Starting in the sixties the Japanese manufactured what they termed “Kei class” vehicles (now generally called “K-class”). Kei means “light weight”. These were built as a less expensive, fuel efficient, shorter, narrower, and lighter alternative to the standard size and weight vehicles termed “joyousha”. The K-class vehicles have included passenger cars, vans, and mini trucks. Weatherford Mini Trucks imports used K-class mini trucks, the extended cab mini trucks, the vans, and the deck vans, but not the passenger cars.
The Japanese have used these small off road trucks to perform a myriad of burden carrier tasks. They have often equipped the rear truck beds of these little trucks with specialized industry specific equipment. When many consider their special purpose vehicles options they often find used mini trucks from Japan to be their best choice. Some US buyers have done the same with their little all terrain trucks. Some have made them into field spray vehicles. A friend in the business makes some into mini fire trucks. See examples below of a mini truck equipped for hunters and their dogs and another now used as a special events mini ambulance.
The 80’s had mostly 40 horsepower 550cc engines, and the 90’s had mostly 45 horsepower 660cc engines. The average number of miles driven per year in Japan is only about 6,000, so these vehicles usually have a lot of remaining usability. K trucks have changed in size over the years, but for comparison purposes units from the 80’s and 90’s are typically about two thirds the length and three quarters of the width of a Dodge Dakota.
K-class vehicle regulations have upgraded repeatedly over the years, mainly to meet ever-tightening emissions standards and crashworthiness requirements. That means over the decades of production the Japanese manufacturers have really perfected these great little trucks.
FALKLAND FARM HUNTING PLANTATION
Another Happy Customer - Thank You!
To those that ask "can the truck carry any real payload?" we say, "glance above". Another happy customer putting the mini truck to work on the farm.
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