My New Build: 1990 3-Door Nissan Patrol, 4.2, Diesel



Took off the rear bumper. I’m looking to add either a dual-tire swing out bumper or one tire swing out with a ladder. Examples are below.




Also just ordered a pair of adjustable upper control arms from Dobinsons.




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Super stoked for the treps. The Shorty is in the garage getting her new rear bumper, so for reference I placed them against the FJ.


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Dude, those things look AGGRESSIVE. Should serve you well in the jungle. I continue to enjoy the trip reports with the Shorty!
Thanks. That’s precisely what I got them for. I’ll only use the treps for trips into the Peten jungle. For daily driving and light 4x4ing, I’ll keep the Coops on. Can’t wait to get some mud on the treps! Have a few other goodies on the way, too!


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Bummer of news this morning. The garage can't find the De-Sta-Co pull action clamps needed for the swing-outs. I'll have to bring some back from the States in November when I travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Oh well, that's part of the challenge of building a rig in a developing country. You can't always find the parts you need. You win some; you lose some. Just have to be patient and stay positive. There's a solution for everything.
 
Change of plans (again). We were able to find the material. She’s coming along nicely. Still a few details to sort out, but overall I’m happy with this “first draft”.



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More pics of the rear bar in process. As we progress improvements are made and the quality will slowly reflect this. I wanted to share these “rough” pics to capture the development of ideas from how a local, Guatemalan garage not known for being a 4x4 shop evolves and adapts its approach from taking my vision and turning it into a finished product. I don’t live in the capital city so to find a local shop that has the right foundation, mindset, and honesty, more than anything, to work with you without trying to rip you off is essential.

Changes to this design are currently being worked on and corrected. I’ll continue to capture the build as it progresses. Hope to this rear bar painted and finalized by early next week.




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