The Official Mini-Truck Thread...

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

  1. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    My 1976 Ford Courier, 302 V8, C4, Flairside..old photo's currently on the web (how the heck did they get them) from roughly 1989:

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  2. Dusty

    Dusty Long timer

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    The last 20 years with these little trucks...
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  3. Toadady

    Toadady Push'n parts

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    :eek1 what did it run in the 1/4mile? how the fuck did you keep rearends under it? (9"swap)
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  4. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Sure you have. You just don't recognize it in its current form of brown iron oxide particles sprinkled over the ground.
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  5. Toadady

    Toadady Push'n parts

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    i'dd give my left nut for a Mazda rotary truck.
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  6. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    What the Subaru Legacy Sport back should have been.
    The new BRAT.

    I would've.

    Jurgen
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  7. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I used to share a building with a guy who did race car chassis work and we had a few cool trucks come through.
    There was a guy with a Plymouth Scamp who ran low 11's in the 1/4. Cool little front-wheel drive turbo 4-cylinder.
    Looked a bit like this, but it wasn't slammed


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    There was also a guy with a neon yellow Mazda rotary pickup. That thing screamed. I had a Ranger with a modified Mustang SVO drivetrain, it was fast but took forever to spool up, and had no traction.The guy who owned the shop had a tubbed big-block rear engined S-10. It was a wheelie monster
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  8. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    work in progress. got rid of the hellwig spring helpers and added a belltech rear sway bar and belltech streetperformer shocks. still need the upgraded belltech front swaybar.

    if i left it stock and took all the money i've spent on goofy bolt on shit
    and made truck payments instead, i'd only have about $3k left to pay on it. payoff now- about $5500. I'm probably still right side up cause its only got 12k miles on the odo.

    colorados have 2 pretty active message boards going which is nice. and shloads of people hot to trot on LS1 conversions. I'd be happy just upgrading to the 5 banger from the 4.
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  9. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    I really like the look of that truck. You pretty happy with it?

    Holy crap my local dealer has 4 Colorado's cheapest one is $25,000. No way I'm spending that kind of money on a little truck.
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  10. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    I wouldn't be happy for $25k. this one was sitting on the dealer's lot for 7 months before i took it home. plain worktruck with an automatic. I thought the price was a mis-print so i called and asked: "you only want $9600 for a new truck?" "yup".

    I really wanted a 5 speed but for some stupid reason the 5 speed was $12.8k or something more rediculous.

    I used it for road side service for about 8500 miles untill gas hit $3.40 a gallon. a 2.9l 4 banger auto only gets about 22mpg. i think it was motrnoggin who said his colorado with a 3.5l 5 banger and a stick could get 25+mpg on the freeway. i could barely get that with my 2.2l stick S-10 5 years ago.

    i had to have something a little better for the 25000 miles i did for my jobs/play time, so i bought a used toyota yaris to do the work and this truck became the tinkering cruiser and home depot runner.

    Faults:

    -roof leaks. the seam sealer at the colorado plant in baton rouge must have had a rough nite cause he missed one on the passenger side. rain can run down the drip rail on the roof, into the cab, down the 'a' pillar and into a big wiring junction connector in the passenger footwell kick panel. i should get it fixed under bumper to bumper warranty but i keep putting it off. i don't drive it in the rain. it will be one of those shocking surprises for the second owner- get him all pissed off when the computer frys and he'll swear he will only buy camrys and accords from that day forward .:D

    -sometimes on cold start, it sounds like its cranking over on just one fuel injector until the other 3 wake up and go to work.

    -worktrucks are loud- they have no soundproofing. LT's and LS's are much better. i have installed $300 worth of Dynamat and a rubber backed carpet.

    -computers got the timing and transmission in boring mode. But many hotrod shops around here have the HPTuner software for adding a little advance to the timing and changing the shift points.

    -ferocious wheel hop on hard launch. fixt with the belltech stuff mostly.

    do i like it? yeah i guess so. i generally have low expectations though.
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  11. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    As mini as they should be
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  12. ADK

    ADK ____

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    bumpitage :ear :freaky
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  13. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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    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 :lol3

    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 :augie

    I'll post photos in a day or two.
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  14. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    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.
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  15. davethegoat

    davethegoat bahhh....bah...

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    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.......

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    I get 20 mpg hauling my bikes around. I will never sell it :clap

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  16. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I think most were that color. Mine was:

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    I've also had three of these. This one was recently sold. I still have a woods beater though.

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    I recently sold our POS Tundra and bought this little beauty:

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  17. Purcell69

    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    This is the last mini truck I own, a 1991 Mazda B2600i.

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    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 :D). 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.

    -Joe
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  18. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    The best 4-wheeled vehicle I've ever owned was my 1991 Mazda B2600i super cab.
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