Fresh from the Field: 1969 Nissan Patrol

Post-WWII, everyone wanted in on the success and notoriety of the Willys Jeep. Toyota had their Land Cruiser, England had the Land Rover…Mitsubishi and Mahindra even licensed the actual Willys design and bits of tooling. Today we have Nissan’s foray into the light offroader space, a 1969 Nissan Patrol. This second-generation, short-wheelbase, 60-series model has a metal hardtop, four seats, a manual transmission, and refrigerator-style rear doors. You can find this Patrol for sale here on the Missoula craigslist for $7,500. Special thanks to Boot for letting us know about this one.

It’s not in the best of shape but looks relatively complete. Case in point: rust. My first car was a 1995 Wrangler YJ, and I only had it for a month because the rust was so bad the front leaf springs weren’t actually connected to anything. This is a common thing not only in the Jeeping community but pretty much all offroading communities. Frame rot is widespread when you use untreated steel and body-on-frame construction. This does have rust, but it doesn’t look to be anything worse than surface-level. The actual, structural metal is fine, so that’s pretty fantastic. That said, it is everywhere. Call it what it is: patina, and you’re gonna have a great time.

The interior is basic, par for the course for a vehicle made primarily for utility. You have seats, a steering wheel, three pedals, a couple of gear shifts, and enough gauges to get you down the road safely with no superfluous razzle-dazzle. This example has parallel-mounted fold-down rear seats, which is pretty cool. Though the truck only has four seats, you could probably fit at least six people in it, which is really cool given its relatively compact roughly ninety-inch wheelbase.

The seller doesn’t include any images under the hood, but if the Wikipedia article is to be believed, there’s a Nissan P 3.9 liter inline-six overhead valve gasoline engine producing about 145 horsepower, mated to a four-speed manual and two-speed transfer case with part-time four-wheel drive. Honestly, this truck is about as complicated as a hammer, so a full resto-mod is probably doable by the typical shadetree mechanic. Lift kit, bigger tires, winch, the whole nine yards. This is basically a blank slate for the buyer to do with as they please. Honestly, though, if given the opportunity with a vehicle like this, I’d keep it as stock as possible and try to bring it back to like-new condition. To each their own, though, and all that matters is that you enjoy what you do with it.

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Comments

  1. butchb

    I had two of these come through the yard back in the 90’s. Fun little rigs geared low enough to take you off road. But, they had so little spring travel that it took only the smallest ditch to put one wheel up in the air.

  2. Steve Brown

    I have wanted one of these for a long time and almost pulled the trigger on a project level (worse than this) last year. The big issue is parts availability. There is an enthusiast community who can assist, but many pieces are hard to come by if they need replaced.

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  3. t-bone BOB

    Located in Florence, MT

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