Trucks Now vs. Then Rant

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Here’s a quick rant – and comparison – of trucks today vs. what they were, yesterday. The new ones are posher than the Bentleys and Rolls-Royces of my youth (and maybe yours, too). They’re also more capable.

But, they’re also yuge – and expensive.

Pros – and cons.

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  1. Just as well put an electric lift in back.

    The real disconnect I see is the endgate height, proof positive new trucks aren’t meant for work.

    Neither I nor my neighbor can reach into the toolbox on his 2017 Chevy work truck that has sane 17 inch wheels. It’s a 3/4ton 4wd crew cab.

    A few days ago I was stopped for a left turn when huge red sheet metal caught my peripheral vision making me briefly wonder why a big rig would be crowding me so and then I realized it was a 2019 4wd crew cab half ton Silverado. I cuss my Z71 for being so tall, a half ton pickup that towers above the 93 one ton 4wd pickup I had.

    The new ones are crazy tall and all the of the big 3, at least, have a factory version that appears to be lifted.

    In the patch I see all sorts of lifted trucks I probably couldn’t get into and evidently nether could the owner since a step bar drops down when the door opens. Just remember to watch that first step on the way down.

    At least a 379 or 489 Peterbilt still has easy ingress making the trip into the cab safer. Back in the old days when Freightliners were all cab over engines, I often ripped the seam on the leg of my jeans getting in. I often see pickups I couldn’t get into. Crazy bs.

  2. They should have named the new Ranger the F-100. Ranger doesn’t fit in the normal Ford naming convention of F- series trucks. Go full retro styling too. Low and small. A friend has an early1970s era F-100. The first time I saw it I thought it was a Ranchero.