“Normally I buy a car and just keep adding to it,” Alan begins. It’s an approach most of us likely take: a natural evolution of a project over time eventually yields the fruits of our labor. Often times, it’s the ebb and flow of a build that defines its eventual outcome; however, sometimes, a build begins with an idea. For this 1993 Datsun Sunny Pickup, Alan Dufficy knew exactly what he wanted more than a year prior to having a car in hand.
We all own cars and trucks for different reasons, largely to fill practical needs of transportation, while some fill selfish voids that we convinced ourselves that we have. I was left with a gap when I moved out of the city back to my small hometown to a perfect little house with a view down an old dirt road. I have a boring daily that fills most all my needs, and I sold off my “selfish void” of an RX7.
“Better late than never,” they seem to say. It’s been more than a year since my latest project made its debut with H&R Springs, center stage, at SEMA 2018. After a blisteringly-fast 6-month build, I turned up the day of roll in, excited to show the world what I had been working on through the summer and fall months of the year.
It’s been years since I’ve gone to a car show on my own accord, and even longer since I’ve attended one without a camera in hand. As StanceWorks has grown, and as I’ve devoted more and more of my time to my project cars, enthusiast events have seemed to slip through the cracks. Surprisingly, it was the Japanese Classic Car Show just a few week ago that convinced me to set down both the tools and the camera for a day of enjoying cars as I used to.
Photography by Keith Ross
For most, it’s clear that in the ’50s and ’60s, the Big Three were on to something. From the towering fins perched atop Cadillac fenders, to the tiered, rolling hoods of classic Chevy trucks, the automotive design language of the time was unparalleled, and has since left us with a truly special and eclectic collection of classics, many waiting for their chance at a second life.