1985 Datsun 720 Truck

Drifting has been on an exponential rise in the past decade. There have been many failed attempts of making a drift car, and several successful attempts. Today we’re presenting one of the great ones with Charles Bradshaw’s 1985 Datsun 720 truck. This isn’t the typical drift build. It’s not too often you see a classic Datsun made into a drifter, let alone a truck!

Charles has put a lot of time into this project. He’s actually an ASE certified mechanic so he did all of the mechanical work himself. The Datsun started out as his daily driver and it stayed with him through all of the fast cars he’d owned so he figured, “why not give the Datsun a turn!” That’s when Charles decided to use the knowledge he gained from Japan to begin changing his daily driver, into his drift dream.

Any serious drifter needs a proper set of wheels. That’s why Charles has this thing sitting on 15×8 Eagle Alloys all around with Falken 205/50/R15 tires. The Rims were painted a clean turquoise blue that really gives the truck character. The truck is using a Modified 01; ZO6 Penske Racing Shocks suspension system with a 4×4 front sway bar, 2″ drop spindles in the front and 5″ blocks in the back. Drift-ready would be an understatement for this thing.

Under the hood Charles has a completely new setup we’ve never seen before. The truck has actually been through three different setups involving an impressive turbo and a Weber 38 twin-bore. Currently the Datsun has a fully-built, balanced, and bored 2.4 liter. It’s also got a 92′ 240sx transmission. And you can’t help but notice the custom valve-cover paint done by his friend Eric Gottschaulk. The amount of work put into this project is amazing and Charles deserves all the praise he is bound to get.

It’s not everyday you see these amazingly unique works of art. That makes it that much more satisfying when do happen to come across one. Charles Bradshaw has used his skill and motivation to create something that keeps him smiling everyday. But he’s not done yet. Charles future plans continue to push this classic Datsun 720 to the extreme with a full suspension swap, 240sx subframe, cab back reconstruction, full coilover kit, and new paint.

Mod List:


2X-Weber 45mm (-9’s) side-draft carbs
Holley black fuel pump
Holley regulater
Ferrera valves
Ported and polished head
Pacesetter header
2 1/4 mid section, 2 1/2 cab back exhaust
Bored .020″ over
Block deck shaved .060
Balanced rotating-assembly
H-beam rods (ebay find for KA24E)
Aries High-comp pistons (made for KA24E)-(in addition each piston had to be measured and valve reliefs hand cut into tops of pistons in order for these pistons to work)
Nismo chain tensioner

92′ 240sx 5-speed
megan short-shifter
exedy light-weight flywheel
exedy stage2 clutch

4.56 ring and pinion
Detriot mechanical Locker
Wheels & Suspension:

15×8 eagle alloys
Falken 205/50/R15
Modified 01; ZO6 Penske Racing Shocks
2″ Drop spindles in front
5″ Blocks in back
4×4 front sway bar

91 Honda CR-X front aftermarket bumper modified to fit
Smoked tailights and corners

Autometer gauges (oil press., water, volt, a/f, tach)
Hurst T-handle
Nissan S/T edition steering wheel painted to match rims

Kenwood headunit
Kenwood 600w amp
Q-logic sub inclosure w/ Kenwood 10″ sub
4″ Lighting Audio mids
Kenwood tweeters
Pheonix Gold wiring