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 Five years ago the frame was getting soft where the front tire throws dirt into a cleverly located hole in frame and the cab mounts were getting bad.

 located a donor truck for a frame and found a NOS crate motor on KIJIJI. Fixed cab mounts on both cab and frame , fuel ,brake lines, all the stuff that makes driving old trucks a pita. This time I painted it with Home Hardware Beautitone cause I am cheeeeaapppp. it stuck good but faded. I have no plans to retire it , 

 

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My "first" pickup was a '74 Chevy LUV made by Isuzu, at least they got the paint color right, faded LEMON yellow. Impossibly to buy parts for, Chevy dealers refused to admit it had a bow tie on it. There was a import only car junkyard that would eventually find me what I needed if I handed them a part. Bought it used fall of '78, sold it in '80, constant problems.

  '78 F-150 4x4 bought in '80, 300-6 & NP-435 4-spd, 3.55 gears SWB, got fairly poor mpg, 14 mpg was best on a highway at 55-60, had power steering & brakes. Body rusted terribly, put a sheet of 3/4" plywood in so I could haul baled hay. Put about 95,000 miles on it. For some reason I ordered out nearly a duplicate to this truck to replace it. An '87 F-150 4x4, first year EFI on the 300-6, same NP-435, 3.50 gears, had it rust-proofed, which helped keep it from rusting. Put 121,000 miles on it, much better truck than the '78. TRADED it in '96, for a new '96 F-250 4x4 7.3L PSD 5-spd, 3.55 gears. If I drove easy I could coax 20 mpg out of it, drafting helped. Brite red no tu-tone. Shiney Alcoa wheels, Big DMI chrome 10" drop bumper. In 2006 I bought a car to commute to/from work in, saved putting an additional 125,000 miles on the truck, but still had 310,000 miles when I sold it to SON for $5.00 He still has it, he doesn't drive it much. Rust is getting worse. I had it Tuff-Coat Dinol coated when it was new, 26 years old and the Brite red paint still shines. SON DID wax it once, I never did, it never needed it. By far my BEST vehicle, I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere. 4 years and 2 weeks ago I drove my 2018 RAM 1500 home from the dealer. 4-door, 5.7L Hemi, 8-speed auto, tow pkg, 4wd, 3.92 gears, and still runs 80 mph at 2000 rpm. It has CRAZY low miles on it, but makes me smile every time I drive it. It's the same Shiney Brite 2150 red as the F250. I've towed a bit with it, if you ignore the tach and the gas gauge it tows great!  At the rate I'm putting miles on it I'm not planning on replacing it.

 

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I've had alot of square bodies and every body style Chevy/GMC from '73 to current but the '73 Cheyenne Super 10 with factory 454/TH400/12 bolt was my favorite with my '79 K20 350/SM465/NP205 a close second. Like an idiot I sold the '73. I've still got the '79 and use it almost daily on the farm but the body is getting pretty rusty. These pictures are from back in 2010. 

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I'm not sure I have a favorite but I'd say my 08 2500HD is definitely at the top of the list. I was thinking about maybe upgrading to a newer duramax but really this one has done everything I need it to and it just goes. It took a long time for me to find one spec'd how I wanted. Even if I get another one this one won't be going anywhere. I also have a thing for gm 6.5 turbos. I guess maybe because I grew up driving dad's 94, and it did everything it needed to as well. Still going just needs a bit of work and it's in the to repair line which never gets shorter here lol

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My favourite is easy! I bought my ‘79 in 1991 when I was 15. It’s a heavy 3/4 ton, full time 4x4 and automatic. 350 with 4 bolt main, TH400 and NP203 I drove it full time until I found my ‘95 2 years ago. The ‘79 has 565,000 (351074 miles)trouble free km on the clock. I hardly ever had to spend any money besides gas in the ‘79! I did restore it in 2004, but it’s time for a body job again. The 95 is nearly all original, and I really love it for the ride and interior,and the ability to run 80 mph on the interstates. It has 290,000 km. (1801197 miles). But nothing beats the ‘79 for all around use for real truck stuff. 

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I have two favorites. One is my 2012 F250 4x4, 6.2 gas and 6 speed auto. Been an excellent truck, will go darn near anywhere, and has pulled everything I can put behind it.

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Since this photo, I've replaced the silly bumper and grill with factory parts. Removing that heavy bumper actually gained 1.5 mpg, believe it or not.

My other favorite, I just recently bought. It's a 95 F150, 300 straight six, five speed, 4x4. It's almost a time capsule. Original seat isn't torn, headliner good, dash isn't cracked, and no dents. Paints good too. It's got 211k on it right now, hopefully will last another 200k. Plan is to fix some things on it and drive it some to keep the miles off the f250. 

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1977 ford f250 not so much because of reliability needs a carb rebuild, but I bought it from my neighbor who taught me a lot about life, old times, caterpillars, and ford tractors. I put another engine in it, was knocking when I bought it. He passed away last year unfortunately. Other reasons I like it is the 4.9 I put back in and the NP435 😀

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12 hours ago, Mike H said:

got 2

1978 F250  4x4 bough new off the lot wen I was dating my wife

1977 F150 seen it going threw the parking lot [with the for sale sign in the back window] wile my wife was in shopping

do I chase it down or wait for wife ????

waited for her and told her about the truck she said its at the bar in the next town and lets check it out

ended up buying it and working on restoring it soon

Mike

As good as you did tracking down your trucks I'd say you hit the jackpot on finding your bride 🏅

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I had a 90 F150 2wd 5.0 4 speed in high school that was a very fun pickup. But my favorite was probably the 97 F250 powerstroke two tone red and white regular cab. I always thought the two tones looked really cool. I probably just like those two the most because of all the fun stuff going on back then. 

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Favorite: '70 Chevy K20, 350 with four bolt mains with 2bbl, hooker headers, 4 speed, NP205, lots of rust named "Chevenstein".  Loved that truck.

Most fun: 1990 F350 that I swapped a 6BT cummins into in front of a ZF 5 speed.  Ran it until the frame rusted out and the truck broke in half while plowing snow.

Best all around (cheapest to operate, most powerful, and most comfortable): F250 crew cab short bed with the V10 in front the ZF six speed.  It's pretty much exactly what I wanted from the factory.  Yes, the V10 will out pull the 6BT setup I had in the '90 F350.  It might blow a spark plug and coil pack into the bottom of the hood doing it, but man that thing goes (and you can wind it up past 3k RPM!).

Edit to add some photos of the cummins swap.  I think I've posted these here before, the temporary radiator overflow tank proved to be adequate.

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2 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

My favourite is easy! I bought my ‘79 in 1991 when I was 15. It’s a heavy 3/4 ton, full time 4x4 and automatic. 350 with 4 bolt main, TH400 and NP203 I drove it full time until I found my ‘95 2 years ago. The ‘79 has 565,000 (351074 miles)trouble free km on the clock. I hardly ever had to spend any money besides gas in the ‘79! I did restore it in 2004, but it’s time for a body job again. The 95 is nearly all original, and I really love it for the ride and interior,and the ability to run 80 mph on the interstates. It has 290,000 km. (1801197 miles). But nothing beats the ‘79 for all around use for real truck stuff. 

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Im not a Chevy person, but those trucks like your '95 were, I think, the most comfortable cab interiors ever put in any truck of any brand.  To me, pickup trucks peaked as far and comfort and features (maybe not towing capacity) in the 90's and have been going the other way since.

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9 hours ago, DR.EVIL said:

My "first" pickup was a '74 Chevy LUV made by Isuzu, at least they got the paint color right, faded LEMON yellow. Impossibly to buy parts for, Chevy dealers refused to admit it had a bow tie on it. There was a import only car junkyard that would eventually find me what I needed if I handed them a part. Bought it used fall of '78, sold it in '80, constant problems.

  '78 F-150 4x4 bought in '80, 300-6 & NP-435 4-spd, 3.55 gears SWB, got fairly poor mpg, 14 mpg was best on a highway at 55-60, had power steering & brakes. Body rusted terribly, put a sheet of 3/4" plywood in so I could haul baled hay. Put about 95,000 miles on it. For some reason I ordered out nearly a duplicate to this truck to replace it. An '87 F-150 4x4, first year EFI on the 300-6, same NP-435, 3.50 gears, had it rust-proofed, which helped keep it from rusting. Put 121,000 miles on it, much better truck than the '78. TRADED it in '96, for a new '96 F-250 4x4 7.3L PSD 5-spd, 3.55 gears. If I drove easy I could coax 20 mpg out of it, drafting helped. Brite red no tu-tone. Shiney Alcoa wheels, Big DMI chrome 10" drop bumper. In 2006 I bought a car to commute to/from work in, saved putting an additional 125,000 miles on the truck, but still had 310,000 miles when I sold it to SON for $5.00 He still has it, he doesn't drive it much. Rust is getting worse. I had it Tuff-Coat Dinol coated when it was new, 26 years old and the Brite red paint still shines. SON DID wax it once, I never did, it never needed it. By far my BEST vehicle, I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere. 4 years and 2 weeks ago I drove my 2018 RAM 1500 home from the dealer. 4-door, 5.7L Hemi, 8-speed auto, tow pkg, 4wd, 3.92 gears, and still runs 80 mph at 2000 rpm. It has CRAZY low miles on it, but makes me smile every time I drive it. It's the same Shiney Brite 2150 red as the F250. I've towed a bit with it, if you ignore the tach and the gas gauge it tows great!  At the rate I'm putting miles on it I'm not planning on replacing it.

 

My son's. Has the engine rebuilt in the shop ready to drop back in. For some reason, Chevy Luvs are getting popular. Can't imagine why. We also had a 74 when I was a kid. 16 mpg on a good day with a new tune up!

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72 F100 my grandparents bought new from the local Ford dealer's show room floor. Was ordered by someone who backed out when it arrived. 

 

302, C4, 3.25 rear axle, ps manual drum brakes. Dad bought it from grandparents and used it for 5 years or so and I bought it from him when I was 16.

Picture from shortly after I bought it from dad.  Current engine iirc was originally out of a van. Still have the truck but no current pic.

 

 

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3 hours ago, lotsaIHCs said:

My son's. Has the engine rebuilt in the shop ready to drop back in. For some reason, Chevy Luvs are getting popular. Can't imagine why. We also had a 74 when I was a kid. 16 mph on a good day with a new tune up!

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Used to be a Chevy Luv in Vancouver BC, rodded with a 427 bbc, was setup properly to handle it, that was one fast truck on the street, be the 80's

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On 1/29/2023 at 4:52 PM, hardtail said:

Used to be a Chevy Luv in Vancouver BC, rodded with a 427 bbc, was setup properly to handle it, that was one fast truck on the street, be the 80's

I have done 2 v8 conversions on S10s . one for me one for my nephew. Not as fast as that Luv but mine was my daily driver 3.73 gear. 700r4 , 350 with Vortec heads It would pass everything but the gas station.

The kid who bought it was doing burnouts and lost control- wrote it off. I bought it back and parted it out and made out very well

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Fil had a LUV 4x4 real POS, said he looked out into the parking lot at work one day tomsee smoke boiling out of it. Got the hood open and disconnected the offending component and got the fire put out, says it was pure adrenaline reaction and he should have let it burn. Dad was all set to buy one, made arrangements and got the flu the next day, said he didn’t care if he lived or died but the dealer kept calling and being pushy, he told them to stick it and never did buy one. 

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56 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Used to be a Chevy Luv in Vancouver BC, rodded with a 427 bbc, was setup properly to handle it, that was one fast truck on the street, be the 80's

I thought he should do a 4.3 with a 5 speed. Make it a little more comfortable on the highway without going crazy with weight on the front. Then axe the front 4 wheel drive IFS in favor of a Jeep or 'Yota 4x4 solid axle diff and leaf springs. Would be cheaper and easier than trying to lift that ifs.

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Funny this subject came up. Wife started the radio, next thing daughter is bouncing up and down “dancing” to confederate railroad greatest hits . I asked her where this came from and she held up the CD case that was attached to the visor on my 97’. Brings back great memories. Dunno where its been all these years, got some great tunes in there. Mom and dad had an Alpine CD player installed for me for my birthday one year. Loved that stereo. 

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5 hours ago, TN Hillbilly said:

Im not a Chevy person, but those trucks like your '95 were, I think, the most comfortable cab interiors ever put in any truck of any brand.  To me, pickup trucks peaked as far and comfort and features (maybe not towing capacity) in the 90's and have been going the other way since.

I would agree they seem to have gone backwards since, but in my opinion the 95-98 and the 99-07.5 were pretty close. I do think the fit and finish of my 02 is quite a bit better than the 08

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6 hours ago, lotsaIHCs said:

My son's. Has the engine rebuilt in the shop ready to drop back in. For some reason, Chevy Luvs are getting popular. Can't imagine why. We also had a 74 when I was a kid. 16 mph on a good day with a new tune up!

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A friend had a custom chevy luv with a 350, 4bbl, 4 speed and upgraded rear end with 4.10 gears. 

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21 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Got a heater that will roast you

Same with my ‘92 GMC and the ‘97 Chevy I drive. Takes a little bit to warm up but when it does after a while you almost have to turn it off. 

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6 hours ago, TN Hillbilly said:

Im not a Chevy person, but those trucks like your '95 were, I think, the most comfortable cab interiors ever put in any truck of any brand.  To me, pickup trucks peaked as far and comfort and features (maybe not towing capacity) in the 90's and have been going the other way since.

I agree. I haven’t spent as much time in others as you all have but the ‘97 Chevy I drive is very comfortable. My ‘92 GMC with the bench seat is more comfortable I think. From home to college its just under seven hours and those bench seats kept me very comfortable. 

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2 minutes ago, IHhogfarmer said:

I agree. I haven’t spent as much time in others as you all have but the ‘97 Chevy I drive is very comfortable. My ‘92 GMC with the bench seat is more comfortable I think. From home to college its just under seven hours and those bench seats kept me very comfortable. 

Some people would say that's an awful long ways for a college student to drive a 30 year old vehicle.  I say "Good for you!"

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