Sunday, July 31, 2016

You Little Trucker: 1966 Austin Mini turned Kenworth

The long term effects of amphetamines and barbiturates, the tool of the 1970's trucker, and a dabble of LSD can be studied using this rolling Rorschach test. Likely devised while licking the last bit of truck-stop cheese grits from the bowl in a 4AM meth-and-Jolt induced fog, this rig, let's call it the Waste-ern Star, was comprised of one half Austin Mini and one half of a lifetime of bad decisions. Find this 1966 Austin Mini turned Peterbilt on craigslist in Dallas for an undisclosed price.


Though possibly reversible, this conversion of this BMC into a hallucination realized is quite thorough. From the oil drum gas tanks to the 5th wheel made of a cable spool, no stoned was left unturned. The possibility of stripping off all of the doo-dadery and making this into a rollback for microcar and moped procurement does sound like an appealing proposition.


You won't be hauling any substantial loads or ass with the standard BMC A series, however, you may find comfort in the horn being larger than the engine. Well, one of the horns. There are a whole gaggle more on top, between the clearance lights pulled from grandad's tarted up F-150. I wonder if at some point there was a trailer made from a Vanagon or enclosed go-kart hauler.


The interior didn't escape the tirade, however, compared to the rest it's not that bad. It's a little bit of a bummer that there's not a sleeper cab but that's for everyone's benefit, ultimately. Given there's no price listed, one could assume that it could be bought in chewing tobacco, beer jerky, and caffeine pills.


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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.

12 comments:

  1. This is the kind of bad ass macho rig that Hervé Villechaize would have driven!

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  2. appears to say 10k on the windshield in that last pic. Dollars or miles? Not miles. Maybe Pesos.

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  3. Wow, I hadn't noticed that. That would be a seriously steep price, even pre-whatever happened.

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  4. This is the kind of thing that happens when the auto parts business gets slow...

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  5. Your in trouble when your F- ug-gah horn is bigger then your power plant.

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  6. This would make a really cool bike (bicycle) hauler.
    Take all the ridiculous crap off it, make it a flat bed, and paint it Bianchi Celeste.
    [image src="http://www.sportgoodies.fr/shop/2885-thickbox_default/alfa-romeo-8c-2500-freccia-d-oro-assistanza-bianchi.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. Sean Scott, you absolutely right. That might be the only way to save this poor thing.

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  7. It's an epidemic, I tell ya....

    [image src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a1/19/c3/a119c3d0e6dc0c3fe850fd3bb401f28b.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. By the way, DT: I'm lovin' the new image scaling! No more "Oh sh*t" moments when the image blows up the interweb.

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  8. He should have gone full-hog and converted to a dually!

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