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Problems I might have with custom mini

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks' started by Theshoemaker, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    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.



    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  2. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    hmmm, for that you should just get a geo tracker or something!
  3. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    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.
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    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.
  5. azgard

    azgard Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    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.
  6. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    This guy said this truck was an awesome little plow rig. No issues just didn't want to take it down the highway, EVER.
  7. deck2

    deck2 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    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.
  8. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I think the driveshaft would be 6 inches long and be at a 45 degree angle!
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Love the Keg for the gas tank.

    I vote going for a Jeep also.

  10. S-205

    S-205 Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 371

    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.
  11. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    I don`t know if it is feasable but it looks cool as hell.
  12. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    Bad idea. Length is an asset when plowing.
  13. Squires

    Squires Senior Member
    Messages: 257