2000 Nissan Frontier - Diamond In The Rough

A Shine Worth the Time

John Mata Jr.
Nov 1, 2011
Photographers: John Jackson
Owner: Jeremy Forsyth
Ride: 2000 Nissan Frontier
Hometown: Rushville, IN
Club: Severed Ties
Photo 2/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough front Angle
"This truck was kind of whored out for years, as it changed owners several times," says Jeremy Forsyth of his latest featured minitruck. Between '06, when the Frontier was bodydropped, and '07, when Chaotic Customs conducted the body mods to it, not much happened in its favor since it wasn’t held by anyone long enough to evolve. Jeremy came across the truck in late 2010 and actually traded his MT-featured S-10 for the title. Trading a completed truck for a Construction Zone model is really taking a risk, but Jeremy felt that he needed to branch out from the world of Bow Ties and dive into something different.
Even though the Nissan was a bit rough around the edges when Jeremy got it, he recognized its potential. Its original owner had grand schemes for it and jumpstarted the build, but once it left his hands the unfortunate bouncing around from garage to garage brought progress to an abrupt standstill. Blame things on a tanking economy, lack of dedication, or other ongoing projects or prior commitments—whatever played a part in allowing this Frontier to fall through the cracks eventually worked to Jeremy’s favor. With some great modifications already in the can, he had an excellent push-start to completion.
Fresh paint found its way to the Nissan’s surface, and a full-blown custom interior was one thing that Jeremy really wanted for his new truck. But he wasn’t going to settle for a few painted interior pieces and a pair of so-so leather buckets. Instead, an assortment of exotic skins found their way inside the truck’s cab. French-stitched suede, gator, and faux leather eventually smothered the chopped stock seats, custom center console, door panels, sub enclosure, and the steering wheel to top off an interior fit for royalty. And what wasn’t wrapped in these fine materials was smoothed and painted to match the rich, tan-colored palette.
Photo 3/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough interior
The Nissan has finally been given the attention it’s deserved since the first cuts were made in ’06. And to this day, Jeremy still thinks back to the intentions of those working on the truck saw for it back then: “A lot of hard work went into this Nissan over the years. It was an honor to be able to get my hands on it and finish it. Hopefully it is somewhat close to the caliber of what the original builder had envisioned for it.”
"Trading a completed feature truck for a Construction Zone model is really taking a risk."
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire

Wheels: 20x8 Boyd Coddington Slayer
Tires: 245/35/20 BFG KDW
Photo 4/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough rear Angle
Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE6
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE6
Control Arms: Custom tubular
Shocks: Drop shocks
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: 7-gallon tank, GC valves
Frame Mods: 2x3 tube frame from firewall back
Brakes: Stock
Performed By: Original owner
Body Modifications

Shaved: Doors, third brakelight, taillights, tailgate, roll pan
Bodydrop: Stock-floor
Body Mods: Trailblazer front-end conversion, LED tails
Suicide Doors: Yup
Bolt-ons: Nope
Misc.: Sheetmetal bed, notch cover, and wheeltubs
Performed By: Chaotic Customs
Photo 5/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough front Grille

Brand & Colors: Blue Blitz Mica
Performed By: Kyle Chandanais

Seats: Stock seats chopped and recovered
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Gauges: Stock
Misc.: Custom door panels, center console, LED strip in center console, headliner has three different materials, billet interior light, Phipps door handles, one-off billet pieces around shifter and in seat back and bottom, all French-stitched (none of the stitching is visible) gator, suede, and faux leather
Performed By: Christopher Tisdale/Big Body’s Custom Interiors, Lebanon, TN
Photo 6/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough seat

Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Kicker ZX components (two sets)
Subwoofers: Kicker Comp CVR
Amplifiers: Kicker 700.5
Misc.: Custom fiberglass box
Performed By: Christopher Tisdale/Big Body’s Custom Interiors

Engine: 2.4L
Header/exhaust: Stock
Transmission: Five-speed
Rearend Type: Nissan solid axle
Misc.: Painted pieces under the hood
Performed By: Kyle Chandanais
Photo 12/15   |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough engine Bay
Special Thanks From Owner

"First off, thanks to God and my family and wife for putting up with this stuff. Rob Hohlt for helping with everything including lots of odds and ends, Big Body for all his help with everything. Thanks to Lil’ Chad for doin’ work and Lil’ Eddie Parker for buffing on the paint. Thanks to Visa and Mastercard, Matt at Ekstensive Metalworks, and Krista (Big Body’s ol’ lady) for letting him stay out so late building a sick interior! Anyone I may have forgotten, thank you!"
2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough suicide Doors
  |   2000 Nissan Frontier Diamond In The Rough suicide Doors

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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