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Hardbody trucks are basically any Nissan pickups that are pre-Frontier. So anything 97 or older.
 

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The hardbody was the boxy style that ranged from 1986 (I think) -1997. I had a 1991 and it was incredibly tough. Beat it all through high school and half of college until I traded it in at 160,000 for my Frontier.
 

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I have seen some really tricked out Hard Boddies around. They are one of the few trucks that look good to me slammed to the ground.
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They can look tight slammed.....mine was jacked up with 31's and a rollbar with hillbilly lights. Major ******* truck but fun as hell!!
 

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to answer the actual question, nissan used the term hardbody in thier advertsing for the truck the first few years of its run, then the commercials dropped it. my 95 was officially just a "nissan truck"
 

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Frontier is the first truck for Nissan to put a name on,instead of calling it a truck.A friend of mine thats a diehard Toyota fan told me that the name Titan was used by Toyota along time ago.If thats true i'm suprise it didn't wind up in court fighting over the name.
 

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gr8ful_ken said:
to answer the actual question, nissan used the term hardbody in thier advertsing for the truck the first few years of its run, then the commercials dropped it. my 95 was officially just a "nissan truck"
That was the "official name" but the Hardbody stuck from the previous years. I thought it had something to do with the double walled pickup bed. I had a 95 KC XE.
 

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I bet no one know's why the first Nissan pickup was named "Datsun"?
 

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Some of the early ones had both Datsun and Nissan on the tailgate!
 

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Frontier2 said:
I thought it was when Nissan bought out Datsun.
i thought that was a guys name...
 

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Little Red Wagen said:
I bet no one know's why the first Nissan pickup was named "Datsun"?
i do!!!!

nissan originally marketed all thier us products under the Datsun name. Nissan was associated with the japanese war macine in WWII...

a japanese roomate told me that
 
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