We’re looking for a little truck to do light jobs like hauling bulk mulch, occasional furniture hauling, snowblower/lawn mower transport, etc. We looked at how much we’ve spent at Uhaul renting their trucks this summer alone, and there are probably at least 6 more years of that frequency-of-use ahead of us. If we spend less than 3 grand on the truck, we’ll come out ahead on the rental bills and have a good deal left over.
We want an old truck because we want a cheap truck, and because old Japanese vehicles are cool, and because we want a small truck that is actually small, not a “small” truck that is larger than my 4 door sedan. The regulars here already know that I’m comfortable doing just about whatever would need to be done to fix/maintain it, so I’m not terribly worried about it being old, and I’m also not terribly worried because it’s not going to be driven very much compared to our daily drivers, so it’s not like I’m gonna be racking up 15k per year on the clock. Plus, if it breaks down it’s not going to put a crimp in anything except getting me out of having to do heavy yard work.
We’re looking at old Toyotas, Mitsus (and their Dodge clones), Nissans, etc - mostly Japanese imports. Gonna look at an 88 Mighty Max Sport (bigger engine. Manual transmission. Both good things) this weekend. I know it was a very* well-built little sucker, but I’ve been searching for a couple of hours and cannot find the hauling capacity. Not that I plan on being stupid and trying to haul 5 tons of bricks in it or anything, but it’d be good to know anyway.
Anyone happen to know this offhand? Feel free to recommend your preference of old mini-truck too - I’m not particularly picky about which old Japanese truck we get - I happen to like them all.