The Official Mini-Truck Thread...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by ADK, May 8, 2009.

  1. ADK

    ADK ____

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    Me and most of my buddies had 'em back in the 70s and 80s, what happened to 'em? Post up. :deal :thumb
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  2. PaleRider

    PaleRider gelande/strasse

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    ... my Dad had one of these when I was in high school

    ... fun little truck

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    Ford Courier
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  3. Whitey1

    Whitey1 "Whitebread"

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    My best friend had one of those and couldnt kill it. We would hang a sign on the window with the keys begging someone to steal it at the mall. LOL I will never forget one winter trying to climg and icy uphill road. He lost traction and decided to back safely down to get another run at it. His backing was going a little crooked and he opened his door to see how much room he had before hitting the ditch/hill. Well once the door was opened it caught on the higher ground beside the road and ripped the door completely back (forward) just like in the movies. Hi face was frickin priceless. we never got that doot to work correct after that and it was held closed with a bungee cord. Ahh thanks for the memories from that pic.
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  4. TinyBear

    TinyBear Been here awhile

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    There is stil one minitruck alive but its days are VERY numbered.

    Was slated to go the way of the dodo first in 2004 then again in 2008 but got one more extenshion to its current deadline of 2012.

    And that mini truck is by far my all time favorite, i have owned THREE Ford Rangers and loved em all. Perfect sized for everyday life decent on fuel can take a SERIOUSE beating and keep going, can be loaded to hell and still make it home, very easy to work on but ya rarely need to as these things been around with only minor upgrades other than apperance since 1983 and have proven to be very reliable.

    Heres my current mini truck
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    My old 4x4 one this thing would go ANYWERE
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    And my first one
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  5. PaleRider

    PaleRider gelande/strasse

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    :lol3 :thumb

    ... my Dad's had a topper over the bed. As well, the previous owner had installed an extra fuel tank which you could switch on with a little petcock ... the range would outlast a 3.2 beer filled bladder
    :lol3

    ... one weekend I pulled together some scrap plywood and carpet remnants we had hanging around the basement and made the bed into a little High School "pleasure palace."
    :viking

    ... the Courier was also handy when we went camping and backpacking ... but that truck had zero power
    :deal

    ... fun truck
    :thumb

    ... my buddy had a '63 Ford Ranchero (3-on-the-tree), if that truck could talk ... "the beast"
    :rofl
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  6. DirtDOG

    DirtDOG Same Dog, New Tricks

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    My first mini-truck '75 Toyota SR5 Sport Truck, awesome truck to go with the '74 Celica GT I bought the year before.

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  7. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    Fiat Strada

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  8. PaleRider

    PaleRider gelande/strasse

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    ... 2011 Dodge Strada :lol3
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  9. jeffs900s

    jeffs900s Prophet of Doom

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    But it's got extra plastic shit stuck all over it like a Pontiac. :huh I guess someone had to take up the slack now that Pontiac has gone tats up.
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  10. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    :dood.. soon everything will be the same shit


    Fiat and General Motors

    The Italian carmaker Fiat is seeking to merge its car division with General Motors Europe and ailing US car firm Chrysler to create an automotive giant second only to Japan's Toyota in terms of production

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/interactive/2009/may/04/fiat-general-motors-chrysler
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  11. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Here's my '88 Ranger. Can't hurt it with a hammer. Bought it for a hundred bucks. Sold it and bought it back. Don't have to worry about it. It just goes. My first truck was a Courier, too. Drove the wheels off of it.

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  12. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    I started building a mini truck when everyone else was still into vans.
    My "High School Sweetheart" was just given to my son recently (by an old friend that had bought it from me years ago).

    She's gunna need a bit of work.

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    Sure was a lot of fun at the drive-ins back in the day :wink:

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  13. Michael_in_SC

    Michael_in_SC Been here awhile

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    I had one of these..........

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    in high school and thought I was the shit. My friends especially liked the two rear seats and my girlfriend's parents liked the lack of a back seat (but, it was a 4x4 :D:D.)

    Mine was a sort of yellowish beige.

    Man, I sure do miss that truck.


    Michael
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  14. Toadady

    Toadady Push'n parts

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    this is my 87 dodge D50/mitubishi mighty max
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    it's got a hydrolic tilt bed , shaved the doorhandles and fuel door

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    i gave it to my little brother for a first time driver, he used it to clean out a fence row

    the battery is dead so i couldn't open the door
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    the doors and tailgate can open with the alarm remote

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    anyone got a free good head laying around for a 87 D-50 with the 2.0?

    i put a webber carb on it and stripped out all the emisions crap

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  15. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Isn't that the same 2.0 N/A that was in 75% of all the Eclipse/Talon's?
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  16. Toadady

    Toadady Push'n parts

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    i thought they were a DOHC? besides there are nun of "'dem forgen cars around thees parts"
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  17. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    I got one when I was in High School...

    1986 22R - 4 speed manual... only option was rear bumper and A/C... Got it 2 years old with 26k miles for $4500...

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  18. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    They had both.

    Look and see if it says 4g63 on the motor
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  19. rfx

    rfx White Lighting

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    Is this mini enough? My bike in the back sure makes my truck look small.

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  20. VespaFitz

    VespaFitz No-good-son-of-a-bitch

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    One of these just sold up the street from me for $7k. :eek1 :huh

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    You pricks in California see these every day, but I'm not lying when I say I haven't seen one around here in 25 years.
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