Hey everyone, it's been a while. I didn't feel that this fits a long-term build thread necessarily, but I wanted to document my progress. I got this truck in March from a family member and while its not really being restored, I am refreshing it to become a more comfortable driver/run-around truck. I wasn't planning on doing a thread so I didn't take many pictures to this point. If some pictures don't make sense, that's why. Some details about the truck:
2003 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner
3.3 V6 / Auto
The truck was used to run to the dump and occasionally tow a boat. It had been sitting under a tree for some time. I was told it had an oil leak and needed some belts replaced.
Some pictures of when I brought it home
So it was pretty dirty. Since I do a little detailing on the side, the first thing I did was pull the seats and do a good deep cleaning. I used a steamer, Chemical Guys Fabric Clean, Meguiar's APC and Aerospace 303. Here are the results:
The tailgate handle was broken so an Amazon replacement went on
I also used the chance to remove some old stickers and decals
Right around this time, the alternator belt shredded on me. I figured it was time to start addressing some mechanical issues. A buddy helped me install new valve cover gaskets, which were the cause of the oil leak and smoking. Then I cleaned up the engine bay a little bit.
As I was trying to figure out what needed to be done next, I had been worried about the timing belt, which is recommended to be replaced every 100k miles. I spoke to the previous owner who told me the timing belt had never been replaced! Since I was living on borrowed time with this motor, the truck went to the shop and got a new timing belt, water pump, the two remaining accessory belts, and two pullies.
Then to update the front end a bit I added some Amazon headlights and painted the grill bar
This is how the truck sits today. I have a new high-pressure AC hose waiting to go on which was leaking. Hopefully, that will fix my AC leak. I also have ordered some audio upgrades which should be arriving today. Also, I plan on doing some paint correction on the truck soon. I plan on keeping this updated throughout the process.