Period Style / Texas
After World War 2, the Japanese Auto Industry was decimated. Japan, under the occupation of Allied Forces was allowed to start building a limited number of vehicles in late 1946.
This Datsun Truck, model 2224 was one of the first Nissans built after the war. Constructed in February 1947, the vehicle utilized a chassis designed in the 1930’s, coupled with a simplistic cab constructed from wood and skinned in metal. This utilitarian design featured antiquated components, including Semaphores instead of turn signals, lever based clutch and braking systems and had no windshield wipers.
As this truck was made in such limited numbers, it is one of the few to survive. The truck has been converted to a 12 volt negative system, with a completely rewired electral set-up, including working semaphore directionals as well as refreshed night-time lighting. Additional work includes updates to the cooling, fuel and steering systems.
The truck is really tiny, with a length of about only 10 feet. Without a sophisticated road system, the small narrow truck worked well in its homeland. Rumor has it, that truck was used originally to haul rocks in a mountainous region in Japan. Nowadays, the truck is a fun little leisure driver, enjoying cruising around the backroads of Texas.