2000 Nissan Frontier- The Final Frontier
Nissan Wishes & Turquoise Dreams
Some people are just born into the truck culture, such is the case for Jason Sanspree of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who fantasized about owning trucks of all different sizes as a kid. Of course, that passion didn’t come to fruition until he was able to get behind the wheel. His first truck was a Ford Bronco that he lowered and put wheels on. He only had that for a year before he bought an Isuzu Rodeo to which he added air suspension and nicknamed “The Reflector Collector.” His knack for customizing trucks just came as a second nature.
He started hanging out with friends who had similar interests, and his knowledge only began to grow greater with each vehicle. Since his mother wasn’t on board with customizing his only SUV, Jason decided to get a different truck. His next purchase was a Nissan Hardbody that made him absolutely fall in love with Nissan trucks. He customized the entire truck from the ground up with his friend, and he had it about six years before he sold it and bought a Chevy S10.
Once he had the Chevy, he realized just how great the Nissan trucks were, and he began searching for a new Nissan. He came across a ’00 Nissan Frontier owned by Joey Bandy that was at a truck show. He friended Joey Milfelt through social media and followed the truck waiting for his opportunity to purchase it. It took about a year of convincing Joey before he was able to procure the Frontier. Once he purchased the Frontier, he sent a transport to pick up the truck and deliver it from Michigan to his house in Alabama.
The Nissan holds a special place in Jason’s heart. “This is one truck I’ll never sell,” he says. “It’s the one vehicle I will never get sick of.” Although Joey had done an immaculate job making sure the Nissan Frontier was on an elite level, Jason wanted to add his own flare to the mini-truck. He added purple pinstripe to bring out the turquoise color even more. The interior was upgraded to add a little more modern touch. His good friends Joey and Bobby Goodyear joined up with Sunset Truck Club, and Jason soon became a member, too.
Jason has been in the truck culture for over 20 years, and his passion and love for trucks shows in every way. From the very first time he bought a truck, he’s worked at making them unique. He wishes to give thanks to his beautiful girlfriend Tori and his children Ella and Colton. He’s brought the family into the culture to show them what he’s achieved and always tries to give back. His Nissan certainly wasn’t the first truck he’s owned, but it will be The Final Frontier.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 2000 Nissan Frontier
Owner and City/State: Jason Sanspree; Gulf Shores, Alabama
Club Affiliation: =Sunset=
Front Suspension: Five-lug swap, ’92 Toyota hubs, rotors and calipers, Belltech spindles, Dominator 2,500-pound bags, McClarys MetalWorks lower control arm triangulation kit by Joey Bandy and Chris Beard
Rear Suspension: ’92 Toyota rear end, McClarys MetalWorks wishbone kit, suspension built by Joey Bandy and Chris Beard
Engine: Four-cylinder five-speed stocker
Body/Paint: Shaved gas door, tailgate handle and McClarys Metalwork smooth steel wiper cowl, Tropical Turquoise paint by Joey Bandy, pinstripe by Robert Messenger
Interior: Tan leather and suede by Kustom Stitch, Raceline Blast steering wheel
Stereo: Pioneer double-din head unit, XFire components and amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8.5; Raceline Blast 5 Billet wheels
Tires: 245/35ZR20; Ohtsu tires