Don’t Call it a Cooper: This ‘62 Austin Mini Truck Build Hauls Lumber and Does Daily Duty

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In a world where a new 5 series is pretty much the size of a previous-gen Ford Ranger, it’s safe to say that we don’t really see small vehicles anymore. And that’s a cryin’ shame, since cars (or trucks, in this case) like the Austin Mini truck are on a whole other level of fun and awesomeness to build, own, and drive. Larry heads over to Bells & Vaughn to check out this cherry example built by Ricky Ngo.


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  • Hoonigan AutoFocus

    Hoonigan AutoFocus

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    • Pete Lattimer

      Pete Lattimer

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      @J P very nice. and i agree dont call it a cooper. the cooper moniker only belongs to CERTAIN minis. they arent ALL Coopers.

    • J P

      J P

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      Classic mini pick up, very valuable today very 👍🍻📰

    • Netizen's United

      Netizen's United

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      _“So ... YEAH!”_ 🤣

  • LegacyMuse

    LegacyMuse

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    I love this, but I'll be honest, that Accord hatchback in the background keeps catching my eye.

  • BigSal

    BigSal

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    I've only seen one in person here in the US at Brookhaven, GA. in front of a bike shop. I had to get a picture of it while I was there.

  • mry82

    mry82

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    Larry, you must hate your job... That color is immaculate! Edit: I always keep a bottle of gin with me while I drive! Just kidding! :) Edit 2: I love how carefully Ricky is watching out while Larry drives; you can tell this thing is his baby!

  • Bearrett 50 Kal

    Bearrett 50 Kal

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    That's a sick Tarck bike edit: commented before watching, thanks for the bike check Larry!!! As a car guy and a cyclist that was cool to see

  • Francisco On

    Francisco On

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    Love it

  • David Noel

    David Noel

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    Nice truck. Excellent video. I remember when Jeremy owned it and it was green. A little tip for you with regards to the 1st/ 2nd synchro. When at a stop in neutral, before selecting 1st gear to get going, briefly drop it into 2nd gear and then up into 1st. Your synchros will last alot longer and save you a bunch of oil changes.

  • Peter Hjorth

    Peter Hjorth

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    Awesome Mini Pickup ✌️ Fun to see one in the States!

  • Alex Willis

    Alex Willis

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    It's true. Not every Mini is a Cooper, like not every 911 is a Carrera.

  • Neil Mustow

    Neil Mustow

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    Very early pick up Mini very nice a great survivor

  • de j

    de j

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    What??!! Max 4k rpm! You’re kidding, easily push it to 6500 rpm if not tuned and way more if properly tuned ! Talking to 998 engine. A 998 race engine take 10k rpm...

  • Muzz

    Muzz

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    Austin made one called a maxi with a 1700 engine that fitted(kinda)in the mini. They used to grass track them. Made 90sonething hp...

  • DJ Lew Productions Inc.

    DJ Lew Productions Inc.

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    That is an awesome Mini! I never knew they made a pickup version. Peep the guy checking it out at 19:31. There is what they talking about.

  • Boss Levels

    Boss Levels

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    Had one of these miss it 🥲
    CTX 21V
    You want to get in touch with mad frankie from Belgium I think !
    He has some crazy ass minis

  • Gustavo Coelho

    Gustavo Coelho

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    He should swap the engine with a typewriter for ultimate hipster-ness...

  • Harry burnett

    Harry burnett

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    Awesome Austin mini , you have my wifes approval shes in 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  • J P

    J P

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    😍 very rare nowadays valuable also 😍📰🍻👍🎊

  • Ryan Schneider

    Ryan Schneider

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    So rare!! What a beaut!

  • Sathana Saetiao

    Sathana Saetiao

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    Damn I look the price up and the truck cost almost 100k in Thailand.

  • Brandon Clark

    Brandon Clark

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    Talking about South Africa... If you are interested in Mini's just go to Facebook and search Mini Owners Club of Southern Africa. Here we Love a mini. Custom or original the club doesn't care they do it for the love of cars.

  • ReggaeDubSoundSystem

    ReggaeDubSoundSystem

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    Needs a Busa motor.

  • tripdaddy1

    tripdaddy1

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    Nice na 300zx

  • Brian Joyce

    Brian Joyce

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    Hey it did sound manly!! Luv pickups, glad he uses it

  • Rocket Squirrel

    Rocket Squirrel

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    Screams cool. Is so correct

  • SAD-MART

    SAD-MART

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    Man, I've been building an 88 Accord for years with the dream of having it featured on this channel, dang shame someone else beat me to it! lol 4:51

  • dorkmagus

    dorkmagus

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    Drive backwards through a drive thru. I keep telling myself I'm going to do it in mine.

  • od

    od

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    They guy and the car go hand and hand. Best episode yet.

  • Hanson Linek

    Hanson Linek

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    Love the license plate!

  • Norse Viking Æsir

    Norse Viking Æsir

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    He most definitely did not hail 16 foot lumber in there

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Sorry your right! Longest was a 2x6 12ft

  • naveedc7

    naveedc7

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    Watching this made me happy

  • Mini AF

    Mini AF

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    truly amazing!! fun fact, the engine and trans share the same oil!! that dude in the truck was stoked

  • Nick Parker

    Nick Parker

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    outro song?

  • gothic pagan

    gothic pagan

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    Daily driver, I work from home. 🤣 Memorable 👌
    Try keeping up with it through 40-90 mph corners, best of luck.

  • Robbert Klunder

    Robbert Klunder

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    But it’s a pickup.... 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Steve G

    Steve G

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    The video isn't shaky enough.

  • cali818

    cali818

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    i like minis even the modern ones....would be nice if they are as reliable as toyotas.....parts are expensive for both the classic and the newer

  • Nicolas Gibson

    Nicolas Gibson

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    shout out to whoever drives that stock z32, I dont know who you are but I got respect for you

  • Theo Xydias

    Theo Xydias

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    check my mk1 was on field for 10 years before a saved it

  • Linus A

    Linus A

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    Having learned to drive in a 65 mini estate (station wagon) it shocks me at the poor sight lines of the modern cars.

  • Android 890

    Android 890

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    Loving this, super detailed sending respect from the UK probably only ever seen one mini pickup and that was a show👍 might not be fast but the sense sound and feel of a mini is second to none fun.

  • pat tillapaugh

    pat tillapaugh

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    Hi Larry, I have a Mini pickup up here in the Vancouver area. Do you see yourself coming to Canada to look at cars? Possibly when the pandemic cools down.

  • Stu Henry

    Stu Henry

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    mint mini truck!!

  • Chase Brunner

    Chase Brunner

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    I Bet That Truck Is So Fun To Drive !!! Bet The Gas Mileage Is Insane

    • Chase Brunner

      Chase Brunner

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      What No Way 35 MPG That Is Really Good I Believe You I Know I Would Enjoy It As well Be Safe Brother !!!

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Love every second of it! Been getting about 35mpg 👍🏻 not to bad

  • Robb Aube

    Robb Aube

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    I absolutely love Ricky's Mini! been following him since he got it and man his DIY dedication is wicked!!

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Appreciate it buddy!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Fencingboy101

    Fencingboy101

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    So cool to see someone so passionate about their vehicle

  • Jeannelle Reads

    Jeannelle Reads

    9 օր առաջ

    I remember seeing this the last time I went to a B&V meet. It’s soooo nice

  • BenXL

    BenXL

    9 օր առաջ

    Yay more minis! :D

  • Steven Piontkowski

    Steven Piontkowski

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    Soft spoken men not to be underrated. You rock Mr. Larry

  • Bruce McT

    Bruce McT

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    Miles of smiles :)

  • Kory's Rides

    Kory's Rides

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    "The bed is actually pretty big..." oh come on you can't even fit that weird bicycle in it.

  • Liam Anderson

    Liam Anderson

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    not so fun fact: the moors murderers owned a mini pickup

    • Liam Anderson

      Liam Anderson

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      @J P its youtube comments not a research paper. you sound tilted, Manc?

    • J P

      J P

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      @Liam Anderson don't believe all you see, it wasn't a pick up they had, research first b4 commenting 📰🎤

    • Chris Henniker

      Chris Henniker

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      @Liam Anderson I think it might’ve been mentioned in the Throbbing Gristle song, Very Friendly.

    • Liam Anderson

      Liam Anderson

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      @Chris Henniker might have been, I’m just repeating what I saw in a documentary on telly

    • Chris Henniker

      Chris Henniker

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      I thought it was a station wagon.

  • goalfever007

    goalfever007

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    Awesome content as usual... great build and the owner is very cool.

  • Mr Phil Juncker

    Mr Phil Juncker

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    You know Larry really likes it when he gets quiet and just admires it.

  • Ofilia Friedman

    Ofilia Friedman

    9 օր առաջ

    The painful hurricane philosophically own because cup visually sniff including a tan whip. observant, eatable stopsign

  • Donal Sinnott

    Donal Sinnott

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    me and this guy would be such friends. Both the mini and the that track bike are dream purchases of mine!

  • asambi69

    asambi69

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    Mini check, Fixie Bike check....Hipster alert lol.

  • Paul DuJardin

    Paul DuJardin

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    Dude is so excited! Great job! Would love to spot this at a hardware store.

  • solid snake

    solid snake

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    i own a skoda felicia pick up with og vw 1.9d engine

  • Des Gibbons

    Des Gibbons

    10 օր առաջ

    Needs a 1960s Moulton bike in the back, the guy Alex Moulton invented the hydrolastic suspension on the mini but set up the Moulton bike company in 62 which had suspension front and rear.

  • Kook and Grom on tour

    Kook and Grom on tour

    10 օր առաջ

    That needs a 16v bmw k100 head 160hp 🤣

  • chickenfishhybrid44

    chickenfishhybrid44

    10 օր առաջ

    On the subject of small wheels, he's certainly right about alot of classic cars having quite small wheels compared to now. But also think of all the K cars and mini pickup deals they have in Japan.

  • all4thedriver subaru

    all4thedriver subaru

    10 օր առաջ

    Lol! “Fit her kids in the back”

  • hyper

    hyper

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    Nice volvo :o

  • Zu _

    Zu _

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    When I went through the drive thru in my RHD I’d just reverse in

    • Jay Rattanavong

      Jay Rattanavong

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      this is a highly underrated comment; make me chuckle before bedtime.

  • Zu _

    Zu _

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    Owner seems so genuine and stoked. 🤘🏽

  • Paul J

    Paul J

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    That wouldn't look out of place at a UK classic car show, the JDM influence being very similar to what we do here. Being a pickup it would certainly attract attention, they're rare as rocking horse poo as most ended up as fleet vehicles and died at the hands of their drivers.

  • Michael Machete

    Michael Machete

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    i am happy u got to drive this little part of Briton.

  • PaceWorks

    PaceWorks

    10 օր առաջ

    Pick ups are rare because too easy to steel from and rains all the time. 🤙💯

  • Maltez_97 Fails

    Maltez_97 Fails

    10 օր առաջ

    I had a fuji with those three spokes in carbon and it was destroyed when i got hit by a drunk driver 😔😔

  • Kyle Peters

    Kyle Peters

    10 օր առաջ

    I love the wheels bro

  • rEZnapanZEr

    rEZnapanZEr

    10 օր առաջ

    That little car has a big personality

  • Matthew Vizcaino

    Matthew Vizcaino

    10 օր առաջ

    Wow that's really nice. Great work

  • Samuel Bastian

    Samuel Bastian

    10 օր առաջ

    This would be a wicked electric ⚡️ conversion project

  • malachi manville downer

    malachi manville downer

    10 օր առաջ

    Plenty pick up minis in uk one of the rarest mini's are era turbos not many even know they made a turbo one lol

  • David Ly

    David Ly

    10 օր առաջ

    Dudes, this bike is baller af with the sugino crank, Izumi gold and the aero wheelset! Damn!!

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Thanks! Good eye! 🙌🏻

    • Charlton Moore

      Charlton Moore

      10 օր առաջ

      Looks like a Kirin bike. Riding that on the road at distance would eff with my back. I am a fan of fixies, built a Nishiki 57 for my brother and built a Raleigh 55(I am short lol) for me. Nothing like his though.

  • Ynno Mejia

    Ynno Mejia

    10 օր առաջ

    Hoonigan is now featuring bikes! First was cocozurita's then vinny then larry. Hells yeah!

  • Dude

    Dude

    10 օր առաջ

    Saw this mini truck a few months ago in Montrose at Cars & Coffee. Amazing Mini. Glad you featured it. I have a 64 Morris Mini Traveller, but it's a "10 footer"

  • Raymond Thomson

    Raymond Thomson

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    I have one of these. One of the next projects on my list.

    • Pepe

      Pepe

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      @Raymond Thomson Nice, I’ve had to order new panels for most of the truck do to how bad the rust gets. The guy who had it before filled the whole truck with body fill to cover the damage... upside about these trucks though is the fact that you can still buy parts!

    • Raymond Thomson

      Raymond Thomson

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      @Pepe mine is pretty solid

    • Pepe

      Pepe

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      Same. Is yours rusted into nothing or does it actually got some metal left?

  • Beardchanics Garage

    Beardchanics Garage

    10 օր առաջ

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Ebon Westbrook

    Ebon Westbrook

    10 օր առաջ

    Is that a 3rd gen honda accord hatchback hiding in th corner !?! Looks like an 88-89 model lxi _ super nice

  • Donny wilson

    Donny wilson

    10 օր առաջ

    I want this!

  • David Olsthoorn

    David Olsthoorn

    10 օր առաջ

    Awesome car! Awesome owner!! Epic Video 👌🏻👌🏻

  • Don Juan

    Don Juan

    10 օր առաջ

    Subscribed, had to support AAPI🤙🏽🙏🏽

  • SkellART

    SkellART

    10 օր առաջ

    "It was shipped over to portland Oregon"
    Good thing it's here now

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Portland to Texas! Then Texas to me! Haha

  • 13geeky

    13geeky

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    The outro is literally one of the best things. No matter how many times I watch it, I still get chills. Great build, never seen a flat bed mini before lol that wrap is beautiful too

  • clare watkins

    clare watkins

    10 օր առաջ

    Great video Larry as always. I knew a guy who used to do custom Mini's back in the late 80s 90s n he drove this Amazing red Mini cooper with the sickest body kit n wheels n bloody Fast as well and he was a really big guy 6ft n built like a brick sh#t house but those Mini's are pretty roomy n there so much fun to drive. Hope the fella I'm on about is still building Mini's cos he Def had Talent n skills. LOVING this truck looks amazing. Full Send UK stay safe

  • Benny ILL

    Benny ILL

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    Truck that doesn't even fit his bike haha...looks dope though

  • Elliott Grossman

    Elliott Grossman

    10 օր առաջ

    That Honda Accord hatchback in the back needs a video!!! Always loved those.

  • fryrear technology

    fryrear technology

    10 օր առաջ

    I love it!!! Shut up and take my money!!! That's what'd I say if I had money...... I can only dream about having a home of my own or a nice car. Love this little truck.

    • Dymond2010

      Dymond2010

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      @fryrear technology we have mini my dad bought for £100 around 15 years ago and is now one of only 2 of that spec in the county as is worth like 20k😂

    • fryrear technology

      fryrear technology

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      @Dymond2010 truth is I don't have 2 figures... but I still love cars.

    • Dymond2010

      Dymond2010

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      if you got 5 figures then yeah, minis arnt cheap anymore

  • Ramon Briones

    Ramon Briones

    10 օր առաջ

    Cute as a button

  • Kr Tong

    Kr Tong

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    Peak 2010 hipsterdom.

  • Gabriel Gómez WölmanÄudio

    Gabriel Gómez WölmanÄudio

    10 օր առաջ

    Looks amazing bruh... 130hp on that thing and it´s done

    • dorkmagus

      dorkmagus

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      McGee subframe kit and a D16Y8....done.

    • Tom Bryant

      Tom Bryant

      8 օր առաջ

      @Dymond2010 1380>1300 There is only one cam as well, unless you go for broke and get a fancy head from KAD or whoever else

    • Dymond2010

      Dymond2010

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      you could, just put a 1275 engine into and bigger cams pistons bore it out to 1300 and you could get around 130 but no need as its so light, most go with a 1275 and do bigger cams and carbs and get like 110

  • Nerdy Panda

    Nerdy Panda

    10 օր առաջ

    That z32 doe!

  • IMRAN

    IMRAN

    10 օր առաջ

    This dude is awesome. Well done on the build mate. Must have taken such time money and effort. Safe Driving bro. From South Africa

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Appreciate it buddy 🙏🏻 can’t take all the credit! All the pervious owners also put in a lot of work 🙌🏻

  • Pepe Battaglia

    Pepe Battaglia

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    I'm all about the track bike with the sugino crankset

    • ricky ngo

      ricky ngo

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      Yes! Sorry I didn’t talk about the components at all 😂 but good eye

  • GenXer

    GenXer

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    Cool bike but really should have pursuit handlebars on a pursuit frame not drops

  • Baltazar Salas

    Baltazar Salas

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    19:46 The dudes looking at them after they talked about taking 30 minutes at home depot

  • Daniel Ho

    Daniel Ho

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    Fixie life!

  • joshua yammer

    joshua yammer

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    I like that accord hatch in the background

  • BlueDually4x4

    BlueDually4x4

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    That is an awesome build.