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7 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

I just upgraded from the '79 Scottsdale 20 to a '95 Z71.... and it's still a shock to my system! haha

 

IMO that was the pinnacle of GM truck design. Been downhill from there. 
I know there have been bigger engines, and higher tow ratings and fancier features, but as far as dead reliable, all the features you could want and none you don’t need combined with a terrific ride quality and modern safety features (like airbags). Personally i want a 93 because I like the interior and goose neck mirrors better, but those were a nice truck. 

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Nice truck rusty! I love the color. Those rims remind me of the golden eagle Jeeps. 

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1 hour ago, Rusty shackleford said:

It's an aftermarket set up from katskinz leather, pretty spendy I guess 

I noticed that tag and thought it might be katzkin.   Very nice upgrade, the ones I have seen are all nicer than factory.  Enjoy it!! :)

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13 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

IMO that was the pinnacle of GM truck design. Been downhill from there. 
I know there have been bigger engines, and higher tow ratings and fancier features, but as far as dead reliable, all the features you could want and none you don’t need combined with a terrific ride quality and modern safety features (like airbags). Personally i want a 93 because I like the interior and goose neck mirrors better, but those were a nice truck. 

I think they had the most comfortable interior of any truck, period.  Especially the cloth bucket seats with the armrests.  And I'm a Ford guy.

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1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

Nice truck rusty! I love the color. Those rims remind me of the golden eagle Jeeps. 

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Or the Baja Super Scout. I think the wheels set it off nicely Rusty. 

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Upgraded from 98 f150 and several older super duties to a 22 3500 Chevy. New pickups aren’t really my style but I got so tired of working on the old ones constantly. I haven’t had a new one in over 12 years

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10 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

I just upgraded from the '79 Scottsdale 20 to a '95 Z71.... and it's still a shock to my system! haha

 

Almost two years ago I sold my tired '95 GMC van for not much and bought an '04 Chevy 2500 express with just 103 k and the 6.0 engine.  Heat and air work great, runs great, tires are wearing evenly, shifts real nice.  It seems like a quantum leap over the '95 in the way it runs and drives.  Newest vehicle we've ever owned.

My old Datsun will be 47 years old in November.  Solenoid went out of the starter recently - $37 to Rockauto got me a reman AC Declco starter in three days, and less than an hour later it's going again.  We haven't made a car payment since 1981.

I'm afraid to drive a new one - I'm pretty sure I'd be too impressed.

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6 hours ago, Troll said:

I'm still driving my 1996 Dodge 1 ton purchased new. The V-10 engine runs as good with 245,000 miles

Since then I have put 120k on a 97 f150, 30k on the 04 explorer, probably another 25k on 11 and 14 explorers combined, 100k on 93 e250, almost 300k on 02 e250, 126k on 16 transit 250, and probably 30k on the farm pickups. I would love to only have put 245k on a vehicle since 96.

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4 hours ago, JaredT said:

Since then I have put 120k on a 97 f150, 30k on the 04 explorer, probably another 25k on 11 and 14 explorers combined, 100k on 93 e250, almost 300k on 02 e250, 126k on 16 transit 250, and probably 30k on the farm pickups. I would love to only have put 245k on a vehicle since 96.

That Dodge is my personal pickup truck; and the lightest duty I own. I ran three and four car rollback trucks hauling salvage automobiles for the insurance industry all over the country for many years and have well over a million miles under my cheeks in years gone by.

This was the last new one I put together for myself just after painting it black and stretching it out a bit for local work. I ran this one to 545K on the clock before closing the business and selling all the haulers. Other than a clutch replacement, never a repair wrench placed upon it.

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Sounds like good maintenance on all of them. I wasnt making fun of it, actually the opposite, I am jealous. Everywhere we go its thirty miles minimum and we have lots of road salt in the winter and road brine in the summer, nothing lasts that long around here.

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5 hours ago, IHC_1470 said:

Think this does everything I want it to do. 1975 F350 40k miles 390 4 speed factory A/C. Camper is gone as we got a motor home. 

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Now that brings back memories, had a 74 F250 360 auto, same color with an 8 ft camper, one of the best cold starting vehicles I ever owned, hot in the summer was another story, also could watch the gas Guage drop, glad I'm not fueling it today, that think looks mint and doesn't look like the front fenders are creased

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Just noticed it is a GMC not a Chebby. Lot better looking grill. Buddy just bought the same in a Chebby.

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30 minutes ago, jingles1928 said:

Just noticed it is a GMC not a Chebby. Lot better looking grill. Buddy just bought the same in a Chebby.

GMC has better looking box sides and fenders too IMO. 

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12 hours ago, mader656 said:

It's amazing that you will find people online convince that a 3/4 ton squarebody will out work a modern pickup I've even been told it will out work my 5500...

Exactly, most modern tow model "1/2 ton" will out pull any original powertrain squarebody.   

Think it is just nostalgia, comparing rose colored glass memory of bygone era of how good things "used to be"

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This is why people buy a nice truck but I am not one of them 🤓   20 years ago I bought this Sonoma  as is. The plan was to drop a SBC in it but I came to my senses. I had a S15 I put a V8 before and it would go past everything but the gas station  . I love these little 4 cyl /5 speed trucks for light jobs and to use for a winter beater for my full size. bought another wreck with a good drivetrain and some better body parts. sandblasted the frame and made a truck from 2 of them

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5 years ago the frame was getting thin where the dirt goes inside of it behind front wheel. so I bought another donor and changed the frame. I also found a NOS crate engine, changed all fuel, brake lines, fuel tank-pump..all the annoying stuff to fixe with a body on it.  I said this before but when my current 2 trucks are done I am going to buy a NICE truck

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14 hours ago, Troll said:

Far too nice for me for sure.

I'm still driving my 1996 Dodge 1 ton purchased new. The V-10 engine runs as good with 245,000 miles as it did with 3.7 miles when I picked it up. Can't justify the expense of a new truck and certainly no desire to keep up with the "Jones" of any variant. This one does what I need it to do.

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22,240#'s of truck and parts on the 8800# trailer in those photos.

This is my 1957 B61 Mack I've had since 1979 and driven routinely till 1999. Funny thing is when I was paying for the Dodge I told the dealer that old Mack would replace this Dodge some day and although updated in driveline and suspension, still is the plan.

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That old Dodge? New radiator, water pump, alternator and recharge of the air conditioner once, (last year) with a new starter last week are the only repair wrenches on it. Of course spark plugs twice, 5K LOF service, bi-annual trans fluid/filter and band adjust, along with drive axle fluid change(s) as normal service. Brakes and tires also of course. Been a good truck with never any transmission problems.  

Got a chuckle when I saw the pic of your Dodge hauling a semi. 

Got one kinda like it with my '99 w/ Cummins, around 345K on mine. 

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Sorry bout the Derail Rusty............Nice pickup!

Back on the tracks we go😄

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2 hours ago, hardtail said:

Now that brings back memories, had a 74 F250 360 auto, same color with an 8 ft camper, one of the best cold starting vehicles I ever owned, hot in the summer was another story, also could watch the gas Guage drop, glad I'm not fueling it today, that think looks mint and doesn't look like the front fenders are creased

Probably one of the reasons it only has 40k on it is the gas gauge does like to drop. It was my Grandfathers truck which he bought new for a little over $7000 as the invoice is still in the glove box. He only used it to haul the camper around so I would guess probably put maybe a thousand miles or so on it during the summer. Than it sit in a shed for 20 years. It had as I recall about 22k miles on it when I got it back on the road. 

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17 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

IMO that was the pinnacle of GM truck design. Been downhill from there. 
I know there have been bigger engines, and higher tow ratings and fancier features, but as far as dead reliable, all the features you could want and none you don’t need combined with a terrific ride quality and modern safety features (like airbags). Personally i want a 93 because I like the interior and goose neck mirrors better, but those were a nice truck. 

the GM trucks from the 90s had good bodies on them IMHO. weren't nearly as bad a rust  bucket as the square bodies or the 2000 and newer trucks. a few years ago I was at a wrecking yard and the guy there thought they were the best trucks GM ever made- he said everyone of them drove in the yard under their own power

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