So, what does all this mean for this group of minitruckers? Does it make them sub-par minitruckers? Is this group at fault for having more money than the time or the lack of knowledge to build trucks? Of course not, but some people out there think so. People work hard for what they earn and that is what pays for that truck to be built. The idea that you should only do it yourself is just plain asinine. We're all minitruckers, it doesn't matter how you acquire your truck, as long as you're out there representing to the fullest.
In the hot-rod community, the guy who buys a finished ride is given a congratulations and a handshake. He might be asked what he wants to do to the vehicle, but if he says, "I'm going to leave it alone," he is never talked down upon or looked at badly. These guys are saving vehicles from the junkyards of America, or from unappreciative people who don't know what they bought and end up destroying the cars.
Therefore, what do you think would happen to all those minitrucks if they weren't sold to new minitruckers? If they weren't bought by minitruckers, they would be shipped off to the junkyards for parts, but more than likely crushed. In most states, any type of frame modification is considered unsafe and therefore illegal to sell, except through private sale. However, what about the rest of the truck?
The junkyard sees it like this: trucks that have shaved doors, tailgates, and fenders, cutout beds, body-drops, (or any other sheetmetal modifications you can think of )make the truck worthless to them and therefore expendable. The truck is worth more to them as scrap metal to be recycled into more steel, so you can do it again on the next project.
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Another thing to consider is minitruckers are not made of money and sometimes struggle to keep up. Most guys out there with 40-hour a week jobs need to sell their trucks to try and recoup some of the money spent in their projects in order to start a new one.
Opinions In The Community
We have asked several well-respected members of the minitruckin' community to give us their 2cents on the "built not bought" debate, and here is what they had to say.
Starting out, we have Max Fish of Bio Kustomz. He has been a part of the minitruckin' community since '97, has built more than 30 custom suspensions that have been involved in some type of MT feature, among countless others.
"Built not bought," now there's a phrase that can start an online battle. The problem with that expression is that by its very definition, it separates our industry into two groups: those who built it and those who didn't.
Initially you might think that I (being a shop owner) would prefer everyone to be in the "bought" category, but that is not true. I am fully aware of the reason that I am a shop owner is because I am in the "built" category, and my customers are not. And it's not uncommon for a builder to give me a call for a set of custom spindles or a fuel cell for their project that they are working on. But wait ... they didn't build their own spindles or fuel cell, are they all of a sudden not in the "built" category?