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Where To Buy Parts For Japanese Mini Trucks
"Off-road" mini trucks from Japan have caught on fast since they were first imported 7 or 8 years ago. New dealers and importers have sprung up in many areas.
  Buyers like the price often as low as $3,500 to $4,500. But finding parts can sometimes be a problem.
  Jimmy Johnson of MacTown Mini Trucks in McLeansboro, Ill., recently called FARM SHOW to say his company specializes in new, used and rebuilt parts for mini trucks including models such as Honda, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru. They even manufacture some of the parts.
  "We've been selling parts for Japanese mini trucks for 7 years and offer a wider selection of parts than almost anyone else," says Johnson. "One problem with getting parts for these trucks is they weren't built for export to North America. As a result, the parts numbers for them aren't of any help when you go to Auto Zone or Napa.
  "I hear every day from people who couldn't get parts anywhere else, and they're elated when they find we can help them. We've gained a lot of knowledge about these little trucks over the years and are willing to share what we've learned with our customers. We also offer workshop manuals (in English) for sale on our website for anyone who needs them."
  Other companies sell parts for Japanese mini trucks, says Johnson. "However, most of them ask you to fill out a parts request form, which is then reviewed and sent off to Japan to see if the part is available and what it's priced at. It can take two weeks to get a reply. Then the company calls you back and quotes you a price. As a result, it can take a month or more before you finally get the part. We'll probably already have the part you need in stock. But if we don't, we can usually get it within 7 to 10 business days."
  The company stocks a wide selection of engine parts including engine rebuild kits, transmissions, hydraulic pumps, starters, alternators, water pumps, fan belts, bearings, oil seals, voltage regulators, manifolds, mufflers, clutches, steering shafts, ignition switches, glow plugs, brake shoes, filters and more, says Johnson. They also sell windshields, struts, doors, and CV axles.
  Other items for sale include "Camoclad" camouflage kits, which consist of permanent "peel-off" vinyl that adheres to the pickup's surface to form a new camouflage skin for the truck. The company also manufactures and sells lift kits for 1999 to 2007 models. They also sell new and used trucks, wheels and tires, and bolt-on or weld-on bumpers with 2-in. receivers, as well as Blackline snowplows.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, MacTown Mini Trucks, 100 S. Heard, McLeansboro, Ill. 62859 (ph 618 643-3373; jjohnson@hamiltoncom.net; www.mactownminitrucks.homestead.com).

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