In the grand scheme of project builds, we'd all like them to go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. However, sometimes the rigors of daily life take their toll on quality garage time that's spent wrenching on our beloved rigs. Jeff Yeager of Grand Junction, Colorado, has spent the last 10 years cutting, welding, and gathering parts for his '69 Nissan Patrol. A decade is a long time to stare at an idle project without actually 'wheeling it. After all that time Jeff built himself an extremely capable and super-flexy go-anywhere machine that was well worth the wait.
Living in the Rocky Mountains has its advantages for four-wheelers. There are literally thousands of miles of trails through spectacular country. Jeff wanted a trail rig that was able to conquer the toughest trails when he's out 'wheeling with his buddies, and a dependable vehicle for family camping and backcountry expeditions.
The old Patrol was built on somewhat of a tight budget, but some dream parts couldn't be skimped on, like the double-ended hydraulic ram steering system and the Ford 302ci V-8. The day Jeff finally turned the key and fired the engine is the day he realized his new trail rig surpassed his family's expectations for an awesome adventure rig.
1969 Nissan Patrol
Engine: Ford 302ci V-8
Transmission: Ford T-18
Transfer case: Toyota with Marlin Crawler
Front Axle: Dana 60, Lincoln locker, 4.56 gears
Rear Axle: GM 14-bolt, Lincoln locker, 4.56 gears
Springs & Such: Custom Alcan leaf springs with Orbit-Eye joints, Fox remote reservoir shocks
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5/17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs, 17x8.5 aluminum wheels
Steering: Performance Off-Road Systems double-ended hydraulic ram
Other Stuff: Tom Woods driveshafts, Ford Super Duty hydroboost, T-Max 10,000-pound winch, frame stretched 14 inches