For when the link goes dead, this is a 1996 nissan pickup truck (little tiny 4 cylinder model). But the owner cut the frame off from the suspension back and got rid of the bed, also got rid of all body panels/bumper in front of the cab and installed make-shift halogen lights up front.
I would consider buying it, but the front is so messed up I am not sure what I would do. He cut off all the stuff up there so I would have to fabricate something to get the airodynamics up-to-snuff. The rear I could make a nice kamback (or however you spell it) out of though.
it might take a little bit of time to make up some fenders, and a hood, but for $500 it could be a fun project, and it's a really new truck, I would think it would be great for someone looking to tow a trailer.
I read through the Texas safety inspection and it does not mention anything about body panels or bumpers. Which seems odd to me, I guess Texas doesn't really care what you have on the road for the most part. Here's a link to what I found for inspections http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/publ...manual/Ch4.htm
I wonder if I could find anyone to buy it off me when I was fed up with this "thing". I am hesitant as in stock form the crash test ratings were quite poor, and with these modifications I imagine it is worse. It is a 2.4 liter engine, which is about .9 liters more than I would like. And I don't need a truck...
Of course I am lazy anyhow and wouldn't make the 1 hour drive to look at it anyhow so I just need to forget about it.