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Pickups that last forever....

reddogsreddogs Member Posts: 353
I want to hear from "real owners" not wannabees,
to see what pickups tick and keeps on ticking with
just some fresh oil and water........


  • bud_light_dudebud_light_dude Member Posts: 330
    You have opened up a can of worms with this topic. This topic will soon be flooded by Toyota owners and the infinite knowledge and personal experiences they have had.
  • cdeancdean Member Posts: 1,110
    I've seen some late 80's model Fords take an absolute pounding on a rocky ranch in west texas. Over 200,000 RANCH miles is about the worst life for a truck. Saw a'78 GMC on the same ranch, still taking a pounding. didn't have one inch of sheet metal that wasn't dented or scratch. but still runs around the ranch, pulls trailers and hauls feeds and fence.

    Seen a couple of trappers in West Texas who swore by their little Nissan's. 300,000 miles highway and lots of offroad, still going.

    couple of early 90's half-ton chevy's. one was going strong with 350 and stick, over 320,000 miles before it got rearended at high speed and totaled. another with 350 and auto with 280,000 and only problem was it leaks out of every gasket on the drivetrain.

    saw my dad's old truck about a month ago. it was an '88 Ford Superduty with the 7.3 non-turbo. he got rid of it in '93. Now the engine is still running strong with 250,000 miles on it. Its done nothing but pull 10,000+ since the day it was new. only costs have been a couple of fuel pumps and new ring and pinion. Excellenct service for what its been asked to do....
  • bud_light_dudebud_light_dude Member Posts: 330
    There you have it. I would say that is a pretty fair list.
  • RoclesRocles Member Posts: 982
    What is the difference between a wannabee and a "real" truck owner? Which is it reddogs???

    I'm curious on what your parameters are......
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    Where ya been, man? Long time no read. I guess you've been out making $$$$. To answer the question you posed to another poster, I believe TIM is a "wannabee" truck owner while you and I are "real" truck owners. I read where Tim said he's getting back to his old/"meaner" ways. I'm looking forward to his wrath(it is always entertaining). How about it, Tim?
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    Well? I'm waiting!!!
    I finally took some photos of my Tindra the other day. I'll send them to you for your viewing pleasure as soon as I get them developed. I'm sure you can post them on the net in a most appropriate manner. I can only imagine what that'll be.
  • rrichfrrichf Member Posts: 211
    You sure spelled it correctly!
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    I want Tim to know what I'm talking about.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Member Posts: 4,157
    my presence is wanted here?

    - Tim
  • RoclesRocles Member Posts: 982

    I've been around. We must be checking different sites looking for posers!! (Making cash as well!!)
    How is your truck holding up? I'd like to know.
    This may sound radical but I need a new half-ton soon for shingling jobs and the Toy has crossed my mind.
  • reddogsreddogs Member Posts: 353
    Talk about lasting forever, the Tundra topics all seem to have a IV or VI from all the posts, now there's a truck which will crack 250-300k miles and haul the lumber......
  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    I posted an article at stating the 5.4 triton V8 is one of the worlds top 10 best engines, they stated the tundra 4.7 V8 is to soft for a truck I would assume they tested for real truck use and not just getting groceries or going to the beach.I don't know how accurate these tests are but why would you pay $25 to $28000 for truck that you can't even put a plow on.
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    If you have any extra $$$$, I'm taking up a collection to replace a certain college B-ball coach. Please contribute as much as possible.
    As for the Tundra, I have almost 11,000 miles on mine now and have had no trouble out of it to date(except having the unbalanced wheels at delivery). I've hauled a few deer, concrete block, bricks, & lumber. I have towed towed a small bass boat a few hundred miles, too. MPG generally in the 14 to 16 range...sometimes as high as 18ish. We have recently seen our first snow this year and I didn't have any problems driving in it(or offroad during hunting season). The thought of someone chucking shingles into the back of MINE from 25 feet up turns my stomach but I'm sure it could handle a bundle or two. LOL!
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    I towed, towed a bass boat. I never make mistakes!
  • RoclesRocles Member Posts: 982

    Do you have the six or eight? Shingles from 25 feet? On a good day! My one foreman had his personal Chevy dipped in tar after some guys were fooling around on the roof. I forget which one was hotter--he or the truck.
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    V8, 4wd here. I bet the tar helped the looks of that Chevy! Wrath from anyone??
  • bud_light_dudebud_light_dude Member Posts: 330
    I kinda liked the quote someone else made in another topic.....

    Opinions are still opinions, even if they are wrong.
  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Member Posts: 1,006
    Had an idea. How about a cheap bedliner....Roofing tar!
  • reddogsreddogs Member Posts: 353
    I've seen the spray on bedliner, don't put concrete blocks on it though....
  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Member Posts: 1,006
    It may be an alien concept to you, but some like to keep their trucks looking good.
  • reddogsreddogs Member Posts: 353
    is not "HOW MANY FOREIGN WARS I HAVE FOUGHT" it's "Pickups that last..." sorry you misread the heading............
  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Member Posts: 1,006
    Okay, back on the subject. Has anyone heard of z-max with linkite? It's suppose to be better than slick 50. It's also certified by the FAA for aircraft use. They guarantee a 10% increase in gas mileage. Any thoughts?
  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Member Posts: 1,006
    Yeah, that's my feeling also. But the FAA has certified this product. They're very picky about the planes. What say on this?
  • tp4unctp4unc Member Posts: 437
    CAFE??????? You are slipping up!!
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Member Posts: 2,721
    I can't find the post you refer to.

    No cafe? What about just a regular restaurant?
  • rs_pettyrs_petty Member Posts: 423
    Those dang things are made in Czechoslovakia!
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Member Posts: 2,721
    Hey, those are great people, and build good stuff. Not their fault the communists plundered the country.
  • nargnarg Member Posts: 112
    Any vehicle can last 250K+. Also, any vehicle can quit in 250 miles. Pure luck I think. My father drove a 72 Suburban over 100K with original factory tires all the way, then sold it to a guy who took it to 400K! But then again my father replace many components on it, himself, so he knows what the truck was capable of doing. I wouldn't dare do that with a 2000 Silverado (holy cow those engines are different!) To the guy who saw the Chevy get tarred. Hey, at least I'm sure that fixed any sqeaks or rattles! :)
  • venita1venita1 Member Posts: 1
    Can a woman ask a question in here and get a real answer? From a real truck man?
  • navy4navy4 Member Posts: 44
    Yes, ask away.
  • reddogsreddogs Member Posts: 353
    Bring your vehicle over and let my wife drive it, and she'll have it on a Flatbed/Tow Truck before the end of the month. She doesn't do oil changes,tune ups,tire rotations, etc... She just drives it, hard and usually on a oneway ticket to junkyard hell...............
    so luck has nothing to do with it...
  • crazywomancrazywoman Member Posts: 14
    Venita - if you want some answers to serious questions, try Brutus on the Ford vs Dodge site - he treats women like people!
  • crazywomancrazywoman Member Posts: 14
    We're finally replacing a 1972 Ford F350 Crewcab (460) which we have used to haul our camper, a million kids and motorbikes, and a 10,000 pound sailboat for the last 24 years. It is rusted to [non-permissible content removed], but runs quite fine with regular oil changes and some tuning. Have to own an oil well to run it though, and now that we are going fifth-wheeling, want a lot more comfort and a lot better gas mileage so we are going to the F250 Supercab 4x4 Powerstroke Diesel. Some farmer will probably still be driving "Big Red" fifty years from now. A very reliable piece of junk.
  • RoclesRocles Member Posts: 982
    Ahh the 460--may be a dog but it still is alive, eh? Reminds me of my 78 F-250 at the shop....ugly 351 but it still kicks over unlike many newer trucks I've had....
  • glumglum Member Posts: 3
    I worked for pest control company in northern Alberta for a couple of years. One tech had a 1994 Toyota King Cab 4-wheel drive. This truck was abused and tortured, the tech drove up the MacKenzie Highway as far north as Yellowknife when the temperature was -55F. The winters were so cold we left the trucks running all night and day. Anyhow when I left the company, the tech had 310,000 miles and it was running!!!!!
  • meredithmeredith Member Posts: 575
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