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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2019, 07:34:49 PM »
>F-100

Well, one thing's for sure, Doc's not buying it for the interior accouterments.  "Spartan" come to mind.

A/C work?

Looks good & solid for 1k, nice find.


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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2019, 07:44:22 PM »
Looks like I'll be the dissenter, but, GMC/chevy all the way. Years of abuse and these things just keep running. I mean real, redneck abuse. Ford, not so much. Dodge/Ram have never held their value, even when you buy used, in our area.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2019, 07:55:03 PM »
>"Spartan" come to mind.

Extremely. Big bench seat, only lap belts, and an AM radio.

>A/C work?

You mean the crank to roll the windows down that I had to explain to my kids?

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2019, 08:09:28 PM »
>Looks good & solid for 1k, nice find.

Yeah, seems like a very good value.  I like the looks of pickups from the 70s.  The current styling trends just seem audacious to me.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2019, 08:09:47 PM »
Looks like you found a winner Dr Cool.  Congratulations.  Very nice.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2019, 10:43:58 PM »
LM, thanks those sites are great!

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2019, 12:04:08 PM »
Success.  I bought a 2019 Nissan Frontier 4x4.  Mid sized.  The Nissan was not all garbaged up with electronic infotainment, which to me was a selling point, controls are simple.  Plus the price was right. 

Rumor has it, that Nissan is coming out with an all new 2020 Frontier in October, which will be bigger and loaded with more gizmos and more costly and I don't want to be a first model year beta tester.  The new mid-sized trucks these days are almost as big as Dr Cool's F-100.

I looked at full sized trucks but they are bigger than I need and way more expensive.  The full sized truck I test drove felt like I was at the con of an ocean going super tanker, all it needed was an anchor.

Thanks again, everyone, for the advice!

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2019, 02:33:36 PM »
>Nissan Frontier

A good friend has had one for years and has driven the wheels off of it.  It rides great and has held up extremely well. 

> not all garbaged up with electronic

About a month ago, I saw a headline touting the Frontier for that very reason.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2019, 10:13:59 PM »
Heh, I just ordered a tonneau cover: hard panels, 3 fold, lockable, for the truck bed.  From Amazon.  Shipping weight 71 lbs.  Shipping free via Amazon Prime.   Gotta love Amazon Prime.  Shipped by Amazon, sold by Amazon.

Other sources online wanted as much or more on price plus $90 shipping.  Local auto parts store couldn't get what I wanted.  Nissan dealer, parts dept made it obvious they didn't want to deal with it.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2019, 12:09:23 AM »
The full sized truck I test drove felt like I was at the con of an ocean going super tanker, all it needed was an anchor.

Or a plow blade. Like I said, being smaller, these things feel even more mammoth. But the nice thing is that when you're plowing, the snow doesn't blow up around windshield as much. And, of course, the size is good for intimidating economy-car drivers.

On the other hand, it really sucks when you have a full-size truck with an extended cab and a plow blade on the front and you have to turn around in a narrow street.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2019, 12:40:44 PM »
>plow

Good point ergo.  The power and traction these beasts have is amazing.  A neighboring town spent a little more and upgraded all town pickups, even those driven by desk-jockeys (ie town engineer, superintendents, etc) to 4X4's with blades.  They use these to clear snow from the many alleys in the old parts of town.  They fit the alleyways better than the big plows and they free up the plow trucks to focus on the main roads.  It was a smart move.

>sucks

Yeah.  When I was test driving a full sized pickup I tried some grocery store parking lot maneuvers and it felt like docking the USS Iowa.  Sure I could learn to adapt, but not really what I wanted when I'm going into Ace Hardware, quick, for a pack of AAA batteries.

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2019, 04:34:03 PM »
>sucks
grocery store parking lot maneuvers and it felt like docking the USS Iowa.

Yeah, we have a few cul-de-sacs where turning around with a full-size extended cab + plow is impossible, so you end up backing up for 50-100yds at night in a snowstorm with people parked illegally in stupid places and, even dumber, sledding in the middle of the road. The full-time guys are used to driving heavy equipment, so they think it's nothing. For us "extra help" types, we joke that you don't need coffee to stay awake all night - you're so stressed you can't possibly fall asleep.

To me, ideally a pickup can carry a sheet of plywood. Here's some ideas for the Frontier
https://www.clubfrontier.org/threads/best-way-to-haul-a-4-x-8-sheet-of-plywood.38010/

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Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2019, 05:55:43 PM »
>ideally a pickup can carry a sheet of plywood

Ditto.  It's one of the litmus tests I use to pick vehicles, and one of the primary reasons I drive Grand Caravans.