Me!Here!'s Grey Beast

Me!Here! Aug 1, 2019

  1. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Here's my build thread.

    The goal is a nice lil adventure rig, nothing too crazy or extreme, just some weekend off-road camping maybe some dunes on the Cape.

    I myself am in Accounts Receivable, no mechanical or body background, the old man however was a mechanic and body man he's retired now so he's like always available with knowledge and a crap ton o' tools, (could do w/o the inclined driveway!!)

    Between this site, Ry the Car Guy on YouTube and the old man there's not much we shouldn't be able to do on our own.

    Username: MeHere!

    Make: Nissan
    Year: 2010
    Model: XTerra
    Trim: X
    Color: Midnight Armor -For Now

    MODS

    Electrical:
    Lights
    40” Light Bar Roof - Purchased
    20-30” Light Bar - Wish-listed
    Rear basket - Wish-listed
    6 Spots - Wish-listed
    2 Side Basket, 2 Grill
    Speakers - Wish-listed
    Radio – Completed
    Back up Cam – Purchased
    Horn - Wish-listed
    Dual Battery Set up - Wish-listed
    Digital Volt Meter – Purchased
    Empty spot above power outlet
    Interior LED’s – Installed
    On Board Air - Wish-listed
    Wheel well mounted

    Body/Chassis:
    Old Man Emu Kit – Installed
    Tires AT General Grabbers Googley Eyed
    Rear Bumper Maxterra Googley Eyed
    Front Bumper Still Deciding
    Winch Mount
    Brakes - Completed
    Homemade Roof Drop-In Basket - Planned and Diagrammed
    Homemade Retractable Awning - Planned and Diagrammed
    Shower - Planned and Diagrammed
    Bedliner Bumper Guards - Wish-listed
    Bedliner Paint Job - Wish-listed
    Grey/black/red
    Stealth Wheels - Completed
    Rock Sliders – Rocky Mountain Purchased
    Skid Plates - In time
    Wind Guards- In time
    XDS - Planned and Diagrammed
    XTerrra Drawer System
    Tool Draw
    Storage
    Stowage
    Power Inverter - Wish-listed
    Rear cargo hold mount
    Rocker Switches
    USB
    Winch
    Overhead Console - Planned and Diagrammed
    Hand Built Wooden
    Garmin InReach - Wish-listed
    Video Mount - Wish-listed
    CB Radio - Wish-listed
    Stowage
    Rocker Switch Panel - Wish-listed
    6 Gang
    Xterra Specific Rockers - Wish-listed
    LED Bar – Purchased
    Grille Bar - Wish-listed
    Side Lights – Purchased

    Road Gear:
    Hi-lift Jack - Wish-listed
    Rack Mounted
    Tire Kit - Wish-listed
    Winch Kit - Wish-listed
    Shovel - Wish-listed
    Rack Mounted
    MaxTrax - Wish-listed
    Rack Mounted
    Axe – Purchased
    Fire Extinguisher - Wish-listed
    Jerry Cans - Wish-listed
    Rear Bumper Mounted

    Campsite Gear:
    Chuck Box - Planned and Diagrammed
    First-Aid Kit - Wish-listed
    Thrasharoo - Wish-listed
    Tent - Wish-listed
    Chairs- Wish-listed
    Tables- Wish-listed
    Clothes Line- Wish-listed

    Fun Stuff:
    GoPro - Wish-listed
    Drone - Purchased
    RC Truck – Purchased
    Games

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    X in ME 3.JPG brakes.jpg lca.jpg Xterra.jpg X in ME 1a.jpg
     
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  2. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Git 'er Done!
     
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  3. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Good looking build so far.
    I edited you post to make the pics inline full size instead of thumbnails.
     
  4. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Capture2.JPG IMG_20190623_101734.jpg IMG_20190623_160239.jpg Rear brakes done this weekend, pics of my last BIG job on the beast was switching out a bad heater core....that was a bear of a job...
    next up brake light bulb
     
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  5. Brunnie

    Brunnie Bought an X Supporting Member

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    ^^^ From that second photo, I was going to say "someone stole your dash!" :D

    Then you said you replaced your heater... Guess if I ever need to have that done I'll have you do it. ;)
     
  6. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Dude this was a no joke job, took about 11 hours...and every swear I could think of...which is an FN lot!! But am glad I did it cuz I can only imagine that labor bill!!
     
  7. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    I'm at a crossroad, which step to take next...trying to slowly build up the accessories (for the Mrs sake) like OBA and more lights, CB etc...

    I think the next step may be to tackle to overhead console or the drawers in the rear...or the molle panels....man no wonder I'm at a crossroad I used no map
     
  8. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Bought an X

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    I vote overhead console so I can copy it lol.
     
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  9. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    I guess it's time to dig out the scroll saw!!
     
  10. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    I vote drawers. Useful from now on and not just a stepping stone...
     
  11. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I spend more money on comic books than my X Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Seconded for drawers.
     
  12. kirk

    kirk Will get you lost in S. Dallas Moderator Supporting Member

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    I just wanna say I dont think I could have possibly tackled that heater core job. Wow.
     
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  13. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    It was the first job I did on her where there was no "How to"...if there had been I may not have tackled it!!
     
  14. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Bought an X

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    I don't know why some of them leak and some don't but those pics make me nervous about my 06 knowing it's just a couple of o-rings between me and that job.
     
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  15. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    It's really not THAT bad it is however time consuming...11 to 12 hours...the two sore parts were getting the heater core in...the one in the truck had quick disconnects maybe 3 inches of pipe the disconnect...the replacement was full pipe!! The second was due to the previous, having to disconnect the AC lines coming in...there is a plastic T then three inches of pipe covered in rubber which would not budge...until I broke the T...had to replace that line too...
     
  16. kirk

    kirk Will get you lost in S. Dallas Moderator Supporting Member

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    Hell you shoulda wrote one!
     
  17. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    I am debating it...not sure if I got enough pics
     
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  18. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Here's the poster board mock up, boy oh boy we have some ceiling curves.... Overhead Console.jpg
     
  19. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Some drafts of the planned drawer system...the pass. side wing will cover the tank for OBA, the drivers side will house the power inverter...wow is inverter not a word? XDS Base.jpg XDS multi sides.jpg XDS no facia.jpg XDS with facia.jpg
     
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  20. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    One more, this is the slide out table...the facia is set to hang lower so as to allow for clamping if needed

    table.jpg
     
  21. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Where does the table fit in? I'm not getting a feel for it on the first rendering. I'm wanting two drawers on one side of mine and the fridge on the other.
     
  22. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    The table slides out of the very bottom

    Two drawers, tool drawer below those then table below that
     
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  23. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Drawer slides purchased...Rockler had a nice 30% sale last week...changed from two large even sized drawers with the tool drawer going to full width, changed to one taller drawer and the tool drawer only half way...table will be able to support 200 LBS...odds and ends left to grab are piano hinges, tie downs rubber mat for the top...

    The other thing I changed will be the base...I did not want to lose access to the cubby, the table being the "bottom" of the unit will be raised a few inches from the actual bottom...table fascia will overhang acting as a "cover" and a place to offer perpendicular clamping...

    The base will now be flat in the cargo area but a cutout for cubby access, I think I'm going to build with the wings (see drawing) this will give me a mounting place inside the cargo area for the OBA comp. instead of inside the wheel well

    I moved my original idea of inverter on the opposite side of OBA but by moving it to the same side I can store my aluminium platform under that wing

    XDS with facia 2.jpg Capture4.JPG
     
  24. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    I am a mix of procrastinator and over planner....

    I've designed and redesigned my drawer system too many times in the last month....with that said I think I'm ready...kaizen foam for tool box is in, handles and tie downs as well, heavy weight slides bought on sale, rubber matting for the top is on the way...hoping this will be a good weekend!!!
     
  25. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I hear that man.. I think I've got a bit more procrastination in me than plan haha.

    Looking forward to seeing your progress. Is this thing bolted down or just weight and dimensions keeping it still?

    L
     
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  26. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    It'll be bolted down, using the tracks...washer, carriage bolt, washer, female star knob. In theory it should make it easy to take out if needed
     
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  27. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Some progress on the drawer system, cabinet is pretty much ready now to build the drawers!!


    cabinet 1.JPG cabinet 2.JPG cabinet 3.JPG cabinet 4.JPG
     
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  28. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Looking good. I really like the design.... I wish someone had made a drawer system commercially available.

    If I may offer some constructive criticism, when you cut dados, you should only cut 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the material to help maintain its strength, preferably 1/3.
     
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  29. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Yeah, I totally went a lil deep when I routed my dados, (first time with my new palm router) but between glue and nailgun she should be sturdy enough...there's still one more board to be placed, there will be a vertical board from the top to the mid, this is going to allow for a lil more support as well as mounting sliders for the drawers
     
  30. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Kinda stoked...just received an em from Amazon I qualified for early purchase on Echo Auto!! At half the cost as well
     
  31. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Now that I am in process of the drawer build I am closer to the electronics...Amazon Auto and inverter coming today, hope can get the drawers done this weekend and then in two weeks (trip to Maine nxt wk...but not in the X...) start the electronics layout...still debating as to where I'm putting the battery

    On the drawer system I'll have 3 drawers 2 on 1 side 1 on the other...the one will not be as deep. With an open back I just have to fold a rear seat down for access to the relay/fuse boxes, breakers etc...in theory...in theory....I'm winging it here lol

    Rig Build.JPG
     
  32. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    I should have said...since I am winging it I am open to advice/suggestions
     
  33. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Alexa installed, temporary home for her, will be going in/on the overheard console (next project)

    alexa.JPG
     
  34. Me!Here!

    Me!Here! Bought an X

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    Been having a running debate with myself on Raptor Lining my X, I am def going to do so now am debating on scheme

    I love the Grey and I wants some red (subtle) highlights, and thinking of Grey body, black on the "plastic" with a possible pinstripe in red

    Googled two tone Xterra's as well may do the black on the lower 3rd of the body

    Thoughts?

    Kinda crappy image
    two tone.JPG
     
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  35. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I've got chipping and rusting on the top and back hatch and a few spots on the hood. I too researched a lot to decide on Raptor as well. I was thinking 70% white 25% blk altho now I think I'm going another direction on color. It's on the to-do list but not near the top.

    Personally I don't like the look of the bottoms done on most trucks but I have seen a few that looked great. I think for protection and doing everything in as few sprays as possible I would probably do the bottoms too.
     

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