From Bad to Worse
What's Crackulatin'?
My name is Jake Becwar and I'm a newbie. I've subscribed to your mag for a year now. I have five magazines that come in every month and somehow Mini Truckin' always seems to get to the top. Keep up the great work!

I have a couple of questions. I have an '89 B2200, and I've run into several "potholes," as I call them. It all started with a ticket for operating a defective motor vehicle. I had to have it towed to a shop after the Sheriff stopped me. He gave me crap for my taillights, muffler, rims and some other stuff, pretty much the same ol' routine. So I gave him crap for enforcing ridiculous laws, all it got me was red flagged until I bring it back to Maine specs. About two weeks later, my truck was stripped of the rims, taillights and rain guards (who the hell takes rain guards.) I did my own investigating and was able to track down my rims and rain guards, and that was with no help from 5.0. Several days after that, my windshield was busted out, and so the bad luck continued. All this took place within a month, and it all started with that ticket. I guess you can say, I'm giving back to society one ticket at a time.

So how would I go about sending some pics of my truck for consideration for Hard Luck of the Month or Construction Zone?
Jake Becwar
Saco, Maine

Wow Jake, seems like you had a pretty rough month. Luckily for you though submitting your pictures is really easy.

They'll go into the popularity contest Mike and I have going to see who gets more mail. Just kidding, but no, seriously, send me mail so I can win.

Datsun Dilemma
What's up? I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I have a '78 Datsun 620 King Cab. I broke the back half of the driveshaft dragging the ish out of it. Do you know of anyone who knows if I could use a later model 'shaft for my truck? I cannot find parts for this biatch anywhere.

The answer to your question is yes, we can point you in the right direction; and no, we don't know whether it will fit or not. But, we have several sites that you can try that are very helpful and useful. The first site you can start with is It's a great site to start at because it has tons of useful information and great links to other Datsun information. Second, you can stop by This is a great portal to find groups of people who are interested in the same things as you. We did a search for Datsun trucks and came up with several websites that can help you start. We also did a search on Lindsay Lohan and found tons of cool stuff there, but that's a whole 'nother topic. The Datsun 620 group, alone, has more than 660 members. Once you have the information you're looking for, go to for your parts. This is the website for California Mini-Truck Dismantlers. They always have a great assortment of parts and parts trucks, and they're a helpful bunch.

What's the Date Today?
Dear MT,
I'd like to start by saying thank you very much for sending me the September 2006 issue that somehow got lost in the mail. I have saved every issue going back to the summer of 1988. So, needless to say, I'm very grateful for your prompt sending of the September issue. I've been looking all over for a mini-truck calendar with no luck. Do you make a calendar? If not, I really think it would be cool if you did. Maybe take all of the years' cover trucks and make a calendar. I think the past year has had some of the coolest issues of all time. Now with an extra thirty! What's next...two issues a month? I already loved the magazine. Now I find myself feeling as if it's Christmas every month when my issue arrives. Keep up the great work.
A longtime reader,
Tracy McCabe
Lakeview, Oregon

Great news, Tracy! Not only do we make a calendar, but you can pick up our upcoming February 2007 issue at your local newsstand and find that there will be a calendar in it. We've made several calendars over the years, including in 2006. Sometimes, it's all cover trucks and sometimes, it's an assortment of different trucks and cool pictures.