Nissan Pathfinder VG30 Head Gasket Replacement

Nissan Pathfinder VG30 Head Gasket Replacement

Nissan VG30 Head Gasket Replacement

After years of red line and forgetting to turn my Ford Taurus E-Fan on my Head Gasket was starting to go with a bit of oil showing up under the rad cap. Grabbing some new head gaskets off of RockAuto, as well as an assortment of other gaskets and seals that I may need along the way, including a timing belt I tore into the Pathmaker and got started. Continue reading →

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Wheeling Season Opener

Wheeling Season Opener

The Rains have finally arrived...

After a long dry summer offseason, which we were supposed to use for wrenching projects and DIDN'T, the rain has arrived and its time to get started on another wheeling season.
With the Pathmaker still down needing head gaskets (see above about wrenching projects I didn't do) I hopped in with Shaun in the Mercedes diesel Toyota and joined Jim and Dan in their Toyota buggies and Kevin in his Suzuki buggy and we headed out for another day of backcountry wheeling and BBQing as we like to do.

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Nugget Trail

Nugget Trail

Another Day, Another Trail

The sun was shining so it was the perfect weather for another day of back country trail wheeling with the boys. As usual I was in the Pathmaker Rig, with Jim in his Toyota Buggy, Kevin and Mike in their Suzuki based buggies.

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Bush Trail

Bush Trail

New Trail? Sounds like a great idea!

It was time for another day of back country trail wheeling and bbqing with the boys so we got together at Jim’s house again before heading out into the woods. With cloudy skies but dry rocks it was looking like it would be a good traction sort of day. Continue reading →

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Pathmaker EFI Shakedown Run

Pathmaker EFI Shakedown Run

Got the Pathmaker out for its first Shakedown Run after the EFI swap and it turned into an epic day in the woods. Three rigs in the group for the run, Jim’s linked Exo-caged Toyota Buggy and Nicks beauty 1985 Suzuki Samurai buggy and of course the Pathmaker Rig. Continue reading →

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Whipsaw Trail

Whipsaw Trail

Whipsaw Trail, BC

My buddies over at CrawlinBC.com invited me out for a bit of Overlanding as they ran the Whipsaw Trail during a recent annual August trip and since I've never been on the Whipsaw I jumped at the chance.

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Nissan Pathfinder VG30i EFI Swap

Nissan Pathfinder VG30i EFI Swap

Nissan VG30i EFI Swap Part 2 – Bolting up the EFI

In the last post we removed all the parts for the MPFI swap from our donor 1995 Nissan Pathfinder “The Cheapfinder.” Now the time has come to put the Pathmaker Rig under the knife and pull off all the TBI parts so I can bolt up the parts off the 95.
The list of parts you need to remove is essentially identical as in Part 1 so head over there for all the details and we’ll pickup this from a torn down VG30i. Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathfinder VG30E EFI Removal

Nissan Pathfinder VG30E EFI Removal

Nissan VG30i EFI Swap Part 1 – Stripping the ’95

It was finally time to tear apart the 1995 Nissan Cheapfinder project and get the EFI stuff off the engine before sending it to the scrapyard to get turned into a cube. The reason for the effort and the reason you’re likely reading this is to do an EFI Swap on your Nissan Pathfinder or Hardbody with the VG30i Throttle Body engine. Since the Pathmaker rig is a 2dr 1987 Pathfinder it sports the old VG30i and it was time for an upgrade.
Why go thru the effort you may ask? “Free” Horsepower! Continue reading →

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Team No Stickies

Team No Stickies

Team No Stickies made it out for a day of Full Body Rig Rock Crawling

With some wet weather in the month of September signalling the start of wheeling season we got together for some back country wheeling with Team No Stickies. Continue reading →

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Reiter Rock Crawl 2019

Reiter Rock Crawl 2019

Reiter Rock Crawl 2019 was another awesome wheeling event!

For the second year in a row I went down to the Reiter Rock Crawl and once again it did not disappoint. The 4th running of the event featured 3 classes of rigs. A Stock-Mod Class, a Sportsmen Class and an Unlimited class. Continue reading →

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Trailer Box Build – Pathmaker Speed Shop

Trailer Box Build – Pathmaker Speed Shop

Never Ending Trailer Project

The list of things keeps getting smaller on the trailer repair list and a new axle has been ordered to replace the bent old one that was taking out my tires. I cut off the old U-bolts, because you don’t reuse U-bolts, and dragged the axle out from under the trailer. Continue reading →

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