Busted Knuck­les

Classy Meets Trashy


In the sum­mer of 2009, Krystal Brewer and her boyfriend Justin de­cided to ac­com­pany some friends to a truck show. One show turned into eight that year, and the in­sep­a­ra­ble cou­ple in­stantly fell in love with the truck scene. “Our friends just had us tag along to keep them com­pany,” Krystal tells Truckin, “but we ended up lov­ing ev­ery­thing about the cul­ture.” Although Justin had gone through many dif­fer­ent hob­bies, they both seemed to grav­i­tate to­ward the truck life­style.

It took Krystal eight years to fi­nally get her first truck, but the story is quite ro­man­tic. While brows­ing on­line sales ads, Justin came across a ’69 Dat­sun 521 in Kansas and made some in­quiries. He ar­ranged the sale with the owner be­fore Krystal even laid her eyes on the clas­sic. The next morn­ing, Justin woke Krystal up and showed her the ad—and Krystal ab­so­lutely fell in love with the Dat­sun. She didn’t think it would still be for sale, but at that point Justin couldn’t hold back his grin, and he told her it was pur­chased and on the way to their home in South Carolina.

“I lit­er­ally stayed up un­til 2 a.m. when the trans­port ar­rived,” Krystal adds. “I felt like a lit­tle kid on Christ­mas.” Once she took pos­ses­sion, Krystal couldn’t wait un­til she could make her mark on the Dat­sun. The clas­sic truck was al­ready ’bagged but needed some ma­jor ad­just­ments. The cam­ber had to be mod­i­fied as well as the toe and an­gle of the shocks due to the rims get­ting caught in the fender while air­ing up. Justin and his friend Slim han­dled that work while an ea­ger Krystal looked on.

The cus­tom three-link with up­per wish­bone was man­u­fac­tured while the Dat­sun was ’bagged on bar with Fire­stone bags. The shocks were mounted on the notch bridge­work, and a short­ened Toy­ota rear axle with Moser axles was in­stalled by Chris Pol­lock and Shawn Thatcher at Thatcher. While the mo­tor, trans­mis­sion, and wire har­ness are be­ing pre­pared to fit in­side the smaller en­gine bay of the Dat­sun, it will have to be torn down again for the blast­ing, smooth­ing, and pow­der­coat­ing.

Krystal and her hus­band Justin went from spec­ta­tors to par­tic­i­pants within 10 years, and now their two daugh­ters, Ari and Teagen, get to en­joy the truck cul­ture from the very be­gin­ning. Krystal wishes to thank their good friends Slim and Shan­non as well as Brian and Brad Baird for all their help and sup­port. As a mem­ber of Af­ter­math, she plans to show­case her com­pleted Dat­sun (named Vic­to­ria) along­side her Af­ter­math fam­ily through­out the next show sea­son.

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