Category: Truck

8 trucks that deserve another shot – Brandan Gillogly @Hagerty

8 trucks that deserve another shot – Brandan Gillogly @Hagerty


A year ago, we looked at some vehicles that had ambitious goals and yet fell short in one way or another. We argued that those four vehicles deserved another chance. Now, let’s focus on pickups that also meet those criteria. Here are eight pickups that offered up cargo hauling with some blend of comfort, fuel economy, or off-road prowess, but which nevertheless fell by the wayside as the tried-and-true crew-cab pickup swallowed the market. Is there room in today’s market for any of these to stage a comeback?

Chevrolet Avalanche (2001–13)

When the Avalanche debuted, it offered a novel solution for those who needed both passenger- and cargo-carrying capacity. Chevrolet’s solution was the Mid-Gate, which enabled the partition between the cab and bed to fold down and the backlite to stow, allowing for the rear seats to give way to an 8-foot cargo bed. Admittedly it had its drawbacks; dropping the Mid-Gate opened the passenger cabin to the elements unless the multi-piece tonneau was left in place. On the other hand, with the tonneau off, it was the closest we’ve come to duplicating the K5 Blazer’s removable top.

The Avalanche also offered another benefit. Because it was built on the Suburban’s chassis, every Avalanche came with a coil-spring rear suspension. The Avalanche beat the Ram 1500 to the punch by about eight years and was the first full-size 4×4 pickup on the market to offer such a suspension setup. It was also the first 2WD pickup with coil springs from GM since they left production in Chevy and GMC pickups in 1972.

A new Avalanche, again built on the Suburban chassis, would benefit from an independent rear suspension and the low bed floor that would come with it. We’d wager that most drivers would sacrifice the payload capacity that can come with leaf springs for the improved ride quality of a multi-link suspension, just like they did before.

Avalanche critics have lambasted the unique truck-utility-vehicle as being essentially a Suburban with extra rattles. True, the lack of a rear roof section and the open midgate would both remove rigidity from the body and add a source of noise, but we think that GM’s pickups and utility vehicles have firmed up a lot since the second-generation Avalanche debuted in 2007.

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Blue Collar Beauty – 1937 Hudson Terraplane – Mike McNessor @Hemmings


Classic Truck: 1937 Hudson Terraplane

Terraplane’s Cab Pickup Express might look a little too jaunty for the job site but, by 1937 standards, this was a stout light truck. If you glanced under the rear of a Series 70, and longer wheelbase Series 78 Terraplane commercial rig, you’d see a thick pair of leaf springs—15 leaves in both—that lent these trucks a hefty ¾-ton rating.

You’d also notice the sturdy “Double Drop 2-X” frame—it was the same design used in Terraplane (as well as Hudson) cars, but it looked purpose-built for hauling. A pair of boxed side rails—71/8 inches deep at their widest point between the axles—were tied together with a massive X-shaped member in the center and a smaller X-member in front. There were also three heavy-duty crossmembers, including a new one for the 1937 model year, added at the rear kickup. The Double Drop 2-X frame was riveted together, while the boxed sections of the rails were welded in place with 142 welds. For added rigidity, the vehicles’ floors were bolted to the frames at multiple points in what Terraplane called “Monobilt” construction.

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Facebook Works For Once – Elizabeth Blackstock @Jalopnik


Poor Üziel Valles has somehow ended up with a yellow hood on his otherwise white Silverado. It’s not one of those color schemes that really mesh together—which took him to the private Denver Dropped Trucks group to ask for a swap. Facebook Works For Once Hood Swap

Enter: John Payan, who just so happens to have an all-yellow truck with a white hood. Is this destiny? Proof that soulmates do exist? I can’t say for sure, but whatever the case, it’s still a better plot arc than anything that made its way into the Twilight series.

Facebook Works For Once Hood Swap

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Not a Barn Find Customized 1961 Ford Econoline Shop Truck – John Gilbert @HotRod


Not a Barn Find Customized 1961 Ford Econoline Shop Truck

There’re just some people that don’t know where to draw the line to stop when it comes to putting out quality automotive work. Harold Clay owner of Harold’s Hot Rod Shop is a perfect example. Harold has been doing quality work on cars and trucks since 1979 when he first opened the doors to Clay’s Collision Center in Enid, Oklahoma. Forty years later Harold still has a hand in day-to-day operations at Clay’s Collision, but if you want to find him it will be past the 12,500-square-foot collision shop and at the very back in an 8,500 square-foot building enjoying his true passion building high-end hot rods.

Not a Barn Find Customized 1961 Ford Econoline Shop Truck

Two-years ago I visited Harold in Enid while he was building his 1961 Ford Econoline 3-Window pickup to use as a shop truck. I didn’t have the heart to tell Harold at the time, but he was already taking things too far if he wanted to throw car parts in the bed. The economy in the name Econoline meant the little trucks were bare bones and the unibody beds are of single-wall construction.

Not a Barn Find Customized 1961 Ford Econoline Shop Truck

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Nevada Train Derailment Claims Dozens of Jeep Gladiators, GM Trucks – Ed Tahaney @MotorTrend


Here’s a literal trainwreck for truck and off-roader fans: A train carrying a load of brand-new Jeeps, Chevys, and GMCs derailed near Caliente, Nevada, on July 10. The rural town is about 30 miles west of the Utah border. Fortunately, no one was hurt on the Union Pacific train, but dozens of factory-fresh vehicles were destroyed. Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told local reporters it was the most spectacular mess he’s ever seen. The majority of the damaged vehicles were new Jeep Wranglers and Gladiators; a number of Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras were also involved.

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Kohl’s ‘American Pie’ T-shirt features Ford, not Chevy, by the levee


What are they trying to do? Start a war?!

American department store chain Kohl’s is selling a T-shirt with the potential to anger truck-lovers on both sides of the great Ford-Chevy divide.

On the surface, the ‘Juniors’ American Pie Short Sleeve Crew Neck Americana Tee’ is an innocuous piece of fast fashion: A grey tee with a vintage truck and the words “Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry” printed on it.

Seems like exactly what one might expect to find at a U.S. department store, right?

A closer look at the truck reveals something off about the illustration. Something deeply troubling. It appears as though some monster has inked a ’70s Ford F-150 face onto what appears otherwise to be a mid-’60s Chevrolet.

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Some suspension of disbelief required.

In the middle 1960s, North Americans weren’t limited to just Chrysler, Ford and GM when shopping for a new Midwest-built pickup truck — they could buy a Gladiator from Kaiser-Jeep or a C-Series made by International Harvester as well. Here’s a magazine advertisement for the 1966 IHC pickups.

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Arguably the world’s toughest & most beautiful truck ever created. – Legacy Classic Trucks


Welcome to the Legacy Power Wagon Conversion.
The Gentleman’s Choice.

Handcrafted by artisan auto mechanics at Legacy Classic Trucks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Legacy Power Wagon Conversion is the truck for the serious collector looking to recreate the ruggedness and integrity of the American West.

With each Legacy Power Wagon Conversion requiring well over 1,000 hours, the Legacy Power Wagon Conversion has become one of the most coveted and sought-after trucks of today.

Take a look at these amazing trucks here

Listen to Winslow Bent founder of  Legacy Classic Trucks on the Truck Show Podcast with Lightning and Holman here

If you are commuting in your truck, be warned, you have met the ire of a Mazda 2-driving “journalist” who thinks your truck should be banned. Lightning and Holman discuss the ridiculous article written by Elizabeth Werth, as well as talk to Legacy Classic Trucks founder Winslow Bent, who makes adult Hot Wheels for people with a quarter million dollars to spare. Rick Péwé also checks in to talk about his start with David Freiburger in the off-road magazine world.

The 9 best TV pickup trucks of all time – Scott Oldham @Hagerty


f you grew up glued to the tube in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, you know Hollywood was car crazy. While your television screen was full of Italian exotics and big, bad American muscle cars from the General Lee to KITT, there were plenty of prime time pickup trucks, as well.

Many of the most popular television shows of the era that were famous for their star cars—The Rockford FilesCHiPs, and The Dukes of Hazzard, to name a fewalso featured star trucks. Some hit shows, like The Fall Guy, were all about the pickup.

Here are our picks for the nine best TV pickup trucks of all time. Let us know if we missed any


The 9 best TV pickup trucks of all time
  • 1977 GMC K15 Fenderside, CHiPs. …
  • 1976 GMC Sierra K15 Wideside, The Rockford Files. …
  • 1973 Ford F-100, The Dukes of Hazzard. …
  • 1979 Dodge Power Wagon, Simon & Simon. …
  • 1993 GMC K1500 Stepside, Walker, Texas Ranger. …
  • 1994 Dodge Ram 1500, Walker, Texas Ranger. CBS. …
  • 1951 Ford F1, Sanford and Son. NBC. …
  • 1969 Ford F100, Starsky & Hutch. ABC.

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