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So, got a well used 98 4cyl, 5spd, 4wd for $1600.00

First thing I looked for was a rust repair panel for the passengers side bed (see my garage) found nothing.

While looking the truck over before buying it i noticed that the E-brake handle has zero tension, didnt think it was a big deal until I started looking into parts, some cables on eBay at $150+ none at rock, auto-zone O'Reilly... None from any parts stores, same with rear abs sensor.
Then I checked spectra for a gas tank, came up with a number but no one has it and Spectra's own site doesn't recognize the number.

Got my truck at a shop getting looked over to see what it needs to pass inspection and I'm feeling a bit anxious about my purchase.

If any one has a source for the parts I mentioned please share.
 

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I do need the cable, rock auto had a raybestos for $143 plus shipping

Only need a couple brake lines and the cable at this point, got the rear brake hose and wheel cylinders on hand just in case.
 

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I'm sure its possible but I don't have a heated garage.

Knowing how I do things, it would cost more and not work quite right :)
 

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I've had a '98 Frontier since 2004, and picked up a nice 2004 in 2011 to be my "future" truck.

The only issue I've had yet with parts has been this summer when I needed a new high-pressure AC line for my '98.
No factory part was available, and the only aftermarket part had fittings 5.5mm too deep, so I had to cut them down. And manufacturer of the AC line (in Texas) said I was the first to have this issue, and 3 reviews of this part said buyers were satisfied. Or don't you think that there's a difference in the "depth" of the fitting? Lots more "meat" past the O-ring on the factory fitting !!!


Yes, I could have had a company use my old fittings and custom-make a new hose for me, if necessary....
 

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I've had a '98 Frontier since 2004, and picked up a nice 2004 in 2011 to be my "future" truck.

The only issue I've had yet with parts has been this summer when I needed a new high-pressure AC line for my '98.
No factory part was available, and the only aftermarket part had fittings 5.5mm too deep, so I had to cut them down. And manufacturer of the AC line (in Texas) said I was the first to have this issue, and 3 reviews of this part said buyers were satisfied. Or don't you think that there's a difference in the "depth" of the fitting? Lots more "meat" past the O-ring on the factory fitting !!!


Yes, I could have had a company use my old fittings and custom-make a new hose for me, if necessary....
Here's the, potentially expensive, solution to the port depth issue. A new compressor. (Unless one gets lucky and finds a new compressor for $50 on OfferUp app like I did.)


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Some parts are getting hard to find for 1st gens. At 20-years old, many genuine Nissan parts are becoming obsolete, especially trim items. You do have to do your homework, at times. Sometimes you can find the part still available from Nissan...and sometimes it can be cheap and sometimes it can be extremely expensive. For example, the gas tank you need is available, for $550+shipping (NissanPartsDeal.com). There are places that can rebuild your old tank, like Gas Tank Renu:

https://www.gastankrenu.com/

Of course, there's always the salvage yards, when there are no other options. Car-part.com is a good site to find used parts; Ebay is another one. As far as mechanical and hydraulic brake parts, engine mechanical parts and popular service items, you can usually find them at Rockauto and other parts stores. Body patch panels were never available as there is not much of a market for them; the number of Nissan trucks is miniscule compared to the numbers of Chevy's, Ford and Dodges on the road. Hopefully, you can find a clean part in the salvage yard and cut a repair panel from that to use.
 

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Make sure there are no recalls that haven't been addressed, I got a new gas tank, last year, because of a recall, that I hadn't acted on.
 
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