|01-25-2013, 09:17 PM||#33|
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Bay Area, California
I have a '97 Frontier XE. Four banger with 5 speed stick. Bought it from a buddy in April last year with about 140K on the odo. Sold the camper shell that was on it which must have halved the weight
Absolutely love the truck: light and zippy although its not going to win any stop light drags. Fast enough everywhere else though. I'm tempted to tear it apart and do a restore with a decent front end (it's all squeaking bushes and has a nasty clonk on full left lock). It also gets airborne on freeway rollers at about 80mph on account of the zero damping
I'll post photos in a day or two.
Crusader of Slack
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|01-26-2013, 10:58 AM||#34|
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Calgary, AB, Can
I looked at those little Suzuki Carry All and Mitsu type trucks. Very cool. I ended up going with a very large Toyota Cabover instead. (Hino)
They're very cool little units. If I didn't have as much highway to drive, I'd have one. The Subaru Sambar was on the top of my list. They have a 4 cyl/5 Spd that is capable of 100 km/h.
I'm considering a 4cyl Ranger/B2300 at the moment. If they get near the 28/29 mpg as stated I'll probably get serious about getting one.
|01-26-2013, 01:32 PM||#35|
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Walking my dogs
In '92 I was 17 and bought my first new vehicle. I was not a rich kid so instead of the Mustang 5.0's that all the money kids were driving I was the proud new owner of a base(read no a/c) Mitsubishi Mighty Max. I loved that truck.
It was promptly lowered by a kid I gave a few bucks to because he had a VW Bus that was slammed to the ground. He took a few coils off the springs and cut the bump stops down then added 4-in blocks under the rear and away I went bouncing down the road feeling like the coolest kid in the town.
I then added a fiberglass topper with no windows and cut the back out of the cab to make a walk through. Then I added 4 15" Kicker subwoofers in a diamond shaped box. A couple Hi-fonics Zues 900-watt amps and it would literally shake your eyeballs.
It got 15x10 Eagle 5-stars with 225/50 series stretched to their limit. The wheels would stick out from the fenders about 3 inches. Later, I went with 80-spoke triple chrome wire wheels with reversed off-set when those were in style.
It was a beautiful truck. All black with chrome rocker panels, fender trim, and the wheels.
I owned it for over six years and regretably sold it to get something I could do courier work in....a Ford Ranger(another mini truck) that had a/c and was left stock.
Sadly, I don't have any pics of it.
I now drive another mini truck although it is nowhere near as customized......hey, at least I have a few pics.......
I get 20 mpg hauling my bikes around. I will never sell it
God is awesome
|01-26-2013, 02:13 PM||#36|
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Smithereens- or what's left of it in NY
I've also had three of these. This one was recently sold. I still have a woods beater though.
I recently sold our POS Tundra and bought this little beauty:
Our ride across the USA on a Ural Gear Up- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781149
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|01-26-2013, 02:35 PM||#37|
Mors ex Tenebris
Joined: May 2009
Location: Moving forward...at the speed of rust in mid-OK
This is the last mini truck I own, a 1991 Mazda B2600i.
This is the third pre-Ford Mazda my family has owned, starting with a B2000 Sundowner. That was followed by a 1991 B2200 that had nearly 300k miles on it when it was totaled in my parking lot at work.
I got this one a few years back for the wife to drive to college. It had a broken transfer case when I bought it (for a great price ). I replaced the trans and t-case, as well as upper and lower ball joints and everything was great.
Then I got it stuck in a snow drift and found the vacuum actuated front end wasn't engaging. I got myself unstuck, but cracked the head in the process. I replaced the head, added manual locking hubs and overrode the vacuum front axle. Everything works like a champ now and I figured the daughter would want to drive it, but alas she is no fan of the 5 speed. So I have it up for sale now.
The Marines...When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight.
Trust and Respect take years to earn, but can be lost in a moment.
Life's too short to hold a grudge. -Joe
|01-29-2013, 11:20 PM||#38|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Sometimes the Twin Cities, Sometimes NW Wisconsin
The best 4-wheeled vehicle I've ever owned was my 1991 Mazda B2600i super cab.
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