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…

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…

The Camper

SHELTER Two ARB awnings have been added to the Nomad, the 1250 on the back and the 2000 on the left side. An ARB Awning room attaches beneath the 2000 awning to create a 6.5 by 8 foot space (2000X2500mm), resulting fifty square feet. The awnings are attached to the two Apex racks using 3/4…

Rear Work Lamps

Rounding out the illumination modifications on the Nomad is a pair of three-inch, 12W LED work lamps mounted on the rear Surco roof rack stanchions. Although the interior cargo lamp has been converted to LED, I needed more light on the food prep area along with a bit more illumination rearward, though the LED reverse light…

Auxiliary Lighting

With the roof rack finally where I want it to be, I pulled the trigger on new off-road combo lamps on the bull bar, and finally wired up the trail lights on the roof rack.  It all begins with the addition of a Blue Sea Blade Fuse block and a 100 amp breaker.  Blue Sea…