2000 Nissan Frontier - Green Tea

What Doesn't Burn You, Makes You Stronger

Mike Alexander
May 1, 2010
Photographers: Brandon Burrell
OWNER: Rusty Lowe
RIDE: 2000 Nissan Frontier
HOMETOWN: Sevierville, TN
CLUB: Relaxed Atmosphere

Some people go through life and never really get to experience certain things. Well, Rusty Lowe from Sevierville, Tennessee, now knows that green tea happens to not be flammable (lucky for him and his buddy).
Photo 2/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier front Right View
But we'll come back to that here in a bit. First thing's first, let's check out the two- year process that lead to Rusty's clean and green 2000 Nissan Frontier.
Rusty started with a nice altitude adjustment and knew he wanted to plant his Frontier flat to the pavement. As a member of the Relaxed Atmosphere, Tennessee chapter and having been around minitrucks since he was 16, Rusty was more than capable of the job at hand. So with grinder and welder in hand, he installed four-corner adjustable suspension, compliments of Slam Specialties airbags all the way around. Next, he cut and capped the frame rails for a stock-floor body drop to help maintain decent cabin space. After bolting up a set of 20-inch rollers the stance was finished off with perfection and Rusty could move on to the next piece of the puzzle.
With the guts still apart from the body drop, Rusty and a couple friends slowly redid the interior to go with the theme he had planned for the outside. But as they were about halfway through, the dash sparked and caught fire! Luckily for Rusty, his buddy had a gallon of tea and instantly reacted dumping the tea on the fire. Thank God it wasn't flammable tea and the fire was extinguished! So, with one close call out of the way, Rusty was determined to pick up where they left off and see this build through. The rest of the interior was smoothed and painted and Rusty buttoned up the stereo system.
So far the only major snag was the dash fire, so Rusty felt confident to move to the exterior and smooth out the rest of the truck. The paint and body duties were left to Diverse Customs to finish off the Frontier with Rusty's vision in mind. Some minitrucker inspired biomechanical airbrushing tore through the Dupont green paint to bring the completed Frontier to life. Rusty finally had the complete package he was after, and thanks to friends and family he could cruise a truck in style and rep for his Relaxed Atmosphere buddies. Hey, at least the tea wasn't flammable and they can all laugh about it now! For more information, check out the Lowdown.
Photo 6/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier custom Graphic
Rolling Attire

Wheels (Front/Rear): Chrome 20x8.5 and 20x9.5
Tires: 245/30ZR20 and 245/35ZR20
Photo 7/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier custom Truck Bed
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Torsion 'bag setup, Slam RE6s
Suspension Rear: Four-link with Slam RE7s on bars
Control Arms: Chromed
Shocks: Belltech
Compressors: Viair 380s
Air Accessories: Rocker switches, five-gallon air tank
Frame Mods: Custom bridge and notch
Misc.: Everything painted and chromed
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate, emblems, antenna, smoothed bed inside and out
Body-dropped: Stock-floor
Bolt-ons: A lot of billet, euro tails
Photo 8/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier steering Wheel
Brand and Colors: DuPont green
Misc.: "Minitruck style" biomechanical airbrushing
Performed By: Diverse Customs
Seats: Bucket seats wrapped in vinyl
Dash and Door Panels: Smoothed and painted
Misc.: Suede headliner
Performed By: Scotty W.
Photo 9/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier custom Interior
Head Unit: Alpine
Mids and Highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Kicker 15s
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate
Misc.: Custom enclosure
Performed By: Owner
Intake: Custom-built
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster
Transmission: Five-speed
Rearend Type: Toyota
Detail Work: Painted and chromed
Photo 10/10   |   2000 Nissan Frontier engine
Special Thanks from Owner:
"I want to thank everyone that helped out along the way. My beautiful girlfriend, Tonya, for her support and patience and giving me time to work on the truck. Also let's not forget Jeff "Big Head" Lewis from RA."

2015 Nissan Frontier Specifications

Fair Market Price $17,075
MSRP $17,990
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 19 City / 23 Highway
Engine 2.5L I4
Horse Power 152 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 171 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
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Mileage: 19 / 23
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