Last Call: How do you feel about an off-road S15?

I’ve seen a similar build with a 350z awhile back but I haven’t seen an off-road S15 before. While Jake O’Donnell (@jake_n_bake127) is mostly known for his ’06 Baja Toyota Tacoma, the S15 is an exciting project for his followers to keep up with. Jake has taken it to Pismo Beach a few times to throw it around the dunes and even catch some serious air. I like the style he went for because it makes it unique to him. It’s cool to see people break the norms especially in the JDM world where styles generally stay the same.

More recently, Jake has revived his 350z and given it a widebody kit. As a long term follower, the Z was the original reason I followed him, but as I saw his other builds progress I became interested in those as well. Both he and his girlfriend Darcy (@darcy_milligan) who drifts an LS swapped S14 Silvia, are definitely worth checking out.

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12 responses to “Last Call: How do you feel about an off-road S15?”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    I like it, but (depending on the modifications) one could argue that it’s not so much an S15 anymore. Regardless, I like it when people push cars outside of their original intended purpose. The engineering challenges and the “underdog” character make such projects appealing to me.

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Sure, though technically, if it is 4wd, it would be a T-15.

    1. salguod Avatar

      Glad to see someone else immediately thought of GMC when they saw this. I posted this image in response on Twitter and I don’t think anyone knew what I was talking about.

      BTW, I never heard the 4WD referred to as a T15 before.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        The platform was S for RWD and T for AWD or 4WD, sort of like their bigger siblings in the C/K family. But while the fullsized C/K shared the same numerical designation whether a Chevy or GMC (K5 Blazer/Jimmy, C10 half-ton, K20 3/4 ton, etc), with the compact trucks, S-10 was Chevy and S-15 was GMC to the marketing guys, no matter what the production guys called them.

    2. neight428 Avatar

      A clean design that has aged way better than its drivetrain. I’d roll into Radwood in one…

      Ford is going there with the Bronco, but GM could do worse than to roll a new version of this on the Colorado Chassis.

  3. danleym Avatar

    I dig it. Still haven’t seen a car with big all terrains that I don’t like. If my Jetta ever kicks the bucket I’d like an older Impreza with a lift and some BFG KO2s

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    I saw some report on the state of EVs in Africa and this company popped up:
    They convert old Landcruisers, Land Rovers and Hiaces to EVs, and these cars are apparently very popular for safaris especially – they are silent and don’t disturb the animals so much. Of course, there’s more than safaris happening in Africa…

  5. crank_case Avatar

    Meanwhile, someone, somewhere else is turning a Land Rover into a drift car, so karmic balance is restored.

  6. crank_case Avatar

    Meanwhile, someone, somewhere else is turning a Land Rover into a drift car, so karmic balance is restored.

  7. ghosty Avatar

    Mighty Car Mods built an off-road S15, they call it ‘Mod Max.’ It’s been used in some commercials in Australia. Although I don’t know much about the above build so I couldn’t compare quality between the two builds, nor off-road capability.

  8. Tiller188 Avatar

    Rallyfighter, but somehow simultaneously prettier and more gritty/hacked-up looking? I dig.

  9. toplessFC3Sman Avatar

    I think that’s just an S15 front end on an S14 Silvia. The S15s had a much stronger and more angled character line running front-to-rear along the body sides

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