It's Takes a lot of Money and Hard Work to Make a Truck Totally Useless

I love modified old pickup trucks.  I’m also not too crazy about bone stock pickup truck restorations for the same reason that I tend to walk right past bone stock car restorations at car shows.  There’s plenty of them out there and I’ve seen ’em all before, and their owner’s anal attention to details like replicating factory overspray and paintstick markings is the height of ridiculousness.

On the other hand, it is possible to go overboard on the modifications too, and nowhere is this more obvious than when you look at what they’re doing to trucks.  I agree with the truck hot rodders to a certain point.  Who wants to put up with a six volt electrical system, no power steering or brakes, front drum brakes with a single pot master cylinder, three on the tree, and that weak, stock six cylinder engine with stock exhaust, and the only indication that the engine is actually running, the incessant ticking of the valve train?  

By all means, remedy those shortcomings and make a truck that is actually safe and enjoyable to drive, but remember, it is a truck, and straying so far away from  truck’s originally intended purpose, that you can no longer haul anything is every bit as stupid as taking a Ferrari, ripping out it’s running gear, and slapping it on a diesel 4x4 chassis.  Just look at a typical picture of what they’re doing to trucks these days.

You might notice that I used a picture that contains a certain magazine’s logo.  There’s a good reason for that.  “Classic Trucks”, in my opinion, is one of the most ridiculous magazines out there.  It is basically a bunch of articles on how trucks are made utterly useless at great expense.

It wouldn’t be so bad if all of the trucks in this magazine were out and out racers, but the vast majority of them never see any type of speed competition.  I started seeing trucks like this in the ‘90’s. The builders make modifications to the vehicle on a piecemeal basis, cobbling on Mustang II clips and four link rear suspensions or complete Corvette or Jaguar rear ends.  What they end up with is something that can neither haul anything nor traverse anything but the smoothest of highways.

Tits on a boar sports fans, tits on a boar.

The most surprising thing is, that you can build a classic truck, much more easily, quickly, and cheaply and still get 90% of the benefits offered by these extreme builds and end up with a truck that still retains most of its intended function.  Just throw the body on a later model pickup chassis.  You get your V8, power steering, 12 volts, front disc brakes (front and rear, if you use a new enough chassis), and a better transmission, all in one crack, plus you are eliminating dealing with about 50 years of rust on the frame.

If the truck still sits too high for you, there are plenty of aftermarket lowering kits available for any truck made in the last 40 years.  One more benefit is that you (and any potential buyers) know what you’re dealing with.  If your classic truck has a complete later model chassis, it is going to be much easier for you, or any subsequent owners, to obtain any repair or modification parts in the future, and you’ll still be able to haul something.

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