The Nissan Pathmaker Build Blog

The Nissan Pathmaker Build Blog

Come check out the Nissan Pathmaker Build Blog where I take my 1987 stock Nissan Pathfinder and cut it into a one-ton axle, 42″ tire rock crawling beast known as “The Pathmaker”.  Having owned the rig since 2001 and upgrading it for years. It was time to SAS it and add some one-ton running gear, dual transfer cases, full hydraulic steering, exo-cage and more! If you are planning to build a Pathfinder in the future make sure to subscribe. From fuel system to brakes, exhaust and cooling this blog goes over it all. The project also doesn’t stop. I still wheel the Pathmaker to this day and am constantly upgrading (and breaking) parts. Follow along and don’t miss out on all my crazy off-road adventures!

Pathmaker Trail Wheelin – Frogstompers ToyDrive Dec 2017

Pathmaker Trail Wheelin – Frogstompers ToyDrive Dec 2017

Pathmaker Trail Wheelin at the Frogstompers Toy Drive

Brought the Pathmaker Trail Wheelin out to the Frogstompers Toydrive, where your entry costs $20+a Toy which gets donated to the local First Nations Band that are owners of the land where the wheeling takes place. This was a two day event and the weather was absolutely perfect for filming Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 11

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 11

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 11 – Shakedown Run

It was time to roll it out of the shop and do a little photo shoot with the fresh unpainted cage. This would be the last time I ever saw it looking so fresh and so clean again! Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 10

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 10

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 10 – Exo-Cage time!

In one of my previous posts about installing the full hydro steering I mentioned that I had picked up a brand new JD2 Bender. I fabbed up a mount so I could bend all the pipe for my rig Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 9

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 9

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 9 – Fuel System and Exhaust

Now that the Pathmaker is sitting down on its own axles again it was time to deal with some of the odds and ends. The list includes the fuel system, rerouting the exhaust from drivers to passenger side, Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 8

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 8

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 8 – Full Hydro Steering

What a fantastic pile of goodies I got! I went up to NorthWest Fabworks to grab my NWF Hydro Steering Arms, as well as my Full PSC Hydro Steering setup. Decided on the 8″ Ram full kit with cooler and N-Pump, as well as 4 new 14″ – Bilstein 5100 Series Shocks. Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 7

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 7

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 7 – Front Axle Placement

After getting the “easy” rear axle together and placed it was time to figure out the rest of my front axle. In one of my past posts I built the front cross member out of a piece of 3″ square and cut and attached it to the front of the frame.   Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 6

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 6

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 6 – Flatbelly and the BBQ

Now its time to bust out the grinders and welder again and get back into the heavy metal fab and heavy is the way it turned out! I had pulled the 3″ body lift out of my rig Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 5

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 5

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 5 – Case’s N Such

I tackled the easy stuff and avoided doing a bunch of the difficult things. Now I had a bunch of head scratcher things at the same time. First on the list was figuring out the NWF TX-10 to Dana 300 adapter. Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 4

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 4

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 4 – Getting Suspenseful

Now we are getting into a bit more exciting stuff. It wasn’t time to make vroom vroom noises yet but it sure was nice to start moving parts back into the shop. Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 3

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 3

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 3 – Rust Bucket

Anyone with a first gen Nissan knows they’re prone to rusting under the rear seats and floor area. Trapped moisture under carpets as well as splash from below means that there was some decent sized holes Continue reading →

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Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 2

Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 2

The Nissan Pathmaker OneTon SAS Build – Part 2 – De-Bracketry

After finally buying a house in the red-hot housing market of 2008 as a 24 year old the finances were tight as you can imagine. The house came with a carport and I had the carpentry skills to build a small but serviceable shop that would let me finally start my SAS Continue reading →

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