Where Have All The Small Trucks Gone?

Above is a picture from my parents old Thunderbird sometime in the late 80’s, early 90’s. It’s just a random picture from somewhere in California during a trip. Notice anything? How about the three small pickup trucks? When i was growing up these things were everywhere and I simply do not understand why they have gone away. Continue reading

Snowflake Wheels and Rainbow Paint

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Is this the look for mini trucks nowadays? That paint didn’t even look good on the Cobra it came from, and those wheels look dumb on anything that’s not a holiday-themed parade float. What happened to all the hardbodies with the crooked plates in the tailgate and Escalade wheels? Those required some amount of brain power and skill to cobble together, which is at least basic hotrodding. Continue reading

Everything I despise about minitruck culture all in one vehicle

“All show and no go” is the calling card of the lowrider movement. The minitruck subculture within the lowrider culture itself epitomizes this idea. Take a compact truck equipped with an inline four cylinder engine or V6 and modify the suspension and body to the point that the vehicle is no longer useful for hauling or towing for the sole purpose of attracting attention. Some of these vehicles are a marvel of home-brewed engineering, and that I can respect, even if I don’t like the look.

However, this vehicle is a testament to the opposite side of that culture. One where ricer parts intermix with ones from domestic luxury vehicles. “Stance” is king, and poor workmanship runs rampant. There is nothing about this vehicle that says that the owner cares for it at all other than the somewhat tidy bondo and primer job. The police sticker is just icing on the cake, I suppose.