View Full Version : Infiniti Pickup, lol

01-01-2005, 06:11 PM
I remeber a few months back I had seen what appeared to be an Infiniti pickup at the movie theatre, and I had posted about it in the "Weirdest cars you saw today" thread we used to have. Well, I came across this article on the internet, and yes, its the same exact truck, from Edinburg Texas, right next to where I live!<p><A HREF="http://www.ai-online.com/ppp_detail.asp?id=511" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ai-online.com/ppp_detail.asp?id=511</A><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.ai-online.com/images/ace/qx56pickup.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Automitive Industries- Infiniti QX56 pickup<br>by John Peter<p>The latest entry into the luxury pickup market was created by accident.<p>Accident-prone Nissan Titan pickup gets the ultimate makeover at Alex Leal's Texas body shop.<p>Alex Leal is a body shop estimator for Bert Ogden Motors, Inc. in Edinburg, Tex., on the southernmost tip of the state. The shop is an I-Car Gold Class Collision center, one of two in the dealership family.<p>Leals days are filled with looking at bent sheetmetal, so when a customer brought in his 2005 Titan pickup with a smashed up front end he didnt think that anything was unusual. That is until the guy asked if Alex could replace the damaged sheetmetal with the front end from the Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV.<p> He said that he saw one like it in Las Vegas, Leal says. I told him anything could be done, but I wanted to check to make sure that before I bought $3,000 to $4,000 worth of front end parts, that they were going to be compatible.<p>After trying the Nissan and Infiniti websites and contacting people at both companies with no results, he finally turned to a local Infiniti dealer who helped him out.<br> <br>Leal found that not only were the parts compatible, but the conversion was pretty straight forward.<p>The Pathfinder Armada, Titan and QX56 all share the same apron so it was just a matter of fitting the new hood, fenders and fascia.<p> The only thing I wasnt able to do, Leal says, was replace the headlights.<p> The QX56 uses a Xenon lighting system that requires a different wiring harness. Leal suggested that the owner take the truck to the Infiniti dealer to replace the headlamps.<p> Leal replaced both fenders, filling in the holes used for mounting the QX56s one-in. fender flares.<p> The Titan doesnt have flares front or back and the flares would have looked out of place on the Infiniti pickup. While the Infiniti fenders are different than Titans the body lines still match from fender to door. The hood uses the same latches, though the Infiniti grille is attached to the hood (like a BMW) and the fascia is welded to the body instead of mounting to the frame requiring all new brackets and clips.<p> The cowl panel, which wasnt damaged in the wreck, had to be replaced. The Titan one-piece panel is made of textured plastic where the QX56 has a two-piece body colored cowl panel. Leal says that all of the wiper and windshield washer holes lined up perfectly.<p> The owners insurance policy paid for most of the conversion with any differences in the price of Infiniti parts paid for by the owner.<p> <p>Leal says the Xenon headlamps were the costliest at about $790 for a pair instead of the $350 to $360 for the Titan headlamps. The other price differences included the fog lamps which ran about $60 to $70 more and the Infiniti bumper cover which was about $100 more than the Titans.<p>Leal may be on to something. Cadillacs Escalade EXT has been the closest thing to a successful luxury pickup in North America. Lincoln has tried and failed. The answer might be for Infiniti to offer a pickup kit and let the owners do their own.<p> <p>

Top Secret
01-01-2005, 06:29 PM
That looks awesome! I always loved the QX56 SUV and the pickup can only look better right? An absolute beast in it's own right.

01-01-2005, 11:34 PM
With Lincoln re-entering the luxury pickup segment, I wouldn't be too surprised if Infiniti released this officially.

01-02-2005, 08:10 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jro4566</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">With Lincoln re-entering the luxury pickup segment, I wouldn't be too surprised if Infiniti released this officially.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Someone from Infiniti (Nissan) should just come to Alex Leal's Texas body shop and pick up the finished product <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

01-02-2005, 09:41 AM
sweet. That looks awesome. I would love to have that!

01-02-2005, 10:21 AM
I think it looks beautiful, i would go for that.

01-02-2005, 11:36 AM
I have to say, that looks good. I wouldn't mind doing this myself if I had a Titan that got the front end screwed up.

01-02-2005, 01:22 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Redline</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have to say, that looks good. I wouldn't mind doing this myself if I had a Titan that got the front end screwed up.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I have a silver Crew Cab Titan LE! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Now I just have to wait for an accident to happen and then I can do that conversion too. From the day I saw the QX56 I thought of an Infinti version of the Titan too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">