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Chief Truck Web Geek Drives a Compact

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Chief Truck Web Geek Drives a Compact
Posted May 8 2007 02:17 PM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: Opinions, Funny Stories, Mazda

2003 Mazda Protege5

Okay, I'm going to be honest with all y'all. This is a painful confession for me, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm going to tell you my deep dark secret. I'm a car guy. Always have been. All the vehicles I've owned so far have been cars. All have been imports, actually, although one was built in the U.S.

Okay, before you start picking up your nooses and lighting your torches, I just want to reiterate my commitment to the truck enthusiast community. I go to all the truck shows my meager budget allows, and photograph and video the bikini contests, burnout contests, and custom trucks of all types. So though I may not own one, my livelihood depends on making you guys happy.

Compact Parking Only

But let me tell you, there are some definite downsides to working on truck sites and owning a compact. First off, I can't get cool parts for my Protege working on truck sites. Yes, those of you with an eye for detail may observe my P5 has been lowered and rides on aftermarket wheels. I have done some stories in the past on the build-up of my vehicle. I would consider it "mildly" modified with Tein coilovers, Center Line RPM forged rims, a TWM short-shifter, Magnaflow exhaust, K&N Intake, smoked taillights and side-markers, and Katzkin two-tone blue & black suede and leather seats. I know it's not the most radically customized, and definitely not the fastest compact out there, but it's my reliable daily whip, and at about 27 miles per gallon average, I can't complain about the economy.

So, rest assured, if nothing else, I'm definitely an enthusiast, if not necessarily a truck guy. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to own a truck, especially in the position I'm in as the chief truck web geek. Maybe an early-80s C-10 or Dakota V-8, and if and when they ever go on sale here, a half-ton diesel. Problem is, I live in an apartment complex that's not exactly third-vehicle friendly. Parking is a nightmare enough for two cars. Yes, I could "rent" a third parking space for another $50 or so a month on top of my already extortionary Southern California rent, but when you're trying to save up for a condo (where a third car would be a somewhat more feasible option) every penny counts.

So maybe one of these days, I'll do a blog post on my new (or old) truck. Until then, I'll putter around in my pipsqueak Protege. If you see a dark blue P5 driving around South OC, please try not to run me off the road. After all, I am working to make you guys happy.   

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