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…

Replacing Exterior Window Mouldings

The rubberized coating on the exterior window moldings are the first finish to fail on just about any Japanese car and the Nomad has been no exception. There’s not much that can be done to refinish that would not be less than just replacing with OEM parts, so that’s what I did. Installation is pretty…

State of the Nomad

This is how it’s held up after five hard years of touring and overlanding.

Gooseneck Work Light

The installation of the new ARB roof rack meant the deletion of the two work lights that were on the rear stanchions of the previous rack. This created some logistic challenges in bringing light to the cooking work space of the pull out. I considered mounting a fixture above the window of the rear door…

The Last Rack. Promise.

While this thread has its share of rack builds, I finally caved in on what I’ve wanted all along but couldn’t quite swing up until now, an ARB gutter-mounted roof rack (ARB 3800040 Steel Roof Rack Basket). This was no small feat, not so much in acquisition – there was a time when ARB shipped…

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…