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Lift Me Up: Pat Cox’s Nissan Hardbody

 

Photos via Grant Cox Photography
Right when a person gets comfortable with their way of life, tragedy has a way of creeping in and tears it to pieces. After the death of his mother in 2009, Pat Cox of KC Autoworx needed to find a way to channel his emotions in a constructive way, being skilled with his hands meant that the only way to do this was by working on his 1986 Nissan Hardbody.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-008When he first picked up the truck in 2005 for a measly $250, this Kansas City native had a relatively simple life. Spending all his free time repairing cars and trucks out of his mom’s driveway, he focused all his energy and money into opening up his own shop near the downtown core.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-011Focusing mainly on the motor at this point, Pat decided to swap in a 5.7L GM LS1 motor with custom fabbed 3″ cone headers all by himself.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-005A 4l60e aluminum driveshaft mated to a Dana 40 narrowed 10” Auburn lsd with 308 gears came next hidden under a carbon fibre rear axle diff cover.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-010Unfortunately Pat’s mother passed away, and it was at this point that he moved toward tearing apart the truck and rebuilding her from scratch with a focus on getting her as low as possible. The stock floor body was dropped 2” and the rockers were cut ½”. A Pathfinder front clip went on and so did a custom shaved rear trunk bed with 2″ section in the body.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-007Next came a custom made 8-gallon air tank connected to 4 SMC 3/8s valves for the front and 2 SMC 3/8s out back. Slam Specialties RE-6 bags were mounted up front and RE-7 and RE-8 went in the rear. Naturally, custom built tubular upper and lower control arms needed to be made, and so did a 3-link rear wishbone.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-002Pat cleaned up the look of his bed by hiding the ½” air lines inside the frame rails and finalized everything off with an engine driven Sanden 508 compressor mated to an AVS 7-switch switchbox.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-006With his life coming back together, Pat knew it was time to cap his Hardbody off and put some closure to the ride he started building nearly 5 years before. 15″ Vintiques Smoothie wheels with stainless steel beauty rings up front and custom 15×10″ baby moon rears powder coated red were fit in place underneath the Root Beer Brown paint job.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-012Pat’s passion for his car is only a reflection of the love he has for his family. With the therapy session now over, Pat can finally drive the truck he started building as a boy, but ended as a man.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-009Pat wants to give praise to his mom and dad for their years of patience, and wife Billie and daughter Ruby for the love and support they give on a daily basis. Shout outs are also mentioned for Bobby Kruse, Andrew Milko, Russ Palmer, Dave Duncan, Dan More, Mike Logan, Justin Tanner, Calvin Santini, Ross Thompson, Anthony, Brett Ingram, Mike Smith, James Miller, David Purser and all his other friends he made in the last 5 years!
Thank you from us at AirSociety for letting us share this special moment in your life as well as to Canibeat.com for the collaboration on today’s article.nissan-hardbody-bagged-air-ride-suspension-minitruck-airsociety-001

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