Baseline: The Start of the Build

I bought this 2.5 Winter Package with 121,234 miles on the odo. It had been sitting in the Southern Utah sun for at least two summers. The vehicle came from City of Industry, California and was bought by the PO in St. George, Utah in 2004. So, no rust issues. It appears to have never…

Out with the Ice

It’s been a long search, a long wait as well, but this fridge popped up on Amazon with all the specs I wanted for an onboard fridge/freezer. It’s the Alpicool C22, not an Engel nor a Dometic. Given both the budget build and the room restrictions of the Nomad, this 23 quart fridge fit the…

Another Rear Door Mod

The Nomad is at that point where every square inch becomes valuable real estate, a spot to stash or stow something critical to getting there and few things ar more critical than the first aid kit. In the latest reshuffle of gear, I’ve repurposed a Pelican 1120 case for first aid storage and orginally had…

BFGoodrich KO2 A/Ts

One of the last things on the Nomad’s wish list was a set of 33″ BFGoodrich KO2 A/Ts mounted on a new set of 15″ steelies, in this case, my second choice from American Racing. The tires are 33X10.5R15, going for a taller/skinny application to reduce rolling mass. Shaved four pounds per wheel going from…

House Battery Installation

This has been a long time in coming as for over the years I’ve weighed the pros and cons of having house power for the main purpose of powering a fridge. With the addition of the rear work lights and circuit for charging and accessories, I also wanted the peace of mind of isolating the…

Rigid 22 Top Box

Mounted to the rear Apex rack is a pair of Rigid 22″ Pro Tool Top Organizers. I’ve been a Pelican case consumer for the last twenty years, but I wasn’t keen on modifying a pair for roof-top storage, and then I saw ADV riders modifying this case for use as panniers and top cases, which…

Rodded

The Nomad’s temp gauge has been more erratic than a supreme court nominee hearing and with a cursory level check I started to rule out the issue starting with the lease expensive fix, this being a new temp sender. No difference. I noticed that the upper hose was too pliable, empty even while the engine…

Locking Hubs

Trying to get the best mileage possible given the 650+ mile/week commute, I thought I’d try a pair of lockable hubs to free up the hubs from font axles and transfer case when I don’t need them. Plus, locking in the hubs takes me back to an old Bronco. I sourced a pair of Aisin…

OME HD

This is my second install of Old Man Emu heavy duty shocks and springs on a Montero, the first one on my previous Gen3. The difference was significant enough to do the same for the Nomad and I’m certainly not disappointed. The front install is straight forward, done in about fifteen minutes per side. Likewise…

Painted Wheels

I’ve been going the rounds on the Nomad’s wheels – stick with stock or go aftermarket – and I figured I didn’t have much to lose if I tried painting my stock wheels to begin with. I’m not much on blackout. I like contrast and I like the ’60s and ’70 look of Chevy SS…

Trans Pan Gasket and Filter

The Nomad’s been oozing a few too many fluids, two to be exact, oil and transmission fluid. I did the transmission pan seal swap and filter change and learned a few lessons along the way that you might find helpful if you ever find yourself considering doing the same. Yes, the frame cross member that…