Letters To The Editor - Paper Cuts - June 2006

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Chad LucasJun 1, 2006
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Dear MT
I have been a fan of MT as far back as I can remember. I started on my first mini when I was 16, and it was a '91 Ford Ranger. A year and half through the build it was stolen. When it was recovered, it was just a hunk of scrap. I was very discouraged and lost all hope on building another mini. Now I'm 29 and about three years ago I acquired a '91 Isuzu p'up, and of course, I started working on it and it just happens to be the hardest thing that I've ever worked on. I can't find anything for it. What I've done to it despite the lack of parts is unbelievable. So far, I've removed the stock 4-cylinder and 5-speed stick and replaced it with a stroked 327 out of a '67 Camaro. It has been chopped 4 inches and rolls on 18-inch wheels. There has been a little bodywork done, but all of the work done, down to my custom driveshaft, was all done by me. I haven't been able to find any aftermarket taillights. I also have a '95 Rodeo front end and haven't been able to find a wiring diagram or the pigtails for the conversion. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Keith Taylor
Aripeka, FL
Welcome to the world of different. Anyone out there who wants to build something other than a Chevy or a Toyota will often be faced with similar problems. It seems as if you've put a hefty amount of work into your pride and joy. We found some Altezza-style taillights for your ride online. Ebay.com is always a good source, as well as www.lightlens.com. They both offer custom lights for your ride. As for a wiring diagram, there won't be anything explaining the swap to you, but a Haynes manual would be a good bet, as it covers every aspect of each vehicle; check out www.haynes.com. To get the harnesses, give our buddies at www.calminitruck.com a shout.
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Dear Mini Truckin'
I've always been a subscriber to Truckin' but will soon be switching to Mini Truckin'. I have a '04 Ford Ranger Supercab with a flareside bed. The Ranger has the Edge package, but it is a 2WD. I would like to go lower than I already have, but I'm having trouble locating a kit for this. I've checked with most of the major manufacturers like Bell Tech, DJM, and Western. Do you know of any companies that might be able to help me? I've been told that the Edge package on my Ranger means that it is a 2WD on a 4WD chassis. My Ranger has a torsion bar front end. I've already cranked the torsion bars down and got about 2-1/2-inches from that. In the rear there were 2-inch blocks to raise it. I took those out and also took the helper spring out. That got me about 3 inches of drop in the rear. I would still like to go lower. Any help would be appreciated.
Shawn Lang
Junction City, KS
Well, Shawn, with the data that we have obtained, it would seem that all of the parts on an Edge are completely interchangeable with the 2WD model. That being the case, there should be plenty of aftermarket parts available. The Edge is raised a couple of inches, but it's on a 2WD chassis. The front suspension has been beefed up a hair, but this shouldn't cause a problem for you. The manufacturers don't always know exactly what offshoot series of trucks will work with their products, especially if there is not a huge call from consumers to make it a priority for them.
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