Used Trucks and the End of the Era
The days of finding a used truck in decent condition for a few hundred dollars are gone. I discovered this only a few years ago after returning to the US and was in the market for a used truck to restore as a new project that would be my main trip. Yes, those trucks are still out there; however, we’re talking $10K and above for brands and models that appeal to me to have carburetors to fuel the engine, points to control timing, and a body that looks like what a truck should still look like—don’t help me start a new truck model that looks like an SUV.
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You’d think that wasn’t so bad a few years ago. But I have two other requirements — no truck projects left by someone who’s been torn up and given up, or trucks with a rusty body. There’s nothing quite like finding a truck at first glance that looks promising on the outside only to find hidden rust damage so bad that the cab rests on the steering column. And nothing screams “RED FLAG” like a used vehicle whose engine shatters into pieces in the truck or in the back of the truck.
Thumbs up via a Hemmings Motorcycle News classic car guide and you won’t find the end of unfinished vintage cars and trucks for sale in all sorts of dilapidated states recognized by a knowing wrench are likely to lead to despair and bankruptcy.
Inside I feel the fault of all this is because of the popular auto shows that make restoration and repairs look easy, fast, and cool. My impression is that this show attracted a lot of perverted fans which resulted in driving up the prices of used trucks and creating a pile of parts thrown in the back of so many trucks for sale. But—as I said—that’s my guess and I’ll leave it to sociologists to finally write about what happened the last decade to used trucks.
Pitfalls and Advantages of Used Trucks
There are many pitfalls when it comes to rebuilding an old model truck. Chief among them is finding genuine spare parts. Not impossible, but can be very challenging. Fortunately, there are several businesses that sell restoration parts and you will learn how to change your original plans and find a compromise. You may find there is some wisdom in buying two of the same model and using the one in the worse condition as a source of parts.
The plus after all the aggravation and dollars spent is when you discover that it’s not the end product of a finished project, but the journey that makes it all worth it.
That said, instead of thinking about what to restore an old model truck — or just finding a used truck that would make a good “hit” truck with a few fixes — like, here’s an interesting YouTube channel video from Car Witch which discusses what he knew about Chevy trucks from the 1970s to 2008 as he guides viewers on what models to buy and which to avoid, including tips to help you find the era of trucks that appeals to you and your wallet.
In Video You Will Learn
• A different era of Chevy trucks from the 1970s to 2008
• The difference between eras and what is meant by improvement
• Models that have features you might want to avoid in a truck
• Common problems and pitfalls you can expect in some models
• Are spare parts still easily available… or not
• How do they compare performance and are they reliable
• What can you expect to pay for a used truck
What’s with Beef with Chevy Trucks? Car Wizard Shares Their Difference and Which To Buy & Not Buy!
What do you think about old trucks? Let us know in the comments section below about your experience and the favorites you have.
PS: If you have an older Chevy you like and want to say something about it, feel free to send photos and captions. I’d like to post an article on Chevy owner love someday if I can get enough feedback. Thanks for sharing!
For additional articles on used vehicles, here are two for your consideration: “Consumer Reports Lists What’s New in Small Pickup Trucks” and “Everything You Need to Know About Buying Cars and Truck Tires.”
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Timothy Boyer is an automotive reporter for Torque News based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restoration, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications to improve performance. Follow the Team on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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