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I still have the Toyota on the back burner, but I remembered this Courier I started. This might be a good excuse to finish it.

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need more update pics of that Courier!

looks sweet & its giving me ideas for mine that I am working on now.

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Started on another Courier, the most recent reissue of the AMT kit with 2 wheel drive and aftermarket stepside bed. AMT/Ertl called it a '77 on the instruction sheet, but the truck is actually a '78 (slightly different grille and the parking/turn signal lamps are in the grille, not the bumper like on the '77).

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The front suspension was modified, and the truck will run the five-spoke wheels from the Revell '50 Ford F-1 2-in-1 reissue. These wheels had the tire locator rib filed off to accommodate the Toyo Proxes tires from a Revell Ford Focus SVT.

So far, that's it. The kit I'm using had the engine missing, so I'm kicking around the idea of putting a 5.0 V8/five-speed combo from a Mustang in the truck. Guess we'll have to see!

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Im still looking for that toolbox!...Anyone know if one was kit'd before?>...

Need to work on the radio and antenna to...also looking for a replacement gas tank!

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I was kind of keen on a V8 for this, but...

I figure since the Courier was basically a badge-engineered Mazda, I might just stick a turbo Rotary engine from an RX-7 in there.

Just a thought. B)

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I had an 83 Courier back in 97 and we dropped a rotary motor from an RX 7 in it... That little truck could fly man.... I use to love gettin it sideways

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yes go with the 13b rotary in it... but this truck needs to lay out on frame or doors

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Went ahead and robbed the turbo rotary from a Tamiya second gen RX-7.

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Other than removal of the mounting tabs from the oil pan and the fact that I had to cut a notch in the passenger's side inner fender to clear the turbo, fitting it in there wasn't a big deal.

I also made a 'billet' grille for it using some grooved Plastruct stock, some BMF, and a black wash.

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I also had to cut a hole in the hood for the intercooler- a scoop will come later.

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Chuck, do you have the hood from that FC you took the engine from? If so, take the scoop too! Or go real crazy and use a Scooby STI Tidal Wave hood scoop!

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Chuck, do you have the hood from that FC you took the engine from? If so, take the scoop too! Or go real crazy and use a Scooby STI Tidal Wave hood scoop!

I do, but whether or not I use it sort of depends on what happens with the rest of the RX-7. I'm also toying around with a Cobra Jet type scoop. Next time I'm sitting idly at the bench I might just lay a few scoops on there and soak them in, see if any of them 'speak' to me!

I wasn't feeling the kit's supplied aftermarket Flareside bed, so I dug out a glue bomb Styleside Courier and robbed the bed from that. I think it looks much better for the style of truck I've stumbled into.

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B):wub::wub: it looks like my old truck 1983b2300 mazda truck them truck are kinda rare know.

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I agree, smoothside beds are so much nicer.

I just picked up an old Datsun smoothside pick-up and was deciding it's fate. May have to go with a clean mini-truck build for it!

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This truck is turning out great.

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I know the antenna is a bit crude...but its still being worked on...the radio is not completely glued together yet ...still waiting on glue to dry! :)

Anyone have a spare gas tank?...

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Today's progress...

Added an electric fan...

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And finished out the interior...

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