Some little kids think monsters live under their beds, while today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Yota is a Monster with a bed. It also rocks a blown Buick six, but will its price make this a monster you'd want to deep six?
Yesterday's sweet brown sugar of a Barracuda convertible could have been had with a six - a slant six. Fortunately for the seller, and apparently the 78% of you who voted it Nice Price, someone checked the 340 box on its build sheet making that a drop top that would also drop some pretty impressive performance numbers.
Today's over the top 1982 Toyota SR5 4X4 pickup show truck probably has an impressive number of trophies, and it should win some kind of award for its Benjamin Button-esque reverse mileage accumulation. The current Auto Trader ad proclaims the monster truck's mileage to be 23,756, but jumping into Mr. Peabody's time machine - otherwise known as Google search - turns up the very same truck offered for sale back in 2008 with a claimed 23,970 original miles. It has actually lost 214 miles over 4 years. Maybe it's due to the massive 15x38.5 tires? By the way, check out the comments on the truck from that 2008 Car Domain listing, yo.
In addition to the road rager tires, the rest of the truck appears meticulously detailed and no aspect has been left un-modified. The SR5 came with a pretty stout 22R originally, but this one gets a blown Buick 231 for power. And it's not one of those shrinking violet supercharged engines either, this one has its roots-type blower (BDS, actually) popping through its hood and topped with a triple butterfly intake, just like God and Mad Max intended. That built Buick is backed by a Turbo 350 and of course the power goes to all four wheels through some seriously dropped solid axles. Keeping this tall truck from tipping over is a modded suspension that has been either chromed or powder coated and still looks show-worthy despite the apparent age of the work. The suspension also sports more shocks than a Bolivian interrogation and even those rock the Atomic 24.
Inside, there's what's claimed to be a custom velour interior, and if the words custom velour interior don't give you a piss shiver of excitement well then I don't know what's wrong with you. There's also a wide center console made out of dammit, that's hot on a sunny day metal and sporting knobs off an old o'keefe and merritt.
Behind the regular depth cab is an extra deep roll bar that's a triple threat of roll-over protection. How exactly that works with the hydraulically operated tilting bed (take that Occupy Toyota!) but it sure looks tits. Speaking of looks, It should be noted that, while this truck would fit in perfectly at the current LA Auto Show's Kentia Hall, which is the basement lair of automotivedom's wild and profane, it sadly is not on display there.
You may not be the target audience for this mini monster truck, after all just having an automatic transmission is enough to curl the cuticles of some of you, but it is an automotive niche that gas its followers and as they say variety is the spice of life. If it weren't the kama sutra would be one very short book.
Okay, so maybe it's not your cup of Redbull, but that doesn't mean you can't weigh in on its prospective value, after all, that's our constitutional right. So, with that in mind (and remember, custom velour interior) what's your take on this custom blown show truck's $15,995 price tag? Is that an amount that would have you shouting Yota man! at the seller? Or, does that make this truck a monster mistake?
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