I live in Oregon, but I bought two first gens with low miles in Penn and NJ. I had to quit my 5 speed truck for an automatic. I miss the 5 speed, but I don't miss all the extra pain with my rheumatoid arthritis!
I really hope you can find a nice rig to do the swap over.
There seems to be a bunch of Xterra's in your area.
2000 X SE
V6 SE 4X4 5spd Build and 00 Silver auto SE 4X4http://www.clubxterra.org/forums/showthread.php?t=26084
Raise TBs (X), paint plastics (X), Replace radiator with one that is bigger and will last (X), install roof lights (X), IAB (X), better tires (X), shackles in rear(X), remove rear sway bar (X), Bilsteins (X)