@davesaddiction Yes and no about being able to legally drive them after 25 years.
The 25 year rule says that the vehicle has to be at least 25 years old before it reaches America. You can't just import an R34 Skyline and shove it into a garage until it's legal. So technically, these kei trucks will never be federally legal.
These are imported for off-road use only and generally have some sort of governor installed to keep them to speeds no faster than 35 mph. In the older trucks, this was done by locking out 4th gear with a pin that can be somewhat easily removed. In these new ones? No idea. These things have EFI and sometimes automatic transmissions.
All that said, many states do allow for the registration of a kei truck that was imported for off-road use. It's similar to how folks can get plates for a Mahindra Roxor. So while the EPA/NHTSA says no, you can still drive it around because your state doesn't care. I know a guy here in Illinois that got plates for his "farm use only" Honda Acty. Of course, don't let the feds find out and forget about doing this in California.
@azw123 I don't know if it saves any weight but I think the 350 had the fabric bench instead of a seat. Although, I could be mistaken and it may have been an option on that or the 500. I've seen it in a few Mustang of that era that were clones.
Just look at these stupid low poly fender flares! Those mud guards do NOTHING! Genuine donks are impressive even if I'm not a huge fan of them. I wish we got more lowriders in this part of the country.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA it's so bad. What did the owner think when they modified the Wrangler into that monstrosity 🤣 🤣 🤣
Are Jeeps all that common in your part of the world? As in licensed Willys designs or AMC/FCA era Jeep brand CJs-Wranglers?
Jeeps, mostly JKU in Rubicon trim, are popular with wealthy people here. They priced extremely expensive given they arrived as built-up and equipped with the V6, so they got 125% luxury tax.
The XJ used to be popular too, but they are mostly abandoned given how thirsty their engine are. My father's friend advised to him not to buy an XJ back in 2011 because the fuel economy inside town is around 4 km per liter.
The shop that I frequent are servicing a couple of Jeeps CJs, but in the picture below only one was outside.
They are also in the business of restoring and selling FJ40 to wealthy people that wanted off-roader toy the easy way.