Just bought a 1st gen in Florida

dogwater Mar 6, 2019

  1. dogwater

    dogwater Test Drive

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    Hey folks, I just bought a 2002 XE 4x4 manual with 64,000 miles on it and brought it home Monday. It's in pretty good shape except for some surface rust underneath, a patch of paint missing on the roof with some surface rust and some paint loss around the edges of doors, etc... The plastic bumpers and fascia need some refreshing or painting also. I'm planning on changing out every fluid and doing the whole 60k mile maintenance schedule. It needs tires but I haven't yet convinced myself that it'll fit 265/75/16 on it stock - I still need to sort through all the tire threads on this and other boards. I want to do the 2" BL and 1.5" PML eventually but am not ready yet. I'd like to just get some A/T tires on there, put on an idler arm brace and focus on catching up on the maintenance schedule and rust remediation for now. I have owned a few other wheeling rigs including a 90 Hardbody that I cranked the torsion bars on to fit 32's and did other mods but that's long gone. (I also had a hillbilly lifted 85 4Runner and a 1969 Nissan Patrol.) Anyway, I appreciate all the info I've gleaned from this forum.

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    Pic of the Hardbody
    Pic of the 4Runner
    Pic of the Patrol
     
  2. harryron

    harryron Titan Swapped / SAS'd

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    Welcome
     
  3. Bushnut

    Bushnut First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Nice blue!
     
  4. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Welcome, and how did you find a 17 year old truck with that few miles on it? I do that many in two years!

    You said you're going to do a 60k tune up, go ahead and do the timing belt since it's so old.
     
  5. RxnNic66

    RxnNic66 Test Drive

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    Ooh I love that color! And now I want a hardbody too... Welcome!
     
  6. dogwater

    dogwater Test Drive

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    Thanks for the welcome, folks. I like the 'Just Blue' color also and Hardbodies are great trucks but they're getting few and far between these days.

    As far as finding one with that few miles, I just kept my eye on the ads and this one came up about 90 miles away from me, which is farther than I wanted to go but it seemed worth a look and I managed to talk the guy down to what I thought was a reasonable price. I wasn't set on an Xterra but it was that, a Frontier, Pathfinder, 4Runner or Tacoma and I didn't want one with too high miles since it'll have to be my DD for awhile.

    Yeah, I'll have to do the timing belt but I'll want to do the water pump and everything else related at the same time. That might have to wait a bit but the first thing I want to do is work through changing out all the fluids and pay some attention to the surface rust.
     
  7. Bushnut

    Bushnut First Fill-Up (of many)

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    If you’ve got rust underneath pay attention to the oil pan. Mine rusted through in a few spots. A huge PIA to change. Also look at the gas tank where the rear bracket is. Dirt and moisture likes to collect between it and the tank It will rust a hole above the seam. Ask me how I know.
    All the best with your new X.
     
  8. dogwater

    dogwater Test Drive

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    Thanks and thanks for the advice. I did look at the oil pan area before I bought it but I'll have to look more closely at the gas tank area. The rust is pretty light overall but I do need to make sure there's nothing I missed. I'll be working on cleaning it up under there and treating / painting it to try and prevent any more from forming. My first goal for that is to deal with the small patch on the roof. It's just surface rust but I want to sand it off and get it primed at least.
     
  9. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Man. That blue brings back lots of fond memories. My 1st X was that color.

    Welcome to XN!
     
  10. dogwater

    dogwater Test Drive

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    Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, when I saw it it reminded me of my trusty blue Hardbody, which was a favorite out of the many vehicles I've owned over the years.
     

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