1 Ton Ute, Post 60's Classic Vintage NZ, 1978 Mitsubishi Colt, 1st Generation Delica




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Published on Mar 15, 2017

Mitsubishi "1 ton" (or 1 tonner) 1978 Colt T120-Y (2M wide-body) flat-deck pickup ute/truck

Most excellent as a "farm hack" or an EASY RESTORATION project


As this vehicle has been a farm/work vehicle, used mainly off-road, it's 38 yrs old "interior" (seat covering etc.,) is now looking very dilapidated, and could do with recovering (seats) and a general "spruce-up" inside, if one only wants this as a "road-going" restored vintage vehicle.

However, if it is ONLY going to be used (as it has been in the past), for general farm work, &/or horticultural / vineyard on-site cartage uses, then it's current interior looks and "seat covering" condition doesn't matter all that much.

WOF expired (years ago)
(kept on exemption, in case vehicle ever restored, thus needs NO expensive re-certification to fully re-license this, for "on-road" use).

No WOF needed off-road.
Vehicle ONLY TOWED on-road, via included (removable) A-Frame.

Extra's & Special Features.
Tow Bar.
"Rear" Pipe Carrier / Ladder Rack (removable).
"Front & Behind-Cab " (Combined) Pipe Carrier / Ladder Rack.

This "combined" (front/cab) section is also removable - but with difficulty, without destroying the A-Frame connection, which is itself "bolted direct" onto the chassis.

TEN SPARE 13" Rims (3 without rubber) - as I have owned 3 of these, plus the 5 running/spare - currently on the vehicle itself.
Currently sitting on (gripped) MUD & SNOW tires "for off-road use"

The video of this "stllls pictures" AND OF IT FULLY RUNNING, is also publically visible on my Facebook page ( http://QUIX4U.co.nz ) where there are also several "still" pictures shown there, of all it's OTHER bits too.

Such as the 3 sets of (spare) twin headlamp units, the 8 1/4 turn side-board lever latches, 12 (in total) spare "drop-side"hinge tongues

Or go direct to the latest video/link post on Facebook via:

BUYER MUST PICKUP (this pickup) & "tow it away" on it's A-Frame
As it can easily be towed BY ONE PERSON, via any car's tow-ball.

The A-Frame "tow-connector" is also a DUAL size fitting, and can be used with either 1+7/8" or 50 mm tow balls.

There is a 7-pin flat lighting "trailer" connector on the front of the A-Frame itself.
And a "supplied" long-lead cable then interconnects between the A-Frame's socket (at cab), and the REAR trailer coupling - to supply the Ute with night-lights/turn indicators etc., when "under tow".
(without having to have the motor running to keep it's own battery charging, for the "on-tow" lights)

There is also a special LOCK-OUT system on the gear lever, whereby the GEARS cannot be engaged when it's under tow, to avoid any accidental gearbox damage, should the "5-on-the-tree" gear lever engage whenever TOWED (such as on rough roads etc.,)
This consists of a special tab (on one section of the gear lever linkage) whereby the special bolt goes through that tab's hole - into a corresponding hole in the chassis, and a nut fitted with a safety pin clipped to stop the nut from unwinding, thereby PINNING the linkage securely, so that the column-mounted gear lever CAN NOT be operated, nor the gearbox "gears" be engaged, ensuring the gearbox is "Locked-Out" - whilst under tow & "in transit".

In one of the interior/cab pictures, it (the lock-out bolt) can be seen dangling from the heater control knobs.

Here are SOME of the "specs" (specifications)

Passenger # : 3 Persons
"Load" weight: 750 kg (1,653 lbs)
Weight Gross: 900 kg (1,984 lbs) applies to the Narrow High Sider

Note: As this was after-market-fitted (on arrival in the 1970's, at the local Alexandra Dealership in New Zealand), with a custom.made NZ designed extended size, 2 M "wide-body" (extra wide) flat-deck, AND has since 2003, had additional gross weight added via the inclusion of the A-Frame mount-fitment, and the "over-cab load-bar" rack/s, the final gross weight has thus been increased to around 1016 kg (2,240 lb) = 1 Imp. Ton.
Hence the term "1 Ton Ute" & "1 Tonner".

The vehicle's recorded details for the current plate (KDR682) are available to view for free (or if desired one can pay for a detailed vehicle ownership report thereof) - via the searchable website of NZ's CARJAM.
Past Plates include my own personalized Vanity Plate: QUIX

Any questions - please ask.
Or if viewing the Trade Me auction (from within New Zealand), just ring either of the two telephone numbers, shown there.

Happy bidding & happy ownership should you win this delightful OLD vintage vehicle.


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