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Old 06/30/11, 08:07 PM
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My prep for fuel shortage

I just got this a few days ago. For FREE!

Wheelbarow for scale.


Subaru Sambar Mini Truck. 4X4 standard 5speed with extra low gear. tiny 4cyl motor. Old school carb and ignition(points) so it's easy to work on and easy for timing and carb adjustments for alternative fuels.

Possible BOV if fuel is an issue and speed isn't. But the real truck is my first choice.

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Old 06/30/11, 08:17 PM
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Those are nice vehicles. We've been looking at some of the small trucks, alternative fuels, tiny diesels. Where we live, the only reason to actually LEAVE in an emergency would be something like Yellowstone erupting or a full scale war with Canada, so a bug out vehicle needs to be first and foremost a farm vehicle. Something I can take into town (20miles) that ISN'T a tractor.

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Old 06/30/11, 08:24 PM
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Great homestead truck!

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Old 06/30/11, 08:40 PM
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Free?
I hate you.


A freind had it and it wasn't running. I cleaned the plugs and tightened the wires for him and told to charge the battery and it should start. A year later it was still sitting there so I asked him what he wanted for it. He just told me to come get it.

Charged the battery and it runs good. I love the little dump bed.

Ann,

No obvious dangers here either unless yellowstone goes and if that happens we're close enough it will be too late to run.

It's not really legal in most states to licence but I stuck a "slow vehicle" sign on it for farm vehicles. I won't have a problem out here but wouldn't drive it to town unless SHTF.
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Old 06/30/11, 08:57 PM
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Pretty handy to have around for sure... Now where can I get a free one, LOL

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Old 06/30/11, 10:03 PM
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You got it for a good price.

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1997 Suzuki Carry Dumper - $7250.00
Dump Bed
Stainless steel lined box
Gasoline 3 cylinder 660cc liquid cooled engine
28,295 miles
4WD
6 speed extra low
Axle lock
AIR CONDITIONING
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Any idea what kind of mileage it gets?

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Old 06/30/11, 11:54 PM
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Any idea what kind of mileage it gets?
Probably lower than you'd think. The thing is with most of this small stuff is the gallons per hour versus the miles per gallon. Putting around the farm it probably hardly uses anything. Going to town 15 miles away going 45 mph I bet it gets mid 30s.

I'd say for the price it was a good deal
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No flippin way!! I hate you, too!! Where's that envious smilie.
No, really, that is fabulous!

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You just ruined the market for those things . . . . . .
Every one is gonna get scoffed up . . . .making the price soar . . . . . . .

Do I hear $15,000 . . ?????\


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Old 07/01/11, 09:53 AM
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Does your friend have other cool stuff?

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While I wouldn't turn a free one down, I never understood the interest in those things. You can't legally drive them on the road (although the farmers around here sometimes sneak down a back road to the local gathering place), with auto wheels they aren't great for rough or muddy land, and they are limited in load much more than tractor and attachments. They were made for countries without the restrictions on vehicles that we have in the U.S., and someone decided that because of the price and cuteness, there must still be a market in the U.S.. They still are an expensive tool with very limited purpose.

OK, now I'm going to sit back and watch you try to convince me otherwise.

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While I wouldn't turn a free one down, I never understood the interest in those things. You can't legally drive them on the road (although the farmers around here sometimes sneak down a back road to the local gathering place), with auto wheels they aren't great for rough or muddy land, and they are limited in load much more than tractor and attachments. They were made for countries without the restrictions on vehicles that we have in the U.S., and someone decided that because of the price and cuteness, there must still be a market in the U.S.. They still are an expensive tool with very limited purpose.

OK, now I'm going to sit back and watch you try to convince me otherwise.
Well, I wasn't in the market for one. Ya got me there.

But, here's your convincing.

In some states they are being legally licenced and used everyday. The Subaru -----'s come in a couple variaties, the truck pictured, the truck with a actuall dump bed(not after market dump bed like mine), and a van. Also, in most states farm equipment is legal on the road as long as it has the slow sign on it. You cannot go over 25MPH with a slow sign(legally). They are required to have govenors(speed restrictors 25mph top speed) in place to make it through customs here for this reason. In my town, ATV's are legal to drive on city streets.

It most definatly is not a tractor. However, most that want them do so in the same capacity as a gator or polaris ranger. These mini trucks top those farm and recreational vehicles in many ways. Some of the 'fun' factor is gone as these mini trucks are underpowered for their size compared to polaris and JD. Substantially larger cargo space though and weight capacity. A full cab with heat. A huge price difference although the mini trucks cannot be bought new. Maintanance. The Polaris and gator are heavy on sencors and computerized electronics, if it breaks, take it to the dealer and open your wallet. The parts to fix these are available and a motor can be rebuilt in the garage in a day or two. Try to adjust the timing on a computerized, fuel injected motor so it will run on a variaty of fuels.

Street tires are a weakness. ATV tires will fit and two inch lift kits are available.

End of convincing.

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Old 07/01/11, 01:25 PM
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Happy for you! *(Trying not to envy or covet). I have wanted one for a long time with a dump bed to help in barn clean outs. Oh well... Nice for you-enjoy!
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Old 07/01/11, 03:00 PM
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Free?! Way too go! Those are great for farm work. I would love eto have one for short trips to town. I live 1 mile door to door from a grocery store, I can walk, but it is the worst walk ever. That would work.

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Something I can take into town (20miles) that ISN'T a tractor
I don't think they are legal for highway use.
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or a full scale war with Canada,




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Does your friend have other cool stuff?
Well, he tried to give us a horse(colt).

We already have too many of those.

ryanthomas, no I'm not sure what the milage would be. It's good but not outstanding. I use it occasionally and I don't think I could get an accurate number this way.
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I've seen those little trucks in Asia with tremendous loads on them. Stacks of 50 kilo rice sacks, then a bunch of people on top of the stack, etc. And all on those little 2 ply tires.






If fuel gets to be really short...

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LOL! That top picture explains why when my computer arrived, the box it was in was all crushed and mangled.

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