Ford Ka Monster Trucks Are Apparently a Thing

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Unusual truck trend proves once again that America is the place to be.

You just have to feel sorry for our friends in other parts of the world sometimes. While we Americans have long enjoyed the freedom and ability to purchase trucks and modify them to our personal taste, most of the rest of the world simply can’t. And the reason is because it’s pretty hard and usually expensive to buy any kind of truck in many countries.

Those difficulties have led to, um, some improvisation. The latest example might seem a bit strange to us Yanks because it involves a peculiarity: Ford Ka monster trucks. If you’re unfamiliar with the Ka, it’s a tiny little subcompact car that’s been around since 1996. Available in a variety of configurations, the Ka has done quite well in England, where it’s enjoyed many years as the best-selling car in its class.

 

The Ka has done quite well in England, where it’s enjoyed many years as the best-selling car in its class.

 

So, as you would imagine, there are a ton of used Kas all over the place. Parts are plentiful and prices are cheap. So why not have a little fun with one? And that’s exactly what these blokes are doing — jacking up the tiny little city cars and turning them into off-road toys. This isn’t a new trend, either. The first-known example, dubbed “Monster Ka,” has been making the rounds since 2008.

So how exactly do you turn a sub-100 horsepower economy car into a four-wheel drive beast? It seems that all you have to do is swap out the frame and drivetrain with one from a Land Rover Discovery and you’re in business.

So, even though we still feel sorry for our friends across the pond, they’ve done exactly what we Americans would do in a similar situation. Improvise, adapt, and overcome. And the result of their ingenuity looks like a heck of a lot of fun!

 

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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