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2004 Nissan Frontier - Twice As Nice

Second Time Around the Block

John Mata Jr.
Dec 1, 2011
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
"On the way home, the suicide driver door popped open and the trailer tire nearly caught and tore it off."
Troy Cole has owned this truck not once but two different times over a period spanning just a couple of years. His first encounter with this Frontier was at Southeast Showdown in ’09. Back then, it was laid out on 20s and was rockin’ a simple green and silver two-tone paintjob. It was nice and clean, and Troy just had to have it. He used his bodied ’01 GMC Sierra to bait the Nissan’s owner to agree to a straight-up trade. Troy hooked the big one and found himself behind the wheel of a new ride, but as you’ve probably already gathered from the first line of this story, he let the truck slip through his fingers.
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"I kept the Frontier for about two months before I traded it for a Tacoma. I immediately regretted doing it because the Toyota was tiny and had a traditional bodydrop. I felt like a giraffe driving a Beetle," says Troy of his knack for trading.
After kicking himself in the head, or diligently trying to anyway, he offloaded the Toy’ to someone who actually fit inside cab and once again started scouting for another minitruck project. The wound left open by losing the Frontier still hadn’t scabbed yet, so this latest mishap stung like hell.
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With the search starting to show no real signs of promise, Troy stumbled upon his ex-truck with another guy—a prospecting Aftermath member in Arkansas. The details of Troy’s pleading and methods of persuasion needn’t be discussed here, but he did get the truck back in the same condition he last saw it in. Its trip back to his garage, however, nearly took a turn for the worse though: “On the way home, the suicide driver door popped open and the trailer tire nearly caught and tore it off.”
Needless to say, the door took a little beating, but it did help speed up the complete overhaul process. The truck was cut to sit on 22s, the interior was gutted and spit-shined, new paint was sprayed, and it was debuted and shot at the same show Troy first laid eyes on it. How’s that for a turn of events?
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Owner: Troy Cole
Ride: 2004 Nissan Frontier
Hometown: Moore, SC
Club: Aftermath
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 22x9.5 Milanni Bel Air 5
Tires: Durun

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE7 ’bags
Suspension (rear): Custom link setup
Control Arms: Stock uppers, custom lowers
Compressor(s): Viair 480
Frame Mods: Custom box frame from firewall back
Performed By: The Butcher Shop

Body Modifications

Shaved: Everything but the wipers
Bodydrop: Stock-floor
Body Mods: Fully shaved bed with 42-inch LED bar
Suicide Doors: Yes
Performed By: The Butcher Shop


Brand & Colors: Viper Snakeskin Green
Misc.: Black graphic and pinstriping
Performed By: Owner and Jay Delaney
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Seats: Stock seats cut and covered in brown and tan ostrich
Dash: Painted black and prism-flaked
Misc.: Ostrich headliner and visors, door panels smoothed and painted with ostrich inserts
Performed By: Owner and Jay Delaney

Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Eclipse 6.5-inch
Performed By: Owner

Engine: Stock
Intake: Custom
Header/exhaust: Custom
Detail Work: Painted, flaked, and pinstriped accents
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner

"Thanks to my wife for putting up with my truck addiction. Thanks to the guys at the shop, Kevin, the original owner, Jay for the forward progress on the second buildup. Thank you to Cory Arnold for the audio hookup, and thanks to my Aftermath family."
Photo 6/9   |   2004 Nissan Frontier Twice As Nice interior Seats


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