“I have been into custom cars and trucks since I was 12 years old or so,” Nate says. “I have owned many cool cars and trucks over the years including feature trucks, lots and lots of custom air-cooled VWs and hot rods.”
Nate built a ’98 Chevrolet S-10 that was featured in Minitruckin’ magazine back in 2007. He took a little step back from the mini-truck scene right after he finished the S-10, however, but one thing is for sure: His love for custom vehicles never went away. Thirteen long years passed, and Nate jumped right back into the scene in full force with the purchase of his ’94 Nissan Hardbody. He was not only bringing new life back to the Nissan, but also for himself.
Nate bought his Nissan Hardbody in the fall of ’19. It wasn’t in the best shape, he says. Not being up to par, he knew it was going to need some major body work. What he didn’t realize was just how much this build was going to mean to him.
“When I got the truck, my friend, who was like a brother to me and has since passed away, and I spent a lot of time together in the garage working on this truck,” Nate says. First things first, Nate started with the exterior of the truck.
“When I first got the truck, it needed a lot of work in order to get it back to show status,” he says. “The truck had been sitting for many years until I purchased it.”
Nate had some big changes in store for the truck. He installed a Toyota front bumper and a Trenz grille to really set off the front end. Nate wanted to keep the clean body lines of the truck, so he shaved the door handles, gas door, cowl vents and the antenna, and he relocated the gas filler to inside the bed. They took their time making sure the body had been smoothed out perfectly so they could prepare for paint.
Once the body work was complete, the truck was ready for paint. The late Eric Baugh was an absolute master when it came to paint work.
“Eric and I went through the whole truck paint wise and fixed all of the flaws,” Nate says, noting that he already had a plan together for this build. “I have a rare ability where I can see the finished product in my head before it’s ever done.”
Eric got to work laying down the House of Kolor Majic Blue Pearl paint on the entire truck. When the truck rolled out into the sunlight for the first time, the color popped as a new life had been introduced into the truck.
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