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4 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

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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Wondered if you would post a pic of that one. Really a good looking truck.

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Wish it still looked that good Mike. Paints pretty sunburned anymore. Haven't had it started in probably 15 years or more. Need to do that sometime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Wish it still looked that good Mike. Paints pretty sunburned anymore. Haven't had it started in probably 15 years or more. Need to do that sometime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upside is, you still have it. I have none of the high school days cars. Not a big deal but do get a little nostalgic some times.

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7 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.

100%. My 90 GMC with factory low back buckets and my 94 Chevy with bench are both more comfortable that my dad's 2011 Ram or my brother's 2016? F150 IMO.

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1 hour ago, TN Hillbilly said:

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!"

Thank you. It’s not because I can’t afford a newer one it’s because prices right now are ridiculous for something even half that new. More to the point it was my first vehicle and I want to hang on to it. 

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favorite truck is the current one-  a retired Forest Service truck that lived in New Mexico and never saw salt/brine til moving here in 2011.  I take a certain amount of grief about the color but it has the 8.1 engine/ ZF 6 speed manual combination, vinyl floor mat, cloth seat and working AC- as a neighbor said, "the perfect farm truck".  The first time I brought a load of cattle to the salebarn I felt like a semi driver going up and then coming back down through all those gears just as smooth as you please.  I keep it looking decent in part by using a S-10 as the "beater"

 

I don't know which vehicle from my past I'd like to have back- either the '80 K20 with the 292/4spd Dad had, or my '70 Bronco with a 302/3spd.  Probably the Bronco- those things seem to bring *ridiculous* money these days

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I have had a few pickups in the last 35+ years.

1972 GMC C10. It had the 350 and 3 on the tree. It was a little rough when I got it, but okay for a farm truck.

1984 S10 Tahoe. A nice little truck

1996 Sonoma

And these two, my favorites.

1995 Chev Silverado, bought when it was 3 years old, nice truck

Current 2008 F350, 12V Cummins conversion

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20 minutes ago, 234-IA said:

favorite truck is the current one-  a retired Forest Service truck that lived in New Mexico and never saw salt/brine til moving here in 2011.  I take a certain amount of grief about the color but it has the 8.1 engine/ ZF 6 speed manual combination, vinyl floor mat, cloth seat and working AC- as a neighbor said, "the perfect farm truck".  The first time I brought a load of cattle to the salebarn I felt like a semi driver going up and then coming back down through all those gears just as smooth as you please.  I keep it looking decent in part by using a S-10 as the "beater"

 

I don't know which vehicle from my past I'd like to have back- either the '80 K20 with the 292/4spd Dad had, or my '70 Bronco with a 302/3spd.  Probably the Bronco- those things seem to bring *ridiculous* money these days

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When i bought my 07i passed on an 8.1 like that because i was scared of fuel economy. What a mistake. Was black though. 

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Wow guys, great pictures of pickups and stories! Thanks for replying! To be honest, I don’t really have a lot of knowledge on vehicles (I’m way more into farm equipment). I like the Chevy/GMC 1988-1999 pickups because that is what I’ve had. That’s also where I have the most knowledge which isn’t a lot. As a kid (like 10 years ago) my dream pickup was a GMC/Chevy 2500 red or white with a flatbed…… maybe I’ll get there someday. I’m perfectly content with what I have now. 

To continue with mine I’ll start at the beginning. I purchased (with a little help from dad) my ‘92 GMC on February 6th, 2017, when I was 16. I turned 17 on March 15th. We got it from a farm sale 20 minutes away and it had 208,550 miles on it. I just turned over 19,000 yesterday since having it, which isn’t a lot I’ll get one explanation below.

Mechanically when we got it it wasn’t in the best shape. It had some oil lines that weren’t the greatest and we replaced the water pump it also had its oil leaks. It had some things we replaced that normally would need attention on a 25 year old pickup with that many miles. The radio and cassette player didn’t work and we didn’t put in a new radio until July 2017 so I listed to ‘80’s Country Radio on Pandora wherever I went….. That is when I really got my interest in older country. 

In about 2018 my grandpa got a 2015 F-150. It replaced his 1997 Chevy 1500 and he also has a Toyota Corolla that he mainly takes to work. At that time the red pickup had been out probably because one of the crappy oil lines gave out. So I started driving the ‘97 and it is currently at our place. So I used the ‘97 a lot and it’s a great pickup. In a lot of situations it was nice having two pickups.

Few pics.

These first three was taken the year I got it. First is the day I brought it home.

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The ‘97 Chevy 

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Took a pic a couple years ago with my equipment I use in my lawn care business.

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These were taken at the county fair. 

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12 minutes ago, IHhogfarmer said:

Wow guys, great pictures of pickups and stories! Thanks for replying! To be honest, I don’t really have a lot of knowledge on vehicles (I’m way more into farm equipment). I like the Chevy/GMC 1988-1999 pickups because that is what I’ve had. That’s also where I have the most knowledge which isn’t a lot. As a kid (like 10 years ago) my dream pickup was a GMC/Chevy 2500 red or white with a flatbed…… maybe I’ll get there someday. I’m perfectly content with what I have now. 

To continue with mine I’ll start at the beginning. I purchased (with a little help from dad) my ‘92 GMC on February 6th, 2017, when I was 16. I turned 17 on March 15th. We got it from a farm sale 20 minutes away and it had 208,550 miles on it. I just turned over 19,000 yesterday since having it, which isn’t a lot I’ll get one explanation below.

Mechanically when we got it it wasn’t in the best shape. It had some oil lines that weren’t the greatest and we replaced the water pump it also had its oil leaks. It had some things we replaced that normally would need attention on a 25 year old pickup with that many miles. The radio and cassette player didn’t work and we didn’t put in a new radio until July 2017 so I listed to ‘80’s Country Radio on Pandora wherever I went….. That is when I really got my interest in older country. 

In about 2018 my grandpa got a 2015 F-150. It replaced his 1997 Chevy 1500 and he also has a Toyota Corolla that he mainly takes to work. At that time the red pickup had been out probably because one of the crappy oil lines gave out. So I started driving the ‘97 and it is currently at our place. So I used the ‘97 a lot and it’s a great pickup. In a lot of situations it was nice having two pickups.

Few pics.

These first three was taken the year I got it. First is the day I brought it home.

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The ‘97 Chevy 

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Took a pic a couple years ago with my equipment I use in my lawn care business.

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These were taken at the county fair. 

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Love the IH push mower! I have one just like it in my shed. Been meaning to get it fixed because it has a worn out key way on the crankshaft.

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2 minutes ago, lotsaIHCs said:

Love the IH push mower! I have one just like it in my shed. Been meaning to get it fixed because it has a worn out key way on the crankshaft.

Thank you, that one is a 1975 3331 which I saved from a parts store and it about took nothing to get it running good. I have a 1973/1974 3323 that was built by Lawnboy and it was my great grandpa’s. Just got it running this last summer after 43 years of sitting. Pretty fortunate with it. It’s not perfect but it runs good. 
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Guess I will throw my Gen 2 up in here. 

Nothing better that a 24valve spinning a 5 speed. 

I have put about 300,000 on it myself since I bought it used in 2001.

Been a great pickup with very little trouble. 

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It has seen all and done all, trailer puller, fire truck, prom limo..............always wore a bale bed. 

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Although pretty much just my feed pickup now.

I let her off the ranch about as much as the missus lets me😏

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1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

When i bought my 07i passed on an 8.1 like that because i was scared of fuel economy. What a mistake. Was black though. 

I'd done a little reading and asking around and knew the 6.0 wasn't going to be much if any better on gas.  Dealer had a '03 with the 6.0/5spd and this '02 on the lot, and I just liked the way the 8.1 ran slow like a diesel, compared to the 6.0 which always felt like it wanted one more gear- except they don't, they're designed to run high RPMs.

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......between  the relics   I  posted   yesterday...and the new F truck../.I brought a C1100 new, in 1967

..three indifferent picture of same.....the third showing the right hand drive set up....(just !!)..and we were out hunting on a remote area  by the West Coast...and my smallest girl had got very wet   through  ...angered the Mother....so to calm things down ...I   put my bush shirt on the wee girl.......

Back to the truck...just cab and chassis..I built the deck on it

Another vehicle I regretted  selling......traded it on a class 8

Mike

 

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7 hours ago, 234-IA said:

I'd done a little reading and asking around and knew the 6.0 wasn't going to be much if any better on gas.  Dealer had a '03 with the 6.0/5spd and this '02 on the lot, and I just liked the way the 8.1 ran slow like a diesel, compared to the 6.0 which always felt like it wanted one more gear- except they don't, they're designed to run high RPMs.

We had a friend from Massachusetts with an 8.1 in a crew cab claiming 4 mpg. When you consider a 20 mile drive takes an hour and a half where he lives, and he drives like…well… a masshole, you start to see where his numbers are realistic. 

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22 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 mpg on a good day with a new tune up!

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I know of a ford courier you could probably have! You can have one of each. 

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Unfortunately in September 2021 I started my GMC after mowing one of my yards and it had this awful knock like sound (think of an old locomotive chugging). Lucky I had the white pickup to drive as the main pickup. To keep the story short a couple months later we had a mechanic (who actually owned the shop where we take our vehicles) and he figured it would be a front main seal out. A little later we towed it to the shop. It was at the shop FOREVER, from January to May (granted help is hard to find, they stay busy, getting parts is ridiculous. They got it in the shop and the crankshaft had cracked at the second cylinder…. the engine had 220,000 some miles on it then. So now there is a “new” used 350 engine that had 167,000 miles on it when installed. So I have an engine with a little more life in it. During that time it also got a new radiator, and transmission work was done to it, therefore it shifts like a new pickup. It runs great. It got new tires in June of ‘21 and took the plastic bed-liner out of it this summer. A couple other small things I added/fixed up this summer so it’s been fun to have an all purpose pickup that I can also learn off of. 

In June the bed panel got sideswiped by another guy. I was doing chores for him at his place, an accident, I didn’t have to pay he said he would. The body shop said it would need a new panel. They ordered two different ones and the both got LOST. How does that happen lol. One day I looked at it and tried to pop it our and most of it DID! So they were able to fix the original.

Through it being in the shop I realized I wanted to keep it going. With pickup prices now I wasn't really enthused to buy something even half as old as my ‘92 for a good chunk of money. So me and Phantom 392 are both still going strong today. 

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I imagine the bed liner had been on since about new. 

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Here was the second incident. Lucky the dent was only between the gas lid and fender. Nothing but the panel was damaged. 

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Here I had my mowers loaded and two steers for our pasture in the trailer. That was the day I got them. Trailer is a 1976 and is at our place which is next to where it spend most of its life since new.

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Here you can still see the dent. 

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This is when I got it back from the body shop. 

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One thing I did was find the GMCtruck emblem at the scrapyard and put it on. 

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This was at a CaseIH dealer by Amarillo. 

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This winter during all the snow. Pictured with a 1974 Ariens blower.

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Odd place to crack the counterweight 🤔 was it a 911 landscaping call and you were at redline 😁

Good job pulling that plastic bedliner out, they usually hold water and never dry out but yours looks good all things considered 

Nice truck, even your stock trailer looks good for age and steel 😊

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2 hours ago, hardtail said:

Odd place to crack the counterweight 🤔 was it a 911 landscaping call and you were at redline 😁

Good job pulling that plastic bedliner out, they usually hold water and never dry out but yours looks good all things considered 

Nice truck, even your stock trailer looks good for age and steel 😊

Lol, it was actually seeing what I needed to do for livestock chores. 
 

Yea the bed liner was nice. Though it was slick. They screwed it down in a lot of places so there are holes in the bed and tailgate. 
 

That trailer is HEAVY but as you can see quality built. We got it in February 2012 for 4-H pigs (later cattle). I still remember the day dad and I went to get it from original owners son. We’ve made a few modifications for our 4-H stuff but other than that we’ve replaced a few boards. We did built a fold down ramp on the back about three feet out for the pigs. It was bought at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO in 1976 I think. It resided at the neighbors place the came to our place which ironically was next to its first home  when we moved, back in 2014. 

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8 hours ago, Jake19917561 said:

I know of a ford courier you could probably have! You can have one of each. 

Geez don't tell him! He'd probably drive to Cali for that!

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This is my favourite 1948 Ford F1. It was sold new in New Zealand and is RH drive. All original running gear including the side valve V8 and 3 speed manual gearbox. It is always road worthy and I use it regularly.

Also pictured is my 2012 Ford Falcon Ute that is my daily driver, it only has 47,000 km since new and has the 4.0 L six cylinder double overhead cam engine and six speed ZF auto gearbox. Manufactured by Ford in Australia but sadly no longer available. A great ute if you don’t need 4WD.

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