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Old 07-02-2011, 12:52 AM
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Hello, I'm possibly looking to build a small truck to do a tight/narrow/pita residential route and was thinking of getting a toyota. I have this idea of maybe chopping the rear down 2-3ft to help it manuver really well. Anybody see any big problems I might encounter with the crazy small wheelbase/length?? I know i will have to chop & box frame,shorten fuel/brake lines and driveline,shorten bed down but any problem with handling or structural issues??Kinda wondering if maybe the back end would come off ground if i hung a blade on front???

Here is a quick "concept pic" that i drew up in paint.

The first pic is stock length and second is what I want to try doing.


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Old 07-02-2011, 02:25 AM
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hmmm, for that you should just get a geo tracker or something!
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:40 AM
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well you can't make the frame any shorter then where the rear of the leaf spring attaches obviously, which from the pic it looks like it doesnt gain you much. Unless you want to 4 link and coil spring it. Then you could have a back half buggy. I don't think this is your best idea though. Keep trying.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:03 AM
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Just get a jeep wrangler and add a Meyer 7 1/2V, add air shocks and a #400 rear weight that plugs into a receiver hitch.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:22 PM
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Hello, I'm possibly looking to build a small truck to do a tight/narrow/pita residential route and was thinking of getting a toyota. I have this idea of maybe chopping the rear down 2-3ft to help it manuver really well. Anybody see any big problems I might encounter with the crazy small wheelbase/length?? I know i will have to chop & box frame,shorten fuel/brake lines and driveline,shorten bed down but any problem with handling or structural issues??Kinda wondering if maybe the back end would come off ground if i hung a blade on front???

Here is a quick "concept pic" that i drew up in paint.

The first pic is stock length and second is what I want to try doing.


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If your really looking for a truck like that, then what you need is a Unimog too bad they don't market them over here though.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:09 AM
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This guy said this truck was an awesome little plow rig. No issues just didn't want to take it down the highway, EVER.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:25 PM
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If you need something that small wouldn't a side by side or a skidsteer be a better fit. Seems like they would be a lot safer and you could get parts for it without spending hours making them. Plus it would be worth something when you get rid of it. Also if this is going to be used commerically you could get some tax incentives for getting a new piece of equipment, not to mention that you could put it to use in the off season.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:02 PM
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I think the driveshaft would be 6 inches long and be at a 45 degree angle!
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obviously were talking about plowing, but is this plowing snow???

Probably but who knows, he could be talking about the other kind of plowing
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:06 PM
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This guy said this truck was an awesome little plow rig. No issues just didn't want to take it down the highway, EVER.
Love the Keg for the gas tank.

I vote going for a Jeep also.


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Get a Suzuki Samurai and fab a plow for it. They're smaller than a Jeep and have a more productive road speed than a side by side or skid steer. Downfall is you won't be able to find an automatic very easily.
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Hello, I'm possibly looking to build a small truck to do a tight/narrow/pita residential route and was thinking of getting a toyota. I have this idea of maybe chopping the rear down 2-3ft to help it manuver really well. Anybody see any big problems I might encounter with the crazy small wheelbase/length?? I know i will have to chop & box frame,shorten fuel/brake lines and driveline,shorten bed down but any problem with handling or structural issues??Kinda wondering if maybe the back end would come off ground if i hung a blade on front???

Here is a quick "concept pic" that i drew up in paint.

The first pic is stock length and second is what I want to try doing.


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I don`t know if it is feasable but it looks cool as hell.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:57 AM
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Bad idea. Length is an asset when plowing.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:28 AM
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http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ429996283

can get ATV plows, and could probably get a boss UTV plow or fab up any other light weight plow.
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