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89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« on: October 12, 2009, 02:11:43 AM »

Hello there,

I have a 1989 Nissan Hardbody D24 4X4 Pickup with a regular cab.  I finished putting another engine in it and WOW, it worked great!  A week after doing this, I rolled my truck twice down a steep hill (not good).

Even with the extensive body damage, the engine and drive train are still intact and the truck runs good and shifts well and the 4 wheel drive is working great.

I am planning on putting another body on it.  I have the bed, doors, hood, fenders, bumper, front assembly for the lights removed.  My question is what is the next step on getting the cab off of this truck?  To me it looks like a nightmare, but maybe someone here has done this and might be able to give me a few pointers on what is the easiest way to perform this task.

Here is a before and after picture cry


I will get a picture of the work I have done to it as soon as I can!
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009, 03:37:33 AM »

This is how I would do it.

1. unplug all wires under the hood. remove all the stuff connected to fenders and firewall
2. remove dash and remove all from inside.
3. remove harness intact. No cutting.
4. remove bumper, radiator and condensor
5. remove 6 cab bolts and lift off cab.

repeat on new 5-1 on new cab.
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 03:59:17 AM »

So I should leave the brake lines hooked up, just disconnect them from the firewall?  Do I leave the wiring harness connected to the dash and pull all the wires through the firewall?

Also, will a 2 wheel drive cab fit on my 4X4 frame?

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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009, 04:25:13 AM »

Cabs are the same. Just the floor trim and fenders are different.

Disconnect and reuse all the brake lines, wipers etc. You dont know if the new cab has lines or the condition of them. (item 1.)
 
Remove the dash. Then remove the harness. There is huge holes in the firewall to pull it through. You do not have to cut any wires.
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009, 08:32:17 AM »

This may also be helpful to you.  This is a link to a thread by eglaisi, who did a nice cab swap.  It might be a good idea to skim through the whole thread from the beginning.  http://www.frontyspot.com/fronty/showthread.php?tid=511&page=8&highlight=hardbody
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009, 08:13:16 AM »

Yeah, he did a really good job on that project!!!  A lot of informative pictures as well smile 
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 07:31:40 PM »

Sorry I'm late to the party.....  ("eglaisi" here)     icon_smile_clap

Taking the cab off is actually very simple.  The hardest part is physically lifting the cab off the frame.

Take off things such as; bumper, grille, rad (drain coolant first!), brake lines, steering shaft, driveshaft safety loop, shift knobs if manual - gotta take the sensor out of the tranny if auto, any exhaust supports that attach to the body, power steering lines, battery cables, airbox, washer fluid lines etc.  Basically everything on the inner fenders either need to come right off or loosened off the out of the way. 

Brake lines can be done a couple different ways.  The first time I did it I tried taking the lines out of the clips that are attached to the firewall.  Being that the plastic was like 14 years old, they broke in several peices.  The second time I took a cab off I took a different approach.  There's actually fittings down by the passenger side tire (front) that we're easily undone.

After that, all that's needed to be done is take out the body mounting bolts (6 in a king cab, 4 I think in a reg cab).  Once that's done, you can take the cab off.  Also, more than one ways to do this.  I felt pretty good about how I lifted mine off.  My buddy who took his cab off too used a rope and a big willow tree.... different strokes.

I probably forgot to add some stuff here.  And I know this is a few months old,  but if you have any questions you can PM me and I can do my best to help you out.  Can take pictures too.
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010, 02:31:31 AM »

Well, I took a break from it over the winter, but I'm still working on it!  I got the cab off and getting the donor cab later this week.  I did notice that the cab I'm getting is indeed a two wheel drive, I'm thinking I have to cut the gear shift area to allow room for the 4WD gear shifts to fit up through.

I will post more pics as I get more done!


** This is cool .... I don't have to cut anything, I just have to switch the plate for the gearshift area!!! icon_smile_thumbsup
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2010, 02:31:27 AM »

Got the cab yesterday! I was very pleased with the outcome and I'm really SIKED to get this thing on the frame now!!
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2010, 11:02:55 AM »

Just got the frame cleaned and painted ... not too bad!
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 04:12:52 PM »

Just got the cab on today!  Thanks to the four Amish guys that helped me (no kidding either)!!
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010, 05:16:40 PM »

Starting to look like a truck again!   icon_smile_cheers icon_smile_cheers
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2010, 01:39:20 AM »

Yes it is ... I can't wait to get the wiring and the interior done.
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2010, 07:57:16 AM »

The new cab was hand-lifted into place by four Amish guys?
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Re: 89 Nissan Hardbody Cab Removal
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2010, 09:38:36 AM »

Barn raising, truck cab lifting, what's the difference? ;-)

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