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Old 07-04-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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I want a truck and the last one I had was a 1973 Ford. I have to say I loved that truck. I want one just like it or something close. Would there be a reason I am just dreaming? Would parts be available? I could always drop in a new engine if needed. What I am getting at is, I just don't want one of those new things with the computers and all the crap they have hung on them now. I just want a truck, period. Not as a collectible though, I want to drive it everyday. Looking forward to good advice.

I should add, any advice on maybe a different era of trucks or other then Fords would also be appreciated. I am also leaning toward stick?
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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You could even go older. New parts for old cars and trucks are available now. I was thinking of a 57 F-100. My father in law and I was just talking about his old 1930 Ford. Good time for old trucks!
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Earth
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If you want a 1973-79 Ford truck get one. They made millions of them. A lot of them are still in service today. I'm pretty sure you can get almost anything you need for one. Heck LMC truck sells most, if not all parts to rebuild one.

As a child my parents had a turd brown metallic 1975 F-100. 300 inline 6 with a 3 on the tree. Was still running good when sold albeit the body around the drivetrain was rusting badly and quickly falling apart. I still remember it quite a bit of clutch chatter when you'd let off the clutch.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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Here is a solid looking 1979 Ford f350 4x4. I thought about going to look at it. 1979 Ford F350 4x4 (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/1816197214.html - broken link)

I drive a 1979 Ford f250 2wd every day. Parts are easy to find. These trucks are far better built then anything made today. If you want one get one.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I honestly think the pre-1980 Fords were better at not rusting out. I still see a heck of a lot more of them than their 80s counterparts. I had a 78 and a 79 and rust was not a major issue with either of them. My 86, though still going (but not mine anymore) took more than a few pounds of bondo to keep it on the road.

The 78 had a tired 302 with a floor shifter and was nothing to get excited about. The 79 had a 351 with an automatic and it did a decent job. The 86 had the in line 6 300 with a 4 speed stick. I liked that one the best - but that damn body!

I also had a 76 GMC 3/4 ton. 350 with 4 on the floor. Probably the most truck-like truck I ever had. A bit of a stiff ride, but such a rugged vehicle. THAT'S the one I wish I had back. And the greatest part of all those pickups was that they were simple to work on. Nice looking deal there, ford fan!
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: on the road
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Default love my old truck

I have had many old trucks if you consider early 70s old. I did not see many on east coast but west coast has tons.. head to eastern washington they are a dime a dozen so to speak. love my chevy more than my ford but the ford always started no matter what..
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Old trucks are still plentiful and parts still super easy to find - especially Ford and Chevy.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Truck Parts and Truck Accessories for Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge Trucks from LMCTruck.com

Trust me, parts for trucks are extremely easy to find, both new and used.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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Looks wise, the late '60s, early 70s Chevy stepside is hard to beat
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Looks wise, the late '60s, early 70s Chevy stepside is hard to beat

Agreed. my favorite American pickup, right there. I'd prefer either a '70-72 with the '67-68 nose bolted on, or a '67-68 with the later suspension and brakes.

My stepson and I just finished up his "hot rod pickup" a '79 Chevy stepside he got from his grandfather. Makes me want the early Chevy even more...











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