Yes, this is a 5-speed stick shift with a second stick for optional 4WD + 4WD low gear with diff look. A bit heavy, I know, but the front profile is rather slim so I expect to do ok on level ground. It ways 1700 kg and legal loading capacity is 1180 kg. In total 2880 kg (6,250 pounds).
You’re not to far off about the engine. The earlier models had the carbed Mitsubishi engine, but this is Mazda’s own mpfi, 3 valve, long stroke, slow turning, work horse. Wet chain, yes. MAF and CAT but no lambda. Turnable dist with Hall sensor.
Up until 92 heavy pickups have no emission requirements here. This means I will probably be able to legally register this one into the “gengas vehicle” category. This is not confirmed 100% yet, but I just couldn’t let it go. If not, I’ll stick to stealth mode.