If you’re interested in your usual run-of-themill ute build, we’re sorry, but Stacy Smyth’s ute is certainly not that. As you can see in the photos, the body isn’t currently on the chassis, and that’s because the chassis is receiving a serious amount of fabrication work to ensure it’ll perform just how he wants it to.
Stacy has a do it once, do it right attitude, with a clear vision of what he wants to build, and is ensuring every component being installed or fabricated will be up to the beating it will soon receive.
As the ute will be used for drifting and entering car shows, the custom chassis work will soon be completely sandblasted and painted with chassis black for protection. A Nissan VH41DE engine has been mounted up front, which once combined with the monstrous GT45 turbo — currently in the mail — and tuned with the Link G4 ECU by the team at STM will hopefully make a whopping 671kW (900hp) to the rear wheels through the 300ZX six-speed manual gearbox.
The body will receive four-wheel-drive Navara guards once it’s installed onto the chassis to cover the huge wheels, which Stacy is having a hard time trying to decide on. Stopping and turning have been taken care of with BC coilover suspension and Wilwood calipers and rotors up front, mated to 300ZX hubs.
If you want to check out the progress on the build, just search ‘SS Customs’ on Facebook.com.