Owner: Daniel Dennison
Ride: 1988 Nissan Pathfinder
Hometown: Maynardville, TN
After you tear down a truck, do a ton of shaving and molding, and get it shot for Mini Truckin's Construction Zone, the next thing to do is tear it completely back apart, right?
Well if you're anything like Daniel Dennison and his 1988 Nissan Pathfinder, then that's exactly what you'd do!
Daniel tore right back into his Pathfinder before we even got the chance to run his Zone feature, as he wanted to paint and finish it so he could finally enjoy the fruits of his labor. Once you have marked getting two features with the same truck off your to-do list, most people just continue to be happy and show the truck every chance they get before they sell it. But Daniel actually kept his past feature truck and opted to do something different with it, so he set out to build this Nissan Pathfinder as a new project.
Knowing that he wanted something different but still having a love for the body lines of a Nissan, he picked up this Pathfinder and quickly decided to take it to Sean over at Insane Auto Concepts to have a frame built so he could lay the SUV body flat on the ground and nicely tuck a set of 20-inch wheels. Then, it was time to have a little bodywork done, which consisted of shaving the handles and smoothing out some dents and dings and pretty much anything that protruded from the body. He even had the small rear quarter windows shaved to completely smooth out the exterior of his new project.
Once all of the bodywork was finished, it was time to lay down the classic two-tone paint scheme and carry it to the inside for that classic hot-rod touch. While on the inside, Daniel took all the soft fuzzy panels over to David Corn to get them stitched up and to carry the two-tone theme the rest of the way throughout. Since this truck would see its fair share of road time, a massive stereo was installed behind the seats, filling up the entire rear area of the truck. With this project set to be Daniel's driver, they went through the entire truck making sure that it would hold up to the driven road abuse. All in all, a badass ride and functional at the same time, which is exactly what Daniel was after.
From time to time of you might hear of what's been called the "Construction Zone curse," in which once you get your under-construction feature, you'll never finish the truck. This is another case where the curse is proven wrong, and it just goes to show that the curse is a myth, just like the blue die used in pools to show if someone pees in the water. He actually tried to sell this truck for about a day before his wife talked him out of it, saying that he couldn't let the curse get him the second time around.
For more info on this Pathfinder, check out the Lowdown.
Wheels: 20-inch Mazzi chrome
Tires: 255/35/20 Toyo
Suspension (front): Toyota clip 'bagged with lower arms
Suspension (rear): Four-link with 'bags on bars
Control Arms: Stock modified
Spindles: 2-inch drop spindles
Valves: Chassis Tech Plug-n-Play
Frame Mods: Stock-floor bodydrop, Toyota clip up front
Gas Tank: Steel fuel cell
Detail Work: Painted
Performed By: Frame work by Insane Auto Concepts
Shaved: Handles, cowl, wipers, rear hatch, rear bumper, rear handle, taillights, and small side windows
Front End: Toyota bumper, valance, billet grille, recessed headlights
Back End: Grant Kustoms tailgate skin
Taillights: Old-school teardrops
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors: Nason Electric Lime Green metallic, Dark Charcoal metallic
Performed By: Owner, Pioneer pinstripe
Seats: Forest green and gray vinyl
Dash: Sheetmetal smoothed and painted
Door Panels: Forest green and gray vinyl with custom armrest
Misc.: Shift boot gray vinyl, speaker wall gray hammered vinyl
Performed By: David Corn
Head Unit: Alpine X303
Mids & Highs: Kicker 5-inch components and Kicker 6x9
Amplifiers: Kicker ZX250 and Kicker ZX1000
Subwoofers: Three 12-inch Solabaric L7
Misc.: Fiberglass enclosures for mids
Performed By: Owner
Rearend Type: Stock Toyota swap
Intake: Stock with Weber carb
Driveshaft: Custom-built one-piece
Detail Work: Cleaned and painted, pinstriped valve cover
Misc.: Shaved firewall, relocated booster/master cylinder
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"My wife Cami for her support both physically and financially, the guys at Seriously Insane Auto for the craftsmanship and the timely manner to get things accomplished, and David Corn for the upholstery work. Also, thanks to Brandon Burrell and the Mini Truckin' crew for the privilege of a Construction Zone feature and two full features. Thanks to anyone who lent a hand in this build."