I like it. What can something like that haul / tow?
The 3-side folding bed looks supremely usable and reach-overable. I’m guessing it’s powered by a small diesel and probably gets great gas mileage for its mainly local usage.
This looks like the Mitsubishi L300 (vans and small trucks) we had here. Those often had a 2.5 liter turbo diesel, I guess its payload capacity is somewhere around 2,000 to 2,200 lbs.
Those beds are indeed very practical. Easy to load and unload from 3 sides, certainly when using a forklift.
An L300 it is. I found this one from 1996, payload capacity is 940 kg (2,072 lbs) and it has a 2.5 liter 87 hp diesel engine. (Photo: Carshop Eindhoven)
I’ve heard of the Mitsubishi Delica, and I’ve seen some sold in the USA in the 80s. But they weren’t sold as the Delica. They’re usually sold as the Mitsubishi Van or the Mitsubishi D series, etc. And I’ve never seen one in pickup truck form. They were either cargo vans or people carriers.
This is definitely a direct import from Japan (right hand drive). Delicas (mostly turbo-diesel 4WD vans) have become very popular In Vancouver over the past few years. All are RHD imports – they have to be at least 15 years old to be exempt from Canadian federal safety standards. This is the first flatbed I’ve seen as well – got a quick shot while stopped at a light.
For some reason, the Delica, as sold in the USA and possibly Canada, were never offered in anything other than cargo van or people carrier. Nor were they offered with diesel engines or turbo diesel engines. Why that was the case, I don’t know.
CC effect strikes again!Veggie patty on Italian bread with salad and ranch sauce for lunch from Subway
Had my own CC effect. Dropped the needle on Satanic Majesty’s for the first time in about 15 years and enjoyed it more than I anticipated. Cheers, Gem.
Thought you’d like it more than expected Don.Not quite their best work but a whole lot better than it’s made out to be
I’ll take a BMT…
I do like a COE rig. I cant really get a scale for this though. Is it sized more like the 80s era Japanese vans, or is this more comparable to the medium duty Isuzu NPRs?
Sized like an 80s Japanese van – it’s basically a Delica/L300 van with the rear end sawn off.
It is a 1980s Japanese van, just without the van!
Jim – note the rear (dual) wheels are smaller than the fronts to lower the tray height. I would expect this to be rated to carry around 2200lb.
They were sold with gas motors as well as diesel, usually a 2- or 2.4-litre. They are fairly low-geared to be able to take the weight, but maintain highway speeds (ok not 80mph) ok until they get to a hill.
Designed like all Japanese vehicles, to suit a 100kmh speed limit and cruising speed, these little Jappa dropsiders are quite popular in NZ cheap to buy cheap to run and with plentiful parts about.
Plenty of these things in NZ – they were very popular as the basis for camper vans:
This would’ve been awesome here in North America. If you don’t want a behemoth Ford F series pickup, a Chevy/GMC full-sized truck, or a Dodge Ram D350, but one big enough to live comfortably for a few days, then this looks like the right size.
I’ve seen that same job box in the box of a 2010 Chev 1500 and thought it was a bit overkill. The guy had it sticking above the cab about six inches. In the back of a delcia mini it really looks huge.
I live on a huge tourist trap route heading into Peggy’s cove Nova Scotia and there is a mini here that’s made up to look like a lighthouse.
That’s a job-box? I thought it was a dumpster or a recycling bin type of thing…
Could be a job box since it looks too clean to be a dumpster and the lid looks hefty.
Is that Jared at the wheel ?
“We can work a deal. I’ll buy you a Delica-tessen, in stainless steel!” – Ernst Stavro Blofeld
These Hyundai variants are extremely common in SE Asia.
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