Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Favorite Truck?


Nothing’s more American than the pickup truck. Whether hauling bales of hay or a tradesman’s tools, these workhorses exemplify the strong work ethic and sense of personal achievement that is the embodiment of our nation’s ethos. All three of the remaining American manufacturers build trucks today, as do many of the foreign makers- trying to capture some of that magic in a bottle that for so long was only the providence of those born under the stars and stripes. But which one do you like the best?
Over on the Jalop we ruminated over the value of a $3,000 Ford E100 this moring. These forward-control pickups lost out to the more traditional long-nose form factor, but, as the voting shows, they still have their fans to this day. Most predilections fall in line with brand rather than form, and pretty much the lines are drawn between the Ford guys and the Chevy fans. A funny thing is that there is a geographical divide to this as well- with the east and west coasts pretty solidly Ford, and the great expanse of the midwest Bow Tie country.
Of course, it’s not just these two makers that have cheering sections- Dodge, GMC, International, and even Toyota, Nissan Honda and Mitsubishi have their advocates. But when it comes down to sales and spittle-flying fervor, it’s Chevy vs. Ford for the main event. We already know what some of you will say, as noted by this shot of texanidiot25’s C10, but that doesn’t mean the rest of you can’t weigh in.  So, what lumber hauler gives you wood?
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72 Comments

    1. There's a 1950-ish L-110 (I think) parked next to a barn on my commute. I haven't stopped in to take a look, but the cab looks in decent shape. The bed has some rust but not a bunch. No idea if the guy is selling it. I know he put a tarp over it a few weeks back, but the tarp blew off not long after. So it's not like it's their pride and joy.
      Too bad it's not stored inside somewhere.

  1. Texanidiot25 has wonderful taste! The '67 through '72 GM trucks are by far my favorite. Of course I'd prefer a SWB 2WD, and I like the early metal grills more than the later plastic ones.

  2. I've never owned any trucks personally, but I wouldn't mind an old F-series truck. If it has to be new, it will have to be the Raptor, hands down. Would be even better if it came with a diesel.

  3. I recently picked up a 1946 Dodge WC 1/2 ton pickup. L head straight 6, 4 wheel drums, 3 speed manual.
    I absolutely love driving it. There's something about driving around with the windows down in an old truck. It's the only time I've had a cop pull along side and hold up traffic in the other lane to take a look and give me a big thumbs up. Surreal.
    It's not show quality, and never will be. I bought this truck because it's cool, it's old, and I needed a truck. It's made runs to the dump, hardware store, and just around town. Even after I restore it, I'll never feel bad about dumping a load of gravel in the bed. It's a truck, dagnabit, and it will always be used as such. For that reason, all the usual classic car insurance companies told me to go away. Pansies.
    I've never been a truck guy before. But I am now. Long live old trucks!

  4. The sensible choice is to buy Dad's Toyota if he ever decides to sell it. The thing has 250k miles on it and the bedliner is growing a nice beard of moss but that will hose out just fine.

    1. Those are perhaps the most stylin' trucks ever built. Classy. However, I read somewhere that because of the fact that they don't have a separate bed, it doesn't allow the chassis to flex like it should. I read that it the truck's parked funny, like with one wheel on a curb, the doors would get stuck shut.
      I don't care, they still look great.

  5. You bet, the pickup truck is American as apple pie (although I've seen what you do to those pies and frankly… Ew.), and as such my choice for favourite truck is one that was built right down there in good old De… uh… Deutschland.
    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/1972_Mercedes_Benz_UNIMOG_406_4x4_Diesel_Truck_Front_1.jpg"&gt;
    Closely followed by a good Canadian vehicle… okay, it's another German.
    <img src="http://iltis.ca/images/cust_img/14823/iltic/iltic_385x261.jpg"&gt;

  6. I have been waiting for this question ever since the internet was invented. Seriously. If they ever asked this on Jalopnik, I would have signed up to comment and spill.
    My family is a Ford-ish family. My parents have a 1st gen ('93) F-150 Lightning in dented and red. They also have a 2nd gen ('04) F-150 Lightning in Sonic Blue. To me, these trucks are the alpha and omega. First year of Fords sport-truck experiment and the last. Lightnings are my favorite truck. Sadly, I have no pictures, so the following are from the internets:
    <img src = "http://www.mustangsandmore.com/memberpages/kk_Lightning_1.jpg"&gt;
    <img src = "http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/2438/medium/a2_LFest5_launch.jpg"&gt;

  7. Can't pick just one, but there are four awesome ones that stand out in my mind, for varying reasons.
    Studebaker pickup for styling.
    70-71 Dodge Dude for weirdest factory option package.
    Corvair Rampside for most interesting engineering choices.
    Power Wagon for pure concentrated badassery.

  8. Among late models: my pickup. I didn't want a half-ton, it came down to the Dakota and the Ranger and I found that I liked driving the Dakota better.
    <img src="http://i48.tinypic.com/jg3x1u.jpg"/&gt;
    Among older models: the '73-'79 F-series, especially the '78-'79 with the square headlights. We had up to six of em going on the family farm till the early '00's when my Dad got tired of how much fuel they took. This one had the 400M with a 500 cfm carburetor and only a 16 gallon tank… you wanted to gas up every 160 miles, but they were a fun 160 miles.
    <img src="http://i49.tinypic.com/2j5lv0i.jpg"/&gt;

  9. I'm partial to the 60-66 GMCs.
    However, pretty much anything forward-control is tied for second, and the Jeep Gladiator/J-series in third.

  10. On the topic of trucks, I like most of 'em, so long as they aren't too proud or shiny to carry loads that exceed their ratings, beat through scratchy underbrush or back up to a loading dock by braille. I've had several and while I've had nicer, my favorite is probably an early 80's GMC 3/4 ton 2WD with bare steel in the cab, manny tranny with granny, crank windows, no A/C, hitch balls front and back, ridiculously high profile tires on steelies with dogdishes, a bench seat for 4 close friends that provided most of the suspension and well over 200K on the clock. THAT was everything a truck should be, no more, no less.

  11. So many to choose from… I am torn between Fords and Dodges personally and if I had to choose would select a 60's era 3/4 ton. A truck has been on the _Science household's lists of "wants" for a long time (as you can guess, it is a long list). We sold my 2001 V6 Dodge Ram in 07, and since then have been looking for a replacement. The https://hooniverse.com/blog/2010/01/21/the-perfect… comes close, and if we didn't already have 5 cars, it would be hard to pass up, infact a year ago we would have bought it in a second. For now my truck is the 2000 Jeep Wrangler and the happy yellow military trailer <img src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mad_science/sets/72157611272094124/"&gt;

  12. It's an agony to answer a question like this…why must you make me choose?
    The old International and Plymouth pickups that were on Barrett-Jackson earlier this week…Pretty classy, but not A+ restorations that you are afraid to breathe on, let alone drive or abuse. (Darn, couldn't find pix)
    Or maybe the new Raptor some guy is driving around town.
    The next door neighbor's beat-to-hell VW Rabbit pickup, because it makes me laugh.
    My current '04 Tundra access cab…because he's a Jack-of-all-Trades, like me.
    Any pickup between when cars first started roaming the countryside to about the late 80's when they became too square and too new.
    Unless in show condition, the rustier and more well used, the better.

  13. Any old pickup is lovable. But of course, my favorite truck is my truck. '87 Toyota, single cab, short bed, 5-speed, 22R (carbed), black. Given its age and location, it's in really nice shape. Starting to get the standard rear wheel well disintegration, but if i can find the time this summer junkyard boxsides from the South aren't terribly expensive.
    When that happens, she'll get painted WWII vintage, Imperial Japanese Army olive with matte black trim and matte black where the chrome is now. And if i came into money tomorrow, she'd get a frame off restoration and conversion to propane…and then i'd drive her every day for the rest of my friggin' life.

  14. I love this topic. There are so many trucks I want, if I win the lottery, I don't know which I'd buy first. Let me start with the one in my garage now
    #1 – <img src="http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n307/bretfraz/truckpics001.jpg"&gt;
    #2 – Dodge Lil Red Express truck. Wanted one since I was a kid. If I could afford it, I'd buy a Warlock to make for 70's Mopar bookends.
    <img src="http://blogs.cars.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201127975bc4b28a4-800wi"&gt;
    #2 – Mid 50's Chevy Cameo. Maybe the most beautiful truck ever made. If I had one, I'd be like homeboy in the pic and dress like Don Draper and drive it everywhere.
    <img src="http://blogs.cars.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201156fc18d9c970c-800wi"&gt;
    #3 – GMC Sprint. Sure, we all want the El Camino, but I'm a GMC loyalist so I'm sticking with my brand, come hell or high water, Lord willing and the Creek don't rise, and damn the torpedoes!
    <img src="http://www.earl.dk/71%20GMC%20Sprint.jpg"&gt;

  15. I'm a Ford guy and the first and second generation F-series are probably my favorites. The F-1s and F-100s (like the one shown above) have a some of the best pickup truck styling, in my opinion.
    However, my favorite pickup truck is my grandpa's old Chevy C10. Betsy was her name. She was a '67 or '68, if I recall correctly. She was gold with an automatic transmission. I have no idea what engine. My grandpa had bought her new when he was working construction, and kept her well after he was injured and retired. He would take me to school in it when I was a boy and I loved riding around in that old, worn out pickup truck. She wasn't particularly pretty, and by the time I took my last ride in it when I was 15 she was leaking fuel, was way down on compression, the seats were nothing but springs, and she was slow. But, she carried in her bed memories that will never leave me. Some of my fondest memories.
    When my grandpa passed away about a year later my grandma asked if I wanted the truck. Of course, I said yes. My dad said no. I was going away to college and he knew that truck needed work before it would be a reliable truck to drive back and forth to school. He was right. It still stung, though.
    If I ever buy an old pickup truck I'd like to get a Betsy II.

    1. I'm with you, 100%. My first "car" was a '54 F100 with the side-mounted spare (tire divot in the left rear fender, FTW!). I loved that truck and still regret trading it for the '67 Alfa Guilia Super, although I loved that car, too. That's said, a LWB version of your grandpa's old truck is my absolute favorite one of all and I would love to have one someday.

    2. Psht, reliable?
      What did you end up with? Promise that truck will outlast anything else you could have gotten, except for another old truck.

  16. Although totally impractical for hauling, I'm partial to Model A Roadster Pickups, with '36 Ford PUs as a close runner up.

    1. Oh I dunno. Fragile, maybe, but as long as you were careful there's no reason you couldn't use either of those trucks as their creators intended. It'd take more maintenance, and accepting the possibility that a AAA tow would be in your future. But I bet it could be done.
      And it'd be pretty cool to see, too.

    2. Naa, they're perfect for hauling. You may be slow and not air conditioned, but the As are so simple there's hardly anything to break. Starter went out or battery die? Crank it. No juice brakes to leak, no power steering to worry about. Hell, they don't even have spark plug wires to go bad! Get a Model AA commercial and you could probably haul the Himalayas.
      I like Model As a lot, thanks to my dad and his 30 5-window.

    1. Using the truck as a car makes a lot more sense in North Dakota in winter than using the car, getting stuck in a snowdrift, and having to get towed out. (Not that I have any experience with that.)

        1. Touché. I've had RWD cars since I started driving, but never did get snow tires (my next car will get them out of necessity.) Even so I like having the extra ground clearance in the pickup and the option of going to 4×4 to get out of trouble.

  17. This one's a local. Think he told me it was a '75 – the last year, I believe – with a 392. Three-quarter ton, regardless, and beautiful.
    For "essence of pickup", it's hard to go wrong with the thirteen-letter shit spreader.

  18. Other than the trucks I own, my favorites would be the Dodge Power Wagon (I bought one in PCH shape, sold it because I don't have a decent place to tear it apart), just about any panel truck because they're just plain cool, and the mighty Deuce and a Half, the ultimate pickup.

  19. 1981-1987 Chevy C10 pickup. Black. Base Custom Deluxe 10, vinyl seats and rubber floor, 4 on the floor model.

  20. 1983 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 pickup. Black. 4×4. Regular cab, vinyl bench seat, rubber floor cover, 4 on the floor, steel wheels, and stock 30" tires.

  21. My dad's 1983 Chevy 3/4 crew cab. It had over 300k of bouncing over oil field roads and pulling trailers on it when he parked it.

  22. Ford F150 Lightning….1st generation……
    there is literally nothing better
    pretty freakin reliable, fast, gorgeous…handles like an absolute dream
    and nobody has one, i've seen two on the roads since i got mine
    muthalovin, i was gonna bring this up, and then i saw you did….and you made my freakin day

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