Whether you own a truck for a buisness, utility, fun, outdoors or just because you like the way it looks; you can't deny the appeal of the truck on
modern american culture. Originally designed as a work horse, the truck has morphed from a utility vehicle to a street custom, lowrider, drag, monster
truck and everything in between.
Opponents of the truck usually go for the throat, gas mileage and emissions, yet supporters take the high road and show the positive response on
society and truck culture by the bonds formed during their construction and revisions, and you can't deny their use in the workforce.
I have always been a fan of trucks in one form or another, mostly because of their multi purpose nature, and even more recently the adaptations of car
companies to make them more comfortable like modern passenger cars; so much so that crossovers are becoming popular as the line is blurred.
Personally I have owned at least four pickups in my life, starting with the first crossover, the 1974 El Camino.
This picture is just a representation of my original car, not actually mine. My first car purchase was a 1974 El Camino with a corvette 327 swapped in
it; I paid $300 for it.
My second truck was probably my favorite, a 1971 C10 Pickup.
Again, not my actual truck, just a picture, but mine was an original forest green model with a 2/4 drop and a custom built 350 by me in my garage. It
was my first solo engine build without my dad, and I was extremely proud of it. I sold it not because I wanted to, but because California gas prices
made me due to my income.
Flash forward to five years ago and I picked up a 1974 Chevy Crew Cab Dually, something I always wanted. It not only combined the cool factor of the
70's chevy truck design, but it also had enough room to fit a family of 8 and haul anything I could ever put behind it.
It had it's share of rust being a Michigan truck, but a frame off restoration on these trucks was nothing unfamiliar to me having already rebuilt at
least four of them with my dad over the years. The problem I had was locating a cab and the means to get it up to michigan. Unfortunately once I got
it to the point I needed it, I had no way of actually getting it. Sucks, but such is life, so sadly this truck was sold for parts and the remainder
sent to the big melting pot in the sky. (Local Metal yard)
A short follow up to this was a 1984 Shortbed 4x4, an offroad build for my dad. Another small block rebuild and a good set of mud tires was all this
truck needed to be great off the beaten path.
My dad traded this truck off for a newer chevy because he couldn't afford the gas either, but I still miss it as if it was my own; probably because I
The most recent and still owned truck in my possession is my 1977 Chevy 4x4.
Completely stock except for an aftermarket intake and carb, this truck is a blast to drive and takes me back to my childhood.
I have a huge parts collection from my simliar rebuilds, so parts are in plentiful supply for me on this newest build. I have a 4" lift kit for it, a
4-bolt small block to build a stroker motor and a couple transmissions/transfer cases for spares.
It is obvious that I have a love for trucks, but how many others are out there who are just as passionate about their trucks as I am?
Whether your idea of a truck is a Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Chevy, Mazda, Jeep, etc. etc. etc., you can't deny the appeal of trucks and there is no
evidence that they are going away any time soon.
So, what kind of truck do you have? Feel free to post it and what you've done, or just discuss them in general.