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  • #31
    I bought my 1985 Dodge Ramcharger new and owned it17 yrs and 245,000 miles. It was repaired after a head-on collision with an uninsured illegal mexican at about 65,000 miles.
    Fortunately my wife was uninjured. The truck looked and ran good when I finally sold it. I replaced it with a then new 2002 Dodge 2500 Cummins diesel. This is a beast for towing our 32 ft RV back and forth through the Rockies, some grades as steep as 9%! I've got 168,000 miles on this one, had it repainted a couple years ago since I'm going to keep it. Click image for larger version

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    • #32
      Could not watch the vid - the kids an idiot and i hate to see good stuff get destroyed, got to the part where he bent the rear door in the slam test --- looked like it "was" a nice truck though

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      • #33
        Originally posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
        Could not watch the vid - the kids an idiot and i hate to see good stuff get destroyed, got to the part where he bent the rear door in the slam test --- looked like it "was" a nice truck though
        I also found it painful to watch. But I can tell you these bakkies are legendry for there toughness. There was only one problem with them.
        The taxis in South Africa use a vehicle called a hi ace . They used the same rolling chasis so these vehicles were stolen or hijacked all the time for spares. Many a life has been lost due to hijacking for these vehicles.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by The Artful Bodger View Post
          I have never seen any American internet poster say his truck was too big.
          My previous truck was a 96 F150xlt, and that was too damn bit. Honestly, it wasnt even big by modern truck standards, modern trucks are just insanely large

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          • #35
            Originally posted by epicfail48 View Post

            My previous truck was a 96 F150xlt, and that was too damn bit. Honestly, it wasnt even big by modern truck standards, modern trucks are just insanely large
            I've been driving a 92 F150 XLT around Maine this summer, going to bring it back to Florida this fall. Compared to my 2007 Prius, and 2019 Honda Odyssey mini van, it feels like a big truck, albeit one that rides on clouds... Don't know what my friend did to it, but it doesn't have the original engine or transmission. He really wants me to bring it to Florida to avoid the harsh Winter.

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            • #36
              Most large trucks in my suburban area are owned by office workers . They are spit polished and dont haul things.I seems that these guys feel like "real"men if they have a truck. Sombody needs to tell them that the "real" men driving around in trucks doing manual labor aint so happy. Edwin Dirnbeck

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              • #37
                Originally posted by George Bulliss View Post

                If you park this truck next to a modern 1/2 ton Ford it's amazing how small it looks. It actually is pretty close in size to my newer Tacoma. It does have more room in the bed, which is what a truck is for. Has a full 8 foot bed and the wrap-around rear bumper makes it easy to climb in with the tailgate down.
                I have a friend that has a 1976 F150 he recently finished doing a full restoration on. He also has a 2019 F150 for a daily driver. You're right, parked next to each other the 76' looks smaller, however the big difference is on the inside. The 19' is narrow and horribly cramped by comparison.

                I just need one more tool,just one!

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
                  Could not watch the vid - the kids an idiot and i hate to see good stuff get destroyed, got to the part where he bent the rear door in the slam test --- looked like it "was" a nice truck though
                  I agree the Video was a little over the top,had a friend that toured the New Holland Combine Harvester test track about 40 years ago.They would put gravel in grain hopper then drive over Rail Way Ties at high speed till something failed,he said the Operator wore a helmet and hockey gear for protection while bouncing around.

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                  • #39
                    Frankly I haven't liked *any* of them since GM did away with the square-body work trucks. Just try buying a work truck nowadays. One with manual everything, rubber floor mat. For less than the cost of a house. On a workman's wages. "Earth to Detroit: some of us actually *use* our trucks and it ain't for a status symbol!"

                    .... marketing shysters need to go die in a compost heap fire, right alongside their Wall St. buddies.
                    Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 06-19-2021, 05:30 PM.
                    25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                      Frankly I haven't liked *any* of them since GM did away with the square-body work trucks. Just try buying a work truck nowadays. One with manual everything, rubber floor mat. For less than the cost of a house. On a workman's wages. "Earth to Detroit: some of us actually *use* our trucks and it ain't for a status symbol!"

                      .... marketing shysters need to go die in a compost heap fire, right alongside their Wall St. buddies.
                      Work trucks..... yeah.

                      But, the base level Ranger comes with rubber floor mats, or at least mine did. and 1860 lb carry.

                      Lotta yuppie trucks around.... "crew" cab, and a 4 foot trunk.... (it's not a "truck bed"). Some come equipped with a frame to hold your groceries and keep them from sliding forward... seen them.
                      2730

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                      Hashim Khan

                      Everything not impossible is compulsory

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                        Frankly I haven't liked *any* of them since GM did away with the square-body work trucks. Just try buying a work truck nowadays. One with manual everything, rubber floor mat. For less than the cost of a house. On a workman's wages. "Earth to Detroit: some of us actually *use* our trucks and it ain't for a status symbol!"

                        .... marketing shysters need to go die in a compost heap fire, right alongside their Wall St. buddies.

                        A dealer with a fleet sales department is what you seek.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by plunger View Post
                          Yes but none of your trucks are as tuff as a toyota hilux
                          Recently sold my 99 F150 XLT. One day the wife hydroplaned going down a hill and hit a car in the rear. Made a fair dent in bumper so I replaced it for maybe $300. A short while later the insurance bill shows up and my rates had gone up a good bit. So I called the ins company wondering how the rates went up so much. She says "Let me check the records". "Oh, we had to total the other car and paid out $11,000 in damages." Me: "But there was only a little dent on my truck". She says "Oh, that's normal. Pickups are so strong that it's common for the truck to have little damage and major damage to whatever got hit".

                          Let's see a H iLux do that!!!

                          Steve


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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by paul463 View Post


                            A dealer with a fleet sales department is what you seek.
                            Maybe -- but my employer got the silverado work trucks and they still had power ass scratchers. And for what we do (heavy mechanics) the front axle is as delicate as a lady's ankle.

                            I'm strongly considering Dodge ram trucks next time round (live solid axle front), and yes, thank you, I will definitely check out the fleet sales.
                            25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                            • #44
                              Hrm, I just checked the dodge ram fleet sales, liked what I saw until I got to the built-in infotainment center with steering wheel controls. Would like all that BS deleted. Was pricing a 2021 ram 1500 tradesman with the 3.0L diesel, block heater, 2wd with no-spin rear axle and no other options. 40k $$$. Nope. Hard pass. That's 2x more than I paid for my house... and the house ain't appreciated that much!

                              There's a local dealer that'll build what you want, he does muscle cars and classics etc. I'll probably go to him and tell him to get me a cherry 1982 Suburban with the 6.2 diesel.
                              Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 06-19-2021, 08:59 PM.
                              25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by SteveF View Post

                                Let's see a H iLux do that!!!

                                Steve

                                I have not heard that the Hi Lux is prone to aquaplane.

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