Junkyard Find: Mitsubishi Minicab Dump Truck

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find mitsubishi minicab dump truck

Sometimes I wonder how it’s even possible for some vehicles to slip through all the steps that should stop them from washing ashore on Crusher Island. Something as useful as a kei-sized dump truck, for example.

12″ wheels, gasoline engine, fits in tight spots yet carries a respectable load. The Mitsubishi Minicab is ungodly rare in North America, so it’s likely that all of the parts on this one will get melted down for scrap.

I’m tempted to get the electric hydraulic pump and ram from the bed for some as-yet-undreamed-up project, but I’ve already got 19 weird junkyard projects in line before this one.

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  • Felis Concolor Felis Concolor on May 28, 2011

    jkl;adsiowrga;jlvlahpwe;hdASB$#!+$#!+$#!+$#!+$#!+. . . those are 4x100s. The search for affordable 12" wheels for my Haflinger continues.

  • Ozarkman Ozarkman on Jun 03, 2015

    My 1999 Mitsubishi Minicab has become my main driver and workhorse on my land in north Arkansas. Here it is legal to drive it anywhere on roads at 55 mph or less, except on Interstates and controlled-access highways. Technically I'm supposed to display an orange triangle (like a farm implement), but the little sucker can do 70, so I have no trouble keeping up with traffic on any road that's legally available to me. Its high-compression, 3-cylinder engine is fuel injected with 4 valves per cylinder. It displaces 40 cubic inches and cranks out 48 hp. The truck has a dual-range, 4-wheel drive, 5-speed transmission, radio, heater and A/C. It is as capable an off-road vehicle as anything in the ATV/UTV category, but offers WAY more in versatility, weather protection and creature comfort. I have off-road tires on 12-inch rims as well as highway tires on 15-inch alloy rims. It is a great little truck and consistently gets 40+ miles per gallon with the highway tires.

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  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.
  • Michael500 Good thing Obama used $50 billion of taxpayer money to bail them out and give unions a big stake. GM is headed to BK again with their Hail Mary hope of EVs. Hopefully a Republican in office will let them go BK the next time, and it's coming. The US economy is not related/dependent on GM and their Chinese made Buicks.
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  • Wjtinfwb Always liked these MN12 cars and the subsequent Lincoln variant. But Ford, apparently strapped for resources or cash, introduced these half-baked. Very sophisticated chassis and styling, let down but antiquated old pushrod engines and cheap interiors. The 4.6L Modular V8 helped a bit, no faster than the 5.0 but extremely smooth and quiet. The interior came next, nicer wrap-around dash, airbags instead of the mouse belts and refined exterior styling. The Supercharged 3.8L V6 was potent, but kind of crude and had an appetite for head gaskets early on. Most were bolted to the AOD automatic, a sturdy but slow shifting gearbox made much better with electronic controls in the later days. Nice cars that in the right color, evoked the 6 series BMW, at least the Thunderbird did. Could have been great cars and maybe should have been a swoopy CLS style sedan. Pretty hard to find a decent one these days.