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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

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listi...

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)
LIVE NZ PLATES - ON EXEMPTION
(kept on exemption, in case vehicle ever restored, thus needs NO expensive re-certification to fully re-license this, for "on-road" use).

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

Extra's & Special Features.
3L ELECTRIC FUEL-PUMP
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.
Note:
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:
https://www.facebook.com/QUIX4U/posts...

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.
re:
https://carjam.co.nz/car/?plate=kdr682
NOTE:
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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