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Shingo Mendoza: 1984 Datsun Sunny Ute

Shingo Mendoza fell in love with the Hakosuka front end thanks to a viral image of the car. He had been saving up for a 1970s Skyline for a while, and he knew he had found the perfect blend of both worlds with his idea for a Hakotora truck. Mendoza was finally able to get his hands on a 1984 Datsun Sunny Ute, and immediately started looking at front end conversion options. Now, the car is a real life Hot Wheels car, and was the first Hakotora in the United States.

Owner: Shingo Mendoza
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Vehicle: 1984 Datsun Sunny Ute
Horsepower: 145 whp
Club: 09 Racing

SOCIAL
Facebook: Shingo Yamamoto
Instagram: @decepcionez

Photography by Nathanil Cason, Micky Slinger.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

  • 4age Blue top engine
  • HKS Cams
  • Polished and Ported
  • FCR41 Racing bike Carbs
  • Ford Focus Coil on plugs
  • T3 Pulleys
  • T3 Trigger Wheel
  • Ford Escort Cam position Sensor
  • Zaklee Cam Cover

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EXHAUST

  • Custom equal length manifold
  • 2.5-inch straight pipe exhaust

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

  • Megajolt ECU

DRIVETRAIN

  • AE86 Custom Driveshaft
  • AE86 TRD LSD Differential
  • Front 280zx suspension with t3 tie rods

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WHEELS & TIRES

  • Atara Racing wheels
  • 09 Racing carbon fiber wheel covers

BRAKES

  • Wilwood Master Remote cylinders
  • Front 280zx brakes
  • Rear AE86 brakes

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CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

  • Silk Racing adjustable front top hots
  • 09 Racing coilovers
  • 43-inch straight rear leaf springs
  • Adjustable rear shackles
  • 4-inch drop blocks

EXTERIOR

  • 09 racing Skyline Hakosuka full front end conversion
  • 09 Racing rear fender flares
  • 09 Racing S30 carbon fiber fender mirrors
  • 09 Racing carbon fiber Headlight Bezels
  • 09 Racing carbon fiber Headlight covers
  • GT- Kai Badges
  • Custom graphics

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INTERIOR

  • 09 Racing Skyline Hakosuka Interior
  • 09 racing carbon fiber rear view mirror
  • 09 racing carbon fiber prototype visors
  • 72 Skyline Hakosuka Gauge Bezel
  • Speed Hut Custom Gauges
  • Corbeau Seats and 4 point Harness

FAVORITE MODIFICATION

"Front end conversion, because it is just beautiful. It represents an era in which they took pride in what they were doing and it shows."

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FUTURE MODIFICATIONS

  • Better rear suspension
  • Maybe a radio

SPONSORS

  • 09 Racing
  • Holy Frijole Food Truck
  • Clippers Hair Studio
  • Treadwear

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