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Drift Build – Nissan powered Hilux Drift Pickup

1 August 2011 No Comment

In Australia there is a guy by the man of Nigel that is in the process of building and developing a Toyota Hilux Bakkie powered by a Nissan SR20 motor. Over the last 4-6 months I have been following Nigel’s build on his website engineeredtoslide.com which was originally posted on a .blogspot domain. What makes this build completely different to others that you see posted all over the internet is that Nigel has built the drift machine from literally the ground up. He has built his own space frame to coincide with the Hilux body and has done a pretty amazing job so far.
So lets start from the beginning like all books are.

Nigel got hold of a Hilux front end that some guy was selling of and so the amazing project begun

Not shortly afterwards Nigel began to cut away at the Hilux cabin. The spaceframe idea only really needed to be a bare outer skin, basically just something to hold the windows and door in place. Grind Grind and this is what Nigel was left with.

So the fun begins, Nigel lay the cabin down and started to mock up the spaceframe

The drift UTE was fabricated from meters and meters of tube that tie everything into one, lets bend some pipes baby!



Spaceframe all welded up shocks fitted, control arms and rear suspension fitted. Hi ho, Hi Ho off goes nigel goes to build his crazy drift bakkie.


She is now ready take to here own feet for the 1st time in her life.
Nigel took the Hilux off the jig for the 1st time and she is now standing on her own. The one thing missing was caster arms to position the wheel where it needed to be.

Mobile ekse!!!! she is alive, well almost. Wheels on rolling down the street with my “Nikes on”

And in comes the very nice and powerful Nissan SR20 motor followed by a custom turbo manifold from Brae.

Nigel has come a long way with this amazing Drift Toyota Hilux build, but there is still a lot more to do. So if you enjoyed this little blog I have put together, then make sure to head over to engineeredtoslide.com and follow the rest of this super cool build. Nigel 10 points brother, glad to see somebody stepping outside of their comfort zone!


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