When it comes to pickup trucks, the world is filled with divisions- Ford vs. Chevy, foreign vs. domestic, full-sized vs. compact. Today I want to add to the discordant discourse by finding out which on side of the divide you all stand when it comes to one more aspect of pickup truck preference, that being fenders out or fenders in.
At the dawn of the automotive age, there was no such choice, all trucks – and all cars for that matter had fenders that were separate from their bodies. It was the quest for speed that began in the 1930s that gave aerodynamics a more important role in automotive design, making mono-bodies the norm. For trucks it took almost two decades to catch up, the fiberglass fendered Chevy Cameo Carrier and wagon winged Dodge Sweptside models arriving in the late fifties.
For the next decade and a half the smooth paneled Flareside – or Fleetside, or Styleside if that’s how you roll – seemed to dominate the market. It wasn’t until the mid seventies that pickup boxes without encroaching wheel arches once again seemed to find favor. Today, you’re more likely to see the more aero-shaped smooth sides on new trucks, but plenty of each type are available on the used and abused market. For today’s Hooniverse Asks, I want to know which style is your preference?