on my Nissan Hardbody

Made some progress over the last few day. I’m happy to say this is going way better then I expected.

D21 frame with a section cut out

D21 right side frame sectioned

I decided to cut this side of the frame in two parts. Thus leaving the rear cross member in place. I don’t think it was really necessary but it made me feel better. For this cut I used a grinder to cut a small slit in each side of the frame rails allowing a sawzall blade to fit through. After that I simply cut with a sawsall blade. Only one blade. It cut way easier then expected.

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Enslaved Frame Cleanup

Spent a couple hours making a plan and working on the frame today. Before I cut anything I took a couple measurements that will allow me to put the body mounts back in the same place. Center eyelet to center eyelet. Remember, I am not a professional and I am in no way saying how you should or should not approach body dropping a Hardbody. Im just tell you all how I did it.

My plan is to leave the body mounts on the left side until the right side is done. Only then will I start cutting the left side. This gives me a safe fixed point to measure from.

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Meet “Enslaved” – my newest project a 1989 Nissan Hardbody

I have been into mini’s since high school. Like a lot of minitruckers I graduated in the 90s when these minis were the coolest things around. MiniTrucks got into my blood and became part of my life a long with a few issues. The fist issue was I was in high school and these trucks are not cheap. Well, they are not cheap when done correctly. Second issue was my skill set back then. I didn’t grow up welding or fabricating. It took me about 20 years of life to get the point that I could afford to build a proper mini truck and to develop the skills to build one to the level I wanted.

Sure, I have had and built or customized many cars… each one of those improved my skills getting me closer to where I wanted to be. I learn simply by doing thus I did. The B2200 was built primarily to show myself I could do a dependable V8 swap and set up a solid suspension to handle it. That truck was a great success regarding those goals.

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