1998 Nissan Frontier - Wanna Trade?

You've Just Been Chicofied!

Ernie Macias
Mar 1, 2008
Photographers: Mike Alexander, Ernie Macias
I'm sure you've all seen the show, "Pimp My Ride." The idea is basic, take somebody's ride, then pimp it out to give it a whole new feel and look, which is exactly what Tracy Shaw, aka Chico, did when he traded his already pimped-out Mitsubishi Mighty Max to one of his club members for their former cover truck. What Chico did next could only be described as "Chicofied." He took an already pimped-out Frontier, added his flavor to the truck, and really turned some heads in the process.
Chico learned even a shop's work isn't always what it seems. Whenever you pick up a truck from somebody else, the chances are, you're going to have to redo some of the work. Chico, being such a perfectionist, decided once he got his hands on the truck to go through every inch of it. In the process, just about every piece of sheetmetal was changed. This was the perfect opportunity to add the '04 Xterra sheetmetal to the truck. He also added an '04 Frontier tailgate and a Sir Michaels roll pan to the back.
When it came time to paint, no fancy lightning or crazy colors like "Pimp My Ride" were used. Only nice, straight, and non-fancy silver was used to coat the truck. But don't worry, this truck doesn't get lost at shows, and it has already taken home many "Best of" trophies, including Best of Show at the Relaxed All Star Event.
Since this truck has been "Chicofied," you might be wondering what's next for Chico. Well, he's already sold the truck to a new owner and is in the process of "Chicofying" another famous truck at the moment.
Owner:Tracy Shaw aka "Chico"
Ride: '98 Nissan Frontier
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Club: Negative Camber
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front):
One-Off BAD 20-inch billet wheels
Wheels (Rear): One-Off BAD 22-inch billet wheels
Tires (Front): 245/35R20
Tires (Rear): 255/30R22
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
Suspension (Front): Scott's Hot Rods Mustang II
Suspension (Rear): Corvette IRS narrowed 5 inches per side
Airbag type and size: (Front/Rear): Airlift Firestone, double-convoluted 2,200 lbs
Control arms: Scott's Hot Rods
Shocks: Toxic Shocks
Valves: GC 4505
Compressors: Two Viair 380s
Air/hydro accessories: Nine switch box
Frame mods: Full custom chassis, smoothed and painted
Frame material: 2 x 3-inch box and round tubing
Gas tank: 15-gallon fuel cell
(Front): Mustang II 11-inch two-piston
SSBC 206 13-inch four-piston
Detail work: Everything was painted, polished, or billet
Body Modifications
Door handles, gas door, tailgate handles, antenna, wipers, cab seams, and thirdbrake light
Body-dropped: 2.25-inch stock-floor
Front end: '04 Xterra hood, grille, and headlights
Back end:'04 tailgate and Sir Michaels roll pan
Taillights: Euro
Performed by: Tracey Shaw
City/state:O'Fallon, Missouri
Brand and colors: Standox, Silver PS-2
Style:Basecoat, clearcoat
Pinstriping: Tailgate, performed by Kendal
Performed by: Tracey Shaw
City/state:O'Fallon, Missouri
Material: Leather and snakeskin
Dash: Custom painted sheetmetal
Door panels: Custom-made
Gauges: Auto Meter
Performed by: AutoTailors
City/state: St. Peters, Missouri
Head unit: Alpine
Mids and highs: SR Series
Amplifier for mids and highs:SR Series
Subwoofers: two 10-inch subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: three amps
Performed by: Polk Audi
City/state: St. Charles, Missouri
388 stroker
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type: Edelbrock 400
Internals: .060 over Keith Black pistons 11:1 comp.
Camshaft: Crane, duration 290 lift 478
Fuel delivery: Holly manual pump
Transmission: Modified TH350
Rearend type: Corvette IRS 3-73 gears
Intake: Holly
Header/exhaust: Re-fabbed Hedman HeadersBattery: Two Kinetic 1,800s
Detail work: Paint and billet
Special Thanks By Owner:To my wife, Chrissy; daughter, Autumn; for letting me spend endless nights in the garage. To Jamey Jordan and Duck for making me finish it. To each of my boys who have helped: Dusty, Bob, Mike, Don "the Glass Man," and to all Negative Camber members for their support, and to Chad Lucas.



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